This Week in Apps: Apple scolds adtech, Facebook hit with antitrust suits, Twitter buys Squad

This Week in Apps:  Apple scolds adtech, Facebook hit with antitrust suits, Twitter buys Squad | Tech

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy.

The app industry is as hot as ever, with a record 204 billion downloads and $120 billion in global consumer spend in 2019. Not including third-party Chinese app stores, iOS and Android users downloaded 130 billion apps in 2020. Consumer spend also hit a record $112 billion across iOS and Android alone. In 2019, people ...

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Podobné články | 21. 09. 2021 05:50:09 | Tech

Netflix said on Monday it is launching a free mobile plan in Kenya as the global streaming giant looks to tap the East African nation that is home to over 20 million internet users. The free plan, which will be rolled out to all users in Kenya in the coming weeks, won’t require them to provide any payment information during the sign-up, the company ...

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We recently caught up with longtime VC Mark Suster of Upfront Ventures, which last raised both an early-stage fund and a growth stage fund several years ago and, according to regulatory filings, is in the market right now

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By the end of this week, potentially thousands of Tesla owners will be testing out the automaker’s newest version of its “Full Self-Driving” beta software, version 10.0.1, on public roads, even as regulators and

Source: | 21. 09. 2021 01:25:28 | Tech

Open banking — a disruptive technology that seeks to bypass the dominance of card networks and other traditional financial rails by letting banks open their systems directly to developers (and new services) by way of APIs — continues to gain ground in the world of financial services. As a mark of that traction, a startup playing a centr ...

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Meet the online content creators beating the odds to build successful careers from their passions.

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To get a roundup of TechCrunch’s biggest and most important stories delivered to your inbox every day at 3 p.m. PDT, subscribe here. Hello and welcome to Daily Crunch for September 20, 2021. It is Disrupt week, everyone, and TechCrunch is buzzing. Kicking off tomorrow morning, Disrupt is set to be a pre

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As the opportunities in the gaming world continue to expand aggressively as part of post-COVID shifts to the entertainment sector, esports has found its own opportunities in reaching new audiences. While competitive gaming is still in its early stages, the stakeholders of the industry are some of gaming’s most prominent publishers and organiz ...

Source: | 20. 09. 2021 22:39:43 | Tech

General Motors said Monday it will replace battery modules in recalled Chevrolet Bolt EV and Bolt EUV vehicles as soon as next month now that supplier LG Chem has restarted production of cells at two Michigan factories. Replacement modules, which are made up of lithium-ion battery cells, will begin shipping to dealers as soon as mid-October, the co ...

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Kai-Fu Lee Contributor

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When you are the founder of a young startup, it is always very hard to gauge the right amount of effort to dedicate to marketing. Botch it and you risk looking unprofessional. Hire a traditional agency and you might be wasting time and money. Australian growth marketing agency Ammo, in contrast, wants to make sure that its clients aren’t over ...

Source: | 20. 09. 2021 22:39:38 | Tech

A new report from Pew Research finds that around a third of U.S. adults continue to get their news regularly from Facebook, though the exact percentage has slipped from 36% in 2020 to 31% in 2021. This drop reflects an overall slight decline in the number of Americans who say they get their news from any social media platform — a percentage t ...

Source: | 20. 09. 2021 21:03:29 | Tech

Earlier today, TechCrunch examined the new IPO price range for Toast. The U.S. software-and-fintech company moved its valuation materially higher in anticipation of pricing tomorrow after the bell and trading on Wednesday. It was not alone in doing so. Freshworks is also targeting a higher IPO price range, it disclosed today in a

Source: | 20. 09. 2021 21:03:28 | Tech

Time to carbo-load, startup fans. Tomorrow we kick off the opportunity marathon that is TechCrunch Disrupt 2021, and we can’t wait to see it all unfold! Considering the amount of programming available over the next three days, you might appreciate some expert guidance. No worries — we’ve got you covered. Make the Disrupt Desk your first destination ...

