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Thanks to Google, app store monopoly concerns have now reached India

Last week, as Epic Games, Facebook, and Microsoft continued to express concerns about Apple’s “monopolistic” hold over what a billion people can download on their iPhones, a similar story unfolded in India, the world’s second largest internet market, between a giant developer and the operator of the only other large mobile app store. Google pulled Paytm, the app from India’s most valuable startup, off of the Play Store on Friday. The app returned to the store eight hours later, but the contro...
Tags: Apple, Google, Google Play Store, Apps, Asia, Instagram, Microsoft, China, India, US, Tech, Walmart, Ben Thompson, Silicon Valley, Play Store, New Delhi


This Week in Apps: iOS 14’s surprise arrival, Apple’s app bundle, TikTok & WeChat banned from app stores Sunday

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the TechCrunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry is as hot as ever, with   204 billion downloads and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019. People are now spending three hours and 40 minutes per day using apps, rivaling TV. Apps aren’t just a way to pass idle hours — they’re a big business. In 2019, mobile-first companies had a   $544 billion valuation, 6.5x higher ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Google Play, TC, Facebook, Apps, Spotify, Instagram, Microsoft, Youtube, China, India, Tech, Walmart, United States, Epic


The rise of Kevin Systrom, the cofounder and former CEO of Instagram who's reportedly one possible candidate to be TikTok's next CEO

Instagram founder Kevin Systrom. Chris Saucedo/Getty Images for SXSW Kevin Systrom launched Instagram in 2010. The Massachusetts-born Stanford University grad created the app because of his love of photography.  The photo-sharing app has since become a global sensation, amassing over a billion users and making Systrom a billionaire. Systrom led Instagram until 2018, when he suddenly departed Facebook, Instagram's parent company.  Now, he may be in the running to take over as TikTok CEO, ac...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Instagram, Stanford, Boston, Massachusetts, New York City, US, San Francisco, Trends, Tech, Features, David


The rise of Kevin Systrom, the cofounder and former CEO of Instagram who's rumored to be a candidate to lead TikTok

Instagram founder Kevin Systrom. Chris Saucedo/Getty Images for SXSW Kevin Systrom launched Instagram in 2010. The Massachusetts-born Stanford University grad created the app because of his love of photography.  The photo-sharing app has since become a global sensation, amassing over a billion users and making Systrom a billionaire. Systrom led Instagram until 2018, when he suddenly departed Facebook, Instagram's parent company.  Now, he may be in the running to take over as TikTok CEO, ac...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Instagram, Stanford, Boston, Massachusetts, New York City, US, San Francisco, Trends, Tech, Features, David


Instagram and Facebook appeared to go down for some users in North America and Europe

A map of Instagram's outages in the US and Europe. Down Detector Instagram and Facebook appeared to go down for tens of thousands of users in North America and Europe on Thursday.  Outage tracker Down Detector showed reports of issues with Instagram in Southern California and the Northeast in the US, as well as parts of Western Europe.  Facebook users in several regions in North America and Europe also reported experiencing issues. A spokesperson for Facebook did not immediately respon...
Tags: Facebook, Apps, Europe, Instagram, US, Trends, Tech, North America, Outages, Southern California, Northeast, Tech Insider, Detector, Avery Hartmans, Apps and Platforms, Europe Down Detector Instagram


Instagram and Facebook were down for some users in North America and Europe

A map of Instagram's outages in the US and Europe. Down Detector Instagram and Facebook were down for tens of thousands of users in North America and Europe on Thursday.  Outage tracker Down Detector showed reports of issues with Instagram in Southern California and the Northeast in the US, as well as parts of Western Europe.  Facebook, which owns Instagram, also showed outages in several regions in North America and Europe. A spokesperson for Facebook confirmed to Business Insider tha...
Tags: Facebook, Apps, Europe, Instagram, US, Trends, Tech, North America, Outages, Southern California, Northeast, Tech Insider, Detector, Avery Hartmans, Apps and Platforms, Europe Down Detector Instagram


Facebook launches Facebook Business Suite, an app for managing business accounts across Facebook, Instagram and Messenger

Facebook this morning launched a new app designed to make it easier for businesses to manage their pages and profiles across Facebook, Instagram and Messenger in a single place. The app, Facebook Business Suite, combines access to the business’s key updates and priorities, and offers a way to draft and schedule feed posts for both Facebook and Instagram, view insights and create ads. To use the new app, business will first need to link their Facebook and Instagram business accounts, if they h...
Tags: Travel, Social, Facebook, Apps, Business, Instagram, Small Business, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, Businesses, World Bank, OECD, Facebook Instagram, COVID, Facebook Business Suite


Triller aims for TikTok with additions of influencers like Charli D’Amelio and Addison Rae

