• Snapchat Ads API Goes Live (Report)

      The ads application-programming interface Snapchat announced in June became a reality last weekend. Kurt Wagner of Re/code reported that the Snapchat ads API rolled out over this past weekend, enabling Snapchat Ads Partners to sell ad inventory via automated bidding platforms and algorithms. Snapchat had not yet responded to a request for comment at the time of this post.

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  • Facebook Acquires Nascent Objects

    Facebook’s latest acquisition is “modular electronics platform” creator Nascent Objects. CEO Baback Elmieh announced the move on the company’s homepage: Nascent Objects was founded on the principle that product development shouldn’t be so hard. That’s why we created the world’s first modular consumer electronics platform–to make product development fast, easy and accessible.

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  • Kristin Binns Is In as Senior Director of Communications at Twitter

    … — Kristin Binns (@kristinbinns) September 7, 2016 According to Wagner, Binns will take over the responsibilities formerly handled by vice president of communications Natalie Kerris, who left Twitter in early August. Wagner reported that Binns had been at Anthem (formerly Wellpoint), a health insurance company, for six years, and she previously worked with General Electric and NBC. Readers: Will Binns stick around at Twitter for a while? Image courtesy of Kristin Binns’ Twitter account. …

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  • Twitter Allowing Video Creators to Share Revenue from Pre-Roll Ads

    … the opportunity to run pre-roll ads prior to their content and collect a portion of the ad revenue. We're expanding our revenue programs to empower creators to earn money in multiple ways! 🙌 — Twitter Video (@video) August 30, 2016 Snir did not specify terms, but a source told Kurt Wagner of Re/code…

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  • North American Media VP Kirstine Stewart Leaves Twitter

    … The revolving door keeps spinning at Twitter, and vice president of media for North American media partnerships Kirstine Stewart is the latest to depart. Kurt Wagner of Re/code reported that Stewart had left the company, and a Twitter spokesperson confirmed her departure to Wagner without further comment. Wagner pointed out that Twitter’s…

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  • Former Google Fiber GM Kevin Lo Joins Facebook

    … Former Google Fiber general manager Kevin Lo joined Facebook as director of infrastructure connectivity and investments. Kurt Wagner and Mark Bergen of Re/code reported that Lo ran Google Fiber for five years, leading its operations in its initial three cities, adding that he will not work on Free Basics. Lo announced the move…

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  • T-Mobile USA in Talks for Data-Free Facebook Video Streaming

    …-off involved: Binge On customers view video from partners including Netflix, HBO, ESPN and YouTube in less-than-HD quality. There are also some technical hurdles to overcome in terms of ensuring that T-Mobile properly identifies video streams from Facebook, Fried reported. Readers: Would you agree to view videos from Facebook in a lower-quality format in exchange for not having them count toward your data charges? …

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  • Twitter Invests in SoundCloud

    … Twitter must have really liked the audio cards from SoundCloud it began supporting in April, as the social network reportedly invested some $70 million in the music-streaming service. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey confirmed to Peter Kafka and Kara Swisher of Re/code that Twitter now owns part of SoundCloud, but he did not go into specifics. Dorsey…

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  • Twitter Promotes Ross Hoffman to VP, Global Media

    … leaders to take on key roles in the other priority areas. Hoffman succeeds Nathan Hubbard, who left the company in late May, and he will report to vp of revenue partnerships Ali Jafari, who saw his responsibilities expand with the departures of Hubbard and vp of global business development and platform Jana Messerschmidt. According to Wagner…

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  • CollegeHumor Co-Founder Ricky Van Veen Joins Facebook

    … and organizations and focus on video. According to Re/code, Van Veen and three other co-founders launched CollegeHumor in 2000 and sold it and other assets, including video site Vimeo, to IAC in 2006. After the acquisition, Van Veen worked on projects for IAC including its Electus studio, which was behind television shows including Chopped on Food Network…

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  • Twitter Looking for Head of Consumer Product … Again

    … One of the hottest seats in social media shows no signs of cooling off, as Twitter is once again looking for a head of consumer product. Twitter confirmed to Kurt Wagner of Re/code that Jeff Seibert (below), who assumed the role last September, is returning to his former role of running developer product suite Fabric. A Twitter spokesperson…

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  • Two Top Execs Leaving Twitter

    … Twitter vice president of revenue partnerships Ali Jafari (right) is about to take on a much more prominent role following the departures of two key executives. Twitter confirmed a report by Re/code that vp of global business development and platform Jana Messerschmidt and vp of commerce Nathan Hubbard (pictured below, respectively…

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  • Ex-Vanity Fair Editor Betsy Lack Joins Snapchat

    … Former Vanity Fair contributing editor Betsy Lack joined Snapchat as head of global brand strategy, Re/code reported. According to Re/code, while at Vanity Fair, Lack oversaw the magazine’s New Establishment conference series and features. Snapchat confirmed the addition of Lack to Re/code, saying that she will begin working at the company in June and report to head of strategy Imran Khan. Photo by Gasper Tringale for Vanity Fair, courtesy of Re/code. …

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