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Chinese dating app Momo sees record revenue growth thanks to live streaming

Editor’s note: This post originally appeared on TechNode, an editorial partner of TechCrunch based in China. Momo, China’s top location-based social networking app, has continued its impressive user growth from last year and added solid financial figures to back it up, according its most recent earnings report. The company, which was previously backed by Alibaba, went public […]

Twitter tests a feature that warns users of profiles with ‘potentially sensitive content’

Twitter confirmed it’s testing a new feature that flags users’ profiles as potentially including “sensitive content.” When you click on one of these profiles from a link on Twitter, or if you visit the profile’s web page directly, you won’t be immediately shown the users’ tweets. Instead, a warning message displays, reading “Caution: This profile may include sensitive […]

Microsoft is closing its So.cl social network

So.cl, the little-known and probably much-forgotten social network project from Microsoft Research’s FUSE Labs division, is closing down. The service was launched in late 2011 as a social community where the objective was “collaborative consumption, not communication.” Initially for students, So.cl opened up to anyone once it had gotten going and subsequently added support for mobile devices, […]

Russia says ‘nyet,’ continues LinkedIn block after it refuses to store data in Russia

Russia’s internet regulator today confirmed that access to social networking site LinkedIn — which has been blocked in Russia since November 2016 — is not returning to Russia anytime soon, after it received a letter from the social network’s VP of global public policy stating that LinkedIn will not move Russian user data to Russian territory. LinkedIn, […]

Instagram Stories launches Geostickers as its Snap attack continues

Instagram is steadily closing the feature gap between itself and Snapchat. Today Instagram launched its first Geostickers, which let users add and arrange illustrations related to their locations to their Stories posts. The first places getting city-wide and special neighborhood Geostickers are New York City and Jakarta. These add to Instagram Stories’ existing location stickers […]

Twitter’s Moments get their own analytics

Twitter Moments, Twitter’s own take on short-form content told as a series of connected tweets, are today getting their own analytics, the company announced today. This will allow Moments’ creators to track how well their content is working on Twitter, by offering details on opens, likes, shares, and more. The idea is that this data will aid […]

Facebook’s content moderation system under fire again for child safety failures

Facebook has again been criticized for failing to remove child exploitation imagery from its platform following a BBC investigation into its system for reporting inappropriate content. Last year the news organization reported that closed Facebook groups were being used by pedophiles to share images of child exploitation. At the time Facebook’s head of public policy told it he was committed […]

Giphy quietly acquired imoji to build out its emoji and sticker business

Last week, GIF-finding platform Giphy revealed a new line of business offering artist-created stickers in Apple’s iMessage app. But what it didn’t announce was that it also made an acquisition to bolster this new sticker strategy. TechCrunch has learned and confirmed that Giphy quietly acquired imoji, a startup that had developed a popular platform for creators to build and distribute […]

Should Snap buy Twitter?

Now that Snap is flush with public dollars, the question becomes: How to spend it? One suggestion floated as a “what if” scenario among armchair executives in banking, finance and tech over the weekend is that Snap could make a bid for Twitter. To be clear, we have not heard any sources tell us that […]

Snap tumbles 9% on day three

Snapchat parent Snap Inc. debuted on the stock market Thursday and immediately saw substantial gains on its first two days. But the excitement has already worn off, with shares tumbling on day three. After closing Friday at $27.09 per share, Snap fell beneath $25 on Monday, down roughly 9% during the day’s trading. “Some of the air is coming […]

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