Category Archives: Entertainment

Twitter Goes Down For Almost An Hour

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Twitter is down. I repeat, Twitter is down. Twitter says that “most users are experiencing issues accessing Twitter on web and mobile apps. We’re looking into it.” According to the API status page, Downforeveryoneorjustme.com, and tests within the TechCrunch staff, the service is experiencing some serious performance issues. And it’s not just the desktop website […]

Tinder To Introduce Verified Accounts

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Poor famous, beautiful people: They can’t even get a good date using tried and tested methods like swiping right. Matchmaking app Tinder has high-profile users including Ashton Kutcher, Lindsay Lohan and Josh Groban, but the startup’s CEO Sean Rad explained to The Hollywood Reporter that these people aren’t necessarily fielding an endless stream of matches. […]

Facebook v8 For iOS

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Don’t want all your friends to see your photos? That’s a big reason Snapchat has become so popular, and now Facebook wants to capitalize on more private sharing. Facebook for iOS 8.0, released today, offers an easy “Share with only these friends” option, allowing you to select specific people who you want your photo album […]

15M Travelers In 2013, Gogobot Goes After Kayak With New Hotel Metasearch Utility To Help You Find The Best Deals

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Gogobot launched in 2010 in the early stage of a wave of new interest in the social travel space, as a glut of new startups promised to as a new generation of companies promised to transform stodgy old travel with the magic of the social graph. Some of those players built products on top of […]

WedPics, A Social Weddings Platform For Web & Mobile, Raises $1.5 Million Series A

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Wedding startups are a plenty, but fewer reach the milestone of a Series A round. So Raleigh, N.C.-based WedPics has something to celebrate. The company, an online and mobile platform that allows couples, the wedding party, and guests to share photos before, during and after the big day, now has $1 .5 million in Series A financing, led […]

Inside Facebook’s Efforts To Fortify Security In A Post-Snowden World

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At Facebook, the security team isn’t holed up in some basement wearing tinfoil hats. It’s embedded across the company so any department dealing with sensitive data or access has security researchers inside it. Hinting at protecting against government surveillance, Facebook’s chief security officer Joe Sullivan said today that he’s confident enough in the company’s technical […]

Giftri Mines Friends’ Facebook Data To Provide Gift Recommendations On Amazon

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Technology has the potential to throw the old adage “it’s the thought that counts” into disarray, if an algorithm does the thinking for you. Enter Spanish startup Giftri, another attempt to tap Facebook’s data hive to provide personalized gift recommendations for friends. Specifically, it analyses your ‘Social Graph’ (your friend-list) and the corresponding ‘Interest Graph’ […]

Battle Of The “Reaction” Messengers

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If you build it, they will come? Half a dozen or so applications have launched in recent months, hoping to dominate what they all hope will be one of the next big trends in mobile messaging: the “reaction” messenger. That is, these apps utilize a smartphone’s camera to either photograph or record a video of […]

Facebook Says It Has 1B Monthly Active Users On Mobile, 200M Actives On Instagram

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Following up the announcement that it’s acquiring Oculus VR for around $2 billion, Facebook also shared some numbers about its growth, because why not? On the acquisition conference call, CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed that, as of last week, Facebook has 1 billion monthly active users on mobile. That’s up from 945 million as of the […]

Twitter Files For Lawsuits In Turkish Courts

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Twitter has just announced that it has formally joined the cause of those defending use of its service in Turkey, by filing petitions for lawsuits in a number of Turkish courts after working with its Turkish attorney over the course of the past few days. The petitions ask that the ban be lifted formally, and […]