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Hamish McKenzie

  1. Sorry, Instagram: Kik, now at 100M users, shows how a platform trumps messaging

    A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post arguing that Kik, a mobile browser disguised as a chat app, is the dark horse of the Internet. Now, some updates from the Waterloo, Ontario-based company: Kik has now passed 100 million registered users. Kik "cards" – which are HTML5 Web apps, like the game "Costume Party" and Zynga's "1 Word" – have been visited installed 145 million times. There are so far only 32 such cards in existence. They have been around since November last year. 83 percent of those cards are discovered virally, through one-to-one sharing. And, just look at Kik's interest growth, as measured by Google Trends (and spotted by Benedict Evans):

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  3. The new television: How is NimbleTV different from Aereo?

    This morning, Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia was in Baltimore to mark the TV-over-the-Internet service’s launch in the city, its 10th of 22 cities that it had planned to reach by the end of 2013. (Kanojia now says the company will hit that goal by early 2014.)

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  4. Snapchat vs. SpaceX: Which gets more attention?

    On the one hand, we have Snapchat, an immensely viral app that lets people send disappearing messages to each other. It has been in the news recently for turning down a $3 billion acquisition offer from Facebook, for having no clear revenue model, and for an increasingly ugly dispute between its frat-brother founders.

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  5. Yahoo acquires QuikIO, yet another startup to add to its video team

    Early this morning, the creators of a little known but excellent cross-platform video streaming app called QuikIO sent a farewell note to its users. After December 31, the “FedEx of media files” would be shut down, the email said.

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  6. Silicon Valley vs the NSA: We need more than just a website

    A beautiful website and a stake in the ground. That’s what we got last night from the US’s tech giants in an attempt to ratchet up pressure on the government to rein in the surveillance state. Today, there were full-page newspaper ads, too, with Google, LinkedIn, AOL, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Twitter, and Yahoo as the signatories.

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  7. Sarah Lacy to Twitter CEO Dick Costolo: "How much of a fuck-up was losing Instagram to Facebook?"

    Twitter CEO Dick Costolo seemed momentarily taken aback at last night’s PandoMonthly in San Francisco when Sarah Lacy asked him “how big of a fuck up” it was that Twitter missed out on acquiring Instagram.

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  8. Upworthy hits 87M monthly uniques, says "Don't call us clickbait"

    First, the huge metric. Last month, Upworthy pulled in 87 million unique visitors.

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