You’re More Than Your Last Few Tweets

Wait what? Our lives are not defined reverse chronologically, yet until now, that’s strictly how our social network profiles portrayed us — as a snapshot of our latest activity. Today, Twitter gave everyone the option to pin a tweet to the top of their profile “so it’s easy for your followers to see what you’re all about.” It’s the first step towards a more holistic vision of identity online. Read More

Twitter Says Native Ads Will Be Available To All MoPub Publishers Tomorrow

mopub native screenshot MoPub is making native ads available to all of its publishers tomorrow, according to blog posts from MoPub and Twitter (which acquired MoPub last year). This follows an announcement in December that MoPub will be testing native ads (namely, ads that are customized to resemble regular content, often appearing in an app’s content stream) with a limited set of partners. Today’s MoPub blog post… Read More

Facebook Now Powers More Than Half Of All Social Logins

facebook-thumb1 Social logins are a convenient way to sign in to services without having to go through lengthy sign-up procedures and setting up yet another password. According to the latest data from social login service Gigya, Facebook remains the absolute market leader here and now powers more than 51 percent of all social logins in North America. Google+ is the second most popular service, but at 31 percent… Read More

Truecaller Extends Live Caller ID To Its iOS App To Fight Spam And Scam Calls

2697847277_fd9a451266_o Truecaller, the crowdsourced, reverse-lookup phone directory app, is expanding its service, and breaking some ground in the process. Today the company is adding its Live Caller ID feature to its iOS app — which will let iPhone users identify spammy numbers, as well as callers that are engaged in one-ring scams. Read More

After Cyberbullying Scandal, Anonymous Social App Yik Yak Raises $1.5 Million

Yik-Yak-app Anonymous social networking apps are having a moment. Following the notable funding rounds for apps like Secret ($8.6 million) and Whisper ($21 million!), newcomer Yik Yak is today announcing a small amount of outside investment, too. In its case, the company has raised $1.5 million in seed funding for its “hyper-local” chatting app, which controversially grew popular with school… Read More

Durov, Out For Good From, Plans A Mobile Social Network Outside Russia

happy-durov In the drawn-out game of will-he, won’t-he, Pavel Durov, the founder of, Russia’s top social network with over 100 million users, is now out for good from the company with an unceremonial dismissal conveyed via a newswire report. So what’s next? “I’m likely to start building a mobile social network this year,” Durov tells TechCrunch. Read More

The Limits of Big Data For Social Engineering

An anonymous reader writes “In his new book, Social Physics, MIT data scientist Alex ‘Sandy’ Pentland argues that by analyzing data from smartphones, social media, and credit-card systems, we’ll soon be able to have a mathematical understanding of ‘the basic mechanisms of social interactions.’ Social scientists will be able to understand and predict the interactions of people the way physicists understand and predict the interactions of objects. That will, in turn, enable governments and businesses to create incentive systems to ‘tune’ people’s behavior, making society more productive and creative. In a review of Pentland’s book in Technology Review, Nicholas Carr argues that such data-based social engineering ‘will tend to perpetuate existing social structures and dynamics’ and ‘encourage us to optimize the status quo rather than challenge it.’ Carr writes, ‘Defining social relations as a pattern of stimulus and response makes the math easier, but it ignores the deep, structural sources of social ills. Pentland may be right that our behavior is determined largely by social norms and the influences of our peers, but what he fails to see is that those norms and influences are themselves shaped by history, politics, and economics, not to mention power and prejudice.’”

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Avaz Raises $550K In Seed To Help Autistic Children Communicate Using Visual Tools

Child-using-Avaz-to-communicate Over half a million children with autism in the next decade will become adults, underscoring a growing challenge that needs to be dealt in the future. But with 1 in 68 children now affected with autism, it’s already the most prevalent neurological disorder in the world that needs more innovations to help people cope with the disorder. Read More

The Makings Of A Snapchat Star

Screenshot 2014-04-21 09.02.29 The internet has democratized our ability to become celebrities. Justin Bieber was discovered on YouTube, as were countless others. Instagram has its own set of super photographers, as does Vine, and Twitter is responsible for some of the greatest memes in internet history. But what about Snapchat? Luckily for my fellow snappers, I may have discovered the best thing to happen to Snapchat since… Read More

Zabosu Wants To Turn You Into A Remote-Controlled Human

avatar You guys remember the movie Avatar? Where our fearless protagonist would hop into a tanning booth-type machine and then suddenly his Avatar was running through Pandora, exploring a whole new world? There’s currently a project on Kickstarter that looks to bring a similar experience to planet Earth. It’s called Zabosu, and it’s a technology that allows one human, sitting at home in front of… Read More