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  • Bitstrips

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    Bitstrips was a media and technology company based in Toronto, Canada. It develops and operates Bitmoji, a mobile application that allows users to create personalized avatars and use them in messaging applications. As of March 2016, Bitstrips has been operating as a subsidiary of Snap Inc. Bitmoji was integrated into Snapchat in July 2016. Bitstrips Inc. was founded in 2007 by Jacob Blackstock, David Kennedy, Shahan Panth, Dorian Baldwin, and Jesse Brown. The company's web application, Bitstrips.com, allowed users to create comic strips using personalized avatars, and preset templates and poses. Brown and Blackstock explained that the service was meant to enable self-expression without the need to have artistic skills. Bitstrips was first presented in 2008 at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, and the service later piloted and launched a version designed for use as educational software. The service achieved increasing prominence following the launch of versions for Facebook and mobile platforms. In 2014, Bitstrips launched a spin-off app known as Bitmoji, which allows users to create personalized stickers for use in messaging apps. In July 2016, Snapchat announced that it had acquired the company; the Bitstrips comic service was shut down, but Bitmoji remains operational and was subsequently given greater integration with Snapchat itself.

  • Dangerous Woman

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    Dangerous Woman is the third studio album by American singer Ariana Grande, released by Republic Records on May 20, 2016. The album is the follow-up to her second studio album My Everything (2014), and features guest appearances from Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Macy Gray and Future. The album was originally to be titled Moonlight and supposed to be released in September 2015, but it was delayed. The song "Focus" was the intended lead single. However, later the album's name was changed to Dangerous Woman and "Focus" was removed from the album's standard track listing. Dangerous Woman is primarily a pop and R&B album, with influences of dance-pop, disco, house, trap, and reggae genres. Grande, Max Martin, and Savan Kotecha were the album's executive producers. All three wrote or produced songs for the album, as did musicians such as Ilya Salmanzadeh and Tommy Brown. The album debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200, earning 175,000 units in its first week. It was her first album to not hit number-one in the country. However, it became her first number one album in the UK. It also hit number-one in Australia, Brazil, Italy, Ireland, New Zealand, Spain and Taiwan, while also entering the top ten in almost every territory it charted in. On October 28, 2016, Dangerous Woman was certified Platinum by the RIAA for combined album sales, on-demand audio, video streams and track-sale equivalent of 1 million units. As of 2018, the album has sold 2,325,000 copies worldwide. The album spawned three top twenty singles in the United States. The lead single, "Dangerous Woman", was released on March 11, 2016, debuted at number ten, and later peaked at number eight on the US Billboard Hot 100. The second single, "Into You", peaked at number 13, while the third single "Side to Side" became the first top five single from the album, peaking at number four on that chart, where it became the albums highest charting single. All three of the aforementioned singles have been certified multiple platinum in the United States. Two promotional singles were released for the album: "Be Alright" and "Let Me Love You" (featuring rapper Lil Wayne). The album received positive reviews from critics, appearing on the year-end lists of several publications. It received a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album. To promote the album, Grande performed at the MTV Movie Awards, Billboard Music Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, and American Music Awards. She also appeared on an episode of Saturday Night Live as both the host and musical guest. Furthermore, Grande embarked on a concert tour, entitled the Dangerous Woman Tour, starting in February 3, 2017 and ending in September 21, 2017. This tour was interrupted on May 22, 2017 due to a suicide bombing attack at the end of Grande's concert on Manchester Arena. Due to this tragedy, Grande created a benefit concert on June 4, 2017, named One Love Manchester and took place at the Old Trafford Cricket Ground in Manchester.

  • Snap Inc.

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    Snap Inc. is an American technology and camera company, founded on September 16, 2011, by Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy and based in Santa Monica, California. It has four products: Snapchat, Spectacles, Bitmoji, and Zenly. The company was originally named Snapchat Inc. upon its inception, but it was rebranded on September 24, 2016, as Snap Inc. in order to include the Spectacles product under a single company. Both founders own a combined 95% voting power (Spiegel with 48% and Murphy with 47%), which is undiluted and transferable to any of the two if one of them retire or die.

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