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This Week in Apps: Apple slashes commissions, Twitter launches Fleets, warnings about Parler

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, Amazon, TC, Facebook, Apps, Twitter, Japan, Instagram, Supreme Court, Australia, Washington Post, Youtube, Ipo, Tech, Eu

In antitrust hearing, Zuckerberg admits Facebook has copied its competition

At the House Antitrust Subcommittee hearings this afternoon, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was directly questioned about his company’s strategy of copying competitors’ app and features, and even threatening to do so as a negotiation tactic amid M&A discussions. In his response, Zuckerberg was forced to admit the obvious: that Facebook, he said, has “certainly adapted features that others have led in.” However, he denied any characterization claiming Facebook used such tactics in an anti-compet...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Pinterest, Instagram, Congress, Government, China, Tech, Antitrust, Baidu, Zuckerberg, WA, Pramila Jayapal, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg

Coronavirus: Brand Moves for Tuesday May 19

TikTok, the video app owned by China’s ByteDance, which has become wildly popular among locked-down teenagers, has hired Walt Disney Co’s top streaming executive, Kevin Mayer, as chief executive officer. Mayer led the successful launch of the Disney+ streaming service in November but in February was passed over as Disney’s new chief executive. Mayer’s appointment will be effective 1 June, when he will also become chief operating officer of ByteDance, the Chinese company said. TikTok, which allo...
Tags: Google, Facebook, UK, New York, Instagram, China, Advertising, Disney, US, CMO, Brooklyn, Premier League, Liverpool, Baidu, Helo, Industry City

Meet the 21 startups cofounded by women that reached unicorn status in 2019, hitting a valuation of $1 billion or more

A record 4,399 investments were made in female-founded startups in 2019, according to new data from All Raise and Pitchbook. The funding helped boost a record number of startups with at least one female cofounders to unicorn status in 2019, meaning that they hit a valuation of $1 billion or more. Here are the 21 startups with female cofounders that hit valuations over $1 billion in 2019. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. A record 4,399 investments were made in female-founded...
Tags: New York, Instagram, Australia, Ebay, China, Ipo, Boston, India, Softbank, US, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Trends, Linkedin, Bloomberg, Mit

Spatial raises $14M more for a holographic 3D workspace app, a VR/AR version of Zoom or Hangouts

The worlds of virtual and augmented reality have yet to land on the applications and hardware to truly spark mass-market, consumer interest in the space, but meanwhile a startup building mixed reality services for business users has raised a round of funding, underscoring the opportunity in enterprise. Spatial, which has developed a “holographic” collaboration platform that people use to speak and work together in virtual rooms through the use of strikingly effective avatars — think: a superchar...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Startups, TC, Instagram, Microsoft, Zynga, Baidu, Magic Leap, Fortune, Mike Krieger, Sdk, Mark Pincus, Krieger, Andy Hertzfeld, Anand Agarawala

Digital 2020: 3.8 billion people use social media

Our new Digital 2020 reports – published in partnership with Hootsuite – show that digital, mobile, and social media have become an indispensable part of everyday life for people all over the world. More than 4.5 billion people now use the internet, while social media users have passed the 3.8 billion mark. Nearly 60 percent of the world’s population is already online, and the latest trends suggest that more than half of the world’s total population will use social media by the middle of this ...
Tags: Google, Mobile, Facebook, Ecommerce, Asia, South Korea, Japan, Instagram, Yahoo, Internet, Indonesia, China, India, Africa, Digital, US

New Year, New Goals: Samsung Announces Ambitions to Surpass Sony in Sensors

It’s no mystery that the competition between Sony and Samsung in the high-end optical space is shaping the industry in fundamental ways. But what is surprising is just how bold and public Samsung is about its plans to outpace its rival and overtake them. Image via Pok Rie from According to the DigiTimes, “With use of CMOS image sensors (CIS) extending from smartphone cameras to automotive cameras, Samsung has planned to expand its CIS production capacity to surpass Sony to become t...
Tags: Photography, News, China, Samsung, Sony, Nvidia, Baidu, CIS, DigiTimes, Pexels, Pok Rie

2018 was a year of massi...

