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January 15, 2014 | By Morgan Little, This post has been updated. See below for details.
WASHINGTON -- Supporters stand with him on Twitter, rally for him on Facebook and Wednesday, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) expanded his social media presence to Snapchat, becoming the first U.S. politician to use the app in a political context. Announced Wednesday morning on the senator's Facebook page , Paul promised “daily updates and behind-the-scenes footage,” with his first message arriving in the middle of the day. In a brief video, Paul thanked users for following him, promising there's more to come from his account “senatorrandpaul.” Each Snapchat video or photo message is shared solely with individuals specified by the sending party, and all messages are automatically deleted within 1 to 10 seconds, though Mashable was able to snag a screenshot of Paul's first message.
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April 3, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Vine is branching out beyond the world of six-second videos by adding a new feature that makes it possible for users to privately message one another. The Twitter-owned social network introduced the Vine message feature in an update Thursday for its Apple iOS and Android mobile apps. To use the feature, users open the navigation menu and tap the "Messages" option. They then record a short clip before choosing who they want to send the video to. Users can add a caption to the video if they want.
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BUSINESS
June 7, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Snapchat, the popular social network startup that lets users send each other photos that quickly disappear, has given its logo a facelift. Since launching in 2011, the Los Angeles-based company has been known for its logo of a ghost making a silly face by sticking its tongue out. But earlier this week, Snapchat rolled out an app update for its Apple users with a logo that shows a face-less ghost. The startup on Thursday told users that the change was not an accident. PHOTOS: Top smartphones of 2013 "Many of you have noticed that in our latest iOS update, v5.0 Banquo, our mascot no longer has a facial expression," the blog post said.
BUSINESS
March 13, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple appears to be the latest entity to jump on the selfie bandwagon, adding a new section to its App Store dedicated solely to apps that are ideal for taking the self-portrait-style pictures. The Cupertino, Calif., tech company appears to have added a featured section, titled "Sharing Selfies," Thursday afternoon. The section is used to promote various apps, including Snapchat, Frontback, Everyday and Picr. The section can be found in both the mobile and desktop versions of the Apple App Store for iOS devices.
BUSINESS
December 27, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
A weakness in Snapchat's developer tools apparently has been discovered and published online. The vulnerability could allow hackers to find individual Snapchat users' information, whether or not those users keep their accounts private. Gibson Security, a collective of Australian hackers, published the vulnerability this week, claiming others can use an exploit called "find_friends" to try and match up phone numbers with Snapchat users. If there are any matches, the hacker will get the phone number's corresponding Snapchat username, display name and information about whether that account is public or private.
NEWS
January 2, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Snapchat said it will soon release a new version of its app with improved security measures in response to a group of hackers who this week exposed the phone numbers of millions of users by taking advantage of a vulnerability in the popular photo-messaging app. The upcoming app update will allow users to opt out of Snapchat's "Find Friends" feature, which lets users find others they may know by looking up their friends' phone numbers. The feature was exploited by hackers this week to create a database containing the user names and corresponding phone numbers for more than 4.6 million of the app's users.
BUSINESS
December 12, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
Snapchat, the Venice start-up that recently turned down a $3-billion acquisition offer from Facebook, has raised $50 million in a Series C round. The funding was provided by investment firm Coatue Management, which has offices in New York and Menlo Park, Calif. A Snapchat spokeswoman confirmed the funding by Coatue on Wednesday but didn't provide additional details. PHOTOS: Top 10 most talked-about people, topics on Facebook in 2013 Snapchat co-founder and Chief Executive Evan Spiegel signed off on the funding in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday.
BUSINESS
May 17, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- A privacy watchdog group is going after Snapchat for deceiving users about self-destructing messages that don't actually self-destruct. The smartphone app has become popular with young people for sending messages that a few seconds later disappear. That clever disappearing act has made the Los Angeles start-up a hit with users and some prominent investors in Silicon Valley. But it turns out that photos sent over Snapchat have a longer shelf life than people think.
BUSINESS
December 17, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Want to send a saucy photo? Facebook is looking at a way to do it discreetly. The 1-billion-user social network is reportedly set to release a new app before Jan. 1 that will be similar to Snapchat, an app often used to send "sexts," or sexually explicit content, according to All Things D , citing unnamed sources. QUIZ: How much do you know about Facebook? Snapchat, which has grown in popularity in recent months, allows users to send pictures and videos that disappear after a set time period.
