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Meet Binky, the anti-social media simulator

Something happened to social media recently. I don’t know exactly when things changed, but almost overnight, randomly scrolling through feeds became a lot less enjoyable. Flame-wars, bad news, fake news, worse news and anxiety-fueling comment sections meant that social media is no longer the escapism it once was. Along comes ...

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Unpacking Pinterest’s $150M Series Whatever

Alex Wilhelm is the editor-in-chief of Crunchbase News and co-host of Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast. More posts by this contributor: In a slightly surprising move, Pinterest raised $150 million from private investors this week. The round is notable for a few reasons: The company is widely tipped to be heading ...

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Announcing the London TechCrunch Meetup + Pitch-off!

Oi oi London! Did you miss us? We missed you — although, admittedly, I do live here — which is why we’re returning for a TechCrunch Meetup + Pitch-off on 19 July, in conjunction with the incredibly fun conference, Unbound. If you’re looking to pitch your startup to the TechCrunch ...

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Facebook is broken

The problem is this: Facebook has become a feedback loop which can and does, despite its best intentions, become a vicious spiral. At Facebook’s scale, behavioral targeting doesn’t just reflect our behavior, it actually influences it. Over time, a service which was supposed to connect humanity is actually partitioning us ...

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