Sext and the City
It’s been a very bad year in web security. Only in the past couple of months, iCloud and Snapchat have seen major hacks that have exposed a number of naked selfies to prying eyes. Besides generating nervous chuckles and perfectly understandable (if not hypocritically sanctimonious) outrage, the leaks no doubt prompted many of us to Google things like “How do I perfectly secure my naked selfies?” and “How do I know if I’m naked on the Internet?”
Answer: a new app called Hidely keeps your stash of naked selfies as safe as possible by creating an encrypted locked box on your device that not even a phone thief or hacker could get access to. With Hidely, every picture you take with the app (and anything you import into it) is saved on your device, totally encrypted, and can only be seen through the password-protected app.
Good thing school is starting up again soon, because teens are officially wilin’. (Or at least they are in Florida which, to be fair, is always at least 1.2 times as turnt as the rest of the nation.)
A passel of Florida Keys teens have been arrested after they tried to burglarize a home, NBC Miami reports. The motive for the burglary attempt was a braggy Snapchat.
A year ago, Snapchat was valued at $2 billion, which seemed high for a company with almost no revenue. Its profit margin has remained a solid zero, but that $2 billion valuation is now only a fraction of what investors see in Snapchat’s future.
The Wall Street Journal has confirmed that Snapchat’s latest round of investments place Read More
Since the news of their last one didn’t go over so well, good guy Facebook has decided to recruit and pay people who actually desire to participate in their upcoming study.
They’re handpicking volunteers for a three-month focus group they hope will help them improve their new Snapchat competitor, Slingshot. Selected individuals will devote Read More
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Profitless Snapchat is supposedly in talks with Chinese mega-investment group Alibaba for a massive round of funding that “may value” the app at $10 billion, Bloomberg reports.
Ever since Facebook supposedly failed to buy Snapchat, they’ve been accused of trying to copy Snapchat. This is mainly because they keep trying to copy Snapchat.
Last night, Instagram leaked word of an app called “Bolt,” a new, unanticipated photo messaging service. Considering Instagram is owned by Facebook, this adds Bolt to the growing Read More
The moms and dads at the West Midlands Police Department in Britain have banded together to create a Snapchat account.
The Daily Mail reports it is the “first force in the world” to use the ephemeral messaging app to alert its ~hip~ citizens of the scary things happening in their neighborhood.
Ever since they’ve gotten flack for their $3 billion valuation from Facebook, Snapchat has been doing everything from spamming ads to branded stickers to prove that they can play in the same sandbox as other web giants. But why sell stickers when you can simply move money around and collect a little transaction fee?
Techcrunch dug Read More
Kids these days are always told by pre-Internet naysayers to be careful of what they put on social media, and often for good reason. In the past few years, Snapchat and its imitators have answered the problem of permanent records by destroying your messages after you send them. But what if there was Read More
This week in horrible news, a California teen has committed suicide after a video of him allegedly masturbating went viral on social media.
Matthew Burdette, 14, reportedly killed himself on November 29 — not long after a classmate secretly filmed him over the top of a bathroom stall, and shared the video on Snapchat and Vine. The video, which appeared to depict Mr. Burdette masturbating, went viral, and allegedly led other kids to bully him intensely. Now, Mr. Burdette’s parents are suing his school district for not doing enough to prevent the bullying.