2018 was a year of massive mergers and acquisitions with AT&T/Time Warner, Disney/Fox, and Comcast/Sky. The #MeToo movement made headlines, and the dominant emotion in boardroom discussions around Hollywood and beyond was fear … lots of fear in the ranks of our tech-infused world of media and entertainment (as well as in the world itself). So what does the crystal ball predict for 2019? Here are some of the narratives that will shape the world of entertainment next year and set the stage for the...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, TC, Facebook, Spotify, Elon Musk, New York, Hollywood, Instagram, Time Warner, China, New York City, Disney, Siri, Tech

The future of the media industry in the new year

2018 was a year of massive mergers and acquisitions with AT&T/Time Warner, Disney/Fox, and Comcast/Sky. The #MeToo movement made headlines, and the dominant emotion in boardroom discussions around Hollywood and beyond was fear … lots of fear in the ranks of our tech-infused world of media and entertainment (as well as in the world itself). So what does the crystal ball predict for 2019? Here are some of the narratives that will shape the world of entertainment next year and set the stage for the...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, TC, Facebook, Spotify, Elon Musk, New York, Hollywood, Instagram, Time Warner, China, New York City, Disney, Siri, Tech

10 predictions about the media industry in the New Year

Peter Csathy Contributor Peter Csathy is Chairman of CREATV Media, a media innovation and advisory firm and the author of “Media 2.0 (18): An Insider’s Guide to Today’s Digital Media World & Where It’s Going”. More posts by this contributor Ten predictions for digital media in 2018 Netflix should be afraid of Disney’s OTT play 2018 was a year of massive mergers and acquisitions, with AT&T/Time Warner, Disney/Fox and Comcast/Sky. Th...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, TC, Facebook, Column, Spotify, Elon Musk, New York, Hollywood, Instagram, Time Warner, China, New York City, Disney, Siri

Internet growth accelerates, but Facebook ad engagement tumbles

The new 2018 Q3 Global Digital Statshot report from our Global Consultant, Simon Kemp – created in partnership with Hootsuite – shows that there was plenty of change in the world of digital, social, and mobile over the past three months. There are many encouraging trends within this new data, but there are also some more worrying findings that marketers will need to monitor closely over the coming months. In particular, the latest data from Facebook suggests that clicks on ads on its platform ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Asia, Japan, Usa, UK, Instagram, Indonesia, Australia, Youtube, China, Singapore, India, Africa, Digital

The most downloaded iPhone app in the world right now is one you've probably never heard of

Facebook is still dominating the iPhone app world, but Chinese-made apps are quickly catching up.  Facebook-owned apps like WhatsApp, Messenger, and Instagram were among the most-downloaded iPhone apps in the world during the first quarter of 2018, according to new data from app intelligence firm Sensor Tower.  But it was a Chinese music video app called Tik Tok that flattened the competition with more than 45 million downloads over the course of the last three months.  In fact, Chinese a...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Trends, Facebook Messenger, Tencent, Baidu, Google Maps, Google Maps Google, Google Tasks

How smart assistants could revolutionise commerce

In this post, GlobalWebIndex‘s Senior Trends Analyst, Katie Young examines the future potential for commerce through voice technology and why marketers need to start thinking about where voice can offer something new and beneficial in the consumer journey. If you Google ‘voice search’, you’ll probably see an array of headlines declaring ‘the voice search revolution’. Apple has launched its own smart speaker, called Home Pod, Google has Home, and Baidu’s Little Fish device is gaining market share...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Instagram, China, Social Media, Seo, Commerce, Innovation, Baidu, Voice, Amazon Echo, Ocado, Alexa, Skyscanner, Thought Leadership

Brand News: 10 Things You Need to Know for Wednesday January 24

Budweiser is adopting a renewable energy logo in the U.S.—the first AB InBev brand and market to adopt the new symbol, revealed today at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Apple is moving into digital health records, enhancing iPhone’s Health app, and taking HomePod smart speaker orders. Burger King U.S. releases “Whopper Neutrality” campaign, taking a stand on America’s Net Neutrality debate. Google Lunar X Prize ends with no winners. Instagram adds GIFs to Stories, and any size photos and ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Twitter, Instagram, Net Neutrality, China, Uncategorized, Advertising, Disney, America, Davos, Netflix, Budweiser, Starbucks, Baidu, Burger King

