TechCrunch: Snapchat launches privacy-safe Snap Kit, the un-Facebook platform

TechCrunch: Snapchat launches privacy-safe Snap Kit, the un-Facebook platform. “Today Snapchat finally gets a true developer platform, confirming TechCrunch’s scoop from last month about Snap Kit. This set of APIs lets other apps piggyback on Snap’s login for sign up, build Bitmoji avatars into their keyboards, display public Our Stories and Snap Map content, and generate branded stickers with referral links users can share back inside Snapchat.”

New York Times: While You Were Gawking at Snapchat Posts, One Artist Was Listening to Them

New York Times: While You Were Gawking at Snapchat Posts, One Artist Was Listening to Them. “While Snapchat is primarily used as a visual application, an unusual collaboration between its engineers and an artist, Christian Marclay, has produced an exhibition based on the sounds in posts created by the app’s users. ‘Sound Stories’ is to run June 18 to June 22 at La Malmaison in Cannes, France, as part of this year’s Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.”

TechCrunch: Snap CEO Evan Spiegel says letter about ‘toxic’ culture was a wake-up call

TechCrunch: Snap CEO Evan Spiegel says letter about ‘toxic’ culture was a wake-up call . “Snap CEO Evan Spiegel spoke a bit about some of the cultural issues at the company, going public and competition with Facebook at Recode’s annual Code Conference this evening in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.”

The Verge: YouTube is the preferred platform of today’s teens

The Verge: YouTube is the preferred platform of today’s teens. “Teenagers are more interested than ever in YouTube, home to the world’s growing influencer and vlogger base. According to a recent study conducted by Pew Research Center, 85 percent of teenagers (ages 13–17) say they use the platform. Closely behind are Instagram (72 percent) and Snapchat (69 percent).”

Engadget: Snapchat launches its first Lens that reacts to sound

Engadget: Snapchat launches its first Lens that reacts to sound . “Snapchat has quite a few intriguing Lenses you can play with, including its body-tracking ones that can follow you around and its majestic sky whale Lens that uses sky segmentation technology. Now, it has rolled out the first ever Lens that reacts not just to what it sees, but also to what it hears.”

Eyerys: The ‘Yellow’ Initiative From Snapchat Wants To Cultivate Creative Projects

Eyerys: The ‘Yellow’ Initiative From Snapchat Wants To Cultivate Creative Projects. “Snapchat may not be the best player on the web, and far from the biggest, but it has its own way of thriving. When Snapchat rebranded as Snap, Inc. in late 2016, it started calling itself as a camera company. Besides its two versions of Spectacles, most of Snap’s releases over the years come from its app. From Snap Map to the controversial redesign. In an attempt to go beyond all that, Snap in unveiling another initiative. Called ‘Yellow’, it’s aimed to cultivating creative projects.”