Snapchat Quietly Files For $25B Initial Public Offering

Snapchat Quietly Files For $25B Initial Public Offering

A month after the rumor mill began swirling with ideas that Snap — the parent company of quick-photo messaging app Snapchat — would file for an initial public offering, the tech company has officially filed papers to go public to the tune of $25 billion.  [More]

Snapchat Uses Vending Machines to Sell ‘Spectacle’ Smart Sunglasses

Snapchat Uses Vending Machines to Sell ‘Spectacle’ Smart Sunglasses

Forget about pop-up stores or branded kiosks. The new thing for selling your tech product is apparently vending machines — at least according to SnapChat, which is using bright yellow dispensers to market its new line of Spectacle photo- and video-taking sunglasses. [More]

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Facebook Is Launching Yet Another Snapchat Clone

In its latest attempt to lure Snapchat users away from the photo-sharing app, Facebook has launched yet another service that basically does exactly what Snapchat does. [More]

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Snapchat Totally Ready To Start Supporting Wearable Spectacles It Doesn’t Sell Yet

Many months ago, we learned that Snapchat was probably working on some kind of wearable devices. Now, we know what it’s called — and have proof that it should be available to buy much sooner rather than later. [More]

Facebook Unveils Its Own Snapchat-Like Photo Filters

Facebook Unveils Its Own Snapchat-Like Photo Filters

There’s just something about Snapchat, all the other messaging services just can’t help themselves from mimicking the quick photo messaging app in one way or another: from Instagram’s “Stories” feature to Facebook’s experiments with self-destructing messages. Now, the big blue “F” is taking another stab at being more like Snapchat, debuting a set of filters that users can place over their photos — think puking rainbows and cartoonish eyes.  [More]

Snapchat Has Reportedly Hired Itself Some Bankers Ahead Of Rumored IPO

Snapchat Has Reportedly Hired Itself Some Bankers Ahead Of Rumored IPO

The wheels of the rumor mill are busy turning once again, with a new report saying that Snapchat is hunting around for bankers in preparation for an initial public offering. [More]

Report: Snapchat Toying With IPO Valued At $25B

Report: Snapchat Toying With IPO Valued At $25B

Three years after some folks laughed at Snapchat for reportedly turning down $3 billion from Facebook and $4 billion from Google, the messaging platform is apparently planning to go public with an initial offering that values the company at several times those earlier amounts. [More]

Snapchat Killing Off “Local Stories” In Favor Of Live Event Feeds

Snapchat Killing Off “Local Stories” In Favor Of Live Event Feeds

If you like checking out “Local Stories” to see what other folks in your city are posting on Snapchat, well, prepare to say farewell: Snapchat is ditching that feature so the company can focus more on its live event channels. [More]

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Selfies In The Voting Booth? Not So Fast.

When exercising your right to vote for the next President of the United States it might be tempting to document the once-every-four-years event with a selfie. But before you hit the camera button, you should know your state laws, because in some areas of the U.S. the now-popular voting booth selfie is illegal.  [More]

NBC Universal Will Make Original “Shows” For Snapchat

NBC Universal Will Make Original “Shows” For Snapchat

A number of high-profile entertainment companies are already programming content for Snapchat, but for the most part it’s repurposed stories, photos, list-icles, and infographics that has seen life elsewhere in the world. However, NBC Universal seems to believe Snapchat could be a platform for exclusive original content. [More]

Instagram Mimics Snapchat With Stories-Like Feature

Instagram Mimics Snapchat With Stories-Like Feature

Eventually, all social media/messaging apps are going to look the same. At least, that’s the impression we get following Instagram’s release of a new feature that looks an awful lot like the Snapchat’s “Stories” functionality that lets users compile photos or video for sharing on their profile. [More]

Snapchat Wants To Send You Ads By Identifying Objects In Your Selfies

Snapchat Wants To Send You Ads By Identifying Objects In Your Selfies

Try to remember the last photo you took on Snapchat: did it include a recognizable tourist spot? Perhaps a cup of coffee? The next time you take a similar photo, you might find a handful of ad-heavy filters waiting to be applied to the scene as Snapchat recently received a patent that would allow it to use image recognition technology to send users ads and other filters related to the picture content.  [More]

Snapchat Sued Over “Sexually Offensive Content” From Its Media Partners

Snapchat Sued Over “Sexually Offensive Content” From Its Media Partners

While many people might use Snapchat just to share photos and videos with friends, there’s also an area for brands and media companies to post content, which you can see in the app’s “Discover” tab. But according to a new lawsuit against the social media company, that feature is showing minors “sexually offensive content” without warning. [More]

Snapchat “Memories” Feature Lets You Save Photos To App For Sharing Later

Snapchat “Memories” Feature Lets You Save Photos To App For Sharing Later

When it was first released, Snapchat described itself as a photo sharing site that allowed users to view or send images and videos for up to 10 seconds. While users have long been able to save photos to their phone’s camera roll, the messaging service is now allowing them store those snaps in a private archive inside the main app.  [More]

Snapchat Users Will Now See Ads Between Their Friends’ Stories

Snapchat Users Will Now See Ads Between Their Friends’ Stories

Whenever a new social media company comes around, ad-free and full of vim and vigor with a select group of devoted users, it’s only a matter of time before that clubhouse for the cool kids starts opening itself up to the masses… which in turn, leads to advertisers banging on the door. Snapchat is the latest social company to join its peers in opening up that door a little wider to advertisers. [More]

Lawsuit Accuses Snapchat Of Negligence For Speed-Capturing Filter

Lawsuit Accuses Snapchat Of Negligence For Speed-Capturing Filter

On the list of dangerous and distracting activities you should not be doing while driving, Snapchatting behind the wheel is definitely up there, as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been reminding everyone this month on social media with the #justdrive hashtag. Nevertheless, the lure of a Snapchat filter that displays your speed can prove too strong for some drivers, resulting in at least one accident.
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You Can Now Opt Out Of Snapchat’s Arbitration Clause — Here’s How

You Can Now Opt Out Of Snapchat’s Arbitration Clause — Here’s How

Popular messaging service Snapchat has had a binding arbitration clause — which takes away a user’s right to sue the company — in its user agreement since 2014. Yesterday, Snapchat updated its terms to give users 30 days to opt out of this anti-consumer restriction on their legal rights. [More]

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Snapchat Buys Bitstrips For $100M: Uniting Puking Rainbows & Cartoons Of Ourselves

Remember that brief, weird moment a few years back when your Facebook feed was suddenly full of just-ironic-enough comic strip versions of your friends? Well, now you’ll probably see that all over Snapchat, as the messaging app reportedly agreed to pay $100 million to acquire Bitstrips.  [More]