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The dictionary account that saved blue-check Twitter

Blocked from posting, internet celebrities started communicating through @everyword.

Michael Waters • July 17, 2020

A buzz-worthy buyer is snapping up the IP of one of America’s many troubled retail chains

Tai Lopez, better known as the “here in my garage” guy, has another turnaround project.

Nick DeSantis • July 17, 2020

LinkedIn Stories, IRS snooping, and why you should take that job at a startup

A procrastination-fueled dispatch from our Twitter feeds.

Michael Waters • July 14, 2020

Against all odds, we’re living in Tinder boom times

Last month, Tinder was the 3rd-highest-grossing app in the US.

Michael Waters • July 9, 2020

Amazon’s head honcho is still standing, but Twitter had a field day with #ripjeffbezos

The tweets lamenting Bezos’ fake demise included pictures of just about every white, bald man under the sun.

Belle Long • July 9, 2020

A new meme-making matrix could take your mashup game to the next level

Koji wants to amplify memes by remixing them, in the same way that TikTok squeezes more juice out of audio and video mashups.

Belle Long • July 2, 2020

A messaging app won a cat-and-mouse game with the Russian government

The government wanted in, but Telegram’s founder said nyet.

Nick DeSantis • June 29, 2020

TikTok creators’ new dance move: flipping China censorship on its head

They’re filming virtual love letters with the Chinese flag, the national anthem, and hashtags like #ilovechina.

Belle Long • June 18, 2020

Twitter’s experiments try to make your timeline a little less awful

The company's latest test is another baby step toward curbing problems that have dogged the platform for years.

Belle Long • June 12, 2020

The Google Play store smacks down Zynn, the TikTok lookalike

The app that dished out tons of free money to users was filled with stolen content.

Michael Waters • June 11, 2020

For better or worse, social media makes it impossible to look away

Social platforms are central to the booming protest movement. CEOs who lead them are feeling the heat.

Nick DeSantis • June 2, 2020

Here’s what to know about Trump’s executive order on social media

We translated the order from Bureaucratese to English.

Nick DeSantis • May 29, 2020

TikTok’s new rival makes for a great side hustle

Killing time? Zynn will pay you to use its app.

Michael Waters • May 29, 2020

It turns out running an ‘Amazon for Animal Crossing’ is very hard

Peer purchasing pressure is definitely a thing. Communal online shopping could be a boon to brands.

Michael Waters • May 13, 2020

‘Squad shopping’ could be the next take on tech-enabled togetherness

Peer purchasing pressure is definitely a thing. Communal online shopping could be a boon to brands.

Nick DeSantis • May 13, 2020

2020 or 1320? Meet the new bartering craze

Some people are bartering just to spread a little kindness. It’s enough to warm your cold quarantined heart.

Michael Waters • May 12, 2020

The booming business of handing out $10k on Instagram

Influencers are giving away cash on social media, but the real winner may be marketing firms.

Michael Waters • April 29, 2020

The Silicon Valley set wants an invite to the Clubhouse

It’s the new favored app of the VC set.

Michael Waters • April 21, 2020

Facebook’s cryptocurrency is finally getting its head out of the stars

Financial world domination may no longer be in Libra’s horoscope.

Michael Waters • April 17, 2020

These social media sites will quench your quarantine thirst

Camming sites are cashing in on the horniness bump.

Michael Waters • April 13, 2020

No rest for the wicked: The perils of being a content moderator — all for $28k a year

A report from The Verge illustrates the terrible working conditions of Facebook’s content moderators.

Wes Schlagenhauf • February 26, 2019

Investors pour $20m+ into virtual influencers like Lil Miquela

The company behind virtual influencer Lil Miquela is currently closing another large funding round, as the rise of virtual influencers becomes more intriguing to VC firms.

Wes Schlagenhauf • January 15, 2019

Longtime Square CFO leaves to be CEO of Nextdoor

Square’s CFO stepped down to become the CEO at neighborhood social platform Nextdoor, and Jack Dorsey couldn’t have been more complimentary.

Wes Schlagenhauf • October 12, 2018

Only social media can ban you from social media

On Monday, the Supreme Court struck down a North Carolina law that made it a felony for registered sex offenders to use Facebook and other social media sites. It’s a monumental decision — one of the first to grapple with the complex relationship between the internet and the First Amendment. It all began with a […]

The Hustle • June 21, 2017

Giving the squeaky tweet some grease

Twitter’s annual shareholder meeting is coming up soon, and there’s a new idea on the table: Turning the company into a cooperative.

Kamran Rosen • April 10, 2017

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