Live video broadcasting app Meerkat isn’t dead yet, despite Twitter cutting off its social graph access before launching rival app Periscope. Yesterday at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference, Meerkat’s CEO Ben Rubin announced that the app now has around 2m users, despite having fallen down the App Store rankings. Rubin had some sharp words for Twitter, which he claimed had given Meerkat only two hours’ notice of its decision to cut off the social graph access: 

“Big platforms should take leadership coming from courage and not fear,” said Rubin, who said Meerkat sees opportunity for “one-to-many-synchronous” services – a fun new tech-industry buzzphrase for “broadcasting”, by the way. “It would be ridiculous to say in one-to-many-synchronous there’s going to be only one winner. Because there’s going to be multiple products there,” said Rubin. Part of that strategy is launching an official API for external developers to build on top of Meerkat. It was unveiled yesterday, with 37 teams already working with the company. “There is a lot more to be done with video live streaming and we are here to support you…”

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