QOTD: Now You See It …

Erasability used to be a mistake.

— Digital anthropology student Olly Osborne, who is studying the implications of data emphemerality, in a series on Medium called “Data Death”

Benchmark’s Mitch Lasky on App Discovery, Distribution and the Power of Chat Networks

The successful games investor chats about, well, chat.
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With Private Messaging, Instagram and Twitter Continue Their Arms Race

It’s getting harder and harder to tell the two apps apart.
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Snapchat Raises $50 Million in Series C Round

Ephemeral messaging startup Snapchat has raised $50 million in a Series C round of venture capital, according to an SEC filing. The money was contributed by a single investor, CEO Evan Spiegel told TechCrunch. With today’s investment and the $60 million Series B round just a few months ago, Snapchat has raised upward of $120 million in total.

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Twitter Adds Private Photo Messaging to Mobile

As AllThingsD reported earlier this year that it would, Twitter on Tuesday launched a significant revamp of its private messaging product, adding the ability to send photos via Direct Message. Twitter also added a swipeable timeline feature (which we also reported would happen). All of this comes days before a highly anticipated Instagram event.

AllThingsD Week in Review: BlackBerry’s Future and Predictions for Tech in 2014

The Top 10 stories that powered AllThingsD this week, in one convenient post.
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Dough Boys: Here’s Benchmark’s $425 Million Fund Filing Document

Take the money and run!
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With New COO Hire, Snapchat Means (Non-Ephemeral) Business

The company that has proved increasingly popular with teens is starting to grow up.
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Instagram Business Lead Emily White to Be Named COO of Snapchat

A big talent raid by the photo and video upstart from its rival and also potential acquirer.
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The Buzziest Social Network, According to Hip-Hop

Hip-hop, hooray!
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The Idiot’s Guide to Valuing Snapchat