Yik Yak’s CTO drops out as the hyped anonymous app stagnates

Is Yik Yak a thing anymore? Not so much, according to download stats, traffic charts, surveys and a source that says the college app’s monthly user count has been declining. That source — with intimate knowledge of the company — also tipped me off that Yik Yak‘s original CTO Tom Chernetsky has bailed, which the startup now… Continue reading Yik Yak’s CTO drops out as the hyped anonymous app stagnates

Sharethrough grades your headlines with its new Hemingway tool

Ask most writers and editors and I’ll bet they agree: Writing headlines is hard. It’s not easy to come up with something exciting and attention-grabbing that also conveys the important information about a story in just a few words. Meanwhile, brands and marketers are creating more of their own content, so they have to worry about… Continue reading Sharethrough grades your headlines with its new Hemingway tool

Y Combinator flirts with having Hacker News community pick Fellowship companies

Upvotes! What are they good for? Soon, they might get your very, very early-stage company into Y Combinator. The incubator is experimenting with using the Hacker News community to pick startups for its Fellowship program. HN moderator Daniel Gackle, AKA dang, posted in the site’s “Ask HN” section with initial details: Perhaps if HN picked… Continue reading Y Combinator flirts with having Hacker News community pick Fellowship companies

Reddit introduces user-blocking tool to fight harassment and trolls

Reddit is looking to shape itself a bit more around the needs of the individual user in order to make the community more accepting as a whole. Reddit users will soon be able to block and mute other users on the site so they can customize their experience, The New York Times reports. Reddit co-founder Christopher Slowe detailed… Continue reading Reddit introduces user-blocking tool to fight harassment and trolls

Come to TechCrunch’s pre-F8 Facebook developers meetup

Meet TechCrunch writers and fellow Facebook developers the night before the madness of Facebook’s F8 conference begins. Join us at the Southern Pacific Brewing Company at 620 Treat Avenue in SF’s Mission District from 6-9pm on Monday April 11th. You can tell us about your startup and swap tips with fellow entrepreneurs. There’ll be delicious… Continue reading Come to TechCrunch’s pre-F8 Facebook developers meetup

Facebook bets big on Live with new mobile video discovery tab

Today Facebook launches its full assault on YouTube with a dedicated hub for watching Live and recorded videos in its mobile app. A Video tab is taking over Messenger’s prime, center spot in the navigation bar at the bottom of the screen, turning Facebook into a destination for discovering videos categorized by topic beyond stumbling across them… Continue reading Facebook bets big on Live with new mobile video discovery tab

Social payments startup Circle rolls into Europe

It may have started as a Bitcoin wallet but veteran entrepreneur Jeremy Allaire’s fintech startup Circle has since shifted focus to social payments, launching an app in Q4 last year that lets users send U.S. dollars to settle IOUs between each other, with its pitch being it makes payments as easy as firing off an SMS (and perhaps cheaper, given there’s… Continue reading Social payments startup Circle rolls into Europe

Why Facebook failed with Free Basics

Land grab! Net neutrality! Imperialism! There was a lot of justified outrage (and perhaps delight) when Mark Zuckerberg’s dream of bringing the Internet to rural Indians came crashing down recently, fueled by the 11 million people who contacted the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India in protest and 457 companies and more than 800 startups that signed letters vehemently opposing… Continue reading Why Facebook failed with Free Basics

ClearChat picks a heavily-encrypted fight with Slack

Slack has a lot of functions, but end-to-end encryption isn’t one of them, which makes the platform a no-go for some users. Launching to the public today, ClearChat comes along to save the day, serving the needs of the slightly more security-conscious teams, with chat, file transfer and more. ClearChat describes its service as “a combination of… Continue reading ClearChat picks a heavily-encrypted fight with Slack

Twitter signs deal with NFL to live stream Thursday Night Football

In a flurry of news this morning, it would appear that Twitter has won a deal with the NFL that gives the social network the right to stream Thursday Night Football live on the platform. Beyond the live stream of the game, the partnership will also include pre-game Periscope broadcasts from players and teams, as… Continue reading Twitter signs deal with NFL to live stream Thursday Night Football