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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Snapchat launches Snap Kit developer platform, letting other apps use Snap's login, Bitmoji avatars, public Stories, and Snap Map content   —  Developers join the Stories war  —  Today Snapchat finally gets a true developer platform, confirming TechCrunch's scoop from last month about Snap Kit.
Jun 14, 2018, 9:20 AMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook will require businesses using its Custom Audiences ad tool to declare whether contact information was gained with user consent starting July 2   —  Facebook is hoping to avoid another privacy scandal by adding new accountability and transparency requirements for businesses that use …
Jun 13, 2018, 11:25 AMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Uber unveils Uber Lite, a low-data app just 5MB in size for developing markets that shows maps only on request, coming to India first   —  “The next hundreds of millions of riders for us are going to come from outside of the United States", Uber's head of rider experience Peter Deng tells me.
Jun 12, 2018, 4:35 AMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Panda, an app letting users send 10-second videos with AR effects based on spoken words, launches on iOS, has raised $850K from Social Capital and others   —  Panda has built the next silly social feature Snapchat and Instagram will want to steal.  Today the startup launches its video messaging app …
Jun 7, 2018, 7:15 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
A Facebook bug set sharing settings of 14M users to public from May 18-27; Facebook has now restored users' former settings and will notify them starting today   —  Facebook has another privacy screw-up on its hands.  A bug in May accidentally changed the suggested privacy setting …
Jun 7, 2018, 4:00 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Sources: Instagram to launch Snapchat Discover-style video hub with scripted shows, music videos, and more; announcement tentatively slated for June 20   —  Instagram is preparing to unveil a home for longer-form video — a YouTube competitor and its take on Snapchat Discover.
Jun 6, 2018, 7:00 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook testing Marketplace ads in the US that let users promote their listings in the News Feed   —  Twenty months after launching its Craigslist competitor, Marketplace, and relentlessly promoting it with placement in the main navigation bar, Facebook will start earning money off its classifieds section.
Jun 6, 2018, 3:05 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook tests Lip Sync Live feature to compete with musical.ly and says users can now upload videos with copyrighted music   —  Facebook users will no longer have their uploaded videos with copyrighted background music taken down thanks to a slew of deals with all the major record labels plus many indies.
Jun 5, 2018, 1:15 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
FaceTime to support group video for up to 32 users; FaceTime and Messages cameras to support sticker packs, filters, and drawn shapes   —  Apple is invading Snapchat's territory with new effects that let you embellish what you shoot through the Messages camera.
Jun 4, 2018, 2:25 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Instagram explains how its feed works and says users are now seeing 90% of friends' posts after an algorithm change, compared to 50% previously   —  Instagram users were missing 70 percent of all posts and 50 percent of their friends' posts before the app ditched the reverse chronological feed for an algorithm in July 2016.
Jun 1, 2018, 4:10 PMIn context

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