Snapchat Now Lets You Send Money To Friends Through Snapcash Deal With Square Cash

While Venmo, Google Wallet, and more try to take a business approach to peer-to-peer payments, Snapchat today swooped in from the consumer side. It just added a “Snapcash”  payments option to its app through a deal with Square Cash. Now you can add a debit card, type a dollar amount into Snapchat’s text-chat feature, and hit the green pay button to instantly send a friend money. The feature is on Android now and is coming to iOS soon.

We first reported that Snapchat had filed trademarks around payments in July, and now we know why. Beyond p2p payments, the trademarks could prime Snapchat for ecommerce and payments to merchants as well. For example, the app could one day send you a Snap or show a Story ad from a mechant, and let you buy the product shown instantly through Snapchat. Depending on how its relationship with Square Cash works, Snapchat could also potentially cross-reference debit card info through Snapcash-connected accounts to improve its ad targeting.

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As Developers Depart, Google Glass Is Ready To Become This Era’s Segway

Just over 18 months ago Google Chairman Eric Schmidt said he found having to talk to Google Glass out loud “the weirdest thing” and admitted that there would be “places where Google Glass are inappropriate.” Well, hello! I think the average person could have told Google this long before they spent millions developing the thing, and as I wrote at the time, the product was simply incapable of becoming a mass-market device. I predicted it would become this era’s Segway: hyped as a game changer but ultimately used by warehouse workers and mall cops.

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Scopely Raises $35M For Its Mobile Gaming Platform

Scopely, a Los Angeles startup that’s built a platform for distributing and monetizing mobile games, is announcing that it has raised $35 million in Series A funding.

Co-founder and CEO Walter Driver alternately described his goal as creating “the HBO of mobile games” and “the HBO of touchscreen entertainment.” The company develops its own games and also publishes games developed by others. The key, Driver said, is that many of the studios creating the best games don’t have the right tools to promote and make money from their titles.

“Our focus is all about building the business and technology platform to turn on analytics, ad meditation, distribution, for the most elite developers,” he said. “It’s really unprecedented for a company in the game space to focus on the game publishing functions first, and to provide those at a really high level for game studios.”

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Instagram finally lets you edit photo captions


You can finally go back fix and all the typos in your Instagram captions.

The company rolled out an update Monday that adds the ability to change photo captions after they’re posted and adds new recommendations to the app’s Explore menu.

In what had long been frustrating for victims of autocorrect everywhere, the app didn’t allow users to tweak captions after a photo or video posted, forcing users to post corrections as a comment or delete and re-write the caption entirely.

“This has been one of the top requests that we’ve heard from the community, and we’re excited to finally bring it to you today,” Instagram wrote in a blog post.

To edit a caption, tap the menu button […] underneath a post and select edit. Edited captions will include a note indicating the post was edited when a user views the comments.

Instagram update

Instagram’s latest update adds the ability to edit captions and a new section to the Explore tab that surfaces recommendations of new accounts to follow.

Monday’s update also changed the recently revamped Explore tab to make it easier to find new accounts to follow.

The Explore menu, which surfaces popular posts, has now been split into two tabs: Photos and People. The Photos tab displays the same posts as the Explore menu did in previous versions of the app — photos and videos popular within your circle of friends as well as those trending among the greater Instagram community. The new People tab displays recommendations of new accounts to follow, including people you’re connected to on other social networks, along with a preview of some of their most recent posts.

The countries where Facebook censors the most content

As Facebook expands, countries are increasingly interested in making content on the social network disappear.

Censorship on Facebook increased 19% between the first six months of 2014 and the last six months of 2013, the company revealed on Tuesday. But censorship isn’t distributed evenly; some countries are more trigger-happy than others when asking Facebook to remove content.

Facebook only removed some content in 15 of the 83 counties listed on the network’s third transparency report. India leads the list of content removal; Facebook restricted 4,960 “pieces of content” from the country between January and June 2014. Turkey and Pakistan follow closely with 1,893 and 1,773 “pieces of content” removed, respectively.

After India, Turkey and Pakistan, there is a big gap. Facebook only removed 34 pieces of content from the No. 4 country on the list, Germany.

A Facebook spokesperson said the company restricts access to content only when it is “illegal under local law.” Facebook doesn’t release many details on the content it restricts — or what laws the restrictions are based on — but does explain the reasons for removals in each country, in broad strokes.

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WhatsApp adds new feature to let you know when people read messages

If you’re one of those people who likes to use the “Oops, just saw this” excuse when you ignore a message, you’ll want to be aware of a new WhatsApp feature.

An update to the messaging app now includes double blue check marks next to messages that have been read by recipients in a conversation.

Here’s how it looks:


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Twitter Will Open Hong Kong Office To Target Advertisers

In Asia, Twitter is up against rivals like Sina Weibo and the ubiquity of messaging apps like Line, WhatsApp, and WeChat. But the region is still an important one for the microblogging platform, a point it underscored today by announcing plans to establish an office in Hong Kong. Twitter’s vice president for Asia Pacific, the Americas, and emerging markets, Shailesh Rao, told WSJ that the office, which will open in early 2015, will focus on selling advertising to companies based in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.

A Twitter representative told TechCrunch, “With half of all Internet, mobile and social media users worldwide in Asia today, we see many opportunities across the region. APAC is the growth engine for the company and we are expanding into more markets to reach new users, partners & advertisers.”

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