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Snapsaved Was Chargeable for Snapchat Leak


Snapsaved, one of the third-party applications that allows users to save disappearing snaps, took responsibility for the recent leak, saying its site was hacked.’s Facebook page posted a response to the allegation that an administrator for the site provided hackers with the images.

From the statement:

I would like to inform the public that was hacked, the dictionary index the poster is referring to, was never publicly available. We had a misconfiguration in our Apache server.

SnapChat has not been hacked, and these images do not originate from their database.

Snapsaved has always tried to fight child pornography, we have even gone as far, as to reporting some of our users to the Swedish and Norwegian authorities.

As soon as we discovered the breach in our systems, we immediately deleted the entire website and the database associated with it.

According to the statement, 500 MB of images were leaked, and no personal information was affected. “I sincerely apologize on the behalf of we never wished for this to happen. We did not wish to cause Snapchat or their users any harm, we only wished to provide a unique service,” the site said on Facebook.

After the leak emerged last week, Snapchat blamed the use of third-party apps, a practice it prohibits in its terms of use.

Snapchatters were victimized by their use of third-party apps to send and receive Snaps, a practice that we expressly prohibit in our ToU.

— Snapchat (@Snapchat) October 10, 2014

[H/T The Guardian]

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New YouTube Studio in NYC to Have Particular Area for Manufacturers

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A production space in YouTube’s new New York studio, via The New York Times

YouTube is opening its first studio in New York, which is slated to open its doors to creators on November 6th, reports The New York Times. Google has YouTube studios in Los Angeles, London and Tokyo, but the New York location will have a space called “BrandLab” — a place for brands to mingle with creators. This move highlights the platform’s increasing importance to advertisers thanks to its reach amongst young people, the clout of its stars and the rush of traditional media to get into the game.

From The Times:

As a hypothetical, [Lance Podell, the global head of YouTube Spaces] said that a company like Maybelline could use BrandLab to host a day in which creators who traffic in beauty and makeup would be invited to collaborate. He uses the word “community” a lot, to underline the point that YouTube is not in the business of determining who teams up with whom or what they make.

“We don’t do notes or tell people what they should be doing with their work,” he said. “We enable them to do the best work they can as they define it.”

For brands that are increasing their digital budgets, BrandLab could be a powerful facilitator for them to meet relevant influencers. “Given the various tribes in New York — downtown performance artists, Brooklyn indie bands, Off Broadway actors, along with a host of more mainstream creators of media — it could make for an interesting, combustible mix,” according to The Times.

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Ello Experiencing Pains From Current Progress


Ello, the social network that tells users ‘You are not a product,’ has grown substantially, and continued growth seems promising. But as more users move to the site, they note that despite the lack of data mining, there also seems to be a lack of privacy and security features.

The burgeoning social site does have a straightforward privacy policy, but it comes with a strong caveat: “Ello is a public network.” The privacy policy continues, “You should assume that anything you post on Ello other than private messages will be accessed by others.” Even deleted content may be stored on Ello’s servers, or copied and posted to other places by users.

While most would see it as common sense, Ello didn’t have a simple block button until October 3rd. Ello does appear to be taking this problem seriously, and as users ask for more features, co-founder Todd Berger says those can wait.

“There are higher priorities — we have people here with needs, and we want to give them safety and security,” Berger told Betabeat.

That’s all well and good, but notes that Ello has some major problems when it comes to security and privacy. As a public network, Ello doesn’t even provide a private account option, which means that all content posted will be public. The combination of anonymous signups and the lack of private profiles provide harassers with an easy way to sidestep any blocking feature.

Other problems, according to, include: Search engines displaying profiles publically by default, there’s no feature for reporting offensive content, and other smaller problems like the visibility of usernames. There’s also the possibility of an acquisition in the future, which would mean that user data may no longer be private at all.

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Teenagers Like Snapchat, Which Means Buyers Like Snapchat


Snapchat recently turned three, and despite a period of waning press interest, the app’s user base has continued to grow. Now, there are rumors that Yahoo is investing $20 million into the photo- and video-sharing service, valuing the company at $10 billion. Indeed, even with the mounting security concerns, nothing seems to dampen the investor enthusiasm for Snapchat.

The biggest reason to invest in Snapchat is its highly engaged audience. ReadWrite contributor Selena Larson outlines why the Snapchat audience is so valuable:

Instead of friends posting old photos to Facebook or Instagram, (Snapchat users) said that knowing what their friends were doing in the moment, letting them glimpse into their personal life without filters or tailored posts, was more meaningful.

In a recent video, Snapchat Murders Facebook, teen users note their frequent if not constant use of the app. Statements include “The real question is when I do I not use Snapchat” and “None of my friends use Facebook anymore.”

In the video, Jerome Jarre, a Snapchat star with one million followers, organized an impromptu meetup to discuss the use of Snapchat. He expected about 20 people, but the post was seen by 142,000 people in just 16 minutes, and dozens of participants showed up in Union Square with barely an afternoon’s notice.

Snapchat holds power largely because of its much lauded ephemerality. Users in the video talked about how each post was ‘In the moment,’ and how there was always something new to look at.

However, the problems with leaks and weaknesses in Snapchat’s security infrastructure haven’t gone away. Supposedly disappearing pictures were taken from a service called, which allowed users to access snaps through their web browsers. It seems this service was also storing the images without their knowledge.

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Google Categorical: extra cities, extra shops and a brand new identify

One year ago, the first Google Shopping Express order was delivered—a box of granola. Our idea was to make shopping your favorite local stores as easy and fast as shopping online, and to help you get what you need delivered the same day. Since then, you’ve told us how we helped you restock diapers in the nick of time, made sure you had Bananagrams for family game night, and even made you feel connected to the outside world when you were home sick. Along the way, we’ve expanded to new locations, brought on more merchants, and offered more products. And now, we’re adding to the program you love.

More cities, more stores and more products
Starting today, we’re expanding to three new cities: Chicago, Boston, and Washington, D.C. Across all our cities, more than 7 million people can now access our same-day delivery service, and in Northern California almost 12 million can use our next-day service.

We’re also adding more merchants: 16 in total over the last couple of months. We’ve added national brands including 1-800-Flowers, Barnes & Noble, Nine West, PetSmart, Vitamin Shoppe and Sports Authority, and regional merchants such as Paragon Sports in New York and Vicente Foods in Los Angeles. In our new markets, we’ve added regional brands including Stop & Shop in Boston; Giant Food in D.C.; and Lux Roses, TigerDirect, Treasure Island Foods and Wrigleyville Sports in Chicago.

Additionally, customers in the Bay Area who are 21 and over can now order alcohol. Cheers (and please drink responsibly)!

Express membership
Starting today, shoppers who decide to become Google Express members will enjoy:

  • Free same-day or overnight delivery on eligible orders over $15.*
  • First dibs on delivery windows
  • Shared membership with a household member

Membership costs $95/year or $10/month. Or you can choose to pay as you go, at $4.99 per eligible order. Learn …read more

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