Snapchat Claims 1 Million Snapchat Plus Users

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Venice, California-based Snap says it now has more than one million users for its new Snapchat+ service, its premium, paid version of Snapchat. Snapchat+ starts at $3.99 snapchat plus social media snap socialmediaThe new service--launched in June--provides things like ability to reply to celebrities, new emoji and Bitmoji features, and more. a month.

Snapchat Launches Web Browser Support

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Venice, California-based Snapchat is finally expanding to the web world, and is launching a version of Snapchat that runs on web browsers. According to Snapchat, the web browser support includes video calls, chat features, and more, and currently runs on Google Chrome. The web support initially will only be available to Snapchat+ subscribers in the US, UK, and Canada, and all users in Australia and New Zealand. snapchat browser social

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Snapchat Rolls Out Web Version To All

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Venice, California-based Snap, the parent company of Snapchat, said today that it has rolled out the web-based version of it service to everyone. Snapchat's web version is more limited than its apps, but does allow users to get the basic functionality of the social networking service. snapchat version social media browsingThe availability was announced along with a number of other features.

Snapchat Adds Parental Controls Features

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Venice-based Snapchat has launched new parental controls, providing better visibility to parents on who their kids are talking to on the service. According to Snapchat, the new feature--Family Center--lets parents see who is on their kids' friend list, and who they have been chatting with. snapchat snap parental controls family safety

Snapchat Launches New, Paid, Feature Called Snapchat Plus

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Los Angeles-based Snapchat says it has released a new set of experimental, pre-release, and "exclusive" new features for its users, which it is selling for $3.99 socialmedia media social features plus snapchata month to users in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. The company said the features are aimed at its "most passionate" members of its community.

Snapchat Drops Speed Filter

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Venice-based Snap, the parent company of Snapchat, has pulled a controversial filter, which had been accused of encouraging reckless driving. snap snapchat filter speed lawsuit accidentsThe "speed filter" had allowed users to capture how fast they were moving. The company has faced a number of lawsuits from families of users who had been injured or killed in car crashes, claiming the filter had resulted in those accidents.

Snapchat Debuts Headspace Meditation Tool

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Venice, California-based Snapchat has debuted the new meditation features that it developed with Los Angeles-based Headspace this morning, the new meditation-with-friends feature that the company announced at its Partner Summit in June.

Snapchat Rolls Out Real Time Location Sharing

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Venice, California-based Snapchat announced this morning that it has launched a new real-time location sharing feature, which lets users share their location in real time with their friends. snap snapchat location sharing social networkingThe company said the feature allows sharing of locations as a temporary "buddy system", is only available between mutual friends, and has a limited time span--ranging from 15 minutes to a few hours.

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. Companies like Google, Yahoo, Oracle and PayPal attract top talent for years; when they reach maturity or a major liquidity event, their talent disperses and germinates into the next generation of companies.

Atom Tickets Launches On Snapchat

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Santa Monica-based movie ticketing app Atom Tickets is launching its app as a third-party, branded experience on Snapchat , the company announced on Wednesday. According to Atom Tickets, its new experience, Movie Ticekts By Atom, will let users on Snapchat watch movie trailers, buy movie tickets, and share their movie plans with friends all within Snapchat's Mini feature. atom tickets snapchat movie trailer content entertainment

Snapchat To Provide Revenue Sharing For Snap Stars

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Venice, California-based social networking app developer Snapchat said today that it will start sharing ad revenue with its "Snap Stars", the program it runs with its most popular creators. According to Snap, it will share revenue raised through mid-roll advertisements in snapchat stories. snapchat snap stars revenue sharing advertising social networking

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 Plans Bitmoji Cartoon Feature

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Venice-based Snapchat is planning to launch a new feature in February, which will feature users' Bitmoji avatars as the main characters in a custom cartoon. A number of users have posted the teaser for Bitmoji TV that Snapchat apparently sent out over the last couple of days. bitmoji snapchat avatar cartoon comic entertainment social

MomentFeed Links With Snapchat

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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 Expands Efforts At Yellow Accelerator

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Venice-based Snapchat says it is expanding the outreach efforts it has been running as part of its Yellow Accelerator. Snapchat said it is expanding Yellow to introduce a new program to support Snapchat integration, in addition to its annual programs. snapchat yellow accelerator integration expansion snap software

Report: Snapchat Files For IPO

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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>>.

Snapchat Parts Ways With COO

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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 Sued Over Obscene Snapchat Discover Links

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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 To Launch Mental Health, Wellness Tools

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Venice, California-based Snapchat is getting set to launch a new set of tools around mental health and wellness , according to a report today. snapchat snap mental health wellness resources anxiety socialThe new tools--expected to launch today--will offer up resources for dealing with anxiety, mental health, and suicide, according to the report. The features will reportedly surface when users search for certain keywords and topics related to mental health and wellness. READ MORE>>.

