Twitter historically has had a rocky relationship with its developer community. It once encouraged third-party apps, then later restricting them; hosting developer conferences, then killing them; debuting a suite of developer tools, then selling them; and despite issuing a mea culpa, the company failed to regain the trust of many. Read More
According to a new study published today from the American Civil Liberties Union, major social networks including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram have recently provided user data access to Geofeedia, the location-based, social media surveillance system used by government offices, private security firms, marketers and others.
As TechCrunch previously reported, Geofeedia is one of a bevy of… Read More
Rumors were flying all day yesterday that Twitter is up for sale, and Salesforce.com could be a chief suitor. At this point, with so many possible bidders being reported, it’s hard to know what’s going to happen (if anything). But the big question for many is why Salesforce would even be interested in the consumer-facing social network. While nobody could say with certainty that… Read More
Progressly, a new platform for supporting growth within large enterprises, just got a big boost in both money and staffing. Ruslan Belkin, a former top exec from Twitter and LinkedIn will be joining the roughly two year old company. With the spotlight drawn, Progressly is taking the opportunity to formally announce a $6 million Series A, led by 8VC, as part of its official coming out… Read More
Gnip is the company that has been keeping archives of every tweet going back to the first one in 2006. Twitter knew how important this data was to marketers and companies so it acquired the company and now has a fleet of APIs that it’s making bank on.
Most recently it opened up instant access to all of those historical tweets. Today, during its developer conference Twitter Flight, the… Read More
Twitter is on double time these days when it comes to rolling out new products and pressing ahead under new CEO Jack Dorsey — a strategy that will likely get a decent gust of air Wednesday during the company’s Flight developer conference. In the meantime, TechCrunch understands that there is another area where Twitter is looking to expand: customer care, positioning Twitter as… Read More
Zenefits, the $4.5 billion human resources software startup, said today it hired Twitter’s (now former) director of global business development Rita Garg. It’s another executive departure for Twitter, with head of communications Gabriel Stricker and former CEO Dick Costolo recently stepping back. Twitter is not unfamiliar with executive shuffles, with the top of the company… Read More
Tomorrow marks the kickoff point for the next cycle of tech earnings, so the markets are on the precipice of a data deluge. Today we had a bit of a pre-show, with two things happening that are well worth our consideration: Box’s big trading day and Twitter’s fake acquisition news. Read More
In the push for more revenue growth, Twitter has been building up its business in areas like advertising and commerce, but a move made late Friday night points to another area where the company is setting its sights: big data analytics. Twitter announced that it will be terminating agreements with third parties for reselling firehose data — the unfiltered, full stream of Tweets and… Read More
Social network Twitter has long been under fire for some of its internal issues when it comes to products and how engineers work to develop and improve them. Now it’s made an acquisition that could help it improve things on that front. TechCrunch has confirmed that Twitter has acquired and will close TenXer, a platform for developers and engineers to work together better. We have… Read More