100% Fun

 If 2016 taught us anything it’s that the Internet isn’t fun anymore. It’s not that a soulless network of computers interconnected via TCP/IP was ever supposed to be fun. It’s … Continue Reading →

Now anyone can build features for Cola messenger

 Cola, a messaging app that integrates apps into chats, is opening up its developer kit today to enable anyone to build new apps. The updated version available today comes with 12 … Continue Reading →

Monotype will acquire marketing startup Olapic for $130M

 Monotype, a publicly-traded company focused on font design and technology, announced today that it’s acquiring Olapic, a startup that helps brands promote themselves with user-generated photos. The deal is expected to … Continue Reading →

Facebook scraps another Snapchat clone: 24-hour “Quick Updates”

 Poke failed. Slingshot failed. But Facebook is still trying to mimic Snapchat with a new Stories-style feature it’s been testing called “Quick Updates”. These 24-hour ephemeral updates are buried in … Continue Reading →

Tinder Social, helping friend groups plan their night out, launches globally

 Get ready for a new era — Tinder is about to launch Tinder Social globally. What is Tinder Social, you might ask? Well, Tinder Social is exactly the social planning … Continue Reading →

Why and how chatbots will dominate social media

 Since the early 2000s, brands have experimented with social media platforms to communicate with customers and prospects — first through weblogs, then eventually through social networks like Facebook and Twitter. … Continue Reading →

Warby Parker is offering Snapchat-exclusive sunglasses

 Warby Parker is offering its very first Snapchat-exclusive product — limited sunglasses that are only available for purchase to its Snapchat followers. The eyeglass retailer said it just shared a Snapchat … Continue Reading →

The medium is the Messenger

 Messenger’s milestone is just the latest in a series of big numbers for messaging apps. WhatsApp hit a billion users in February; Line, which had the most successful IPO of any … Continue Reading →

SwiftKey officially unwraps its emoji prediction app 🎁😆💃🔛

 Keyboard app maker Swiftkey, which was acquired by Microsoft for $250 million in February, has officially launched its first product since that acquisition — and it’s an emoji-predicting keyboard app, … Continue Reading →

How Facebook Messenger clawed its way to 1 billion users

 Facebook’s gamble of forcing users to download Messenger has paid off. Despite the backlash, Messenger has doubled its user count in twenty months to reach the one billion user mark five … Continue Reading →

Get lost in 10,000 square miles of multiplayer VR with MetaWorld later this year

 Virtual reality as it exists currently is generally an isolating experience. Plenty of VR worlds are sparsely populated, inhabited by robots, or empty. There are social platforms for VR already, … Continue Reading →

Facebook throws shade at Snapchat’s anti-creepy business

 “They’re going to hit some challenges and marketers are gonna start to ask questions when they get out of the experimental budget phase”, Facebook’s head of ad tech said about … Continue Reading →

Will photo art phenom Prisma raise or get bought?

 Prisma morphs your photos into fine art like Picasso or Mondrian, and it’s blowing up the iOS app charts. Today it came out in unofficial APK beta on Android. But … Continue Reading →

Anyone can now apply to be verified on Twitter

 It may have just become a little easier to get the blue check mark on Twitter.  The company has just announced that they are opening applications to apply for verification on the … Continue Reading →

Snapchat now lets you use Bitmojis in chat or on snaps

 Snapchat bought Bitstrips, the startup behind Bitmoji, back in March. The acquisition was worth a reported $100 million, but at the time, how the product would be integrated wasn’t clear. … Continue Reading →

Bubble wants to tap users’ social graphs for an on-demand babysitting app

 Who would you trust more with your kids: a person sent by a babysitting agency or the sitter who watched your friends’ kids last weekend? Read More

Kim’s Snapchat Story, Taylor’s Instagram, and all the 1’s and 0’s in between

 Not-so-breaking news from the world of celebrity gossip: Kimye and T-Swift are at it again! And with this particular stage of the celebrity feud, we are given an amazing opportunity … Continue Reading →

Snapchat “Suggest” is the new way to get famous

 Finally there’s a better way to gain followers on Snapchat. The app refuses to tell you who to watch. There are no suggested user lists, no leaderboards, no little buttons everywhere … Continue Reading →

Facebook’s new ad tool helps target people who will actually use, not just install, mobile apps

 Getting people to download apps on their phone is hard enough. Getting to use them and return is even harder. And getting valuable users who spend money in the app … Continue Reading →

How Pokemon Go did what these 3 hype-heavy startups couldn’t

 Pokemon Go has been continuing its global rollout fairly slowly, with a lacuna in Canada just this past Sunday, and even without an official debut in some key markets like … Continue Reading →

