Stichy Makes It Easier For Groups To Curate And Share Mobile Media

Stichy Rumr Inc, a mobile messaging focused startup which last year raised an $800,000 seed, led by Khosla Ventures‘ Ben Ling, to fund a series of projects, has now launched its third app — called Stichy — this one focused on sharing multimedia content within groups. Read More Raises $700K For Its Social Media Polling Tools

wedgies Polling startup (yes, that’s really its name) is announcing that it has raised $700,000 in seed funding led by Greycroft Partners. Co-founder and CEO Porter Haney told me the company’s goal is to “legitimize web voting,” and its approach is to bring those polls to social media: “Think about what Gallup or SurveyMonkey would look like if they were… Read More

Instagram Is Now Worth $35 Billion

instagram generic Citigroup raised the valuation of Instagram this morning from $19 billion to $35 billion.
The photo-sharing network recently announced it had surpassed 300 million active users, and has taken steps toward cleaning up spam accounts, as well as adding new filters and features. Read More

RebelMouse Expands Its Publisher Tools With The River, A Personalized Newsfeed

rebelmouse river RebelMouse first launched as a way for people to aggregate their social network updates into a “social front page,” but more recently, it’s been working to give publishers social tools for their own websites and apps, through a platform called Rebel Roar. Now it’s rolling out the latest piece of Rebel Roar — The River. If you’re on Facebook or pretty much… Read More

Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel On Email Hacks: “Our Work Has Been Violated And Exposed”

evan spiegel, founder of snapchat Snapchat co-founder and CEO Evan Spiegel today released a powerful statement about privacy, a day after the latest batch of emails released in the massive Sony Pictures hack exposed a number of Snapchat’s company secrets. On Tuesday afternoon, the hacker group that calls itself the “Guardians of Peace” released the contents of the email inbox of Sony Pictures CEO Michael… Read More

Dating Platform Zoosk Ditches IPO Plan As Founders Exit Leadership Roles

zoosk-headshots Zoosk, the online dating platform that has been around since 2007, has today announced changes to leadership, with CFO Kelly Steckelberg taking over as CEO. She will be replacing co-founder Shayan Zadeh, who is becoming a member of the board, and his co-founder Alex Mehr (currently president) will also be moving into a board position. Read More

Facebook’s Interest-Based Social App Rooms Is Now Easier To Use

fb-rooms Facebook’s “Rooms” application, like many of the experiments put out by Facebook’s Creative Labs – which is also responsible for apps like Paper, Slingshot, Mentions and Groups – has not been an overnight viral sensation. However, it is notable for being the first app from Facebook that didn’t require users to go by their real name, allowing… Read More

Snapchat Plans Music Feature, Acquired QR For $50M And Vergence Eyeglass Cam For $15M,

Snapchat Leaked emails from the Sony Pictures hack have uncovered several acquisitions made by Snapchat, as well as plans for a music feature and meetings to discuss partnerships with Twitter.
According to emails between Snapchat, Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton, and Snapchat board member Mitch Lasky, Snapchat bought a QR scanning and iBeacon startup called for $14 million in cash, $3… Read More

Facebook Starts Auto-Enhancing Photos Because Algorithms Are Better At Filters Than You

Auto Enhance New We’re not ace photographers, but we all take photos. Most could use a little help with light and shadow. So rather than making you manually filter them, Facebook tells me it will now auto-enhance newly uploaded photos starting today on iOS and soon on Android. You’ll be able to adjust a slider to control just how enhanced you want the light, shadow, and clarity, or revert back to… Read More

Instagram Adds Five New Filters

instagram-14-12 Today Instagram has added five new filters for still images, which is the first time they’ve done such a thing in two years. The most recent filters before this, which seems odd considering they’ve been there longer than most of Instagrams users have actually been on the app, were Willow and Mayfair. Just like you’d expect, each of the new filters has a slightly odd-sounding… Read More