Author: Anthony Ha

Crunch Report | Apple Rolls Out Early Version Of Its Safe Driving Feature

 Today’s Stories  Do Not Disturb While Driving feature rolls out in Apple’s newest iOS 11 beta Sean Parker has left Spotify’s board; Padmasree Warrior, Thomas Staggs join in lead up to IPO Trump might kill next month’s new startup visa before it takes effect Facebook is testing a feature to prevent profile pictures being abused by other users Tantan, China’s… Read More

Group Nine Media says it got 114M social engagements last month

 With last fall’s formation of Group Nine Media, four digital media organizations (Thrillist, NowThis, The Dodo and Discovery’s Seeker) came together under a single corporate umbrella. Now the company says it’s seeing real success connecting with readers and viewers, with 114 million social media engagements in May — up from 70 million in January. As Group Nine CEO Ben… Read More

Instagram is testing a new way for celebrities and influencers to identify their sponsored posts

 Instagram is creating a standardized format that should make it clearer to everyone when a post has been paid for by an advertiser. These aren’t for ads that businesses buy directly from Instagram, but rather for influencer marketing, where brands pay celebrities and other users with a significant online following to promote their products. It’s an area that every big tech and… Read More

The #NuggsForCarter kid has set the record for most retweets ever

 A teenager with a love of Wendy’s chicken nuggets has displaced Ellen Degeneres as the author of the most-retweeted post on Twitter. Just over a month ago, Carter Wilkerson asked Wendy’s via Twitter how many retweets he’d need to get a year’s supply of free chicken nuggets. The company’s response? “18 million.” Sure, that was almost 15 million more… Read More

Twitter announces new live shows from the WNBA, BuzzFeed, Viacom and more

 Looks like Twitter’s streaming video news deal with Bloomberg was just the first of more than a dozen content partnerships that it’s announcing today. The company unveiled the full slate at the NewFronts, where online publishers pitch their content to advertisers. (This was the first time Twitter’s held its own NewFronts presentation.) Read More

Alex Hardiman, former VP of product at the NY Times, will take the lead on Facebook’s news products

 Facebook’s role in spreading news, especially fake news, has been in the spotlight since last year’s presidential election. Now it’s promoting Alex Hardiman to lead its news efforts on the product side. Hardiman worked at The New York Times, most recently as vice president of news products, until joining Facebook last year. (I actually got a chance to interview her a… Read More