Author: Katie Roof

Nextdoor raised about $75 million to connect neighbors

 Nextdoor, the neighborhood social networking site raised about $75 million in a funding round, The Information reported, estimating that the valuation is $1.5 billion. The round was confirmed by TechCrunch. This adds to the over $200 million that the San Francisco-based company has raised, dating back to 2010. Its last reported round was in early 2015 at a $1.1 valuation. The report says that… Read More

Twitter Lite with lower data usage becomes available in 24 new countries

 Twitter is rolling out its “Lite” version, after a successful trial in the Philippines. The Android app will become available in two dozen countries across Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America. Not too different from Facebook Lite, Twitter has also built a version of its app that’s optimized for developing countries. Twitter Lite minimizes data usage,… Read More

Snapchat isn’t working and users are freaking out

 Snapchat is having some technical difficulties with its service and its 173 million daily users are not happy about it. Some people are having trouble sending and receiving messages or connecting to the server. The company first acknowledged the problems on its Twitter page about two hours ago: Some Snapchatters are having trouble with the app We're looking into it!… Read More

Trump’s Twitter account temporarily deactivated due to employee error

 President Trump’s infamous Twitter account, @realDonaldTrump went briefly offline on Thursday, setting forth a wave of confusion and emotions. If Trump's Twitter is down, does this technically mean he's no longer POTUS? I mean, it's the only part of the job he pays attention to. — John Schindler (@20committee) November 2, 2017 Some wondered if Trump had… Read More

‘Bad things happen,’ Facebook’s response to Russian election interference

 Facebook has come under fire for its role in influencing the U.S. presidential election, particularly when it comes to “fake news” and Russian-sponsored ads.  When asked about this at WSJ D.Live in Laguna Beach on Wednesday, Facebook VP David Marcus at first deflected, talking at length about all the positive impacts that the social media giant has had on the world. “When… Read More

Anchor raises $10 million for podcast platform

 A quarter of Americans listen to podcasts each month, but far fewer make them. Anchor is a startup that is looking to change that with its app that makes it easy to record and distribute content. Anchor also has a discovery platform, which allows users to find audio across categories like news, sports, music and tech. The New York-based team is announcing $10 million in Series A funding, led by… Read More