This Week in Apps: Snapchat clones TikTok, India bans 43 Chinese apps, more data on App Store commission changes

Sun, 29 Nov 2020 14:00:28 +0000
Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the 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 consumer spending in 2019. People now spend three hours and 40 minutes per day using apps, […]
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The Supreme Court will hear its first big CFAA case

Sun, 29 Nov 2020 14:00:04 +0000
The Supreme Court will hear arguments on Monday in a case that could lead to sweeping changes to America’s controversial computer hacking laws — and affecting how millions use their computers and access online services. The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act was signed into federal law in 1986 and predates the modern internet as we […]
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What to make of Stripe’s possible $100B valuation

Sat, 28 Nov 2020 21:00:59 +0000
This is The TechCrunch Exchange, a newsletter that goes out on Saturdays, based on the column of the same name. You can sign up for the email here. Welcome to a special Thanksgiving edition of The Exchange. Today we will be brief. But not silent, as there is much to talk about. Up top, The Exchange noodled […]
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How Ryan Reynolds and Mint Mobile worked without becoming the joke

Sat, 28 Nov 2020 15:00:05 +0000
In the past decade, celebrity interest and investment in tech companies has significantly increased. But not all celebrity investments are created equally. Some investors, like Ashton Kutcher, have prioritized the VC pursuits. Some have invested casually without getting overly involved. Others have used their considerable platforms to market their portfolio to varying degrees of success. […]
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Original Content podcast: Just don’t watch Netflix’s ‘Holidate’ with your parents

Sat, 28 Nov 2020 14:00:44 +0000
You might think that a new Netflix film called “Holidate” offers holiday-themed romance that’s perfect for a family watch party. You’d be wrong. The film stars Emma Roberts and Luke Bracey as a pair of strangers who agree (in classic romantic comedy style) to keep each other company on holidays. And while the movie can’t […]
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Black Friday online shopping comes in $9B, $3.6B on smartphones

Sat, 28 Nov 2020 12:12:49 +0000
Black Friday — the day that launched 1,000 other shopping holidays — may have lost its place as the “start” of the Christmas shopping season by now (it gets bigger and earlier with each passing year). But the day after Thanksgiving still pulls in a crowd of buyers looking for a bargain and remains a major […]
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Tony Hsieh, iconic Las Vegas tech entrepreneur, dies aged 46

Sat, 28 Nov 2020 08:34:17 +0000
Tony Hsieh, the former head of Zappos who catapulted the shoe company into the big leagues with a sale to Amazon and then used the proceeds of his success in a huge project kickstarting regeneration of a run-down part of Las Vegas, Nevada, with tech and wider business investments, has died at the age of […]
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Facebook’s Libra could launch in January

Fri, 27 Nov 2020 17:01:46 +0000
According to a report from the Financial Times, Facebook-backed cryptocurrency Libra could launch in January. More interestingly, the Libra Association, the consortium created by Facebook, could scale back its ambitions once again. When it was first unveiled, the Libra cryptocurrency was supposed to be a brand new currency tied to a basket of fiat currencies […]
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India sets rules for commissions, surge pricing for Uber and Ola

Fri, 27 Nov 2020 16:23:26 +0000
Ride-hailing firms such as Ola and Uber can only draw a fee of up to 20% on ride fares in India, New Delhi said in guidelines on Friday, a new setback for the SoftBank-backed firms already struggling to improve their finances in the key overseas market. The guidelines, which for the first time bring modern-age […]
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There’s no ‘hacker house’ geared toward undergraduate women, so they created one of their own

Fri, 27 Nov 2020 16:00:58 +0000
Hacker houses are making a comeback for entrepreneurs as remote work drags on. While founders are adapting to quarantine in style, a group of college women in their 20s aren’t waiting until they are done with undergraduate work to plunge into the lifestyle themselves. Started by college juniors Coco Sack and Kendall Titus, Womxn Ignite […]
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No Google-Fitbit merger without human rights remedies, says Amnesty to EU

Fri, 27 Nov 2020 14:17:40 +0000
Human rights NGO, Amnesty International, has written to the EU’s competition regulator calling for Google’s acquisition of wearable maker Fitbit to be blocked — unless meaningful safeguards can be baked in. The tech giant announced its intent to splash $2.1 billion to acquire Fitbit a year ago but has yet to gain regulatory approval for […]
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Is Slack overpriced now that the market knows Salesforce might buy it?

Fri, 27 Nov 2020 14:16:07 +0000
The Exchange is technically off today, but we’re here anyway because there’s neat stuff in the world of startups and money to talk about. So, let’s yammer this morning about Slack’s new valuation and what the market is telling us about what the venerable SaaS company is really worth. The Exchange explores startups, markets and […]
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