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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Sources: Snap tried to buy now defunct messaging app Secret for up to $60M, but couldn't agree on price since Secret was valued at $120M in 2014 Series B round   —  Evan Spiegel secretly tried to hire away the team at Secret, but the price was too high.  That's according to three sources familiar with the deal who spoke to TechCrunch.
Feb 9, 2018, 1:50 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Instagram says it's testing a feature that lets users add others' public posts to their Stories, easing up on its philosophy of only promoting original content   —  Instagram purposefully lacks a “Regram” button to promote original sharing, but it's easing up on that philosophy when it comes to Stories.
Feb 7, 2018, 2:35 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Analytics service Mixpanel was accidentally collecting passwords in some clients' apps from March 2017 to January 2018, was slow to notify clients and public   —  The passwords of some people using sites monitored by popular analytics provider Mixpanel were mistakenly pulled into its software.
Feb 5, 2018, 4:25 PMIn context
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Source: TrackR, maker of Bluetooth trackers for physical objects, lays off 42 staff, in ongoing market contraction   —  It's crunch time for TrackR, that startup that lets you use an app to find items like keys, wallets and bags that have been tagged with its small Bluetooth-based tracking devices.
Jan 30, 2018, 11:05 AMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Snap's VP of Product Tom Conrad leaving in March after 2 years; director of growth Jacob Andreou steps in at executive level, but no new title assigned to him   —  One of Snap CEO Evan Spiegel's top lieutenants Tom Conrad will leave Snapchat, and the whole tech industry, in March.
Jan 24, 2018, 4:35 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook buys Boston software company Confirm, which authenticates IDs, and will wind down its operations   —  Facebook has confirmed to TechCrunch that it's acquired... Confirm.io.  The startup offered an API that let other companies quickly verify someone's government-issued identification card …
Jan 23, 2018, 4:41 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Vine cofounder Don Hofmann details its successor, v2: aiming for summer debut, 6.5 second looping videos, better moderation, Teams for collaboration, no filters   —  First, don't call it “Vine Two”.  Details are starting to emerge about v2, the forthcoming video app built to replace Vine by its former co-founder Dom Hofmann.
Jan 23, 2018, 3:35 PMIn context
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Tile, maker of Bluetooth trackers for physical objects, lays off 30 after holiday sales disappoint   —  Tile, one of the best known item-tracking gadgets out there, has laid off some 30 people and reportedly stopped the potential hires of another 10, TechCrunch has learned.
Jan 21, 2018, 9:05 PMIn context
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Sources: Go-Jek closes $1.2B round at $3B+ valuation with commitments from Google, Temasek, Meituan; raise started months ago, with Tencent, others investing   —  Google is back investing in ride-hailing companies.  The U.S. search firm and China's Meituan-Dianping are among the tech giants set …
Jan 18, 2018, 2:35 AMIn context

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