To stop copycats, Snapchat shares itself

Evan Spiegel has finally found a way to fight back against Mark Zuckerberg’s army of clones. For 2.5 years, Snapchat foolishly tried to take the high road versus Facebook, with Spiegel claiming “Our values are hard to copy.” That inaction allowed Zuckerberg to accrue more than 1 billion daily Stories users across Instagram, WhatsApp and Facebook compared to Snapchat’s 186 million total daily users. Meanwhile, the whole tech industry scrambled to build knock-offs of Snap’s vision of an ephemeral, visual future. But Snapchat’s new strategy is a rallying call for…

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Apple blocks Google’s internal apps on iOS devices

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Apple is preventing Google from running its internal apps for employees on iPhones and iPads — a move similar to one it took against Facebook earlier this week. The news comes a day after it was reported that Google’s Screenwise Meter app, launched in 2012, invited users 18 and older to earn gift cards in exchange for letting Google monitor and analyze their data. The company sidestepped the App Store and took advantage of Apple’s developer enterprise program, which is designed to let companies internally distribute apps, according to TechCrunch.…

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Deep-linking startup Branch is raising more than $100M at a unicorn valuation

Branch, the deep-linking startup backed by Andy Rubin’s Playground Ventures, will enter the unicorn club with an upcoming funding round. The four-year-old company, which helps brands create links between websites and mobile apps, has authorized the sale of $129 million in Series D shares, according to sources and confirmed by PitchBook, which tracks venture capital deals. The infusion of capital values the company at roughly $1 billion. In an e-mail this morning, Branch CEO Alex Austin declined to comment. The Redwood City-based startup closed a $60 million Series C led by…

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Bezos promises Amazon HQ2 decision will be announced by year’s end

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With a little more than three months left in the year, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos says he still intends to announce a decision on where its second headquarters will be located before the new year. Bezos reiterated the company’s timetable for announcing the winning city during a talk Thursday evening at the Economic Club of Washington, DC, but he didn’t hint at which city he’s leaning toward. DC, along with neighboring Northern Virginia and Montgomery County, Maryland, are widely viewed as the top potential picks. ‘The answer is very simple,’…

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Facebook VP Nick Clegg responds to co-founder Hughes’ call for breakup

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  Facebook shouldn’t be broken up; instead it should be subject to robust new regulations. That’s how the world’s largest social network is responding to Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes’ call for the company to be pulled apart. Hughes made his case Thursday in a front page editorial in The New York Times, saying that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has too much power and that the company has become a monopoly. Now the social network’s VP for global affairs and communications, Nick Clegg, has responded with his own op-ed in the…

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Google shutting down Google+ after exposing data of up to 500,000 users

  A vulnerability in the Google+ social network exposed the personal data of up to 500,000 people using the site between 2015 and March 2018, the search giant said Monday. Google said it found no evidence of data misuse. Still, as part of the response to the incident, Google plans to shut down the social network permanently. The company didn’t disclose the vulnerability when it fixed it in March because the company didn’t want to invite regulatory scrutiny from lawmakers, according to a report Monday by The Wall Street Journal. Google…

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Facebook’s next money-maker: Messenger Broadcasts

Users might hate it, but Facebook is now testing a self-serve sponsored messaging tool for small businesses that aren’t sophisticated enough to build bots. TechCrunch first reported back in November Facebook internally building a prototype of the Messenger Broadcast tool that let companies blast a message to anyone who’s already started a conversation with them. Now Facebook is starting to test the Messenger Broadcast Composer externally, beginning with a small percentage of Pages in the U.S., Mexico and Thailand. Currently, the tool is free to use, but a Messenger spokesperson…

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Smaato Ad Report Shows Big Growth On The Mobile Web

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Ad spending on the mobile web doubled in the first half of 2015 (compared to the same period last year), according to a new report from Smaato. Specifically, Smaato saw its total ad spend split between 62 percent on apps and 38 percent on the mobile web. So the mobile web is still pretty far behind, but it’s doing better than it was in 2014, when the breakdown was 72 percent apps versus 28 percent mobile web. Total ad spend on the mobile web is up 101 percent year-over-year. The volume of mobile web ad impressions…

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Percolate Partners With Getty Images And Aviary To Help Companies Create And Share Images

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Percolate, a startup that helps clients create and share content, is taking a big step in what co-founder James Gross calls the company’s “visual strategy.” Obviously, images are a big part of what businesses want to share on social media. While they could do that by sharing through Percolate already, the service didn’t include many significant features to make the process easier. That’s changing today, with the launch of integrations with Getty Images and Aviary. Thanks to the Getty Images partnership, Percolate customers now have access to a broader library…

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