Triller had been poised to benefit from a potential TikTok ban in the U.S. Though that may not happen now, given the apparent Oracle deal, the chaos around TikTok has increased the attention given to alternative apps such as Triller. As TikTok users sought out a new home — or at least hedged their bets in the event of a full ban — Triller’s app shot up the app store charts. It even became the No. 1 across 80 different countries at some point, Triller CEO Mike Lu says. At Techcrunch Disrupt...
Tags: Social, Mobile, Apps, Media, Instagram, Tech, States, Donald Trump, Trump, Facebook Instagram, Lu, Griffin Johnson, Amelio, Triller, Josh Richards, Tiktok


Facebook announces $4.3 million grant for small businesses in India, introduces support for gift cards

More than a third of small and medium-sized businesses on Facebook in India expect cash flow to be a challenge for them as they navigate through the coronavirus pandemic in the next few months, according to a report by Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the World Bank. Facebook, which reaches nearly every internet users in India and which collaborated with OECD and World Bank on the report, wants to help. The social giant today announced a grant of $4.3 million ...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Apps, Asia, Instagram, India, Tech, World Bank, OECD, Bangalore, Mohan, Organisation for Economic Co, Quiksilver, Facebook India, Ajit Mohan, Coronavirus


Trump says deadline for TikTok sale won’t be extended

The United States government will not extend the September 20 deadline for Beijing-based ByteDance to sell TikTok, President Donald Trump said on Thursday. This adds urgency to negotiations because TikTok may be banned in the United States if it can’t reach an agreement with a buyer. “We’ll see what happens. It’ll either be closed up or they’ll sell it,” Trump said before boarding Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews. Some analysts had predicted that the deadline would be extended because o...
Tags: TC, Apps, Instagram, Microsoft, China, Singapore, India, Tech, Joe Biden, Policy, Beijing, United States, Donald Trump, Wall Street Journal, U.s. Government, Trump


Facebook’s photo porting tool adds support for Dropbox and Koofr

Facebook’s photo and video portability tool has added support for two more third party services for users to send data via encrypted transfer — namely: cloud storage providers Dropbox and (EU-based) Koofr. The tech giant debuted the photo porting tool in December last year, initially offering users in its EU HQ location of Ireland the ability to port their media direct to Google Photos, before going on to open up access in more markets. It completed a global rollout of that first offering in ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Social, Facebook, Apps, Twitter, Instagram, Microsoft, Cloud Storage, Tech, Eu, European Union, Policy, Ireland, Dropbox, Google Photos


Snapchat had a big August amid TikTok uncertainty

The continual uncertainty around TikTok’s future may have provided a big boost to Snapchat in August. Or maybe it was just the Disney eyes filter that went viral. In any event, preliminary estimates from app store intelligence firm Sensor Tower indicate that Snapchat’s mobile app across both iOS and Android saw approximately 28.5 million new installs last month — its single largest month for first-time downloads since May 2019, when it had then seen 41.2 million new installs. May 2019, however, ...
Tags: Social, Mobile, Apps, Instagram, Disney, Social Media, Tech, Snapchat, App Stores, Merlin, Snap, Trump, App Store Apple, Tiktok, Likee Byte Dubsmash Triller


TikTok’s rivals in India struggle to cash in on its ban

For years, India has served as the largest open battleground for Silicon Valley and Chinese firms searching for their next billion users. With more than 400 million WhatsApp users, India is already the largest market for the Facebook-owned service. The social juggernaut’s big blue app also reaches more than 300 million users in the country. Google is estimated to reach just as many users in India, with YouTube closely rivaling WhatsApp for the most popular smartphone app in the country. Sever...
Tags: Google, Social, Startups, TC, Facebook, Apps, Asia, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, China, India, Tech, Alibaba, Tencent, Silicon Valley


Jack Dorsey says he doesn't use any Facebook products and that he and Mark Zuckerberg have 'different approaches'

Jack Dorsey, left, and Mark Zuckerberg. Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for WIRED25; Francois Mori/AP Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey says he doesn't "use a lot of Facebook products — any, actually."Dorsey discussed his social media habits during a recent appearance on "The Boardroom: Out of Office" podcast, hosted by Kevin Durant's manager, Rich Kleiman.Kleiman asked Dorsey if he and Mark Zuckerberg "have beef," to which Dorsey replied, "Uh ... there's different approaches, Rich."Dorsey and Zuckerber...
Tags: Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Instagram, Office, Trends, Social Media, Tech, Snapchat, Nba, Jack Dorsey, Kevin Systrom, Ev Williams, Dorsey, Odeo


Facebook is bringing a Shop section to its app, while Instagram expands Live Shopping

