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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook confirms it is testing LOL, a feed of funny videos and GIF-like clips pulled from News Feed posts by top meme Pages   —  How do you do fellow kids?  After Facebook Watch, Lasso, and IGTV failed to become hits with teens, the company has been quietly developing another youthful video product.
Jan 18, 2019, 1:22 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Investigation finds ads on Instagram for several services selling fake followers or automated notification spam for luring in followers   —  Instagram has been earning money from businesses flooding its social network with spam notifications.  Instagram hypocritically continues to sell ad space …
Jan 15, 2019, 2:28 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Researchers say it is easy to find child porn images on Bing, which also actively suggests related keywords and images; Microsoft says it is working on fixes   —  A TechCrunch-commissioned report finds damning evidence  —  Illegal child exploitation imagery is easy to find on Microsoft's Bing search engine.
Jan 10, 2019, 2:10 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Instagram will now let users post to multiple accounts at once on iOS and begins testing easier Google Photos imports on Android   —  Instagram is swaying the balance toward simplicity but away from originality.  It's adding the ability to publish feed posts to different accounts you control …
Jan 9, 2019, 4:00 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Autonomous checkout startup Standard Cognition buys mapping technology company Explorer.ai for an undisclosed sum   —  Standard Cognition helps retail stores stand up to Jeff Bezos' juggernaut.  The $50 million-funded autonomous checkout startup is racing to equip bigger shops …
Jan 8, 2019, 4:05 AMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
HQ Trivia launches HQ Words, a Wheel of Fortune-style game that's been in closed beta for months, and reinstalls Rus Yusupov as CEO   —  HQ's expansion beyond trivia is emerging from beta, but the question is whether it's different and accessible enough to revive the startup's growth.
Dec 23, 2018, 6:40 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
NGO report finds WhatsApp groups spreading child pornography; WhatsApp says it recently banned 130K accounts for violating policies against child exploitation   —  Facebook fails to provide enough moderators  —  WhatsApp chat groups are being used to spread illegal child pornography, cloaked by the app's end-to-end encryption.
Dec 20, 2018, 6:10 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Online lender Clearbanc says it has raised another $50M from Upper90, after raising $70M a month ago   —  Clearbanc is disrupting startup funding by providing companies cash to buy ads in exchange for a revenue share so they don't have to sell as much equity to venture capitalists.
Dec 19, 2018, 10:00 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Twitter fixes flaw in support form that leaked users' phone number country codes and other info, after noticing excessive queries from Chinese and Saudi IPs   —  Twitter accidentally exposed the ability to pull an account's phone number country code and whether the account had been locked by Twitter.
Dec 17, 2018, 2:00 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
PlanetScale, a database-as-a-service startup based on tech that helped scale YouTube, exits stealth, has raised $3M seed from prominent tech executives in April   —  Database legends emerge with a new startup  —  When the former CTOs of YouTube, Facebook and Dropbox seed fund a database startup …
Dec 16, 2018, 8:05 AMIn context

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