What Will Meerkat Do Without Twitter?

Juvenile_meerkats_playfighting That’s the danger of building on someone else’s platform. You never know when they’ll pivot into your business and steamroll you. Last night, that happened to Meerkat. The livestreaming app was built entirely on Twitter, piggybacking on it for identity, communication, and distribution. Yesterday morning, Twitter confirmed reports that it had acquired an unlaunched competing… Read More

Empathy Machines

IMG_8795 The annals of live video are littered with cautionary tales. For every hype-driven social video startup that had a coming out party at South By Southwest, there is a matching tombstone.
On The Talk Show earlier this week I talked to host John Gruber about Meerkat. One of the concepts I floated on there is something I’ve been thinking about for a bit: The idea of services like Snapchat… Read More

11 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

TC-weekly-roundup1 It’s been a controversial week in tech, to say the least. With Apple’s reveal of a new one-port MacBook to the Ellen Pao gender discrimination trial, the tech world has been up in arms. These are our best stories of the week (3/7-3/13). Read More

Twitter Taps Partner Data To Help Marketers Target Their Ads

twitter Twitter announced a new ad targeting feature today called partner audiences, allowing Twitter advertisers to aim their ads at audiences like “coffee buyers” and “cereal buyers.” The various social media platforms have done a lot of work to expand their ad programs beyond their core sites and apps, but of course it’s useful for data to flow in the direction too,… Read More

Twitter Adds Friend-Finding And Two-Step Authentication To Its Login Service Digits

digits_find_friends_launch Twitter’s Digits, a developer-facing service launched last fall that offers a way to integrate a simpler, password-free login option into third-party mobile applications, has been expanded today with a pair of new features, including a friend finding function and two-step verification. While already Digits was offering a more secure way for users to log into apps by using their… Read More

ISIS Supporters Issue Death Threats Against Jack Dorsey And Twitter Employees

ISIS Twitter threat A post written by ISIS supporters has emerged, threatening Twitter employees with death because the microblogging platform deletes accounts related to the terrorist group. Uploaded onto JustPaste.it, the post specifically targets Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, with a crosshair superimposed over a photo of his face. Read More

13 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

TC-weekly-roundup This week’s news featured more than just runaway llamas and a Twitter debate over an optical illusion dress. The FCC passed new net neutrality regulations, photos and videos of two new smartphones leaked online, and the new Pebble smart watch flew past its Kickstarter goal. These are our best stories of the week (2/21-2/27). Read More

Twitter Will Crackdown On Serial Trolls By Tracking Their Phone Number

Twitter NYSE Twitter has a troll problem. Even its CEO knows it. And now the company is doing more to prevent its users suffering abuse and threats on its service. Read More