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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Apple says it revoked Facebook's Enterprise Certificate yesterday used to distribute the Research app outside of App Store, before Facebook could shut it down   —  In the wake of TechCrunch's investigation yesterday, Apple blocked Facebook's Research VPN app before the social network could voluntarily shut it down.
Jan 30, 2019, 11:05 AMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Investigation finds that Facebook has been paying people to install a “Facebook Research” VPN to gather data on phone use habits on Android and iOS   —  Desperate for data on its competitors, Facebook has been secretly paying people to install a “Facebook Research” …
Jan 29, 2019, 7:25 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Anchorage, which holds and safeguards crypto assets for institutions, comes out of stealth after raising $17M Series A led by Andreessen Horowitz   —  I'm not allowed to tell you exactly how Anchorage keeps rich institutions from being robbed of their cryptocurrency, but the off-the-record demo was damn impressive.
Jan 23, 2019, 10:35 AMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook to begin rollout of Community Actions, a petition feature for users to tag government agencies and officials to advocate for change, to select US users   —  Gather a mob and Facebook will now let you make political demands.  Tomorrow Facebook will encounter a slew of fresh complexities …
Jan 20, 2019, 1:50 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook confirms it is testing LOL, a feed of funny videos and GIF-like clips pulled from News Feed posts by top meme Pages   —  How do you do fellow kids?  After Facebook Watch, Lasso, and IGTV failed to become hits with teens, the company has been quietly developing another youthful video product.
Jan 18, 2019, 1:22 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Investigation finds ads on Instagram for several services selling fake followers or automated notification spam for luring in followers   —  Instagram has been earning money from businesses flooding its social network with spam notifications.  Instagram hypocritically continues to sell ad space …
Jan 15, 2019, 2:28 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Researchers say it is easy to find child porn images on Bing, which also actively suggests related keywords and images; Microsoft says it is working on fixes   —  A TechCrunch-commissioned report finds damning evidence  —  Illegal child exploitation imagery is easy to find on Microsoft's Bing search engine.
Jan 10, 2019, 2:10 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Instagram will now let users post to multiple accounts at once on iOS and begins testing easier Google Photos imports on Android   —  Instagram is swaying the balance toward simplicity but away from originality.  It's adding the ability to publish feed posts to different accounts you control …
Jan 9, 2019, 4:00 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Autonomous checkout startup Standard Cognition buys mapping technology company Explorer.ai for an undisclosed sum   —  Standard Cognition helps retail stores stand up to Jeff Bezos' juggernaut.  The $50 million-funded autonomous checkout startup is racing to equip bigger shops …
Jan 8, 2019, 4:05 AMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
HQ Trivia launches HQ Words, a Wheel of Fortune-style game that's been in closed beta for months, and reinstalls Rus Yusupov as CEO   —  HQ's expansion beyond trivia is emerging from beta, but the question is whether it's different and accessible enough to revive the startup's growth.
Dec 23, 2018, 6:40 PMIn context

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