Snapchat Planning First Ads

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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

Report: No Snapchat Series On Quibi

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Los Angeles-based mobile streaming video startup Quibi will not be launching a series about Venice, Californi-based Snapchat , according to a report from Variety. quibi snapchat founder evan spiegel content movieQuibi had said last year at SXSW that it would film a series based on the script "Frat Boy Genius" by Elissa Karasik. Variety did not say why Quibi decided to drop its plans for the series. Quibi raised a huge, $350M funding round back in January for the streaming service.

Snapchat Raises $485.6M In New Funding

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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.

Snapchat Eyes IPO

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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 Hit By Spam Attack

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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. Snapchat said that it has temporarily turned of new account creation and prevented Snapchatters from receiving chats from friends they had not previously added on the service.

Snapchat Eyes News, Advertising

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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 Names SVP Finance

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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's Latest Product: Playing Cards?

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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 Sued By Ex Employee

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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

Report: Snapchat Raising $100M

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Venice-based photo messaging service Snapchat is reportedly raising $100M in funding, at a valuation of half a billion dollars, according to a report Friday. Snapchat--which operates a mobile photo messaging service which is very popular with the teenage set--is backed by Benchmark Capital, and had previously raised $12.5M snapchat venture capital rumor valuation photo messaging mobile

Snapchat's Gender Swap Filter Takes Down Cop

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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.

Snapchat Confirms Acquisition Of Bitmoji

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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 Retreats From Original Content

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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's Millennial Users Hate Redesign

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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: 35 Employees, Great Place To Work

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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. Snapchat apparently is in the midst of a growth surge, with openings in Venice for a HR recruiting coordinator, engineers, and others, according to its jobs page.

Report: Snapchat Raises $175M More

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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

Report: Snapchat, NBC Team On 2020 Olympic Summer Games Coverage

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Los Angeles-based Snap , the parent company of Snapchat , has inked a deal with NBC where NBC will produce four, daily original shows on the Olympics and Team USA for Snapchat, according to Variety. The move most likely will help Snapchat cement its place among millenials and Gen Z as a major distribution route for content to younger demographics. snap snapchat summer olympic games 2020 content publishing

Report: More Than 50,000 Snapchat Users Phished

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The identities and credentials for more than 50,000 Snapchat users have been stolen and posted to the Internet, after a massive phishing attack on Snapchat's users, according to a report. snapchat phishing phish email cybersecurity security

Report: Fidelity Writes Down Investment in Snapchat

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A report Tuesday in the Financial Times said that investment giant Fidelity has written its investment in Los Angeles-based Snapchat by 25 percent, citing data from a Morningstar report. Snapchat--arguably, the most visible "unicorn" startup in Southern California--had been valued at $15 billion in its last fundraising round. snapchat fidelity writedown investment write down finance messaging instant disappearing unicorn

Snapchat Opening Office In Seattle

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Venice, California-based social messaging service Snapchat is opening up an office in Seattle, and plans to hire at least 50 staffers in the Rain City. According to a report , Snapchat has leased 8,000 square feet in the city, part of a quest to find more technical talent for the company. snapchat seattle office expansion growth jobs employment

Report: Snapchat Buys Cimagine Media

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the parent company of Snapchat, has reportedly acquired Israeli startup Cimagine Media. snapchat cimagine media israel israeli merger acquisition augmented realityVenice-based Snap, Inc. , The deal is reportedly worth between $30M and $40M. Cimaging Media develops augmented reality technology. The acquisition was first reported by a local Israeli financial daily. Cimagine was founded in 2012. READ MORE>>.

Snapchat Settles With FTC

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Venice, California-based Snapchat has settled charges with the Federal Trade Commission , the FTC said Thursday afternoon, and has agreed to misrepresent the extent to which it maintains the privacy, security, and confidentiality of users'' information--and will also be required to implement a "comprehensive privacy program" monitored for the next 20 years. million Snapchat usernames and phone numbers from the service. snapchat security legal lawsuit mobile capture

Snapchat Aims At March IPO, Says Report

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otherwise known as SnapChat , is aiming at a March IPO, according to a report on Thursday afternoon. Snapchat has been rumored to have been working on an IPO for several months now, and had been looking to choose an investment bank for the offering earlier this year. acquisition merger messaging instant march snapchatVenice-based instant messaging company Snap Inc.

Report: Snapchat Looking To Raise $4 Billion In IPO

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Venice-based Snapchat is hoping to launch an IPO, which will raise the company an astounding $4 billion in capital--valuing the company at between $25 billion and $35 billion--according to a report on Wednesday from Bloomberg. Snapchat is in the midst of an IPO effort being led by Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs Group. Snapchat recently changed its corporate name to Snap, Inc. snapchat snapinc snap merger acquisition exit social networking