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Snapchat CEO on Meeting Mark Zuckerberg: Meh

Evan Spiegel of Snapchat. (Photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images for TechCrunch)

If you were wondering whether Snapchat CEO and noted non-apologizer Evan Spiegel was a particularly humble guy, the answer is no, he is probably not.

Today, through a somewhat confusing interaction between Mr. Spiegel and Business Insider reporter Alyson Shontell, we learned that Mr. Spiegel maybe kind of snubbed an invitation from Mark Zuckerberg to come meet him at Facebook’s San Francisco headquarters in 2012. Mr. Zuckerberg reportedly wanted to speak with Mr. Spiegel prior to the launch of Facebook’s Snapchat wannabe app, Poke.  Read More

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Snapchat CEO Thought It Had ‘Done Enough’ To Protect Against Hack, Won’t Apologize

Evan Spiegel of Snapchat. (Photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images for TechCrunch)

Following a massive security breach that exposed the private information of millions of Snapchat users, CEO Evan Spiegel finally spoke out publicly on NBC’s Today this morning.

In the “exclusive interview,” conducted by star tech reporter Carson Daly, Mr. Spiegel said that despite prior warnings from a security company that its users’ information was vulnerable to a hack, he believed the company did enough to protect it users. Apparently “enough” has a fuzzy definition since hackers were able to expose the usernames and phone numbers using the app’s “Find Friends” feature on New Year’s Eve.  Read More

The Year Observed

Oh, Snapchat! And 2013’s Other Tech Winners and Losers

Buddies! Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer and Tumblr founder David Karp. (Photo: EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

Snapchat’s Staying Power

Despite being a picture-messaging app whose missives disappear in seconds, Snapchat made clear that it wants to stay on the tech scene for years to come.

Invented by fraternity brothers at Stanford University in 2011, the start-up is still profitless, but it hasn’t lacked for buzz in 2013—or controversy. In February, Snapchat achieved the ultimate start-up status symbol by being embroiled in a lawsuit by a spurned frenemy named Reggie Brown. He claimed that founders Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy stole the idea from him, in a Social Network-esque lawsuit. Read More

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Snapchat Seeks Restraining Order Against Ousted Cofounder

Two tweens scoffing at your $3 billion offer. (Photo: Digital Trends)

In a display of drama that doesn’t come as much of a surprise knowing their track record, the certified bros at Snapchat reportedly filed for a temporary restraining order against one of their cofounders, TechCrunch reports.

The disappearing photo app’s three founders‐‐Reggie Brown, Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy‐‐are already embroiled in a lawsuit, with Mr. Brown alleging that he came up with the idea, then collaborated with Mr. Spiegel and Mr. Murphy before the latter two locked him out of access to building the app, which was then called Picaboo. Read More

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Snapchat ‘Stories’ Offer a New Way to Bother Your Friends With the Mundane Details of Your Life

Snapchat Stories. (Photo: TechCrunch)

Arguably, the most unique aspect of Snapchat has been its epithermal nature. You better savor sext that for a full ten seconds before it dissolves into nowhereville. But today, the app has an update called “Snapchat Stories” that lets users stitch together snaps (photo or video) that last for a full 24 hours before they disappear. Think of how creative you can be with your sexts now! Read More

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Snapchat Users Annoyed by Sexts—When They Come from Naked Spammers

Not us. (Photo: Naked Security)

Welcome to the big leagues, Snapchat! This week the photo-sharing app experienced a startup Bar Mitzvah, of sorts, when it was inundated with its first major spam attack.

Unsuspecting users received an explicit snap from someone calling herself named “Honey.Crush9,” inviting them to a sexy Skype conversation. Anyone foolish enough to take the bait ended up with—surprise, surprise!—malware.  Read More