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Snapchat secretly acquires Seene, a computer vision startup that lets mobile users make 3D selfies. Snapchat has acquired 3D photo app maker Seene (also known as Obvious Engineering) a couple of months ago, TechCrunch has learned.

Snapchat secretly acquires Seene, a computer vision startup that lets mobile users make 3D selfies

Seene lets you capture 3D models from your phone with a simple smartphone camera. Snapchat could use Seene’s format for a brand new category of selfie lenses, a new 3D photo format, and potentially for future virtual reality projects. According to our sources, Snapchat was interested in Seene’s computer vision technology and its engineering team more than for its consumer product. Snapchat Passes Twitter in Daily Usage. Snapchat Inc. has 150 million people using the service each day, said people familiar with the matter.

Snapchat Passes Twitter in Daily Usage

That makes the four-year-old messaging app more popular than Twitter Inc. by daily active users. Snapchat has been growing quickly, boosted by its popularity among young people. The app had 110 million daily users in December, said the people, who asked not to be named because they weren’t authorized to speak about the numbers. Twitter Is Betting Everything on Jack Dorsey. Will It Work? “I ’m leaving the company in two weeks,” Dick Costolo said abruptly, his face stricken, his fingers banging the wood-slab table before him.

Twitter Is Betting Everything on Jack Dorsey. Will It Work?

Here Are the Internal Documents that Prove Uber Is a Money Loser. Spotify “Discover Weekly” Personalized Playlists. I was worried about the Minions.

Spotify “Discover Weekly” Personalized Playlists

But it turned out to be okay. Blogging's Massive Failure To Topple Mass Media. Posted by Tom Foremski - December 18, 2013.

Blogging's Massive Failure To Topple Mass Media

Rupert Murdoch Outfoxed? Google Can Resume 'Stealing' His Content. You Need to Win the Battle for Share of Mind. Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Mark Suster (@msuster), a 2x entrepreneur, now VC at GRP Partners.

You Need to Win the Battle for Share of Mind

Read more about Suster at his Startup Blog, BothSidesoftheTable. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the proliferation of startups in the past 2 years. SecondLife Didn’t Fail. By Sarah Lacy On July 6, 2012 Last night I spoke at an event put on by a site called IdeaMensch.

SecondLife Didn’t Fail

They’re doing a road trip, where the team is traveling city by city, holding events by and for entrepreneurs. I talked about why I started PandoDaily and some of my struggles along the way so far. The Rise and Fall of Bitcoin. Airbnb Victim Speaks Again: Homeless, Scared And Angry. Yesterday we wrote about “EJ,” a woman who had her San Francisco apartment burglarized and vandalized by someone who rented her home for a week via Airbnb.

Airbnb Victim Speaks Again: Homeless, Scared And Angry

There was some confusion about how Airbnb was and is dealing with the situation. See the updates to that post above, and CEO Brian Chesky’s post here on TechCrunch later yesterday talking about the situation. The event happened, which is a terrible blow to the company’s reputation. The Truth About That ‘Landmark’ Twitter Case - Twitter. This weekend The Telegraph reported that Twitter had revealed the name, email address and telephone number of Ahmed Khan, a UK council whistleblower accused of libelling his local authority using a number of anonymous twitter accounts and blog Mr Monkey.

The Truth About That ‘Landmark’ Twitter Case - Twitter

The council in question, Tyneside, took the case to the legal superior court of California, which in turn issued a subpoena to Twitter on April 14th 2011. According to Khan, what Twitter handed over was “just a great long list of numbers” and ordered it to hand over 30 pieces of information relating to several Twitter accounts, including @fatcouncillor and @ahmedkhan01. According to Khan, this included “all private messages sent by other whistleblowers exposing wrongdoing in the council.” Social Gaming Market Reaches Its Final Stage…and It’s Not Looking Pretty. Editor’s Note: This is a guest post written by Alex St.

Social Gaming Market Reaches Its Final Stage…and It’s Not Looking Pretty

John, President and CTO of hi5, on the state of the social gaming market. When Facebook recognized that early social media games were getting a free ride on their network, they shut down the free viral channels these games relied on for audience, started charging market prices for advertising, and demanded a cut of all commerce transactions (see “Facebook Credits”). This changed the economics of social games dramatically. Reaching a large audience easily and for free ceased to be a benefit of developing social media games. In the downloadable casual game business, game developers get a 25%-35% share of the revenue their games generate online when published via channels other than their own. New Social Networking Site Changing The Way Oh, Christ, Forget I.

NEW YORK—While millions of young, tech-savvy professionals already use services like Facebook and Twitter to keep in constant touch with friends, a new social networking platform called Foursquare has recently taken the oh, fucking hell, can't some other desperate news outlet cover this crap instead? Paris Diary: The International Geek Brotherhood... Posted by Tom Foremski - December 7, 2009 [I'm in Paris all this week as part of the Traveling Geeks, a collection of journalists, bloggers, and PR people meeting with French startups and also attending LeWeb, France's premier Web 2.0 developer and business conference.]

I took the EuroStar train from London on Sunday afternoon and in less than 3 hours I was in the middle of Paris.

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