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BlackBerry Goes After Snapchat in Saddest Patent Lawsuit Ever

BlackBerry is gradually feeling out its new niche as a veritable patent troll. Following a complaint it filed against Facebook last month, the company has filed fresh litigation against Snap, creator of Snapchat, for allegedly infringing its messaging patents. Read More >>

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Snapchat Announces Group Video Chat Feature That Instagram’s Probably Going to Steal

Snapchat’s parent company Snap may be in the fiscal shitter, but Snapchat’s still an incredibly popular app: Last we heard, 187 million people (teens) use it daily. For those folks, as well as Instagram’s uninspired product team, Snapchat is adding a new group video chat feature akin to what’s already available on WhatsApp and Skype. Read More >>

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Oh God, Not Spectacles 2.0

Despite a big splash that had at least one asshole waiting in line for 5 hours just for the opportunity to buy a pair, the original Snap Spectacles were a flop. Snap sold only about 150,000 pairs and was forced to write off $40 million dollars in costs “related to Spectacles inventory.” Many companies would, perhaps, reconsider releasing a second, barely different version if the company couldn’t even move the first version. But according to a new report from Cheddar, that is exactly what Snap plans to do. Read More >>

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Stock Price Tumble Teaches Snapchat What Happens When You Disappoint Kylie Jenner

Snapchat has long positioned itself as the place for advertisers to reach millennials while its closest competitor, Facebook, is stuck with the olds. But on Thursday, Snap executives got a lesson in the terrifying, fickle nature of its young influencers, to the tune of a $1.3 billion (£930 million) loss. Read More >>

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Snapchat’s Redesign Isn’t Going Anywhere

This month, more than a million keyboard-wielding, moderately frustrated change.org users petitioned Snapchat to roll back its big redesign—the one Snap delicately introduced over the course of a few months and said would be “disruptive.” Miraculously, this petition has achieved something, albeit on the smallest of scales. Read More >>

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Snapchat CEO Is Totally Chill About How You Hate the Redesign

Hell hath no fury like a litany of teens shitting on an app redesign. And it seems that’s exactly what happened with Snapchat’s latest update, prompting over a million users to take some mild action in protest of the changes. But CEO Evan Spiegel is spinning this fury, somehow, as a sign of success. Read More >>

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1 Million People Take Mild Action in Protest of Snapchat Update

People love to complain about app updates before eventually accepting the change and forgetting what the previous iteration was like altogether. But so far that is not the case with the latest Snapchat update. Some users are furious over the app’s “disruptive” redesign—and rightfully so, it’s a goddamn mess—and the amount of signatures on a Change.org petition signals just how many people are tepidly losing their shit over it. The online petition, as of Thursday, has surpassed one million signatures and counting. Read More >>

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Snapchat Threatens Employees With Jail as Facebook Lets It Starve

A starkly threatening internal memo to Snapchat employees was leaked to Cheddar early Friday, painting a desperate picture of the struggling young company. In a Sisyphean twist, the leaked memo was about preventing leaks. Michael O’Sullivan, chief lawyer and general counsel of Snapchat’s parent company, threatened firing, lawsuits, and even jail time for employees who leak confidential information to the press. Read More >>

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Snap’s H.R. Chief Allegedly Warned Staff About Serial Killers, Described Military Masturbation Techniques

Snap Inc., the tech company behind Snapchat and a number of other smaller projects like Bitmoji, has not had a forgiving year beyond a really cool virtual reality hot dog. Here’s something to shed a little more perspective on its recent troubles: Their head of human resources is allegedly a bro who brags about gunfights with drug dealers and tells employees to watch out for serial killers. Read More >>

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Snapchat Wants Your Help Inventing the Next Dancing Hot Dog

Snap has had a rough year. Its stock price is cratering, revenue is down, and its once hype-worthy new product, Spectacles, has left the the company with almost $40 million (£30 million) of unsold inventory. But even with all that, the thing people will probably remember the most about Snapchat in 2017 was that stupid dancing hot dog. Read More >>

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Here Is Snapchat’s ‘Disruptive’ New Redesign

Snapchat, the photo-sharing app the olds can’t seem to figure out, is getting a facelift this week in a do-or-die attempt to win over new users. Snap, the social app’s parent company, said this redesign was coming earlier this month. And today we get see their vision of an “easier to use” Snapchat. Read More >>

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Here’s What Snapchat’s Desperate Gamble on a Redesign Allegedly Looks Like

Snapchat, which desperately needs to attract more users as its parent company Snap finds itself swirling the drain just eight months post-IPO (it’s fucked), announced in an earnings report earlier this week it is planning a major redesign in an attempt to attract a new demographic (the olds). According to Business Insider, the launch date for Snap’s last-ditch gamble is pretty soon: 4th December. Read More >>

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Snapchat Is Redesigning Its App Because It Knows It’s Too Hard to Use

To make Snapchat more useable for olds, Snap is planning a “disruptive” redesign that could piss off the young. Read More >>

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It Sounds Like Snap’s Spectacles Blunder Was Even Bigger Than We Thought

“Excess” camera sunglasses have cost Snapchat’s parent company Snap $39.9 million in the last three months. The news is not a great look for Snap, which—according to the Information—had “hundreds of thousands” Spectacles piling up in warehouses as of last month. We knew about the inventory; now we get to hear about the cancelled orders for more. Read More >>

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Snap’s Latest Hardware is a Dancing Hot Dog Costume

Last year, Snapchat became a “camera company,” changed its name to Snap, and unveiled its first piece of hardware: camera sunglasses called Spectacles. Today, Snap is evolving yet again. That AR dancing hot dog, the star of its last earnings call, is now officially an $80 (£60) halloween costume available on Amazon. Read More >>