Facebook has pulled Instant Articles off Messenger

 While Facebook prepares to offer readers a way to subscribe and pay for news directly from inside its app, the social network continues to tinker with how it presents publishers’ content elsewhere. In the latest development, TechCrunch has learned and confirmed that Facebook has removed Instant Articles — Facebook’s self-hosted, faster-loading article format for mobile… Read More

Facebook adds a dedicated ‘Movies’ section offering showtimes and ticket sales

 Some Facebook users have noticed a new section called “Movies” appearing in the mobile app’s main navigation. The feature offers a way to see which movies are playing nearby, available showtimes and a list of local theaters and their movie selections. The section is powered through an integration with Fandango’s booking service, so you can buy a movie ticket right from… Read More

Crunch Report | So About That Equifax Hack

Crunch Report Equifax Today’s Stories  Here comes the class action lawsuit after Equifax’s massive hack FBI probes Uber’s use of software to target rival Lyft Facebook plans to spend up to $1B on original shows in 2018 Spotify is starting a music event as Apple ends its music festival Credits Written and Hosted by: Anthony Ha Filmed by: Luke Miller Edited by: Joe Zolnoski Notes: Tito Hamze is… Read More

Facebook is testing features to help you make new friends

 Facebook wants to show you more of what you have in common with potential new friends and make sure you don’t forget about your old ones either. The company is rolling out a feature that allows you to get a closer look at your friend’s buddies. It’s not only showcasing connections you’ve yet to make but a lot of current friends as well, which seems a bit odd, but I… Read More

Instagram test feature lets users share Stories straight to Facebook

 To boost the popularity of Stories, Facebook could turn to its photo-centric sister app. In a new feature test first spotted by the Next Web’s Matt Navarra and Twitter user @mruiandre, some users are seeing an option to share Instagram Stories directly to the main Facebook app. Instagram has since confirmed that the feature is indeed in testing. Read More

Facebook Watch original video tab launches to all U.S. users

 Today Facebook officially opened its new Watch tab of original video content to everyone in the U.S. after a limited rollout a month ago and expansion to some more users last week. Available on Facebook’s native mobile apps, desktop site, and TV apps, Watch lets users subscribe to their favorite series instead of just haphazardly stumbling upon one-off videos in the News Feed. U.S.… Read More

Tech’s ‘give back’ moment

 We now exist an interesting interstitial moment, one defined by big corporations producing much of the innovation and some of the world’s richest companies – Apple, Amazon, Uber, Facebook – trying to solve big hairy problems. These are the problems that startups would have once solved but because they are so expensive – I’m talking about commercial VR,… Read More

Understanding Roku’s IPO and its growing platform revenues

 In a pleasant Friday surprise, Roku dropped its S-1 document today, detailing its financial performance and corporate strategy. The filing indicates that the company intends to raise $100 million in its debut. The figure is a widely-recognized placeholder number. The company could raise more or less in its IPO. Follow Crunchbase News on Twitter & Facebook As a private company,… Read More