Source: | 20. 09. 2021 21:03:26 | Tech

Fivetran, the data connectivity startup, had a big day today. For starters it announced a $565 million investment on $5.6 billion valuation, but it didn’t stop there. It also announced its second acquisition this year, snagging HVR, a data integration competitor that had raised over $50M, for $700 million in cash and stock. The company last r ...

Source: | 20. 09. 2021 21:03:25 | Tech

The effects of a warming planet, from frequent and extreme flooding to hurricanes and drought, has prompted activists and governments to take action. It’s also spurred a growing number of entrepreneurs to launch technology startups focused on the mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions. At the center of this activity are the venture capitalists deci ...

Source: | 20. 09. 2021 21:03:23 | Tech

The decreasing cost of launch and a slew of other tech innovations have brought about a renaissance in geospatial intelligence, with multiple startups aiming to capture higher-quality and more frequent images of Earth than have ever before been available. Most of these startups, however, are focused on using satellites to collect data. Not so for N ...

Source: | 20. 09. 2021 21:03:21 | Tech

The release of iOS 15 should be a major event for mobile operating systems. And yet, this year, there’s no breakthrough feature or overarching theme that makes this release stand out. Apple has focused on quality-of-life updates as well as new features for its own apps. The result is a solid update that is not going to be controversial. Some people ...

Source: | 20. 09. 2021 19:58:10 | Tech

U.S. technology unicorn Toast filed a new S-1 document this morning detailing a higher IPO price range for its shares. The more expensive range indicates that Toast may be worth more in its debut than it initially expected, a bullish sign for technology companies more broadly

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Coinbase efforts to play hardball with the Securities and Exchange Commission didn’t last too long. The cryptocurrency exchange had garnered the ire of the regulatory commission over its plans to launch a crypto lending product, with the SEC sending the company a Wells notice which indicated that the agency would sue Coinbase if they launched ...

Source: | 20. 09. 2021 19:07:31 | Tech

September arrived in the blink of an eye, and October 27 — TC Sessions: SaaS 2021 to be precise — is hot on its heels. Now’s the time to gather your team and strategize how you’ll cover the day-long event to make as many connections and disc

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Kris Holt Contributor

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Six-year-old Bangalore-based fintech Razorpay, which was valued at $3 billion in a financing round in April this year, has courted one more high-profile investor: Salesforce Ventures. Razorpay said on Monday it has received a “strategic investment” from the venture arm of the American enterprise giant. The investment will help the start ...

Source: | 20. 09. 2021 19:07:26 | Tech

The crypto space has matured so much in so little time, but even amid a blockbuster year, it’s still facing down the existential risk of aggressive regulation from U.S. agencies. All the while, venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz has been tirelessly building out a major crypto arm dedicated to ensuring that the firm will be an institutio ...

Source: | 20. 09. 2021 19:07:25 | Tech

Apple has just released the final version of iOS 15, the next major version of the operating system for the iPhone. It is a free download and it works with the iPhone 6s or later, both generations of iPhone SE and the most recent iPod touch model. iPad users will also be able to update to iPadOS 15 and watchOS 8 tod

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Waste from the cryptocurrency process is similar to that from IT equipment somewhere like the Netherlands.

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Picking up where we left off Friday, let’s spend some more time in the GitLab IPO filing. It’s going to be an IPO week, mind; Toast and Freshworks are set to price Tuesday after the close of trading and begin to float on Wednesday. Expect final

Source: | 20. 09. 2021 18:09:00 | Tech

Applications networking company F5 has announced it’s acquiring Threat Stack, a Boston-based cloud security and compliance startup, for $68 million. The deal, which comes months after F5 bought multi-cloud management startup Volterra for $500 million, sees the 25-year-old company looking to bolster its

Source: | 20. 09. 2021 18:08:58 | Tech

Small businesses in the U.S. now have a new way to source home and lifestyle goods from new manufacturers. Bzaar, a business-to-business cross-border marketplace, is connecting retailers with over 50 export-ready manufacturers in India. The U.S.-based company announced Monday that it raised $4 million in seed funding, led by Canaan Partners, and in ...

