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Twitter brings its Stories feature, Fleets, to Japan

Twitter brings its Stories feature, Fleets, to Japan Twitter’s own version of Stories, which it calls “Fleets,” have arrived in Japan. The new feature allows users to post ephemeral content that automatically disappears after 24 hours. Though Fleets previously launched in Brazil, India, Italy, and South Korea, Japan is notably Twitter’s second […]

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Facebook is working on Neighborhoods, a Nextdoor clone based on local groups

Facebook is working on Neighborhoods, a Nextdoor clone based on local groups Using social networks to connect with neighbors and local services has surged during the Covid-19 pandemic, and Facebook — with 2.7 billion users globally — is now looking at how it can tap into that in a more direct way. […]

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Who regulates social media?

Who regulates social media? Social media platforms have repeatedly found themselves in the United States government’s crosshairs over the last few years, as it has been progressively revealed just how much power they really wield, and to what purposes they’ve chosen to wield it. But unlike, say, a firearm or drug manufacturer, […]

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‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ and the limits of today’s game economies

‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ and the limits of today’s game economies Kaiser Hwang Contributor Share on Twitter Kaiser Hwang is a longtime member of the games community and a vice president at Forte, an organization building an open economic platform for games. “Animal Crossing: New Horizons” is a bonafide wonder. The game […]

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Investors explain COVID-19’s impact on consumer startups

Investors explain COVID-19’s impact on consumer startups Home fitness and games as gathering places are a few of the startup verticals propelled by unprecedented shifts in behavior due to shelter-in-place orders. We surveyed the top investors in consumer and social apps to learn about 2020’s startup trends, the M&A climate, the threat […]

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With kids and adults staying at home, are virtual worlds ready for primetime?

With kids and adults staying at home, are virtual worlds ready for primetime? We’ve been diligently following the development of virtual worlds, also known as the “metaverse,” on TechCrunch. Hanging out within the virtual worlds of games has become more popular in recent years with the growth of platforms like Roblox and […]

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Snap accelerator names its latest cohort

Snap accelerator names its latest cohort Yellow, the accelerator program launched by Snap in 2018, has selected ten companies to join its latest cohort. The new batch of startups coming from across the U.S. and international cities like London, Mexico City, Seoul and Vilnius are building professional social networks for black professionals […]

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How startups close their first big sales

How startups close their first big sales Joe Procopio Contributor Share on Twitter Joe Procopio is a multi-exit, multi-failure entrepreneur. Joe is currently building Spiffy, and previously sold Automated Insights, sold ExitEvent and built Intrepid Media. More posts by this contributor When to ditch that nightmare customer (before they kill your startup) […]

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WeWork-owned Meetup confirms restructuring, layoffs

WeWork-owned Meetup confirms restructuring, layoffs WeWork’s efforts to cut costs following the ouster of its chief executive officer and a delayed initial public offering looks to be impacting its subsidiaries. Meetup, which WeWork acquired for a reported $200 million in 2017, announced a round of layoffs this morning, TechCrunch has learned. The […]

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MediaLab acquires messaging app Kik, expanding its app portfolio

MediaLab acquires messaging app Kik, expanding its app portfolio Popular messaging app Kik is, indeed, “here to stay” following an acquisition by the Los Angeles-based multimedia holding company, MediaLab. It echoes the same message from Kik’s chief executive Tim Livingston last week when he rebuffed earlier reports that the company would shut […]

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