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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Sources: Patreon has closed Series C funding valuing the company at about $450M   —  In an era where art is shared and streamed for free, Patreon offers new hope for turning content creation into a career.  Illustrators, comedians, game makers, and musicians use Patreon to let fans pay …
Sep 14, 2017, 9:10 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook says it's testing a “snooze” button that mutes people or pages for a day, week, or month   —  Sick of a friend's non-stop vacation photos?  Bored of hearing about some business Page's big launch?  One of your groups won't shut up about their upcoming get-together?
Sep 14, 2017, 8:45 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook releases guidelines on ad content, prohibits monetization of violence, porn, drugs, hate, debated social issues, and other content types   —  Facebook wants content creators to earn money, but not at the expense of the family friendly social network it's built, or the integrity of its advertising clients.
Sep 13, 2017, 9:55 AMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook says it's testing Instant Videos that can be downloaded and cached on Wi-Fi, watched later   —  Facebook doesn't want you to burn through your mobile data plan just to keep watching its videos.  That's why it's testing a new feature called Instant Videos that downloads …
Sep 12, 2017, 4:35 AMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
On-demand app and site development startup Gigster raises $20M Series B led by Redpoint and joined by a16z and Michael Jordan   —  Gigster is shifting from letting anyone outsource full-stack app development to building next-gen tech projects for big companies.
Aug 29, 2017, 12:57 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Neuralink, Elon Musk's brain interface startup, has raised $27M, SEC filing shows   —  Elon Musk wants to connect your brain directly to a computer, and investors are ready to make that science fiction a reality.  Musk's startup Neuralink has raised the $26.96 million of a technically still-open funding round …
Aug 25, 2017, 4:05 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook improves Camera with ability to go Live, shoot two-second GIFs, and make full screen text posts; all can be shared to Story, Messenger, and News Feed   —  Despite the tepid reception for Facebook Stories, the social network is doubling down on its full screen Camera feature.
Aug 15, 2017, 2:15 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Instagram gets threaded comments, and Facebook News Feed gets UI tweaks like bubble-style comments   —  Taking inspiration from line drawings, Reddit and Messenger, Facebook is overhauling the design of the News Feed to make it more legible, clickable and commentable.
Aug 15, 2017, 1:42 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Snap's “Other” revenue fell from $8.3M in Q1 to $5.3M in Q2, signaling a decline in Spectacles sales   —  Snap's Spectacles sunglasses may prove to be more of a fad than a must-have device.  Snap revealed during its call following weak Q2 earnings that it generated $5.4 million in …
Aug 13, 2017, 2:10 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
SoundCloud closes $169.5M Series F funding round led by Raine Group and Temasek to stay afloat; former Vimeo CEO Kerry Trainor replaces Alex Ljung as CEO   —  SoundCloud has just closed the necessary funding round to keep the struggling music service afloat.
Aug 11, 2017, 12:05 PMIn context

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