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Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This is Equity Monday, our weekly kickoff that tracks the latest

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Just like that, they came back. The Inspiration4 crew made a triumphant splashdown on Saturday evening off the east coast of Florida, marking the close of the first completely private, all-civilian space mission. SpaceX’s Go Searcher recovery ship hauled the Crew Dragon capsule, dubbed Resilience, a little less than an hour after splashdown. The cr ...

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Facetune developer Lightricks, which operates over a dozen subscription-based photo and video editing apps across iOS and Android, now has $130 million in new funding to further grow its business. The company’s newly announced Series D round includes $100 million in primary and $30 million in secondary funding, and now values the company at $ ...

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The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here — just click The Station — to receive it every weekend in your inbox. Hello readers: Welcome to The Station, your central hub for all past, present and future means of moving people and packages from Point A to Point B. The future of transportation beat was floo ...

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People can be "fat but fit" and should focus on exercise rather than dieting for a longer life, experts have said.

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Today, TechCrunch is excited to announce the 20 startups pitching on stage in this year’s Startup Battlefield. Selected from the most competitive batch in TC history, selected founders from across the globe will pitch on the virtual stage at TechCrunch Disrupt 2021. Startups will be competing for $100,000 in equity-free prize money and the at ...

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Weeks after Amazon introduced an updated Fire TV lineup that included, for the first time, its own TVs, Roku today is announcing its own competitive products in a race to capture consumers’ attention before the holiday shopping season. Its updates include a new Roku Streaming Stick 4K and Roku Streaming Stick 4K+ — the latter which ship ...

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Business, now more than ever before, is going digital, and today a startup that’s building a vertically integrated solution to meet business banking needs is announcing a big round of funding to tap into the opportunity. Airwallex — which provides business banking services both directly to businesses themselves, as well as via a set of ...

Source: | 20. 09. 2021 15:11:32 | Tech

An ongoing volcanic eruption in Iceland is now the longest the country has seen for more than 50 years, as Sunday marked the sixth month lava has been erupting from a fissure near Mount Fagradalsfjall.

Source: | 20. 09. 2021 14:52:11 | Tech

Flippa, an online marketplace to buy and sell online businesses and digital assets, announced its first venture-backed round, an $11 million Series A, as it sees over 600,000 monthly searches from investors looking to connect with business owners. OneVentures led the round and was joined by existing investors Andrew Walsh (former Hitwise CEO), Flip ...

Source: | 20. 09. 2021 14:07:09 | Tech

Facebook’s lead privacy regulator in Europe has raised concerns about a pair of ‘smart’ Ray-Ban sunglasses the tech giant is now selling. The glasses include a face-mounted camera which can be used to take pictures and short videos with a verbal cue. Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC) said

Source: | 20. 09. 2021 14:07:08 | Tech

Founders like to create companies around what they know, and Frank Westermann and Anton Kittelberger know diabetes. They met and bonded over both having type 1 diabetes — Westermann was diagnosed over 25 years ago — and started the MySugr app for diabetes self-management in 2012 (

Source: | 20. 09. 2021 14:07:07 | Tech

Eli Electric Vehicles, an early stage compact EV manufacturer, announced the start of production on its flagship Eli Zero, a micro “neighborhood electric vehicle” that is built for city commuting. The company plans to roll out small batches of the two-seater EV to distributors across 13 European countries over the next few months with a ...

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Steve Dent Contributor Steve Dent is an associate editor at Engadget.

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A Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine trial for children aged between five and 11 has produced "positive results" and has shown a "robust immune response", the two firms have said.

