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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Yahoo Acquires Photo Startup Cooliris

Yahoo Acquires Photo Startup Cooliris
cooliris yahoo Photo app-maker Cooliris just announced that it has been acquired by Yahoo. The company was founded in 2006 and was initially known for creating a “3D wall” for navigating photos and other media content. More recently, its focus shifted to an app (also called Cooliris) that allowed users to browse photos from across services like Facebook, Instagram, and Flickr. It also launched… Read More

Crunchweek: Uber, Uber, Uber And Barbie
Screen Shot 2014-11-21 at 2.28.09 PM Here’s a protip: Don’t do what Uber did this week. That’s the main topic of CrunchWeek this time around. Bad behavior, however, wasn’t just Uber’s purview: The corporate entity behind Barbie was exposed for publishing a wantonly sexist tract that undercut the idea that women can be software engineers. So that wasn’t very good. Happily, TechCrunch’s… Read More

Photo-Sharing App Memoir Snags $5.5 Million To Help You Recall The Past
memoir Photo-sharing application Memoir, a Timehop competitor that allows you to rediscover old photo “memories,” has raised an additional $5.5 million in a round led by Redpoint Ventures’ Ryan Sarver. Others participating included prior investors Founder Collective, Box Group, Lerer Ventures and Thrive Capital. The company had previously raised $1.2 million in seed funding.… Read More

Livefyre Studio Puts The Company’s Focus On User Generated Content And Social Media Curation
livefyre studio At this point, I should probably stop calling Livefyre a commenting platform.
Actually, the company has been expanding beyond comments for a while. It launched its StreamHub product, which included more social media widgets, back in 2012. And it acquired social media curation startup Storify last year. Read More

Social Betting App Youbetme Raises $2.7M
youbetme Youbetme, the startup behind the social betting app of the same name, announced today that it has raised $2.7 million in Series A funding.
Youbetme says it launched the app in January. The company bills itself as a way to “bet on anything, at any time,” either through its iOS app or it’s website. To be clear, it doesn’t support real-money betting, but rather tracking… Read More

TheLadders Revamps iPhone App To Focus On Job Referrals, Unveils Job Market Guide
Ladders_Feed_full What good is a job search site or app when you’re not looking for a job? That’s the issue TheLadders is tackling with the launch of a new version of its iOS app and a new feature that it calls the Job Market Guide. CEO Alex Douzet told me that these are the first steps in a new direction for the company, which was founded in 2003. TheLadders was initially aimed at people looking… Read More

Dropbox Drags Its Expensive, Forgotten Photo App Carousel To Web And Tablets
Carousel_Global_Blog-copy_smaller-1 Early this year, Dropbox threw a glitzy launch event for its new photo storage and viewing app Carousel, and people went right on using the dozen other ways to keep and comb through memories. Despite Dropbox’s 300 million users, it saw less than a half million downloads on Android, and has hovered around #350 on the iOS photo app chart, falling out of the top 1500 apps overall less than… Read More

The Old Foursquare Is Dead
Screenshot 2014-11-19 10.45.45 The final traces of the old foursquare are being wiped from existence, as the new Foursquare is currently going out as an update to Windows Phone users. This summer, Foursquare made an announcement, to the shock of many, that it would be splitting its long-surviving check-in app into two separate applications: Swarm and Foursquare. Swarm, which launched shortly thereafter, would take over… Read More

Salesforce’s Revamped Social Studio Includes Tighter Integration With Sales And Customer Service
Salesforce Social Studio is unveiling a new version of the Social Studio, its set of social media tools for marketers.
When the company first announced the Social Studio earlier this year, it seemed like a way to bring its various social media acquisitions under one (metaphorical) roof. (The full name of the product was the Radian6 + Buddy Media Social Studio.) Read More

Messaging App Viber Takes A Step Into Social Networking With New Public Chats Feature
Viber_Chats A lot of messaging apps have been highlighting how their services are a great way for people to directly communicate with their friends directly, in opposition to the bare-all nature of social networks like Facebook. But today Viber, the messaging app with 209 million users, is taking a different approach: it is launching Public Chats, giving users a way of using its direct messaging and… Read More

