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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook's outgoing public policy head Elliot Schrage takes responsibility for hiring Definers in a memo, admits company asked Definers to investigate Soros   —  TechCrunch has attained an internal memo published by Facebook's outgoing head of public policy Elliot Schrage in which he blames himself for hiring PR firm Definers.
Nov 20, 2018, 9:51 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn launches Student Voices, its take on Snapchat Stories, for US colleges, and says it plans Stories-like features aimed at other sets of users too   —  No app is safe from the Stories plague  —  The social media singularity continues with the arrival of Snapchat Stories-style slideshows …
Nov 20, 2018, 3:00 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
After announcing it four months ago, Facebook is rolling out its “how long do I spend on Facebook” dashboard, but its insights are not very specific   —  Fifteen weeks after Facebook announced its “Your Time on Facebook” tool that counts how many minutes you spend on the app …
Nov 20, 2018, 12:55 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Instagram says it will use machine learning to find and remove inauthentic likes, follows, and comments from accounts using third-party apps to boost popularity   —  Instagram is fighting back against automated apps people use to leave spammy comments or follow then unfollow others in hopes of growing their audience.
Nov 19, 2018, 1:20 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Code reveals Facebook is testing a new feature that would let users watch videos together on Messenger and chat about them   —  Netflix and chill from afar?  Facebook Messenger is now internally testing simultaneous co-viewing of videos.  That means you and your favorite people could watch …
Nov 16, 2018, 11:40 AMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Profile of Manik Gupta, Uber's newly promoted chief product officer, who grew up in India and spent time working for HP and launching Google Maps in India   —  From delivery boy to Dara's right-hand man  —  Manik Gupta got his first taste of solving logistics nightmares when, fresh out of college …
Nov 15, 2018, 4:55 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook will pass off content policy appeals to a new independent oversight body   —  Facebook doesn't want to be the arbiter of decency when it comes to content policy decisions, similar to how it looked to third-party fact checkers rather than becoming an arbiter of truth.
Nov 15, 2018, 2:22 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook launches Unsend for Messenger, letting users delete messages within 10 minutes of posting, in Poland, Bolivia, Colombia, Lithuania; global rollout soon   —  Not just for Zuckerberg anymore  —  Facebook secretly retracted messages sent by CEO Mark Zuckerberg, TechCrunch reported seven months ago.
Nov 14, 2018, 5:50 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Uber launches rider loyalty rewards program with upgrades to nicer cars, access to premium support, and a waiver on cancellations if rebooked within 15 minutes   —  Uber's new loyalty program incentivizes you not to check Lyft or the local competitor.  Riders earn points for all the money …
Nov 14, 2018, 9:30 AMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Clearbanc, which provides $5K to $10M loans to startups for online marketing in exchange for revenue share, says it has raised $70M in seed and Series A rounds   —  Selling equity to buy Facebook and Google ads is a bad deal for startups.  Clearbanc offers a fundraising alternative.
Nov 12, 2018, 7:55 AMIn context

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