Author: Josh Constine

Facebook acquires Source3 to get content creators paid

TECHCRUNCH Facebook is on the cusp of a big push to lure independent content creators to share their art through the News Feed. But it needs to prove it can help creators monetize their content without allowing piracy to run rampant. That’s why it’s acquired content rights management startup Source3, including its team and technology. The startup explains that “At Source3, we set out to recognize, organize and analyze branded intellectual property in user-generated content, and we are proud to have identified products across a variety of areas including sports, music, entertainment and fashion.” Its technology allowed it to recognize brand IP in user created content and commerce marketplaces, allowing brands to measure their presence or take action against infringers of their copyrights and trademarks. Now Facebook spokesperson Vanessa Chan tells TechCrunch “We’re excited to work with the Source3 team and learn from the expertise they’ve built in intellectual property, trademarks and copyright.” Source3 announced the deal on its site, which was spotted by Recode. The company wrote “we’ve decided to continue our journey with Facebook”, and its team will work at Facebook NYC office. Source3 had raised over $4 million, mostly from a seed round in 2015 led by Contour Venture Partners. Co-founders Patrick F. Sullivan, Benjamin Cockerham, and Scott Sellwood previously sold their music rights management platform RightsFlow to Google. Source3 was founded in New York in 2014 originally as a 3D...

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AngelList co-founder Babak Nivi out “for my own reasons”

TECHCRUNCH “Mr. Nivi has no role at the company” AngelList COO Graham Jenkin told TechCrunch in reponse to questions regarding the curious absence of the investment platform’s co-founder. It’s atypical for the creator of such a high-profile company to seemingly disappear without any form of announcement. Nivi still lists himself on LinkedIn as presently working at AngelList as a co-founder. When TechCrunch asked Nivi about his deparature from AngelList, he responded “That’s right, I have no role at the company and left recently for my own reasons, to work on something new.” When asked “Were there any claims of...

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Anti-drone radio wave startup SkySafe secures $11.5M from Andreessen

TECHCRUNCH Drones are a threat to both military and public safety, whether flown by a terrorist or just a reckless pilot. SkySafe’s radio wave technology can detect and stop rogue drones from entering unauthorized areas like military bases, stadiums, prisons, and airports. SkySafe’s radio frequency signals are projected from a perimeter of nodes or even a Jeep, and force unapproved drones to leave or land while allowing permitted drones to fly. Now just two years after launch, SkySafe has raised a $11.5 million series A round led by Andreessen Horowitz, whose partner Lars Dalgaard will join the board. It adds...

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Facebook launches Groups for Pages, unlocking fan clubs and street teams

TECHCRUNCH With Facebook’s newest feature, a musician could run an on-site fan club, a brand could organize its ambassadors, and a newspaper could discuss articles with just its top readers. Today Facebook globally launched Groups For Pages, allowing the 70 million Pages on Facebook to create their own distinct communities and feeds. Facebook first quietly tested the feature in March, but today Chief Product Officer Chris Cox announced the feature’s full roll-out. Mentioning how one of the Washington Post’s reporters started a group called PostThis for its journalists and most loyal readers, Cox wrote “This is one of thousands...

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Facebook launches comparison tool to prove Instant Articles beat mobile web

TECHCRUNCH One-third of all link clicks on Facebook already go to its self-hosted Instant Articles. Facebook claims they drive more referral traffic click for click because people don’t abaondon them mid-click as they do with slow-loading mobile websites. Now Facebook is teaming up with Nielsen to prove that individual publishers benefit when they post with the Instant Articles format. Today Facebook is launching an analytics comparison tool for Instant Articles publishers. It looks at the referral traffic from a test group of people who see Instant Article versions of links, and a control group that sees mobile web versions....

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Google’s brave new friendless feed

TECHCRUNCH Next Story Leading VC Tim Draper invests in Gravity’s ‘Iron Man’ flight suit, on a $100 bill It’s like Facebook without all those annoying “friends”. Instead of having to look at what weird things other people are interested in, like their babies, Google shows me the weird things I’m interested in, like Legend Of Zelda and Elon Musk. It’s a fundamental shift in content consumption from curation based on our explicit choices to curation based on our implicit preferences mined from past behavior. It could unlock our niche fascinations without us ever having to pledge allegiance to them. Today...

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Facebook fights fake news spread via modified link previews

TECHCRUNCH Until now, any Facebook Page that posted a link could change the headline, body text, and image that appeared in the News Feed preview. That allowed fake news distributors to bait-and-switch readers into visiting articles they didn’t expect, or make it look like legitimate news publishers were posting inflammatory or false headlines. But it also let real news outlets A/B test link previews, tailor content to different audiences, and update previews as news stories evolved. To combat false news without stifling responsible publications, Facebook is now starting to disable the ability of all Pages to edit the previews...

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Amidst probe of alleged sexual misconduct, AngelList partner Lee Jacobs on leave

TECHCRUNCH An investigation into an alleged sexual misconduct at an event in 2013 has led to AngelList partner Lee Jacobs going on indefinite paid leave of absence, sources tell TechCrunch and the company has now confirmed. AngelList was informed of the incident two weeks ago. According to a source familiar with AngelList’s internal working, on July 13th, AngelList told employees via Slack that “Some of you have noticed that Lee is no longer available on email or Slack. He is on leave for personal reasons indefinitely and will be unavailable for contact. Jake and Parker are taking on his...

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