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Explorer, Writer @TechCrunch, Stanford M.A. in Cybersociology, culture omnivore, meme whisperer. My articles:

Q&A With Facebook’s Josh Miller On Why His Rooms App Isn’t Anonymous, It’s The Early Web Reborn — Is Rooms the anonymous Facebook app people were expecting? "No. Unequivocally No...because you cannot be anonymous in our app," Josh Miller tells me. The Branch founder turned Facebook product manager's new forums app Rooms launches today, and he says lessons from Tumblr, Twitter, Snapchat, and the early days of the web guided its construction.

Facebook Launches Pseudonymous App “Rooms” That Lets You Create Forums About Any Topic — It's not quite anonymous, but forums standalone app Rooms is Facebook's first product that allows you to ditch your real name. Rooms lets you set up a mobile-only in-app discussion space about any topic, customize the look and moderation settings, set a screen name for the room, and choose who to invite to share text, photos, videos, and comments with others in the Room.

Boostable Gets $3.2M, Its Ads Get More Sales For Your Event, Crowdfund, Or Online Store — Boostable doesn't have to sell its ads. Marketplaces sell them for it. Ticket, crowdfunding, and ecommerce marketplaces make money when their users sell things, so they're incentivized to route traffic to the listings they host, which is exactly what Boostable's easy-peasy ad-buying tool does for marketplace sellers do.

Vine’s Stars Are The Best Part, And Now You Can Follow Whole Channels Of Them — Vine has just released a minor update to the app that not only beautifies the platform for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, but adds some new functionality in terms of sharing videos and consuming them.

Giftgaming Gives You Power-Ups In Exchange For…Giving You Real-World Discounts — Giftgaming is a win-win-win that helps you win. Advertisers get exposure, developers get paid, and you get free virtual goods in mobile games plus coupons for discounts on meatspace purchases. Today, Giftgaming launched its service onstage at the TechCrunch Disrupt Europe in London.

Inside The Spotify - Echo Nest Music Skunkworks — They call it Truffle Pig, and it's ProTools for playlists. Punch in parameters like "danceability", date ranges, or emotions and Truffle Pig spits out a set of top jams that would fit your "Lovesick 90s Party Starters" playlist.

Riots With iPads: When SF Won The World Series — Bonfires in the street, people dancing on cars, body-armored cops, and...tablet computers? Last night was not your typical riot. Only one thing distracted people from the celebratory carnage caused by the San Francisco Giants winning the World Series. It wasn't the fear of arrest or bodily harm.

Twitter’s Music Strategy: No App, Just Better Listening — Music is a special kind of content, and people discover it on Twitter. That's why building a music experience outside the main Twitter app was a boondoggle, and treating music like any other piece of media within Twitter sells it short.

Twitpic Couldn’t Find An Acquirer, Will Shut Down After All On Oct 25th — The reports of Twitpic's survival were greatly exaggerated. Despite claiming it had found an acquirer to save it from death following Twitter legal demands, the service today announced that didn't happen and it's game over on October 25th. Users can now export their photos.

Where’s The Money In Music? We’ll Ask SoundCloud CTO Eric Wahlforss At Disrupt London — Listeners love SoundCloud, but can it be a successful business? It's a critical moment for the company. It lost $29 million on just $14 million in revenue last year after raising over $123M. Can it get acquired at good price? Could it thrive independently?
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Oct 23, 2014

@hunterwalk I was there in person up close and the tupacogram looked remarkably lifelike

Oct 23, 2014

@tzhongg there could have been a stickier launch strategy

Oct 23, 2014

@tzhongg they're auto scanned out of your camera roll

Oct 23, 2014

@cataliniftimie not separate from where the qr is used, ie browser

Oct 23, 2014

People hate QR codes bc they're unreliable to scan, require a separate app. Fb Rooms' screenshottable QRs solve both

Oct 23, 2014

Slingshot "failed" but Fb got drawing on photos. If Rooms "fails" I bet 'screenshot QR code to do something' lives on

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