Big data and its developer fallout

 As the internet social turf wars continue to mature, the land grab is becoming much better understood. With a few companies controlling 95 percent of the social data, the internet … Continue Reading →

Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube blocked in Turkey during reported coup attempt

 The Turkish military has deployed in Istanbul and Ankara, and the government has apparently blocked social media in response to what is being reported as an attempted coup. Read More

Netflix launches Flixtape so you can make ‘mixtapes’ of your favorites movies and shows

 Just in time for the weekend, Netflix today announced the launch of a new service called Flixtape, which the company describes as a way to make short playlists of your … Continue Reading →

Viewing links shared in Messenger just got easier

 Reading the links your friends share with you in Messenger is getting a little easier, starting today. Facebook says it’s beginning to roll out support for “Instant Articles” – the … Continue Reading →

Pinterest acquires the team behind Highlight and Shorts

 Pinterest today said it was acquiring the team behind Math Camp, the creators of Highlight, and will be sunsetting its applications Roll and Shorts in the next few weeks. The acquisition shouldn’t … Continue Reading →

Pokémon Go continues its worldwide march, now live in the UK

 One of the more interesting side effects from the explosion of new mobile AR game Pokémon Go is physical movement: a lot of people are finding themselves walking miles and miles (and miles) … Continue Reading →

Scientists are studying ant colonies to create better network analysis

 Ants are really good at lots of things. Lifting, communicating, ruining picnics. Turns out they’ve got the whole voting thing down to a science, too. When time comes to move … Continue Reading →

SpareMin helps you fill your extra time with spontaneous phone calls

 Even though TechCrunch readers can get really busy with their jobs, their side hustles and everything else in their lives, you’ll probably still have a few moments of downtime today — … Continue Reading →

Google aqui-hires deep search engine Kifi to enhance its Spaces group chat app

 Google has made another small acquisition to help it continue building out its latest efforts in social apps. The search and Android giant has hired the team behind Kifi, a startup that was … Continue Reading →

Sen. Al Franken questions Niantic over Poképrivacy policy

 Always with his finger on the pulse, Senator Al Franken today sent an official request to Niantic asking about particulars of the Pokémon GO privacy policy. “I am concerned about … Continue Reading →

An interview with the anonymous founder of PostGhost

 PostGhost was a service that stored and displayed the deleted Tweets of celebrities and politicians. Created as a way to keep public discourse honest, Twitter shut it down with a … Continue Reading →

Pokémon Go promises to fix the bug that let it access all your Google data

 Pokémon Go isn’t reading your Gmail. The makers of the hot, new mobile game are fixing a bug that allowed the app to gain full access to users’ accounts, when they … Continue Reading →

Deleted Tweet archive PostGhost shut down after Twitter cease and desist

 PostGhost was a nascent website that archived the tweets of the famous, rich, and important. The site got popular for finding and storing the deleted Tweets of politicians and even … Continue Reading →

Twitter reportedly in talks with the NBA, MLS and Turner for more sports streaming

 Twitter isn’t satisfied with streaming 10 Thursday Night Football games this upcoming NFL season. According to Recode, the social media network is also reportedly in talks with the NBA, Major … Continue Reading →

Her, the dating app for queer women, finally goes live on Android

 And so, the dating pool for queer women across the world got that much bigger. Her, the dating app focused exclusively on ladies who are into other ladies, has finally … Continue Reading →

“Clean Diesel” agency spams Venmo customers for charity donations

 The WaterIsLife charity discovered a Venmo loophole, enabling it to blast its message to a thousand unsuspecting people earlier this week. By sending $0.01 to folks who were appearing in … Continue Reading →

Messenger now has virtual monkeys, courtesy of Yahoo

 What’s a poor beleaguered brand like Yahoo to do? Use its smart engineers to jump on the hottest trend, of course. Today the company is launching a bot that simulates … Continue Reading →

Bumble is going to help you find your next job with BumbleBizz

 I hate networking. Or at least the type of networking that consists of awkward happy hours where no one knows each other and you’re approached every five seconds by some … Continue Reading →

Instagram nixes naughty comments

 Comment reels can become cesspools, especially on celebrity social media posts that get replies by the thousands. But now Instagram is letting its new business pages take out the trash … Continue Reading →

Facebook will test video downloads for offline viewing

 The developing world can’t join the age of social video since streaming sucks up too much costly data and is sluggish on slow connections. But Facebook wants to change that … Continue Reading →