Tagged with: Snapchat

Snapchat May Soon Be Getting Into the Mobile Payments Business

Snapchat May Soon Be Getting Into the Mobile Payments Business

Snappay? Snapchat may try to monetize by processing peer-to-peer payments, money transfers, or online payments, according to two trademarks it filed earlier this week. Owned by Snapchat and filed on July 11th by an attorney at Cooley, which is known to be Snapchat’s law firm, the trademarks could keep anyone else from ...

Slingshot May Be a Snapchat Clone, But It May Do Engagement Better

Slingshot May Be a Snapchat Clone, But It May Do Engagement Better

It’s a smartphone app that sends photos and videos that self-destruct after they’re viewed. It lets you personalize these ephemeral messages with your own little doodles. And it goes by a one-word name that begins with an “S” and ends with a “T.” Any guesses? No, it’s not Snapchat. It’s Slingshot, the new ...

Facebook Officially Launches Slingshot, Its Snapchat Competitor

Facebook Officially Launches Slingshot, Its Snapchat Competitor

Facebook is trying once again to catch Snapchat's wave. The social-networking behemoth is launching on Tuesday a new app called Slingshot that allows people to share short-lived photos and videos with one another. This concept, which caught fire through competitors like Snapchat, encourages people to share less carefully ...

Facebook Launches ‘Slingshot,’ Its Latest Alternative to Snapchat (Update: NOPE!)

Facebook Launches ‘Slingshot,’ Its Latest Alternative to Snapchat (Update: NOPE!)

Facebook has been promising that it would “shatter itself into pieces” in order to better compete on mobile by breaking up the main Facebook app into mini-apps focused on specific features. On Monday, it made good on these previously stated intentions with a new photo and video-sharing app called Slingshot, now ...

Rumor: Facebook is Building a Snapchat Competitor

Rumor: Facebook is Building a Snapchat Competitor

Facebook is taking Snapchat very seriously after its failed attempt to purchase the video and picture messaging app for $3 billion last year. Mark Zuckerberg is personally supervising an internal effort to build a competing "ephemeral messaging" app, according to a new report from the Financial Times. Details are slim on ...

AT&T, Comcast and Snapchat Are Lax on Privacy Protection, Says EFF

AT&T, Comcast and Snapchat Are Lax on Privacy Protection, Says EFF

The results are in on the Electronic Frontier Foundation's fourth annual "Who Has Your Back" report on the tech sector's customer privacy practices. The highest ratings—companies given six stars—were handed to Apple, Credo Mobile, Dropbox, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Sonic, Twitter, and Yahoo. The report, released ...

Snapchat Ordered to Say Its Messages Aren’t Truly ‘Ephemeral’

Snapchat Ordered to Say Its Messages Aren’t Truly ‘Ephemeral’

The "ephemeral" messaging app Snapchat has settled as of Thursday with the Federal Trade Commission over allegations that its messages are not actually ephemeral. The FTC's complaint alleged that there are a number of ways Snapchat messages can be saved, so the company's claim that they "disappear forever" was disingenuous. ...

Snapchat Adds IM and Video Calls, Complete With Self-Destruct

Snapchat Adds IM and Video Calls, Complete With Self-Destruct

Snapchat has been somewhat out of the limelight of late, but now the company that rejected a $3 billion offer from Facebook has introduced two new features for its users: private messaging and video calls. “Until today, we felt that Snapchat was missing an important part of conversation: presence. There’s nothing like ...

Snapchat: Spam is Unrelated to Breach, Here’s How to Stop It

Snapchat: Spam is Unrelated to Breach, Here’s How to Stop It

Did you see a lot of spam on Snapchat over the weekend? The company acknowledged the increasing amounts of bogus messages in a blog post on Monday, but says the unwanted Snaps are unrelated to the Find Friends security breach last month. It also offered a quick fix for blocking spam from your feed. If you haven’t already ...

5 Damaging Job Mistakes…in Fun, Colorful Blocks!

5 Damaging Job Mistakes…in Fun, Colorful Blocks!

Evan Spiegel blew it. For months, security researchers warned Spiegel that Snapchat, the social media platform he and a Stanford buddy created, had a major privacy flaw. The Huffington Post writes Spiegel and his team never fixed the problem. Then, in late 2013, a hacker stole phone records and usernames of millions ...