Facebook is announcing a number of new e-commerce features both within the main Facebook app and on Instagram. The pandemic has forced many businesses to shift online, and Facebook made a big announcement in May around the ability of merchants to create Facebook Shops that are viewable on both Facebook and Instagram. More recently, Instagram launched a redesigned Shop section, where users can browse products from their favorite brands and creators. Now the company is bringing a similar exp...
Tags: Social, Mobile, Facebook, Ecommerce, Apps, Instagram, Tech, United States, Bigcommerce, Shopify, Facebook Shop, Vishal Shah, George Lee, Facebook Marketplace, Instagram Shop, Instagram More


This Week in Apps: Apple’s antitrust war, TikTok ban, alt app ecosystems

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the TechCrunch series* that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry is as hot as ever, with a record 204 billion downloads and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019. People are now spending three hours and 40 minutes per day using apps, rivaling TV. Apps aren’t just a way to pass idle hours — they’re a big business. In 2019, mobile-first companies had a combined $544 billion valuatio...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Congress, Indonesia, China, India, Israel, Samsung, Tech, Developers, Pennsylvania


There’s no frontrunner to be found among the TikTok alternatives

The U.S. market has no real frontrunner poised to claim TikTok’s throne if the app is banned in the country. According to Trump’s executive order, TikTok’s owner ByteDance has to divest of TikTok’s U.S. operations or the app will be banned from the U.S. market on November 12. A number of companies have considered the TikTok deal, including front-runner Microsoft, Twitter, Google, and even Oracle, for some reason. But if a deal doesn’t get done, it’s unclear what app — if any — will be able to ta...
Tags: Social, TC, Mobile, Apps, Video, Instagram, China, US, Tech, Getty Images, Snapchat, New York Times, App Annie, Dubsmash, Trump, Engadget


Here’s how to Post Two Pictures on One Instagram Story

While one can easily add multiple stories, posting more than one photo to an Instagram story can be a little tricky. The updated version of Instagram makes it easier though as it now integrates the Layout feature. Layout from Instagram is also available as a standalone app for iPhone and Android. Using the Layout tool […] The post Here’s how to Post Two Pictures on One Instagram Story appeared first on WebTrickz.
Tags: Apps, Instagram, Blogging, Tips, How To's, Instagram Stories


Facebook tests TikTok-style video format on its main app in India

Facebook is going all in on short-form videos. After flirting with the idea in Lasso, a TikTok-clone it tested in select markets, and adding a similar feature called Reels to Instagram recently, the company is exploring a new venue for this TikTok-esque experience: The big blue app. The company confirmed to TechCrunch that it is testing short-form videos in the Facebook app in India, its biggest market by users. In the current avatar, ‘Short Videos’ has a dedicated section within the news ...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Apps, Asia, Instagram, Youtube, India, Tech, TechCrunch, Gaana, Reliance, Reliance Jio, Reliance Industries, Navarra, Lasso, Facebook India


Instagram kept your DMs and pics long after you deleted them

It seems Instagram wasn’t quite honest with its users when it gave them the option to permanently delete their messages and photos. Security researcher Saugat Pokharel has clinched a $6,000 bug bounty after noticing that the service kept messages and photos on its servers long after users wiped them, TechCrunch reports. The discovery was possible thanks to Instagram‘s own data download tool, which the company released in 2018 to comply with GDPR. It’s pretty standard practice for companies to re...
Tags: Startups, Apps, Instagram, Saugat Pokharel


Instagram wants suspected bot accounts to provide government IDs

Instagram is planning to boot out suspicious accounts, including bots, by verification through government IDs. The company’s idea is to control “potential inauthentic behavior,” presumably to stop fake follower counts and likes from shady accounts. The company says most users won’t be affected by this, so you won’t likely get the prompt to show your ID. Through this new policy, Instagram classes dodgy accounts as those that have a majority of followers in a different country to their own. The co...
Tags: Startups, Apps, Instagram


5 Great Weather Apps for Real Estate Photographers

For most real estate photographers, poor weather can make or break our day and create painful scheduling challenges for days to come. Mainstream weather reports are notoriously inaccurate, and depending on your location, weather can change with little to no notice. I used to rely on the standard weather channel app but after constant disappointment, […] The post 5 Great Weather Apps for Real Estate Photographers appeared first on PFRE.
Tags: Apps, Photography


Daily Crunch: Apple removes Fortnite from the App Store

Epic Games takes on Apple, Instagram fixes a security issue and Impossible Foods raises $200 million. This is your Daily Crunch for August 13, 2020. The big story: Apple removes Fortnite from the App Store The controversy over Apple’s App Store policies has expanded to include Epic Games and its hit title Fortnite. The company introduced a direct payment option for its in-game currency on mobile, leading Apple to remove the app for violating App Store rules. “Epic enabled a feature in it...
Tags: Apple, Mobile, Gaming, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Amc, Digital, US, Tech, Epic, App Store, Omaze, Impossible Foods, Bessemer Venture Partners, Battery Ventures