Source: | 20. 09. 2021 12:51:38 | Tech

Speaking of Amazon — which is reportedly conducting an investigation to find whether its lawyers bribed government officials in India — the company announced today it plans to roll out the voice shopping experience feature in the Hindi language in the South Asian market ahead of the Diwali festival in early November. Th

Source: | 20. 09. 2021 12:11:14 | Tech

Facebook has denied reports which claimed it "conducts research and then systematically and wilfully ignores it if the findings are inconvenient for the company".

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Amazon has launched an investigation into the conduct of its legal representatives in India following a complaint from a whistleblower who alleged that one or more of the company’s reps had bribed government officials, Indian news and analysis outlet the Morning Context reported on Monday. The company is investigating whether legal fees finan ...

Source: | 20. 09. 2021 09:50:50 | Tech

FloBiz, an Indian startup that is building a neobank for small- and medium-sized businesses in the South Asian market, said on Monday it has raised $31 million in a new financing round as it works to broaden its product offerings. Sequoia Capital India led the 18-month-old startup’s Series B financing round. Think Investments and existing investors ...

Source: | 20. 09. 2021 07:19:22 | Tech

Meet Xata, a startup with a new take on managed databases. The company runs your database for you and turns it into an API so that you can query and update it from your serverless app. Xata has raised a $5 million funding round. Its product is not yet ready for prime time but the company is sharing details. Xata seems particularly well suited for J ...

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On 15 December 2015, Tim Peake blasted off in a Soyuz rocket to begin his journey to become the first official British astronaut to visit the International Space Station.

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Taha Ahmed and Rooshan Aziz left their jobs in strategy consulting and investment banking in London earlier this year in order to found a mobile-only education platform startup, Maqsad, in Pakistan, with a goal “to make education more accessible to 100 million Pakistani students.” Having grown

Source: | 20. 09. 2021 06:21:42 | Tech

The used car market is getting another major infusion of venture capital today, with one of the faster scaling startups out of India picking up a major round of financing to double down on growth: Cars24 — a site and app that sells users cars and used two-wheeled motorbikes — has raised $450 million, a Series F of $340 million and $110 ...

Source: | 20. 09. 2021 01:21:44 | Tech

A Swedish tech firm has created an app to help alleviate people's joint pain.

Source: | 20. 09. 2021 00:35:07 | Tech

Scientists may have seen a four-quark particle in the Compass data at CERN - or they may have seen something more bizarre - where particles switch identities and the laws of math break down. The results may help us understand the strong force more clearly.

Source: | 20. 09. 2021 00:35:06 | Tech

In many countries, melanoma skin cancers are caused by UV radiation, but that's not the case for a mysterious melanoma being studied by Mexican scientist Dr Carla Daniela Robles-Espinoza.

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No one has been reported injured, the Canary Islands’ president said.

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GM, one of the pioneers of the electric car, is in an odd predicament: it has no new cars to sell.

Source: | 20. 09. 2021 00:35:01 | Tech

Pew survey suggests 80% of respondents support low-emission lifestyles. To assess if this is cheap talk, look at air travel. Flying is an emission intensive elite activity. COVID shows that the world survives with flying less. Will this continue post COVID?

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Andrew Tang Contributor

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The internet adores a juicy true crime story, but the voyeuristic online frenzy to find Gabby Petito is in poor taste. Petito, a 22-year-old New Yorker who loved "art, yoga, and veggies," per her Instagram bio, is the subject of a missing person case gripping the country. Between her public social media posts, which were consistent until her disapp ...

Source: | 19. 09. 2021 10:00:08 | Tech

SAVE 49%: A one-year subscription to ExpressVPN is on sale for £4.97 per month as of Sept. 18, and includes an extra three months and unlimited cloud backup for free.ExpressVPN regularly tops lists of the best VPNs, and that's because it offers fast connection speeds, powerful encryption, and reliable unblocking of streaming sites. The catch? ...