Discord shuts down alt-right server and accounts for ToS violations

 Popular voice chat platform Discord has shut down several servers and accounts associated with the alt-right for violations of the terms of service. The company announced the enforcement action on Twitter, emphasizing that it will “continue to take action against white supremacy, nazi ideology, and all forms of hate.” Read More

Snapchat ‘Crowd Surf’ stitches together everyone’s concert videos

 Snapchat’s got a new trick to stay one step ahead of Instagram. Snapchat “Crowd Surf” uses artificial intelligence machine learning technology to analyze when lots of people are all recording the same musical performance at the same time. It can then lace together the different angles while keeping the song playing smoothly. Read More

Facebook is rolling out a Trending News section on mobile, now with its own link

 Facebook is rolling out a “Trending News” section on mobile that includes its own link in the app’s main navigation. This follows the company’s earlier announcement this spring of a redesign for Trending Topics, an increasingly important part of Facebook’s social network, where it tracks the news stories that are buzzing across its service. That redesign is… Read More

Facebook is rolling out a Trending News section on mobile, now with its own link

 Facebook is rolling out a “Trending News” section on mobile that includes its own link in the app’s main navigation. This follows the company’s earlier announcement this spring of a redesign for Trending Topics, an increasingly important part of Facebook’s social network, where it tracks the news stories that are buzzing across its service. That redesign is… Read More

Another record low for Snap after 14% drop post earnings

 Snap, the Snapchat parent, has had a very difficult ride in the stock market since debuting in March. After pricing its IPO at $17 and then reaching highs of $27, the company has fallen to less than half that. After losing 14% of its value in a single day’s trading, Snap closed Friday at $11.83. The growing social media company revealed on Thursday that it has 173 million daily active… Read More

SoundCloud saved by emergency funding as CEO steps aside

 SoundCloud has just closed the necessary funding round to keep the struggling music service afloat. CEO Alex Ljung will step aside though remain chairman as former Vimeo CEO Kerry Trainor replaces him. Mike Weissman will become COO as SoundCloud co-founder and CTO Eric Wahlforss becomes chief product officer. Raine Group and Temasek have stepped in to lead the new Series F funding round of… Read More

Snap founders won’t sell shares despite plummeting price

 Snap has an awful Q2 earnings report… but at least its dancing AR hot dog was viewed 1.5 billion times. To prove their confidence, co-founders Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy have agreed not to sell any shares this year, and the company will withhold shares they’re owed to pay for any necessary taxes. Of course, there are only five months left in the year, so this isn’t exactly… Read More

8 ways to fix Snapchat

 Snap’s cool factor is wearing off. It needs new ways to entertain teens and score ad dollars. That means challenging some of its deepest-held philosophies about who Snapchat is for and how it works. From changing its feed to seducing influencers to fighting Facebook, here’s what we think Snap needs to do. Read More