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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


From Facebook to Tesla, here are the lesser-known cofounders of some of the biggest tech companies in the world

Most of the world's most famous tech entrepreneurs had help building their companies. And while Mark Zuckerberg's and Steve Job's cofounders didn't all become household names, they're still credited with bringing Facebook and Apple to life. Tesla, for instance, had four cofounders, and none of them were Elon Musk.  And Jack Dorsey is one of four people who helped create Twitter. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. When a tech company reaches a certain level of success, the nam...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Elon Musk, Instagram, Microsoft, Steve Jobs, Ebay, Stanford, Singapore, Biz, US, NFL


10 things in tech you need to know today (AAPL, TSLA, TWTR, FB)

Good morning! Here's the technology news you need to know this morning. 1. Apple won't do major iPhone redesigns every two years anymore. The iPhone coming out in September is unlikely to have major changes from the iPhone 6S. 2. Tesla offered to buy SolarCity for almost $3 billion (£2 billion.) SolarCity is the struggling solar-power company also cofounded by Elon Musk. 3. Twitter has a bunch of new video features to help it fight Facebook and Snapchat. The company is rolling out a new video-on...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Twitter, Elon Musk, Instagram, California, China, Russia, Softbank, Trends, Tesla, Tencent, David Sacks, Nikesh Arora, Faraday Future, Democratic National Committee


LIES, BOOZE, AND BILLIONS: How one of the fastest-growing startups in Silicon Valley history raised $580 million then spiraled out of control

One day in February 2015, a cheer rang through Zenefits' sales offices. The San Francisco-based company, which offers free benefits-management software in exchange for becoming the customer's insurance broker, had hit another sales milestone. Everyone stopped working. Office cabinets were opened, and giant bottles of Fireball whisky, tequila, and scotch appeared. "The entire company, including all of engineering, would line up at all the tables with shots as soon as a milestone happened," one f...
Tags: Utah, Instagram, Microsoft, California, Washington, San Francisco, Paypal, Arizona, Zenefits, Silicon Valley, Las Vegas, Andreessen Horowitz, Parker Conrad, David Sacks, ADP, Coo



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