Fading anonymous social network Yik Yak is reportedly laying off most of its employees

Yik Yak down Yik Yak, the once universally recognized anonymous social network that virally took over college campuses back in 2014, is planning to lay off a “significant” number of employees, according to The Verge. The company is said to be retaining mostly engineers as it notified its team of about 50 employees earlier this morning.
Yik Yak was founded as I started college in 2013. I… Read More

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Sean Rad steps away from CEO role (again) to run Tinder’s new Swipe Ventures

sean-rad2 Today, Tinder is launching a new M&A branch of the company called Swipe Ventures, which will be led by Sean Rad.
As part of the launch, Rad will step down as Tinder CEO and become Chairman of both Tinder and Swipe Ventures, with Match CEO and Chairman Greg Blatt swapping out as Tinder Chairman to become Tinder CEO. He will remain Chairman and CEO of Tinder parent company Match.
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BuzzFeed hires Gilad Lotan as VP of data science

Gilad Lotan BuzzFeed has a new vice president leading its data science team.
Gilad Lotan has a long résumé in the field, having most recently served as chief data scientist at New York-based startup studio Betaworks, and before that working in data-related roles at SocialFlow, Microsoft and Endemol.
Publisher Dao Nguyen told me that this is a new role at BuzzFeed — the closest equivalent being… Read More

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Sheryl Sandberg: “People don’t want to see hoaxes on Facebook”

screen-shot-2016-12-08-at-12-18-21-pm Today on “Today,” Sheryl Sandberg dismissed Facebook’s role in the 2016 presidential election. Still, she didn’t want you to forget that Facebook plays a relevant part in political and social movements, just not in a way that went on to influence the results of the most divisive election in modern American history. “People come to Facebook to share what matters… Read More

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Facebook’s new tool lets anyone create custom profile frames

fb-portrait-frames-80 Facebook is launching a series of new features to help people customize their photos and videos in the social network’s continuing battle with Snapchat, an app that put the camera, photos and video at the front-and-center of social interactions. Today, Facebook is unveiling a new tool that will allow anyone, including Facebook Page owners, to create custom profile frames for… Read More

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Facebook tests turning comment reels into message threads

facebook-comment-messeages Comments on Facebook posts can get quite chatty, so Facebook is trying a new way to help you keep up. Some users now see comment reels appearing as persistently visible chat windows that pop up on their desktop versions of the site, just like traditional message threads.  TechCrunch reader Russell Smith sent us this screenshot. Facebook confirmed to us this is a new feature test on desktop for… Read More

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Hope is an app for millennial women to keep their BFFs close — but not too close

hope-your-bff-me There are plenty of apps out there that purport to keep you ‘safe’. Apps that immediately phone your main contacts when you are threatened or attacked. Apps that allow you to share your location with key contacts. But for modern women, especially in big urban cities like New York or London who would really rather not share literally all that stuff and perhaps find it all a bit… Read More

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