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‘Slow dating’ app Once is acquired by Dating Group for $18M as it seeks to expand its portfolio – TechCrunch

Five-year-old “slow dating” app Once has been acquired by the Dating Group, one of the largest companies in the dating world, for $18 million in cash and stock. Dating Group has 73 million registered users across a range of portfolio apps, including Dating.com....

Elon Musk is donating $100M to find the best carbon capture technology – TechCrunch

Elon Musk said Thursday via a tweet that he will donate $100 million toward a prize for the best carbon capture technology. Musk, who recently surpassed Amazon’s Jeff Bezos to become the world’s richest person, didn’t provide any more details except to add in an...

Forsaking funding at a $1 billion valuation, Solugen preps a new green chemical product and a big 2021 – TechCrunch

Late last year, Solugen, a startup using synthetic biology to take hydrocarbons out of the chemicals industry, decided against pursuing a new round of funding that would have valued the company at over $1 billion, TechCrunch has learned. Instead, the Houston-based...

Facebook’s Oversight Board will review the decision to suspend Trump – TechCrunch

Facebook announced Thursday that its newly established external policy review group will take on one of the company’s most consequential acts: The decision to suspend former President Trump. On January 7, Facebook suspended Trump’s account indefinitely. That decision...

YouTube launches hashtag landing pages to all users – TechCrunch

YouTube is embracing the hashtag. The company has been quietly working on a new feature that allows users to better discover content using hashtags — either by clicking on a hashtag on YouTube or by typing in a hashtag link directly. Before, these actions would return...

TikTok’s new Q&A feature lets creators respond to fan questions using text or video – TechCrunch

TikTok is testing a new video Q&A feature that allows creators to more directly respond to their audience’s questions with either text or video answers, the company confirmed to TechCrunch. The feature works across both video and livestreams (TikTok LIVE), but is...

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‘Slow dating’ app Once is acquired by Dating Group for $18M as it seeks to expand its portfolio – TechCrunch

Five-year-old “slow dating” app Once has been acquired by the Dating Group, one of the largest companies in the dating world, for $18 million in cash and stock. Dating Group has 73 million registered users across a range of portfolio apps, including Dating.com....

Facebook’s Oversight Board will review the decision to suspend Trump – TechCrunch

Facebook announced Thursday that its newly established external policy review group will take on one of the company’s most consequential acts: The decision to suspend former President Trump. On January 7, Facebook suspended Trump’s account indefinitely. That decision...

YouTube launches hashtag landing pages to all users – TechCrunch

YouTube is embracing the hashtag. The company has been quietly working on a new feature that allows users to better discover content using hashtags — either by clicking on a hashtag on YouTube or by typing in a hashtag link directly. Before, these actions would return...

TikTok’s new Q&A feature lets creators respond to fan questions using text or video – TechCrunch

TikTok is testing a new video Q&A feature that allows creators to more directly respond to their audience’s questions with either text or video answers, the company confirmed to TechCrunch. The feature works across both video and livestreams (TikTok LIVE), but is...

Facebook and Instagram’s AI-generated image captions now offer far more details – TechCrunch

Every picture posted to Facebook and Instagram gets a caption generated by an image analysis AI, and that AI just got a lot smarter. The improved system should be a treat for visually impaired users, and may help you find your photos faster in the future. Alt text is...

India asks WhatsApp to withdraw new privacy policy over ‘grave concerns’ – TechCrunch

India has asked WhatsApp to withdraw the planned change to its privacy policy, posing a new headache to Facebook-owned service that identifies the South Asian nation as its biggest market by users. In an email to WhatsApp head Will Cathcart, the nation’s IT ministry...

Cryptocat author gets insanely fast backing to build P2P tech for social media – TechCrunch

The idea for Capsule started with a tweet about reinventing social media. A day later cryptography researcher, Nadim Kobeissi — best known for authoring the open-source E2E-encrypted desktop chat app Cryptocat (now discontinued) — had pulled in a pre-seed investment...

Bustle CEO Bryan Goldberg explains his plans for taking the company public – TechCrunch

Bustle Digital Group — owner of Bustle, Inverse, Input, Mic and other titles — could eventually join the ranks of startups going public via a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC). During an interview about the state of BDG and the digital media industry at the...

Tencent-backed Hike, once India’s answer to WhatsApp, has given up on messaging – TechCrunch

India’s answer to WhatsApp has completely moved on from messaging. Hike Messenger, backed by Tencent, Tiger Global and SoftBank and valued at $1.4 billion in 2016, earlier this month announced that it was shutting down StickerChat, its messaging app. (StickerChat...

Twitter is bringing Moments to Indian social app Dailyhunt – TechCrunch

Five years after its launch, Twitter Moments is growing beyond the American social networking platform. On Monday, Twitter said it had partnered with Dailyhunt to bring Moments to the Indian social app. Dailyhunt app now has a dedicated tab called ‘Twitter Moments...

YouTube launches hashtag landing pages to all users – TechCrunch

YouTube is embracing the hashtag. The company has been quietly working on a new feature that allows users to better discover content using hashtags — either by clicking on a hashtag on YouTube or by typing in a hashtag link directly. Before, these actions would return...

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