Instagram wasn’t removing photos and direct messages from its servers

A security researcher was awarded a $6,000 bug bounty payout after he found Instagram retained photos and private direct messages on its servers long after he deleted them. Independent security researcher Saugat Pokharel found that when he downloaded his data from Instagram, a feature it launched in 2018 to comply with new European data rules, his downloaded data contained photos and private messages with other users that he had previously deleted. It’s not uncommon for companies to store fre...
Tags: Security, Social, Apps, Twitter, Instagram, Privacy, Social Media, Tech, Software, Computing, Operating Systems, Mobile Software, Pokharel, Saugat Pokharel, TechCrunch Pokharel


Instagram wasn’t removing photos and direct messages off its servers

A security researcher was awarded a $6,000 bug bounty payout after he found Instagram retained photos and private direct messages on its servers long after he deleted them. Independent security researcher Saugat Pokharel found that when he downloaded his data from Instagram, a feature it launched in 2018 to comply with new European data rules, his downloaded data contained photos and private messages with other users that he had previously deleted. It’s not uncommon for companies to store fre...
Tags: Security, Social, Apps, Twitter, Instagram, Privacy, Social Media, Tech, Software, Computing, Operating Systems, Mobile Software, Pokharel, Saugat Pokharel, TechCrunch Pokharel


ByteDance in talks with India’s Reliance for investment in TikTok

Chinese giant ByteDance is engaging with India’s Reliance Industries Limited, the parent firm of telecom giant Jio Platforms, for investment in TikTok in a move to potentially save the popular video app’s fate in its biggest market by users, two people familiar with the matter told TechCrunch. The two companies began conversations late last month and have yet to reach a deal, the sources said, requesting anonymity as the talks are private. TikTok’s business in India, where it had amasse...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Apps, Asia, Europe, Instagram, Microsoft, India, Tech, Helo, Financial Times, Gaana, Reliance, Reliance Jio, Mishra


Facebook launches Instagram Reels globally amidst TikTok drama

We all knew it was coming: Facebook has officially launched Instagram Reels – its answer to TikTok — across the world. Reels lets users create 15-second videos and spruce them up with various audio and visual effects. Starting today, users will have access to Reels straight from the Instagram camera — the option should appear at the bottom. You’ll also be able to browse Reels from other creators directly in the Explore tab. In an announcement today, Facebook said Reels comes with a bevy of editi...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Instagram Reels


Instagram Reels launches globally in over 50 countries, including US

Instagram Reels, the company’s significant effort in challenging TikTok on short-form creative content, is launching globally, starting today. The feature is being made available across 50 countries, including the U.S., as TechCrunch had previously reported. The expansion means Reels will now be available in key international markets, such as India, Brazil, France, Germany, the U.K., Japan, Australia, Spain, Mexico, Argentina and several others. The timing is fortuitous, given TikTok’s uncertain...
Tags: Social, Startups, Facebook, Apps, Europe, Video, Instagram, India, US, Brazil, TechCrunch, Trump, Lasso, Vishal Shah, Video Apps, Instagram Stories


Snapchat to take on TikTok with a new music-powered feature rolling out this fall

Snapchat is taking aim at TikTok. The company announced today it will begin testing a new feature that lets Snapchat users set their Snaps to music, similar to TikTok’s app. The feature may allow Snapchat to capitalize on the fracturing of the TikTok audience, who have been exploring alternative apps as the Trump administration weighs a ban on Chinese tech companies over data privacy concerns. Already, apps like Byte, Triller, Dubsmash, Likee and others have climbed the app stores’ charts as Tik...
Tags: Social, Apps, Instagram, Tech, Snapchat, Merlin, Snap, Trump, Facebook Instagram and Messenger, Linkfire, Tiktok, Byte Triller Dubsmash Likee


Triller sues TikTok over patent infringement

Social video platform Triller has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against its biggest rival TikTok and parent company ByteDance. The suit, which was filed in the U.S District Court for the Western Division of Texas, claims TikTok is infringing on Triller’s U.S Patent No. 9,691,429. The patent covers a “systems and methods for creating music videos synchronized with an audio track.” The patent credits Triller co-founders David Leiberman and Samuel Rubin as the inventors. It was originally fil...
Tags: Apps, Instagram, Indonesia, America, Tech, Bloomberg, Treasury, Play Store, WSJ, Dubsmash, Fox Business, State, Lu, Committee on Foreign Investment, Mike Pompeo, Steven Mnuchin



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