Snapchat will make Los Angeles a stronger tech hub

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It’s quite possible that Snapchat could do the same for L.A. Column Social TC Los Angeles Snapchat PayPal Mafia Evan SpiegelIf you were to write a history of Silicon Valley, you could do it by looking at a series of major diaspora.

Facebook Sending Message to Snapchat

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Facebook has launched an unfriendly feud by aping the features of social media upstart Snapchat

Snapchat's Gender Swap Filter Takes Down Cop


In an unconventional, and probably unintended use of the Snapchat "gender switch" filter, a Bay Area college student has snagged a cop , who allegedly was looking to "hook up" with a teenage girl. The Snapchat filter--which went viral in May--makes users photos look like the opposite gender, by modifying photos to change face shape, skin texture, hair length, and other characteristics. Snapchat is based in Venice, California.

MomentFeed Links With Snapchat


Los Angeles-based MomentFeed , which develops social marketing software to help multi-location, retail brands better manage the information about their local stores, has linked up with Snapchat's partner program, according to the company. Snapchat said that MomentFeed is now one a number of "Snapchat Partners", which lets MomomentFeed's customers execute targeted, location-based paid advertising campaigns using Snap Ads and Geofilters.

Snapchat Hit By Spam Attack


Snapchat , the hot Venice-based startup which lets users send self-destructing photos to each other, has been hit by a spam attack, the firm said this morning. Snapchat said that it believes an individual created multiple accounts and sent snaps to Snapchatters with public accounts.

Report: Criminals Using Snapchat To Illegally Sell Guns


According to report this week, abuse of the communications and advertising features of Los Angeles-based Snapchat is playing a significant role in the sale of firearms outlawed in California. The report, from The Guardian, details a number of recent arrests made by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) of Snapchat users who had abused the social networking service to sell firearms that are banned in California.

Report: Snapchat Employees Abused Tool To Spy On Users


Employees of Venice-based Snap , the parent company of Snapchat , have been abusing access to a tool--SnapLion--that allows them to retrieve user data, including saved Snaps, location information, phone numbers, and email addresses, according to a report. The report--from Vice's Motherboard--claims that Snapchat employees have abused that data access to spy on users. snap snapchat spying snaplion cybersecurity security privacy

Snapchat: 35 Employees, Great Place To Work


Venice-based social networking app developer Snapchat looks to be on the prowl for employees, based on a new recruiting video released onto YouTube by the company Wednesday morning. In the video, Snapchat''s employees -- of which there are 35 -- talk about working at Snapchat and in Venice.

Study: Tinder, Snapchat Users More Accepting Of Cosmetic Surgery


Users of social media applications such as Tinder and Snapchat are far more willing to consider cosmetic surgery--a side effect of the popularity of "filters" on those apps--according to a new report from the JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery journal. According to the study, there is an "increased consideration of cosmetic surgery" from users of social media platforms, and specifically those who had used specific applications, such as YouTube, Tinder, and Snapchat photograph filters.

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Report: Snapchat Files For IPO


A report on Tuesday afternoon from Reuters says that Venice, California-based social communications and networking app developer Snapchat has filed its paperwork for its IPO. snapchat merger acquisition exit social networking communicationsNo terms or details on that IPO have been yet announced by the company, which has been rumored to be working on an IPO for months. READ MORE>>.

How Snapchat Is Taking a Crack at Stopping Fake News


Now Snapchat has stepped into the fray with its own solution. The New Snapchat. Will the new Snapchat actually cut down in the divisive problem of fake news? Social Media algorithm Facebook Fake News news feed snapchat

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Snapchat Sued Over Obscene Snapchat Discover Links


Venice-based Snapchat has been sued in a class action lawsuit , over what the lawsuit says are obscene news stories published via Snapchat Discover. The lawsuit alleges "willful and intentional violations" of the Communications Decency Act by Snapchat in linking to media partners such as Buzzfeed, Vice, and MTV. snapchat lawsuit legal discovery obscenity geragos buzzfeed clickbait

Snapchat Parts Ways With COO


In what has been a constant, Snapchat -all-the-time news week, the Venice, California-based messaging company has apparently cut loose its COO , Emily White, as CEO and co-founder Evan Spiegel has decided to take a more hand-on role at the company. White had only joined Snapchat in 2013, having formerly been Instagram''s Director of Business Operations. snapchat executive emily white evan spiegel instant messaging

Snapchat 101 for VCs and Old Folks

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Thus begins Snapchat and why you don’t get it. Snapchat will be used for both like the Internet (and TV) are. I just need to break you of the idea that Snapchat is for one thing – it is not. You can follow me on Snapchat here or by searching in the app for msuster.

Snapchat's Age Verification Under Fire In The UK


Venice, California-based Snapchat , the social networking service that is part of Snap, Inc., Snapchat is under the microscope from UK lawmakers related to a criminal case where the family of a murder victim was taunted via Snapchat by a killer from prison. snapchat verification algorithm software international social media communicationsis under fire in the UK, after the company admitted that its age-verification system "doesn't work" to UK lawmakers.

Half Lives. Social Media. And Snapchat Stories.

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And Snapchat has changed the game and in ways that I think the community doesn’t even quite understand yet. (If If you’re not a Snapchat user and want a taste of what I do there check out: where I save the videos permanently.) But here is what I’ve learned about Snapchat.

Snapchat Planning First Ads


Venice, California-based messaging app developer Snapchat is planning to roll out its first advertising effort soon, according to CEO Evan Spiegel, who said this week at the Vanity Fair New Establishment summit. snapchat advertising message instant disappearing social mobile smartphone evan spiegel

Snapchat Raises $485.6M In New Funding


Venice, California-based Snapchat has raised an enormous, $485.6M The funding appears to be linked to an earlier reported funding effort by the company this year, led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, which reportedly values Snapchat at over $10 billion. snapchat venture capital investment kpcb social messaging instant kleiner funding round, according to a regulatory filing from the company on New Year''s Eve.

