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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Alexis Ohanian and Garry Tan's VC firm Initialized Capital raises $225M for its fourth fund   —  “Right now we're in this Empire Strikes Back moment” says Initialized Capital's Garry Tan, referring to tech giants ruthlessly copying and competing with fresh ideas.  “We think the startups represent the Return Of The Jedi.”
Oct 2, 2018, 6:15 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Compound, the Coinbase and Andreessen Horowitz funded startup, launches its money market protocol for shorting cryptocurrencies or lending them to earn interest   —  Think Ethereum and other crypto coins are overvalued?  Now you can make money when their prices fall via Compound …
Sep 28, 2018, 10:40 AMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Mark Zuckerberg says all Oculus VR content will be forward-compatible with upcoming Rifts   —  Oculus doesn't want to deter developers by making their games and content obsolete when the next version of Rift comes out.  So today at the Oculus Connect 5 conference, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that …
Sep 26, 2018, 1:20 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Inside Facebook's attempts to keep its Facebook and Messenger Stories original, including rolling out its Music feature for adding songs as a soundtrack   —  There's a secret Facebook app called Blink.  Built for employees only, it's how the company tests out new video formats its hoping will become the next Boomerang or SuperZoom.
Sep 26, 2018, 11:30 AMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Sources say Instagram's co-founders are leaving after growing tensions with Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook's leadership over autonomy and product direction   —  Facebook promised Instagram autonomy, but reduced it over time leading to today's bombshell revelation.
Sep 25, 2018, 12:20 AMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Snap begins slow rollout of a new way to search for products on Amazon from Snapchat by pointing camera at a physical product or barcode   —  See, snap, sale.  In a rare partnership for Amazon, the commerce giant will help Snapchat challenge Instagram and Pinterest for social shopping supremacy.
Sep 24, 2018, 4:28 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Instagram app code shows new potential features like adding hashtags without including them in captions, geofenced posts, quiz stickers, and video tagging   —  Geofenced sharing, Quiz stickers, Stories Highlight stickers, and a separate interface for adding hashtags to posts are amongst a slew …
Sep 20, 2018, 1:05 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
A look at Facebook Dating, which launches today in Colombia as a test and limits users to expressing their interest in a maximum of 100 people per day   —  Does deeper data produce perfect matches?  Facebook is finally ready to find out, starting today with a country-wide test in Colombia of its Dating feature.
Sep 20, 2018, 7:20 AMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Instagram to run ads in Stories and feed to point US users over 18 to midterms voting registration info, will let users add an “I Voted” sticker   —  Facebook is getting ready to purposefully influence the U.S. mid-term elections after spending two years trying to safeguard against foreign interference.
Sep 18, 2018, 2:20 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Instagram Shopping launches personalized Explore channel, expands Stories tags after testing them since June, and lets brands add a shopping bag icon to Stories   —  Instagram is embracing its true identity as a mail-order catalog.  The question will be how much power merchants will give Instagram …
Sep 17, 2018, 3:43 PMIn context

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