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Instagram needs editing tools to make new 60-second videos tolerable

Instagram needs editing tools to make new 60-second videos tolerable

Most people are terrible at shooting video. Any longer than 15-seconds and it will probably be boring. That’s why Instagram capped videos at a quarter-minute when it launched the feature in 2013. Yet today it extended the length to 60 seconds for user-shot or uploaded videos. That’s why I have a hunch that Facebook and […]

Review: The Oculus Rift

Review: The Oculus Rift

“Where am I? And how did I get here?” Even after months of repeatedly leaping in and out of disparate worlds filled with jaw-dropping (see above) visuals, every time I’ve whipped off one of the various iterations of Oculus’s Rift virtual reality headset, for a brief moment I’ve always had to wonder where exactly the device has […]

Lyft follows Uber in opening up its API to third-party developers, starting with Facebook Messenger

Lyft follows Uber in opening up its API to third-party developers, starting with Facebook Messenger

Lyft is now allowing third-party developers to build on its platform, starting with Facebook Messenger today. Uber opened its API to third-party developers more than 18 months ago, announcing a partner integration with Facebook Messenger in December, which allowed Messenger users to order or schedule an Uber and let their friends know they are on their way via […]

Facebook joins WhatsApp in dropping BlackBerry support

Facebook joins WhatsApp in dropping BlackBerry support

BlackBerry-loving device clutchers are facing a tricky choice if they wish to continue to interact with their friends: WhatsApp, Facebook and Facebook Messenger all hit the “unfriend” button on the struggling phone maker’s latest operating system, BlackBerry 10. Facebook-owned WhatsApp made a hesitant and half-hearted debut on the BlackBerry platform three years ago, and announced at […]

Facebook acquires video filter app Msqrd to square up to Snapchat

Facebook acquires video filter app Msqrd to square up to Snapchat

Snapchat bought Looksery to supercharge its animated selfie filters, and now Facebook has made an image filtering acquisition of its own to keep up the messaging pace. Today, the company confirmed that it has bought Masquerade, like Looksery an app that adds fantastical filters to your smartphone-generated images, but this time focused on video. The startup (written […]

Google joins the Open Compute Project

Google joins the Open Compute Project

Google today announced that it is joining the Open Compute Project (OCP), a five-year-old project founded by Facebook and a number of other companies that aims to drive IT infrastructure development forward through open source hardware. For Facebook, for example, this has meant open sourcing how it builds some of its servers and other data center hardware. Over […]

Facebook 360 content finds a new virtual home on Oculus Video

Facebook 360 content finds a new virtual home on Oculus Video

Zuck announced last month that Facebook would be bringing the company’s 360 dynamic streaming to Gear VR to improve experiences. Now, the company is giving users a crazy amount of personalized content to check out with direct Facebook integration. Oculus announced today that the Oculus Video app on Gear VR would be incorporating a new Facebook video […]

Yext sees $88.8 million revenue, 48% growth for location data

Yext sees $88.8 million revenue, 48% growth for location data

New York-based Yext, which helps businesses manage their listings for store locations, is announcing $88.8 million in revenue for its fiscal 2016 year. The company says this is a 48 percent increase from last year and in the past month they have passed a $100 million run rate, or annualized revenue. Yext recently added Google to […]

13 TechCrunch stories you don’t want to miss this week

13 TechCrunch stories you don’t want to miss this week

This week, Facebook made a selfie filter app acquisition, Google surprised us with the Android N preview and we ate bugs. Yeah, seriously. Silicon Valley is eating bugs now. These are the tech headlines you don’t want to miss this week. 1. Google unexpectedly announced the Android N Developer Preview — and it’s available as an over-the-air update. Google […]