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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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Twitter and TweetDeck are experiencing partial outages

Twitter and TweetDeck are experiencing partial outages It’s not just you, Twitter has gone wobbly again. Users of the social network in Asia and Europe are reporting a range of problems tweeting and viewing certain types of content this morning. Among the problems being reported are not being able to post certain […]

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The portrait of an avatar as a young artist

The portrait of an avatar as a young artist Alice Lloyd George Contributor Share on Twitter Alice Lloyd George is an early stage investor based in New York and the host of Flux, a series of podcast conversations with leaders in frontier technology. More posts by this contributor Matt Cauble on changing […]

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Looking to become the meme-based social network of the gaming world Medal.tv raises $9 million

Looking to become the meme-based social network of the gaming world Medal.tv raises million When Medal.tv first launched on the scene, the company was an upstart trying to be the social network for the gaming generation. Since its debut in February, the clipping and messaging service for gamers has amassed 5 million […]

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Why Walmart’s Flipkart is betting heavily on Hindi

Why Walmart’s Flipkart is betting heavily on Hindi Flipkart, the largest e-commerce platform in India, said Tuesday it has concluded the roll-out of a range of features to its shopping app in what is its biggest update in recent years. Chief among these new features is access to Flipkart in Hindi language. […]

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What will Tumblr become under the ownership of tech’s only Goldilocks founder?

What will Tumblr become under the ownership of tech’s only Goldilocks founder? This week, Automattic revealed it has signed all the paperwork to acquire Tumblr from Verizon, including its full staff of 200. Tumblr has undergone quite a journey since its headline-grabbing acquisition by Marissa Mayer’s Yahoo in 2013 for $1.1 billion, […]

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Instagram says growth hackers are behind spate of fake Stories views

Instagram says growth hackers are behind spate of fake Stories views If you use Instagram and have noticed a bunch of strangers watching your Stories in recent months — accounts that don’t follow you and seem to be Russian — well, you’re not alone. Nor are you being primed for a Russian […]

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Twitter ‘fesses up to more adtech leaks

Twitter ‘fesses up to more adtech leaks Twitter has disclosed more bugs related to how it uses personal data for ad targeting that means it may have shared users data with advertising partners even when a user had expressly told it not to. Back in May the social network disclosed a bug […]

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Girlboss pivots to provide a LinkedIn for professional women

Girlboss pivots to provide a LinkedIn for professional women Girlboss, the multi-media brand for women founded by serial entrepreneur Sophia Amoruso, whose last company, Nasty Gal presaged the direct to consumer trend before collapsing under the weight of its own ambition. Now, Amoruso is back with yet another iteration on Girlboss, the […]

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How Facebook’s Libra is similar in concept and motivation to Kik’s Kin cryptocurrency

How Facebook’s Libra is similar in concept and motivation to Kik’s Kin cryptocurrency Facebook unveiled its Libra cryptocurrency initiative today, which is part of an alternative financial system (including new subsidiary and wallet ‘Calibra‘) it aims to build alongside industry and academic partners including MasterCard, PayPal, Visa, Uber, Andreessen Horowitz and Creative […]

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