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.

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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The Buzziest Social Network, According to Hip-Hop

Hip-hop, hooray!
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Pay Attention, Snapchat! China’s WeChat Messaging App Does E-Commerce Well.

Smartphone sales, in-app gaming and sticker packs! Can American companies learn a thing or two about monetization from Asian messaging services?
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We Still Don’t Know Snapchat’s Magic User Numbers (But Here’s a Bunch of Other Interesting New Stats, Including About Norway!)

CEO Evan Spiegel talks monetization, growth and international at a recent conference.
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Sheryl Sandberg Says Facebook Totally Doesn’t Have a Teenager Problem

Facebook’s COO talks to AllThingsD about teens, the health of the company’s mobile ad business and the possibility of a major Snapchat acquisition.
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Could Google or Tencent Beat Facebook to Buying Snapchat?

And will the messaging startup sell, or continue to push ahead and build out a business?
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Here’s Why One Snapchat Investor Thinks the App Is Worth Billions

Facebook’s Q3: Marketers Love Us — Teens, Slightly Less So

Twitter Plans to Revamp Its Private Messaging Product

Facebook Aims to Court Teens With More Public Posting Options

Stories — Snapchat’s Play on the Ephemeral Status Update

Teens Actually Care About Their Mobile Privacy

Snapchat Now Boasts More Than 150 Million Photos Taken Daily

Does Anyone Actually Want a “Facebook Phone”?

Nudged by Apple, Twitter’s Porn Saga Ends in a Raw Deal for Vine

On Facebook, There’s No Privacy Setting for Your Friends’ Bad Judgment

Facebook to Launch Its Own Snapchat Competitor App