BUSINESS
December 12, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Instagram has decided to take on Snapchat by allowing users to send one another pictures and videos through private messages. The Facebook-owned photo-sharing app on Thursday announced Instagram Direct, a messaging feature that gives users an alternative to sharing photos and videos with all of their followers. With Instagram Direct, users can send their content to other individuals or a small number of users. To use the feature, users must download the latest version of the Instagram app for Apple iOS and Android.
BUSINESS
February 7, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
A cyber security researcher has discovered a vulnerability within the Snapchat mobile app that makes it possible for hackers to launch a denial-of-service attack that temporarily freezes a user's iPhone. Jaime Sanchez, who works as a cyber-security consultant for Telefonica, a major telecommunications company in Spain, said he and another researcher found a weakness in Snapchat's system that allows hackers to send thousands of messages to individual users in a matter of seconds.
NEWS
January 15, 2014 | By Morgan Little, This post has been updated. See below for details.
WASHINGTON -- Supporters stand with him on Twitter, rally for him on Facebook and Wednesday, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) expanded his social media presence to Snapchat, becoming the first U.S. politician to use the app in a political context. Announced Wednesday morning on the senator's Facebook page , Paul promised “daily updates and behind-the-scenes footage,” with his first message arriving in the middle of the day. In a brief video, Paul thanked users for following him, promising there's more to come from his account “senatorrandpaul.” Each Snapchat video or photo message is shared solely with individuals specified by the sending party, and all messages are automatically deleted within 1 to 10 seconds, though Mashable was able to snag a screenshot of Paul's first message.
BUSINESS
January 13, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Snapchat has apologized for an excessive amount of spam that some users have been receiving lately. The Los Angeles start-up, which lets users send each other picture and video messages that vanish seconds after users open them, said its team is working to reduce the spam. "While we expect to minimize spam, it is the consequence of a quickly growing service," Snapchat said in a blog .  PHOTOS: Top 10 tech gadgets we want to see in 2014 Snapchat said it does not believe the increased spam is a result of a recent data compromise, which exposed the usernames and phone numbers of millions of users.
BUSINESS
January 9, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
A week after 4.6 million Snapchat users' personal information was exposed by hackers, the company has issued an update to improve its app security and it has apologized for the incident. "We are sorry for any problems this issue may have caused you and we really appreciate your patience and support," the company said in a blog post Thursday morning. The app update lets users opt out of having their personal phone numbers included in a feature called "Find Friends. " That feature was what hackers used to expose so many users one week ago. PHOTOS: 10 Tech gadgets we want to see in 2014 To opt out of the feature, Snapchat said users must go into the app settings and then tap where it says "Mobile #. " In there is a setting that says "Link username to mobile #. " Users must turn that option off to opt out. The app update and the apology may help Snapchat stem user anger about the security breach.
BUSINESS
January 2, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The user names and phone numbers of more than 4.6 million Snapchat users were posted online this week by an anonymous hacker, just days after the Los Angeles start-up was warned that such a data compromise could happen. On a website called SnapchatDB, which may be run by an individual or a group, files containing Snapchat users' information was posted Wednesday. The website has since been taken down, but while it was live users could download the data in SQL or CSV format. The data contained the user names and associated phone numbers of many users, all located within North America but primarily in the U.S. The final two digits of each phone number were also censored in order to offer the affected users some protection.
BUSINESS
January 2, 2014 | By Andrea Chang and Salvador Rodriguez
Days after being warned of a security weakness in its popular app, Snapchat became the target of a widespread cyberattack that affected millions of users, a black eye for a local start-up with sky-high hopes of becoming the next social media juggernaut. A reported 4.6 million user names and phone numbers were exposed by the New Year's Eve breach. The hackers, who did not want to be identified, told The Times they went after Snapchat to expose the company's security flaws. Such attacks have become all too common for companies, but for Snapchat, a photo-messaging app based on secrecy, they are especially damaging.
BUSINESS
January 2, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
Snapchat co-founder and Chief Executive Evan Spiegel may be among the 4.6 million users of the service whose user names and phone numbers were exposed this week by hackers. When searching for "evanspiegel" in either Snapcheck.org or the Gibson Security Lookup , the user name is listed among those whose corresponding phone numbers were leaked. Spiegel's Twitter handle is @evanspiegel, so "evanspiegel" could be his Snapchat user name. "Your number was leaked," said the Gibson Security Lookup website, which ties a 310 Los Angeles phone number to the user name.
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