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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Hustle, a grassroots mass-texting tool that does not “sell to Republican candidates or committees”, raises $30M Series B with GV and Salesforce participating   —  Hustle 20X'd its annual revenue run rate in 15 months by denying clients that contradict its political views.
May 1, 2018, 12:22 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Analytics app launches for iOS and Android to help businesses track key metrics across their apps, websites, bots, and event source groups   —  Facebook wants to prove it can earn businesses money, not just build their social media audience.  This morning, just before its big F8 conference …
May 1, 2018, 11:35 AMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Mark Zuckerberg says almost 100M people now access the internet via Internet.org, up from 40M in November 2016   —  Facebook is getting the developing world online, even as the developed world criticizes its privacy practices.  Mark Zuckerberg said today on Facebook's Q1 2018 earnings call that …
Apr 29, 2018, 8:00 AMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook now shrinks the size of fact-checked false news stories in News Feed and uses machine learning to help prioritize articles sent to fact-checkers   —  Tell someone not to do something and sometimes they just want to do it more.  That's what happened when Facebook put red flags on debunked fake news.
Apr 27, 2018, 7:40 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Q1: revenue of $11.97B, up 49% YoY, vs. $11.41B est, net income of $4.99B, up 63% YoY; MAUs up 13% YoY to 2.20B, DAUs up 13% YoY to 1.45B; stock up 8%+   —  Amongst massive criticism over data privacy, Facebook showed the resiliency of its advertising machine by beating Wall Street's …
Apr 25, 2018, 4:26 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Snap announces Snappables, AR lenses that use touch, motion, and facial expressions for single and multiplayer games, rolling out globally with new games weekly   —  Snapchat wants to let you play its augmented reality Lenses, not just play dress-up.  Today it launched Snappables …
Apr 25, 2018, 11:39 AMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
To better protect user data, Facebook and Instagram announce they will shut down or make changes to several APIs, with some going into effect today   —  Facebook is making good on Mark Zuckerberg's promise to prioritize user safety and data privacy over its developer platform.
Apr 24, 2018, 2:27 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Instagram begins rolling out a data download tool, similar to Facebook's Download Your Information feature, ahead of new GDPR privacy law rollout next month   —  Two weeks ago TechCrunch called on Instagram to build an equivalent to Facebook's “Download Your Information feature so if you wanted …
Apr 24, 2018, 12:48 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Rare Bits, a crypto-collectible trading site, raises $6M Series A led by Spark Capital with First Round, Craft Ventures, SV Angel, and Justin Kan participating   —  Rare Bits wants to be eBay for the blockchain, where you buy, sell and trade non-fungible crypto-goods.
Apr 20, 2018, 8:50 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Researchers: 3rd-party JavaScript trackers embedded on sites using Login With Facebook can grab Facebook user data; abusive scripts found on 434 of top 1M sites   —  Facebook confirms to TechCrunch that it's investigating a security research report that shows Facebook user data can be grabbed …
Apr 18, 2018, 4:55 PMIn context

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