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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Very Good Security, a service which stores and handles sensitive data for businesses, raises $8.5M Series A led by a16z   —  “You can't hack what isn't there,” Very Good Security co-founder Mahmoud Abdelkader tells me.  His startup assumes the liability of storing sensitive data for other companies …
Aug 28, 2018, 12:35 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
A look at IGTV's struggles and slow growth two months after launch as Instagram and content creators try to figure out how to make the longer video format work   —  ‘Everything great starts small,’ says CEO  —  Instagram has never truly failed at anything, but judging by modest initial view counts …
Aug 25, 2018, 9:10 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook hires HP's CMO Antonio Lucio as its CMO, replacing Gary Briggs, who said in January he would step down; Lucio will start on September 4   —  Amidst Facebook's biggest branding crisis, It's just hired a veteran CMO formerly of Pepsi and Visa to boost the social network's external image and cross-promote features inside its apps.
Aug 23, 2018, 7:20 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
A look at Facebook's voice ambitions: from developing a speech recognition feature for Facebook and Messenger apps called Aloha to patents for a speaker device   —  Code reveals unlaunched speech recognition feature  —  Facebook has been a bit slow to adopt the voice computing revolution.
Aug 21, 2018, 4:00 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
RDMD, which sells anonymized and analyzed medical data of its app users to pharma companies to help develop medicines for rare diseases, raises $3M seed funding   —  You wouldn't expect a medical app to get its start as a Snapchat competitor.  Neither did video chat startup TapTalk's founder Onno Faber.
Aug 20, 2018, 6:40 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook says it's begun removing content violating its drug policies and has blocked hundreds of search terms and search suggestions associated with drug sales   —  Facebook's role in the opioid crisis could become another scandal following yesterday's release of harrowing new statistics from the Center for Disease Control.
Aug 16, 2018, 7:05 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Quiz game HQ Trivia debuts an Apple TV app as it hopes to return to growth; its mobile apps' store rankings and concurrent viewers have slid in recent months   —  HQ Trivia's app store ranking has continued to sink the past three months, but it's hoping a new version on your television could revitalize growth.
Aug 14, 2018, 3:40 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook acquires the seven-person team and tech from startup Vidpresso to make its video more interactive   —  Zombie-like passive comsumption of static video is both unhealthy for viewers and undifferentiated for the tech giants that power it.  That's set Facebook on a mission to make video interactive …
Aug 13, 2018, 5:20 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Patreon says it's acquiring white-labeled subscription service Memberful for an undisclosed sum, to be run as a separate business by its seven-person team   —  Patreon is forming a patronage empire.  Today it acquired white-labeled subscription membership platform Memberful …
Aug 8, 2018, 12:17 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook launches two AR games for Messenger video chat that can be played with up to six people   —  Facebook is diving deeper into in-house game development with the launch of its own version of Snapchat's multiplayer augmented reality video chat games.  Today, Facebook Messenger globally launches …
Aug 8, 2018, 9:30 AMIn context

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