Report: Snapchat Acquires Bitstrips For Around $100M


Los Angeles-based Snapchat has acquired emoji software developer Bitstrips , in a deal worth around $100M in cash and stock, according to a report this morning. cartoon emoji animation software acquisition merger snapchat bitmoji

Snapchat Eyes IPO


Venice-based Snapchat , the high flying, high profile startup led by Evan Spiegel, is planning an IPO, according to Spiegel, who talked about the company's IPO plans at a conference on Tuesday. The plans for an IPO are not a surprise, given the ultra high valuation that Snapchat has been getting in its latest private funding rounds. snapchat merger acquisition evan spiegel

Snapchat Rolls Out Security Updates


Venice-based instant photo messaging service Snapchat has released an update to the company''s software for both Android and iOS, in response to the major security breach over the holidays resulting from the abuse of its "Find Friends" feature.

Snapchat Raises $13.5M


Venice Beach-based Snapchat , the developer of a popular mobile application which lets users take "self destructing" mobile photos of themselves that they can send to friends, has raised $13.5M Snapchat develops a somewhat controversial application popular for "sexting".

Snapchat Theme Drives New Playboy Issue


In a bid for a new generation of readers, Playboy , the men's magazine best known for its long history of nude photo pictorials of women, has launched a new "non-nude" era of the publication, with a Snapchat-like front cover.

Snapchat Sued By Ex Employee


the parent company of Snapchat , has filed lawsuit in the Los Angeles County Superior Court, alleging that he was fired for refusing to tell lies to potential IPO investors. The lawsuit, filed by Anthony Pompliano, claims that Snapchat used false statistics on user numbers to recruit Pompliano from Facebook, and that Snapchat has since made it difficult for him to find a new job. snapchat legal lawsuit merger acquisition anthony pompliano court facebook

Snapchat In Major Security Breach


Venice-based social photo messaging service Snapchat had a major security breach over the holidays, when at least 4.6 Snapchat has not yet responded to the reports on the leaked data. snapchat social mobile startup instant photo messaging security

Snapchat Announces $60M Funding


Los Angeles-based Snapchat has officially announced its Series B funding, raising $60M in a round led by Institutional Venture Partners. Snapchat said the funding will go towards building a bigger engineering team, and also to "figure out how to pay our server bills."

Introducing Why, oh, why Snapchat?

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For the past few months I’ve been doing nearly daily “Snapstorms” or short videos with startup advice released on Snapchat. Among the most comical things to me in the past few years is just how much it annoys some people that I use Snapchat. Snapchat is faster and easier.

Report: Snapchat's Millennial Users Hate Redesign


A new report this morning says that a new survey of users of Venice, California-based Snap 's social networking app, Snapchat , finds opinion of the brand has dropped significantly due to its redesign. The report says the opinions of 18- to 34-year old users of Snapchat dropped 73 percent following the redesign, based on data from YouGov. mobile redesign millenial snapchat

Snapchat Names SVP Finance


Los Angeles-based Snapchat has hired Drew Vollero as SVP of Finance, and acting Chief Financial Officer, the company said this week. snapchat finance drew vollero mattellVollero was former at Mattell, and also has served at Taco Bell, Yum! Brands, and ZS Associates. Vollero was most recently SVP Corporate Strategy, Development, and Investor Relations at Mattel, where he had been for 15 years; he lives in Orange County. READ MORE>>.

Snapchat Confirms Acquisition Of Bitmoji


Venice-based Snapchat has confirmed its acquisition of Bitmoji, the developer of software which lets people create their own, personalized "emoji", which they can insert into Snapchat. The company--which announced the deal via a comic strip on Tuesday--said Bitmoji's team has joined Snapchat as part of the deal. Snapchat reported paid around $100M for Bitmoji's parent company, Bitstrips. merger bitmoji snapchat acquisition comic strip emoji software

Snapchat Eyes News, Advertising


Venice-based Snapchat has plans to add news articles, advertisements, TV, and movie clips to the service, according to reports this week, in a new service called Snapchat Discovery. The new service, which is expected to debut in November, would be the first attempt by Snapchat to convert the popularity of its disappearing photo messaging service into actual revenues. snapchat news advertising photo messaging disappearing social

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Snapchat's Latest Product: Playing Cards?


In what might be the most unusual product to come out of Venice-based Snapchat , the company appears to have issued its own line of playing cards to inspire people to post Snaps of themselves on the service. Snapchat's official Twitter account tweeted out a link to the Official Snapchat Playing Cards , sold by Snapchat Inc., game drinking social cards playing snapchat snapkings kings alcohol

Snapchat Retreats From Original Content


Venice-based Snapchat has shut down its original content efforts, and laid off around 15 people who were working on the Snap Channel, according to Deadline. Snapchat had launched its original content efforts in January, to develop its own original content and music for the service. snapchat original content layoff hollywood snapchannel social

Report: Snapchat Raises $175M More


Venice-based instant messaging app maker Snapchat has raised another $175M in funding , according to the WSJ this morning, from Fidelity Investments. According to the report, the new funding values Snapchat at $16 billion, the same valuation as the company's last funding injection. Snapchat has now raised more than $1.2 snapchat venture capital instant messaging fidelity investments communications

Snapchat Steals Away Engineering Director From Google


Venice, California-based social media app developer Snapchat has made a significant, high visibility hire, saying this week that it has hired Peter Magnusson, a former engineering director from Google, as its new Vice President of Engineering.