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L’Oréal rolls out a line of ‘virtual makeup’

L’Oréal rolls out a line of ‘virtual makeup’ Selfie filters have improved immensely over the past several years, but companies on the forefront of the tech see plenty of room to grow. The cosmetics world has seen some rapid change in the past several years as makeup has proven particularly ripe for […]

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Quibi’s shortform life

Quibi’s shortform life Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast (now on Twitter!), where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. Myself, along with Danny and Natasha had a lot to get through, and more to say than expected. A big thanks to Chris for cutting the show down to […]

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Watch the trailer for ‘First Person,’ a climate-focused series shot on Snapchat Spectacles

Watch the trailer for ‘First Person,’ a climate-focused series shot on Snapchat Spectacles Snapchat is about to launch “First Person,” the first of its original series to be shot on Snapchat Spectacles. The idea of filming a documentary using AR-centric eyewear might sound gimmicky, but “First Person” is tackling a weighty topic: […]

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We need universal digital ad transparency now

We need universal digital ad transparency now Laura Edelson Contributor Share on Twitter Laura Edelson is a PhD Candidate in Computer Science at NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering and is a team member on The Online Political Transparency Project. Erika Franklin Fowler Contributor Share on Twitter Erika Franklin Fowler is Professor of […]

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Temporal raises $18.75M for its microservices orchestration platform

Temporal raises .75M for its microservices orchestration platform Temporal, a Seattle-based startup that is building an open-source, stateful microservices orchestration platform, today announced that it has raised an $18.75 million Series A round led by Sequoia Ventures. Existing investors Addition Ventures and Amplify Partners also joined, together with new investor Madrona Venture […]

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Snapchat launches its TikTok rival, Sounds on Snapchat

Snapchat launches its TikTok rival, Sounds on Snapchat Snapchat this summer announced it would soon release a new music-powered feature that would allow users to set their Snaps to music. Today, the company made good on that promise with the launch of “Sounds on Snapchat” on iOS, a feature that lets users […]

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Snapchat among first to leverage iPhone 12 Pro’s LiDAR Scanner for AR

Snapchat among first to leverage iPhone 12 Pro’s LiDAR Scanner for AR Apple introduced its latest flagship iPhone models, the iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max, at its iPhone event on Tuesday. Among other things, the devices sport a new LiDAR Scanner designed to allow for more immersive augmented reality (AR) […]

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GV bets on young team behind high school social app HAGS

GV bets on young team behind high school social app HAGS As high schools pivot to hybrid models and students see less in-person face time with friends, the current social app sphere seems to be missing a way to build deeper bonds with classmates. HAGS is building a social network designed around […]

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Snapchat had a big August amid TikTok uncertainty

Snapchat had a big August amid TikTok uncertainty The continual uncertainty around TikTok’s future may have provided a big boost to Snapchat in August. Or maybe it was just the Disney eyes filter that went viral. In any event, preliminary estimates from app store intelligence firm Sensor Tower indicate that Snapchat’s mobile […]

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There’s no frontrunner to be found among the TikTok alternatives

There’s no frontrunner to be found among the TikTok alternatives The U.S. market has no real frontrunner poised to claim TikTok’s throne if the app is banned in the country. According to Trump’s executive order, TikTok’s owner ByteDance has to divest of TikTok’s U.S. operations or the app will be banned from […]

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