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Storify Founders Leave For Open Source, Baby — They've got new tales to tell. After five years running Storify, which lets you collect social media updates into narrative timelines, co-founders Burt Herman and Xavier Damman are leaving the startup which was acquired by Livefyre in 2013. They're passing the reigns to several original Storify members, who will keep the service running.

Vurb Is Crazy Enough To Fight Google — Google Search was not built for mobile. It's all about lists of web pages, but the small screen is ruled by apps. That's why if Google launched today, it might look a lot like Vurb...which did launch today.

Designers Ditch Perfectionism For Instant Feedback With Wake — "How does this look?" That was a surprisingly difficult question to get an answer to until now. Today, Wake launches the private beta of its tool that lets design teams privately share their works-in-progress. Wake's web and iOS interface make it super quick to post an image to a team's Wake feed and get comments.

Useless App Yo Resurrects Offering Photo And Link Alerts From 150 Sources — "It was just a way to annoy your friends" Yo co-founder Or Arbel tells me. His minimalist messenger hit 3.5 million users at its peak thanks to the mainstream press' sudden fascination with an that only let you send people the word "Yo". Most of those users quickly slipped away because Yo wasn't very useful.

First Look At Beatport’s Free Dance Music Streaming Service — Beatport is where the world's DJs buy their music, but they could only listen to two-minute samples. Now Beatport hopes that by giving away free unlimited streaming, it can drum up more sales. Today Beatport sent out private beta invites for its new dance music streaming service, and we've got the first look.

A Rant About The Smartest Thing Yahoo’s Done In Years — I call it a "PlAdform Strategy". By dangling a free development platform for building better apps, top ad sellers can lure in developers who then buy their app install ads. Facebook did it with Parse and Audience Network to create its "Build-Grow-Monetize" loop. Twitter did it with Crashlytics and MoPub to launch its Fabric development platform.

A Year Later, $19 Billion For WhatsApp Doesn’t Sound So Crazy — Messaging is the center of mobile. Snapchat is raising at around a $20 billion valuation. And no one cares who owns apps. On February 19th, 2014, we didn't know any of these things for sure. So when Facebook announced it would pay $19 billion to acquire WhatsApp - an app most American pundits had never used - it seemed ludicrous.

New Yahoo Mobile Development Suite Combines Flurry Analytics With Search, Ads — Today at Yahoo's first mobile developer conference, the tech giant unveiled big updates for the mobile analytics and development platform Flurry it acquired last year. Flurry now has 200,000 app developers on its platform who have built 630,000 apps that reach 1.6 billion devices. Yahoo meanwhile now has 575 million monthly mobile visitors to its properties.

Snapchat Now Lets You Record And Play Music At The Same Time — Snapchat has been experimenting for some time with ways to better integrate music into its application, and today it's continuing those efforts with the launch of a new music feature that allows users to share snaps with friends which include music or other audio playing on their phone.

Yik Yak Systematically Downvotes Mentions Of Competitors — You can say anything on Yik Yak, as long as it's not a competing app's name. The anonymous app has quietly built a system that downvotes any mentions of several other apps for college kids including Fade, Sneek, and Unseen until no one can see them.
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Mar 01, 2015

You see your UberPool/ Lyft Line match's destination if they get out first, but on a map? Overkill. I just want to know area/drop off order

Mar 01, 2015

Should @Uber show me the exact destination on a map of the other person in my UberPool? Privacy feels a bit funny

Mar 01, 2015

@benrbn fb and twitter push to grow their reach as news sources by getting sites to embed their actual content. A strategy to consider

Mar 01, 2015

|LIVE NOW| A walk on the beach...while discussing tech philanthropy - #meerkat

Mar 01, 2015

@benrbn maybe login on your site first? Unclear. But I love putting Vines and Instagram videos in my articles

Mar 01, 2015

@benrbn no like embedding a Meerkat player on TC

Mar 01, 2015

@benrbn y'all handle embeds? You can probably see where this going

Mar 01, 2015

@benrbn Yep, stole 10 minutes of charge and am now charging in the back of my Lyft on the way to the beach

Mar 01, 2015

|LIVE NOW| My rant about the tech giants' platform clampdown - #meerkat

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