Weed, Times Square, and Floyd Mayweather: How cryptocurrency mania is creeping into the mainstream

The cryptocurrency space is going nuclear right now, with Bitcoin, Ethereum, and more soaring in value. With adverts in Times Square and celebrity endorsements including Floyd Mayweather, once-esoteric products are creeping into the mainstream. ICO fundraisers are raising hundreds of millions, and traditional bankers are starting to get in on the action. Mainstream financial insitutions are opening their doors to bitcoin for the first time to try to persuade ordinary consumers to invest. If y...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, UK, New York, London, Instagram, China, New York City, US, America, Trends, ROI, Bitcoin, Asia Pacific, Barclays, Mark Cuban

20 Highlights from Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends 2017 report

NHC 20 Highlights from Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends 2017 report The 2017 edition of venture capitalist Mary Meeker’s annual Internet Trends report was published last week. As with previous editions, the 2017 report offers credible insights into some of the significant trends that are shaping, evolving and defining the internet and our use of it. This year, there’s a strong focus on online advertising, interactive games, healthcare, and much more. Weighing in at 355 slides, the presentation de...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Europe, Business, Usa, UK, Technology, Instagram, Workplace, Internet, Indonesia, Youtube, China, Germany, India

What We're Reading ~ 3/23/17

Mauboussin: The incredible shrinking universe of stocks [Credit Suisse]7 traits for active investors to win in the long term [Jim O'Shaughnessy]How to fight a price war [Harvard Business Review]Stephen Jarislowsky's secret: buy stocks you never plan to sell [Canadian Business] The fourth industrial revolution: a primer on artificial intelligence [Medium]A pitch on Alphabet (GOOGL / GOOG) [Wexboy]The autonomous vehicle revolution [Rational Walk]Mohnish Pabrai thinks autonomous vehicles will take ...
Tags: Instagram, Finance, US, Bloomberg, Intel, Credit Suisse, Andreessen Horowitz, INTC, Baidu, Goog, Harvard Business Review, Ctrip, What We're Reading, Aapl, Tim Harford, Mohnish Pabrai

Four Companies Could Buy Spotify And None Are U.S. Based, Says Mark Mulligan

According to multiple reports, Spotify will delay i ts IPO until at least 2018. That's an expensive choice, thanks to a $1 billion loan with an escalating interest rate. But there may be another reason that Spotify is taking its time.  A buyer could swoop into save the rapidly growing but very unprofitable company; and that buyer isn't likely to be Google, Amazon or any of the names often mentioned, says analyst Mark Mulligan. ______________________________________________ By ...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Spotify, Music, Instagram, Microsoft, India, Softbank, US, Snapchat, EK, Alibaba, Tencent, Amc Theatres, Baidu

Google Head of Image Search Li Fan Joins Pinterest as Head of Engineering

Pinterest is a visual social network, so the former head of image search at Google would seem to be an ideal fit as its new head of engineering. Li Fan is indeed Pinterest’s new head of engineering, the company announced Tuesday, saying that she will lead its engineering team, which is responsible for scaling and ranking some 75 billion pins, as well as projects including object detection, visual search, camera search, buyable pins, multi-item cart checkout and video. Prior to her most recent ro...
Tags: Google, Images, Photos, Videos, Pinterest, Seo, E-commerce, Search, Image Search, Object Detection, Engineering, Video Ads, Baidu, Ben Silbermann, Buyable Pins, Visual Search

Over 61 Paid Traffic Sources To Buy (Real) Targeted Website Traffic

There are plenty of paid traffic sources on the web from where you can buy targeted traffic to your website. The best thing about online advertising (unlike television, radio, print, etc.) is that it’s totally accountable and you get to know the exact returns of every single dollar that you are spending. Online advertising is a multi-billion dollar industry and the digital ad spending in the U.S. is all set to surpass television ad spending. Paid advertising on search engines and social media a...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Microsoft, Yahoo, Australia, Youtube, China, Russia, Social Media, ROI, Blogging, Internet Marketing, Sem

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