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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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Mercedes-Benz app glitch exposed car owners’ information to other users

Mercedes-Benz app glitch exposed car owners’ information to other users Mercedes-Benz car owners have said that the app they used to remotely locate, unlock and start their cars was displaying other people’s account and vehicle information. TechCrunch spoke to two customers who said the Mercedes-Benz’ connected car app was pulling in information […]

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Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global is buying a startup that uses neuroscience to boost app usage

Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global is buying a startup that uses neuroscience to boost app usage When Arianna Huffington stepped down from her role at the Huffington Post to start Thrive Global, she said the goal of her new business was to help a generation “avoid the burnout that all too often comes […]

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Twitter says it will restrict users from retweeting world leaders who break its rules

Twitter says it will restrict users from retweeting world leaders who break its rules Twitter said it will restrict how users can interact with tweets from world leaders who break its rules. The social media giant said it will not allow users to like, reply, share or retweet the offending tweets, but […]

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Reddit now lets iOS users share to Snapchat

Reddit now lets iOS users share to Snapchat Reddit users can now share their favorite content from the site to Snapchat, thanks to a new integration that allows sharing of text, link, and image-based posts on iOS from Reddit’s “Safe for Work” communities. The move makes Snapchat the first platform partner that […]

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Trump gets on Twitch

Trump gets on Twitch The reelection campaign will be livestreamed. US president Donald Trump has joined Amazon-owned livestreaming platform Twitch. Twitch is best known as a social video streaming platform for gamers but does host other content, including politics. The verified DonaldTrump Twitch account, spotted earlier by Reuters, has just one video […]

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Social Club, a ‘censorship free’ Instagram clone for pot, gets booted from the App Store

Social Club, a ‘censorship free’ Instagram clone for pot, gets booted from the App Store Apple has booted a cannabis-promoting app from the App Store, Social Club, after it devolved into a place where users were openly posting drugs for sale, and became filled with photos of various drugs, guns and weaponry, […]

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Twitter admits it used two-factor phone numbers and emails for targeted advertising

Twitter admits it used two-factor phone numbers and emails for targeted advertising Twitter has said it may have “inadvertently” used phone numbers and email addresses that users provided to secure their accounts to serve targeted advertisements. In a disclosure Tuesday, the social media giant said it did not know how many users […]

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Instagram is killing its creepy stalking feature, the Following tab

Instagram is killing its creepy stalking feature, the Following tab Instagram is removing its Following tab, a feature that became better known as a stalking tool than one to aid with new account discovery, as the company had intended. Today, Instagram says that its Explore tab is the go-to place to find […]

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“Human Compatible” is a provocative prescription to re-think AI before it’s too late

“Human Compatible” is a provocative prescription to re-think AI before it’s too late Dr. Stuart Russell, a distinguished AI researcher and computer scientist at UC Berkeley, believes there is a fundamental and potentially civilization-ending shortcoming in the “standard model” of AI, which is taught (and Dr. Russell wrote the main textbook) and […]

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