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Amazon’s push into social may set it on a collision course with Facebook

ANALYSIS: After years of indifference toward social networks, Amazon is suddenly getting very social this year. Spark, the company’s social shopping feature introduced this week, is the clearest sign of that trend so far, but Amazon has given other hints in recent months. And if Amazon is serious about social, it could end up on […]

Google launches YouTube TV subscription service in 10 new cities

Google is bringing its nascent television streaming service to more cities. The search giant’s YouTube TV subscription service is now available in ten new metropolitan areas: Washington D.C., Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Dallas, Charlotte, Miami-Fort Lauderdale, Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne, Phoenix, Atlanta, and Minneapolis-St. Paul. Google first previewed its TV-streaming service in February and debuted the service in […]

Twitter says it’s ‘taking action’ on 10X more abusive accounts than last year

Twitter’s early promise as a social platform for connecting people the world over quickly turned somewhat sour, with harassment, bullying, and general nastiness becoming commonplace. And that is why earlier this year the company announced a number of measures designed to make Twitter a safer place to hang out, including improvements to the mute and block features, […]

The Tor Project launches its first public bug bounty program through HackerOne

The Tor Project, the nonprofit body behind the anonymizing Tor browser that lets anyone browse the internet without being tracked, has announced its first ever bug bounty program. Tor, an acronym of “The Onion Router,” is downloadable software that directs traffic through a volunteer-run network of relays. It’s typically used by whistleblowers and activists or […]

Plexchat raises $7 million to provide mobile chat platform for gamers

EXCLUSIVE: Plexchat has raised million in venture capital to build chat platform for mobile gamers. It may not sound that exciting or new, but the features in the chat platform are thoughtful, conceived from a gamer’s perspective, and that enabled the company to impress potential investors. The money comes from Raine Ventures as well as First […]

WeWork launches joint venture with SoftBank to bring its shared work spaces to Japan

Heavily funded startup WeWork is launching a joint venture (JV) with telecom giant SoftBank that will open WeWork’s shared working spaces to the Japanese market. The new JV, which will be known as “WeWork Japan,” will be 50 percent-owned by each company and will enable the New York-based tech firm to gain a solid foothold in […]

Twitch’s homepage is now a social network

Twitch looks different now for most of you. Amazon’s livestreaming video platform is in the process of updating its site so that everyone who is logged in sees the Twitch Pulse social stream instead of the old homepage. This rollout began last week, and all Twitch members will have the update by next week, according to the […]

Autotech Ventures closes $120 million first fund to connect automotive giants with startups

With no shortage of venture capital (VC) funds in Silicon Valley and beyond, one VC firm has elected to focus its entire effort on one fast-growing niche. Founded out of Menlo Park, California in 2015, Autotech Ventures has set up shop with a specific focus on automotive startups, bankrolling multi-stage companies that operate across such areas as […]

Snap falls below $17 IPO price for the first time

Snap stock has fallen below its IPO price of for the first time, roughly four months after the maker of Snapchat went public in March. After briefly touching the threshold in mid-June, Snap’s stock price fell to an all-time low of .99 at market close on Monday. That means all the investors who bought into […]

Another lawsuit targets President Trump, this time for blocking Twitter users

(Reuters) — A free-speech group on Tuesday sued U.S. President Donald Trump for blocking Twitter users from his @realDonaldTrump account, arguing the practice violates the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The lawsuit, brought by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University in New York and joined by seven individual Twitter users, claims Trump blocked a number of accounts whose owners replied to […]