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ManyChat raises $18M to help businesses tap into messaging

Posted on: June 2, 2019, in Blog

Mobile marketing company ManyChat has raised $18 million in Series A funding. The startup, co-founded by CEO Mikael Yang, is currently focused on Facebook Messenger. It offers tools for creating a bot on Messenger while also supporting live human chatting (ManyChat says its approach is a “smart blend of automation and personal outreach”), and additional […]

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YouTube sets a goal of having half of trending videos coming from its own site

Posted on: June 1, 2019, in Blog

YouTube wants to have half of the featured videos in its trending tab come from streams originating on the company’s own site going forward, according to the latest quarterly letter from chief executive Susan Wojcicki. The letter, directed to YouTube’s users, is meant to help ease concerns the site’s biggest stars have over copyright challenges, […]

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Why women are indefinitely sharing their locations

Posted on: June 1, 2019, in Blog

Rae Witte confessed to killing seven women, all of whom he met on dating apps. His criminal trial has been  Conveniences by way of technological advances are normalizing a culture of being alone with strangers. Ramirez is a freelance journalist and runs her indie publication ILY Magazine mainly from her one-bedroom apartment. “My schedule isn’t […]

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Instagram will now let creators and influencers sell items directly

Posted on: May 31, 2019, in Blog

The monetization hose is on full blast at Instagram now, and today at F8, Facebook unveiled one of the latest developments on that front. The company said that creators will now be able to tag items to sell them directly to people viewing their posts and Stories. For now, this will work only on items […]

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Diving into TED2019, the state of social media and internet behavior

Posted on: May 31, 2019, in Blog

Extra Crunch offers members the opportunity to tune into conference calls led and moderated by the TechCrunch writers you read every day. Last week, TechCrunch’s Anthony Ha gave us his recap of the TED2019 conference and offered key takeaways from the most interesting talks and provocative ideas shared at the event. Under the theme, “Bigger Than […]

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Facebook accused of blocking wider efforts to study its ad platform

Posted on: May 30, 2019, in Blog

Facebook has been accused of blocking the ability of independent researchers to effectively study how political disinformation flows across its ad platform. Adverts that the social network’s business is designed to monetize have — at the very least — the potential to influence people and push voters’ buttons, as the Cambridge Analytica Facebook data misuse […]

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Tumblr finally enables HTTPS for all accounts

Posted on: May 30, 2019, in Blog

Better late than never, Tumblr has rolled out HTTPS across its entire site. In a brief post on Tumblr’s engineering page, the company said all Tumblr sites will now have the web encryption setting enabled by default, though it admitted the move was “long-overdue.” Tumblr, which like TechCrunch is owned by Verizon, has 464 million […]

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How a blockchain startup with 1M users is working to break your Google habit

Posted on: May 29, 2019, in Blog

The antitrust argument that says big tech needs breaking up to stop platforms abusing competition and consumers in a two-faced role as seller and (manipulative) marketplace may only just be getting going on a mainstream political stage — but startups have been at the coal face of the fight against crushing platform power for years. […]

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A new era for enterprise IT

Posted on: May 29, 2019, in Blog

Aaron Levie From IT stacks to cloud ecosystems We’ve reached a new era of enterprise software and companies are coming around to this model in droves. What seemed unfathomable merely a decade ago is now becoming commonplace as Fortune 500 companies are mixing and matching best-in-class technologies — from upstarts to cloud mainstays like Salesforce, Workday, and ServiceNow […]

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Why your CSO, not your CMO, should pitch your security startup

Posted on: May 28, 2019, in Blog

Whenever a security startup lands on my desk, I have one question: Who’s the chief security officer (CSO) and when can I get time with them? Having a chief security officer is as relevant today as a chief marketing officer (CMO) or chief revenue boss. Just as you need to make sure your offering looks […]

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