Facebook Launches Standalone Groups App To Stoke Micro-Sharing
Facebook Groups 700 million people use Facebook Groups every month, but it’s a second-class experience on mobile, slow and buried in the social network’s main app. So today Facebook is releasing a standalone Groups app with powerful notification controls and a Groups discovery section. You won’t be forced to use it as the Groups feature will remain in the Facebook app, and you won’t… Read More

Snapcash Could Bring Real Identity And Ad Targeting Data To Snapchat
Snapcash Featured Image Snapchat doesn’t ask for your real name, but its on the debit card you use for its new peer-to-peer payments feature Snapcash. That could prove very lucrative for the ephemeral messaging service. Snapchat has just overhauled its privacy policy to allow it to collect additional identity information about users of Snapcash. We’ve also discovered code showing the feature can run an… Read More

Built In Brooklyn: HowAboutWe Is An Online Dating Service With An Offline Focus
HowAboutWe founders There’s a good chance you’ve already heard about HowAboutWe, the latest startup featured in our TechCrunch TV series Built in Brooklyn — not just if you use the service yourself, but also because it was acquired by IAC a few months ago.
To be clear, this episode won’t tell you what the company has been up to post-acquisition, because we actually recorded it back in April. Read More

Snapchat Now Lets You Send Money To Friends Through Snapcash Deal With Square Cash
snapcash While Venmo, Google Wallet, and more try to take a business approach to peer-to-peer payments, Snapchat today swooped in from the consumer side. It just added a “Snapcash”  payments option to its app through a deal with Square Cash. Now you can add a debit card, type a dollar amount into Snapchat’s text-chat feature, and hit the green pay button to instantly send a… Read More

Spaces Debuts A Community Where UX Designers Can Share App Prototypes
Screen Shot 2014-11-17 at 2.21.57 PM A new site called Spaces is now launching as a place where mobile app designers can showcase interactive prototypes of their work, or browse one of many common user experiences from other popular apps – like the navigation in Facebook Paper, or how Dropbox’s Carousel app appears to first-time users, for example.
The service is akin to a “Dribbble for UX.” Or, in… Read More

Biz Stone’s Jelly Launches Super So You Can Express Your Best, Craziest, Sexiest Opinions
Screen Shot 2014-11-17 at 10.55.07 AM Twitter co-founder Biz Stone’s Q&A app Jelly didn’t quite blow up, so today he’s launching a much weirder app called Super where you can share colorful statements, opinions and recommendations. It’s a lot like the private beta version of Super I stumbled into and profiled in September, but now everyone on iOS and Android can start yelling in all caps about their… Read More

Antidate Is A Dating App With An Asymmetric Twist
Antidate Meet Antidate: another new kid on the dating app block. It’s aiming to stand out by putting a gender-skewed, asymmetric twist on the in-app experience. Read More

Facebook Cracks Down On Non-Ad Promotional Feed Posts, Bait-And Switching Pages That Bought Likes
6a01053686a547970c017d3e73793e970c-pi “BUY THIS!” “INSTALL NOW!’ “CONTEST!” Facebook is about to start punishing business Pages that publish spammy, aggressive marketing posts with these kind of words to the News Feed. Facebook will show them to a lot fewer of their fans, even if the Page paid for ads to get those fans. After a study of 500,000 users found they wanted to see less promotional… Read More

Facebook Will Monetize Games With Ads, Not Messenger
Facebook Messenger Games How is Facebook going to monetize Messenger? Not by featuring games in the app like Korea’s KakaoTalk, at least for now. Instead, Facebook could concentrate on solving new problems with Messenger. When I pressed Facebook’s EMEA Director of Platform Partnerships Julien Codorniou about whether Messenger would become a platform that hosts non-chat experiences, he said that Facebook… Read More

Former TechCrunch Co-Editor In Chief Eric Eldon Heads To Hyper-Local Journalism Site Hoodline
eric-eldon Eric Eldon, who stepped in a few years ago to lead and stabilize TechCrunch after the departure of its founder Michael Arrington and many key staffers, has quietly been been dipping his toes back into journalism. This time it’s not about tech startups. He’s going into local journalism with Hoodline, a startup that grew out of a hyper-local blog about the Haight-Ashbury… Read More

Source: Yahoo Acquires Photo Startup Cooliris

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