Messaging Is A Winner-Take-Some Market

Editor’s note: Anamitra Banerji is a partner at Foundation Capital where he focuses on investing in startups in the consumer and marketing technology sectors, including Kik, where he is an investor and sits on the board. He was the 30th employee and first product manager at Twitter, where he helped start Twitter Ads from scratch. If you … Continue Reading

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Hands On With Facebook’s Nearby Friends

There’s a lot that Facebook allows you to share with your friends. On Thursday, the company added “exact location” to that list. Facebook’s new Nearby Friends feature enables you to flip a switch to start broadcasting your location with friends in the area. If you see someone nearby with whom you want to meet up, … Continue Reading

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Weeding Out the Bad Reference

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The Chatter for Sunday, April 19

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Go Forth and Conquer, but Postpone the Selfie

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Facebook Adds Features to Paper, Says Slow Growth Is No Concern

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Facebook Paper, the standalone news reader app the company launched in January, released its first significant app update Friday — adding a couple new features to the News Feed section of the app as well as making a few subtle design tweaks. You can now see birthdays and events within Paper by clicking on the … Continue Reading

Facebook Says Paper Users Browse 80 Stories A Day, Adds Features That Let It Replace FB For iOS

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Facebook just released Paper 1.1, an update that adds features and notifications to make it a more comprehensive substitute for Facebook for iOS. It also gave the first momentum update on Paper since its Febraury 3rd launch, saying “people have explored an average of 80 stories a day“. It didn’t release a user count, though, and … Continue Reading

Airbnb Has Closed Its $500M Round Of Funding At A $10B Valuation, Led By TPG

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TechCrunch has learned that Airbnb, the fast-growing site that lets people become hoteliers by renting out sofas, rooms or entire private homes, has now closed its latest round of funding: $500 million, led by private equity firm TPG, at a $10 billion valuation, according to our sources. This brings the total raised by Airbnb to … Continue Reading

Facebook ‘Nearby Friends’ Will Track Your Location History To Target You With Ads

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Facebook says it’s not using its new Nearby Friends feature to target ads yet, but after I asked why it’s tracking “Location History” it admitted it will eventually use the data for marketing purposes. This morning, the proximity sharing feature began rolling out to iOS users after it’s launch yesterday, and with it I discovered … Continue Reading

Erdogan Challenges Social Media in Top Turkish Court

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11 Musicians on Tumblr Who Hit the Right Note

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1. Lorde The pop princess of darkness blogs about whatever inspires her, sharing photos, writing honest posts and responding to fan questions. 3. Odd Future Hip-hop’s wildest collective (of which Frank Ocean is a member) built their fan base on the Internet, thanks to their outlandish lyricism and reblog-worthy aesthetic. Posts by the rap group … Continue Reading

LinkedIn Hits 300 Million Users Amid Mobile Push

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LinkedIn proudly broadcasted its increasing mobile traffic last week, but that’s not the only growth the company is experiencing. LinkedIn announced Friday it has reached 300 million registered users, a jump from 277 million members at the beginning of the year. LinkedIn announced the 200 million user milestone in January 2013, which means the company … Continue Reading

Social Seating Can Lead to Business Opportunities on Dutch Airline

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The Boeing could be the new board room. Business travelers have found a new way to make valuable connections thanks to KLM Royal Dutch Airline’s social seating service Meet Seat, which was launched in 2012 to introduce passengers with similar interests via social media. Over the past two years the company has found that approximately … Continue Reading

New Facebook for iPhone Lets You Reply to Comments on Pages

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Facebook has rolled out version 9.0 of its iPhone app, adding the ability to reply to comments on stories on certain Pages. For this to work, the Page in question must have this feature turned on. See also: The Comparative Anatomy of the Xbox One vs. PlayStation 4 Also, group admins can now easily review … Continue Reading

Turkey’s Battle With Twitter

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