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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
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Eight parliaments are now demanding Zuckerberg answer questions about fake news and more, as Brazil, Latvia, and Singapore join a UK-led grand committee   —  Facebook's founder is facing pressure to accept an invite from eight international parliaments, with lawmakers wanting to question …
Nov 19, 2018, 12:30 PMIn context
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Snap launches Lens Creative Partners, a certification program for AR lens makers to craft branded lenses, in US, UK, Canada, and Australia   —  Snap has announced a partner program intended to make it easer for brands to get on board with — and pay for — its augmented reality 'lenses …
Nov 19, 2018, 10:15 AMIn context
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
San Francisco-based travel marketing platform Sojern raises $120M Series D led by TCV at a valuation of $300M+, says it's been profitable for last 13 quarters   —  Travel continues to be one of the biggest verticals online, projected to be worth over $1 trillion by 2022 …
Nov 18, 2018, 10:10 PMIn context
Megan Rose Dickey / TechCrunch:
Apex.AI raises $15.5M Series A from Canaan, Lightspeed, others for the enterprise version of the Robot Operating System, an open-source middleware for robotics   —  Apex.AI is emerging out of stealth today with quite the claim — an operating system for autonomous vehicles that will never fail.
Nov 18, 2018, 8:00 PMIn context
Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch:
Swedish scooter-sharing startup VOI Technology raises $50M Series A led by Balderton Capital with Spencer Rascoff, Justin Mateen, Jeff Wilkes among investors   —  VOI Technology, an e-scooter startup headquartered in Sweden but with pan-European ambitions, has raised $50 million in Series A funding, confirming our earlier scoop.
Nov 18, 2018, 6:50 PMIn context
Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch:
Pirate Studios raises $20M for its self-service music studios that offer recording, live streaming, and cloud software that handles mixing and mastering   —  Pirate Studios, the music technology company that operates fully automated and self-service 24 hour music studios, has secured $20 million.
Nov 16, 2018, 6:15 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
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
MailChimp partners with Square to let its users create landing pages with built-in e-commerce features, says 50% of its revenue now comes from e-commerce   —  Mailchimp, the popular email newsletter service and marketing platform, today announced a partnership with Square that will allow …
Nov 16, 2018, 10:30 AMIn context
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
Facebook publishes 13 NSLs between 2014 and 2017 for several Facebook and Instagram accounts, says number of worldwide government requests for data rose 26% YoY   —  Facebook has published the details of 13 historical national security letters it's received for user data.
Nov 16, 2018, 8:45 AMIn context

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