President Obama Taps Twitter Vet Jason Goldman As White House’s First Chief Digital Officer

Jason Goldman President Obama announced this morning that Jason Goldman, a longtime tech industry executive best known for his work alongside Ev Williams during the formative years of products such as Blogger, Twitter, and Medium, has been named the White House’s first-ever “Chief Digital Officer.” The news was first reported by Politico. Goldman will be overseeing the White… Read More

Twitter’s New “Quality Filter” Starts Rolling Out To Verified iOS Users

twitter rainbow Twitter can be a cesspool of bullying, which CEO Dick Costolo admitted in an internal memo has cost the microblogging platform users. Over the past few months, however, the company has taken several major steps to stop trolls. The latest is a new “quality filter” that lets verified users weed out problematic tweets from their notifications. Read More

|LIVE NOW| Meerkat Raises $12M From Greylock At A $40M Valuation

Meerkat Logo If you’re reading TechCrunch right now (you are, by the way), chances are you have at least heard of Meerkat. You may even be simultaneously hoping that you don’t have to fall prey to the new SXSW sweetheart before the trend of live broadcasting is over. But this is no Yo.
Sources familiar with the matter tell TechCrunch that Meerkat has closed on a $12 million Series B led by… Read More

Medium Now Lets You Write Posts From Its iOS App

Medium writing iOS Popular blogging platform and publisher Medium has announced that the latest update to its iOS app will finally let users compose posts from their iPhone or iPad. It’s a feature that many fans of the platisher (publorm?) have been begging the company for from day one. It’s landing in the wake of another recent update, which let you start writing an outline or short post in an… Read More

Ustream’s New Live-Broadcasting SDK Lets You Build Your Own Meerkat

Ustream Call it a sign of the times: hot on the heels of Meerkat’s sudden boom in popularity among techies and Twitter’s kneecapping of the service as SXSW began, live-streaming startup Ustream is opening its internal API to the public so that anyone can build their own Meerkat-like broadcasting app. Read More

The Weasel And The Woodpecker

Screenshot 2015-03-17 12.19.21 Remember that picture of the weasel riding the woodpecker? It came to mind several times this weekend as I roamed the SXSW festival in Austin. Live streaming app Meerkat dominated the conversation at most gatherings, with the competing video streaming product, Periscope, coming up far less frequently – if at all. Then on Friday night Twitter confirmed rumors that it had closed on… Read More

Twitter’s Latest Addition Makes It Easier To Report Threats On Its Service To The Police

twitter-harrassment At the end of last year, Twitter began to focus in earnest on upgrading its suite of tools designed to help users dealing with abuse, threats, and other forms of harassment that took place on its service. Today, the company is making yet another change along these same lines – it’s adding a new feature that will make it easier for affected users to report abuse to law… Read More

Meerkat Roulette Is Chatroulette For Meerkat Because Meerkat

Capture With Meerkat Roulette, the Internet has hit peak Meerkat. Yet the question remains, even with services being built like this, what will Meerkat do without Twitter? Read More