CNET: Snap reportedly kept file on Facebook called ‘Project Voldemort’

CNET: Snap reportedly kept file on Facebook called ‘Project Voldemort’. “Facebook hasn’t been quiet about copying features made popular by Snapchat and adding them to Instagram and its other apps. Apparently Snap, the parent company of the messaging app, kept track of Facebook’s competitive moves in a dossier called ‘Project Voldemort.'”

New York Times: Snapchat’s Disappearing Act Leaves Venice Beach Searching for Its Future

New York Times: Snapchat’s Disappearing Act Leaves Venice Beach Searching for Its Future. “When the company behind the disappearing-messages app took over multiple properties on the beach as it expanded, starting in 2012, it also posted guards who would shoo away anyone who wasn’t an employee and who lingered too long near a Snapchat entrance. In an oceanfront community still defined by hippie eccentricity, that didn’t go over well.”

CNN: Snapchat creators earn serious money from making AR filters

CNN: Snapchat creators earn serious money from making AR filters. “[Ana] Casciello is part of a community of about 100 ‘official lens creators’ who make custom augmented reality lenses for Snapchat. Many creators find ways to earn tens of thousands of dollars creating sponsored AR lenses for brands, including Nike (NKE) and Fanta, and selling merchandise such as t-shirts.”

Neowin: Snap Inc launches third iteration of its Spectacles sunglasses

Neowin: Snap Inc launches third iteration of its Spectacles sunglasses. “Snap Inc, the firm behind Snapchat, has announced Spectacles 3, it’s latest attempt at camera-equipped sunglasses. The new model comes in two colours, Carbon and Mineral and includes HD cameras near each eye to capture depth and dimensions similarly to eyes. The glasses also let users record videos in 3D at 60 fps, all with high-fidelity audio.” I really wonder why Snap keeps coming back to this.