WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Snapchat is known for an app that enables users to send photo messages that can vanish within seconds of being viewed. On Wednesday, company officials didn’t even appear at a Capitol Hill hearing on data security they’d been invited to – and a top senator wasn’t happy.
Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller said Snapchat had declined his invitation to testify and insinuated that the Los Angeles-based company, which has disclosed massive data breaches within the past year, was concealing something.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Turkey’s abrupt ban on Twitter Inc stirred concerns on Friday that the country may pull the plug on other social media and Internet services as it grapples with internal turmoil.
Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has in the past threatened to block Facebook Inc and Google Inc’s YouTube as well, though both remained online.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Twitter Inc said on Friday it hopes access to its social media service in Turkey will be restored soon, a day after it was blocked by the country’s government.
The ban, which has proven to be not entirely effective, is the latest effort by a government to squash critical comments that flow freely over Twitter’s social network and highlights the thorny policy challenge facing the company.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Tango, the mobile messaging app-maker, announced Wednesday it has raised $280 million in a new funding round led by Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.
By almost any measure, the investment amounted to a staggering sum for a mobile app developer. The deal, which came one month after Facebook Inc’s stunning $19 billion acquisition of Whatsapp, underscored the lengths that Internet companies are willing to go to gain a foothold in mobile communications.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Twitter Inc CEO Dick Costolo will meet Shanghai government officials, academics and students in his first visit to China, signaling Twitter’s interest in cracking a lucrative but thorny market with 600 million Internet users.
Twitter, which has been blocked by Chinese censors since 2009, described the trip as a personal tour for Costolo, who is due to land at Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport on Monday and plans to spend three days in the business capital. He is not scheduled to visit Beijing.
SAN FRANCISCO/SEATTLE (Reuters) – It may be one of Microsoft Corp’s biggest squandered opportunities.
Tired of waiting for Office to be optimized for their mobile gadgets, a growing contingent of younger companies is turning to cheaper, simpler and touch-friendly apps that can perform word processing and other tasks in the cloud.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – King Digital Entertainment Plc struck gold with “Candy Crush Saga,” the runaway hit that made its way onto hundreds of millions of smartphones and spawned a $1.5 billion franchise.
Now, the rest of the smartphone game industry is waiting to see if King can pull off a coup in the public markets – and perhaps spur a mobile gaming IPO rush in the process.
BOSTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Twitter Inc crashed on Tuesday for the second time in nine days when a software glitch stalled the popular messaging service for about one hour.
The company apologized to its 250 million users in a status blog, saying it had encountered “unexpected complications” during “a planned deploy in one of our core services.”
BOSTON/SAN FRANCISCO, March 11 (Reuters) – Twitter Inc
crashed on Tuesday for the second time in nine days
when a software glitch stalled the popular messaging service for
about one hour.
The company apologized to its 250 million users in a status
blog, saying it had encountered “unexpected complications”
during “a planned deploy in one of our core services.”
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – In recent years, a bevy of messaging apps has fought for global domination, with many boasting a lucrative combination of communications features, online shopping and games.
But this week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg spent a staggering $19 billion to buy WhatsApp, the contender with perhaps the simplest functionality and negligible revenue. WhatsApp, which has 450 million users, has stuck to basic messaging, but also a simple business model of charging users an annual subscription fee of just $1.