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This Week in Apps: TikTok viral hit breaks Spotify records, inauguration boosts news app installs, judge rules against Parler

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   218 billion downloads and $143 billion in global consumer spend in 2020. Consumers last year also   3.5 trillion minutes using apps on Android devices alone. And in the U.S., app usage surged ahead of the time spent watching live TV. Currently, the average American watches 3.7 hours of live TV per day...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Google, Amazon, Android, Food, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Asia, South Korea, Twitter, Spotify, Europe, Real Estate, London


The migrants Trump forced Mexico to stop: Ada Trillo's best photograph

‘Trump had threatened Mexico with tariffs if it let in this caravan from Honduras. Two hours after crossing this river, many were teargassed then deported’I had been following a migrant caravan north from San Pedro Sula, Honduras, for around 10 days. It was 23 January 2020, and this was the moment the group crossed the Suchiate river, which divides Guatemala from Mexico.The Mexican authorities had deployed the national guard to stop the caravan entering their country because Trump had threatened...
Tags: Art, Photography, Mexico, Americas, World news, Culture, United States, Art and design, Migration, US immigration, Honduras, Guatemala, Trump, San Pedro Sula Honduras, Suchiate, Ada Trillo


35 unforgettable images that capture Trump's wild and bitter presidency

President Donald Trump in his conference room at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, October 4, 2020. Tia Dufour/The White House via Getty Images President Donald Trump's time in office has been filled with noteworthy and often unexpected moments. From holding a baseball bat in the Blue Room to yelling at a kid mowing the White House lawn, these often impromptu moments have been captured by photographers.  Insider rounded up some of the most memorable and ca...
Tags: Images, Photos, National Weather Service, Politics, Isis, News, Law, Vladimir Putin, Congress, Washington Post, Washington, North Korea, Senate, White House, Germany, Angela Merkel


What is swatting? Here's what you need to know about the act of making false police reports with malicious intent, and how to protect yourself from it

You can safeguard yourself against swatters by enhancing your digital security. Kerkez/Getty Images Swatting is the act of calling the police on an innocent person with a false claim that the individual is an active shooter, kidnapper, or another type of hostile criminal. Livestreamers are a common target for swatting since it allows the person calling the police to see the results of their call immediately. Swatting is recognized as a federal crime in the United States.  If you find yours...
Tags: Security, Gaming, Instagram, America, Los Angeles, Trends, Cyber Security, Fbi, United States, Justin Bieber, Kansas, Black Lives Matter, Livestreaming, Finch, Swatting, Digital Security


I'm a mom influencer who earns up to $12,000 a month through paid sponsorships. Here's how I grew my income and following while caring for my son.

Manou Oeschger and her son Liam on his first birthday in September 2020. Manou Oeschger Manou Oeschger is a social media influencer based in Brentwood, California. When she had her son Liam in 2019, Oeschger pivoted from posting fashion content to sharing mom-related content on Instagram. Now, Oeschger does brand collaborations with baby-food, skin, and hair-care companies that can net her up to $12,000 a month. During the pandemic, she says she's averaging 20 sponsored posts a month and c...
Tags: Europe, Media, Instagram, Germany, Disney, Careers, Los Angeles, Trends, Strategy, Social Media, United States, Prime, Canon, Disney Channel, Chris, Nordic


House Democrats call for accountability while Republicans call for unity and rail against 'cancel culture' in impeachment debate

Reuters The House of Representatives impeached President Donald Trump on Wednesday for the "incitement of insurrection" in the wake of last week's deadly Capitol siege. During the House debate, Democrats argued Trump must be held accountable for provoking the violent mob, while Republicans called for "unity and healing" and defended the president's rhetoric and election lies.  Trump is the first president in American history to be impeached twice. His impeachment is also the most bipartis...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Florida, Politics, New York, Texas, News, Instagram, Maryland, Supreme Court, Congress, California, Washington, Kentucky


House members engage in a fiery debate over impeaching Trump for inciting an insurrection at the Capitol

Reuters The House of Representatives impeached President Donald Trump on Wednesday for the "incitement of insurrection" in the wake of last week's deadly Capitol siege. During the House debate, Democrats argued Trump must be held accountable for provoking the violent mob, while Republicans called for "unity and healing" and defended the president's rhetoric and election lies.  Trump is the first president in American history to be impeached twice. His impeachment is also the most bipartis...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Florida, Politics, New York, Texas, News, Instagram, Maryland, Supreme Court, Congress, California, Washington, Kentucky


The House prepares to impeach the president after a fiery debate and as Trump is more isolated than ever

Reuters The House of Representatives is poised to impeach President Donald Trump for the second time for "incitement of insurrection" following last week's deadly Capitol siege. Debate over the article of impeachment began shortly after 9 a.m. ET and can be watched online on C-SPAN, YouTube, and the House's official website. Scroll down to watch the livestream and follow Insider's live coverage of the historic event. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The House of Represe...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Florida, Politics, New York, News, Instagram, Maryland, Supreme Court, Congress, California, Washington, Kentucky, Senate


Democratic Rep. Cori Bush makes a fiery speech calling to impeach 'the white supremacist in chief'

Reuters The House of Representatives is poised to impeach President Donald Trump for the second time for "incitement of insurrection" following last week's deadly Capitol siege. Debate over the article of impeachment began shortly after 9 a.m. ET and can be watched online on C-SPAN, YouTube, and the House's official website. Scroll down to watch the livestream and follow Insider's live coverage of the historic event. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The House of Represe...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Florida, Politics, New York, News, Instagram, Maryland, Supreme Court, Congress, California, Washington, Kentucky, Senate


LIVE: House minority leader Kevin McCarthy says Trump 'bears responsibility' for the Capitol siege and shoots down antifa conspiracy theories

Reuters The House of Representatives is poised to impeach President Donald Trump for the second time for "incitement of insurrection" following last week's deadly Capitol siege. Debate over the article of impeachment began shortly after 9 a.m. ET and can be watched online on C-SPAN, YouTube, and the House's official website. Scroll down to watch the livestream and follow Insider's live coverage of the historic event. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The House of Represe...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Florida, Politics, New York, News, Instagram, Maryland, Supreme Court, Congress, California, Washington, Kentucky, Senate


LIVE: Rep. Cedric Richmond says some Republicans are 'co-conspirators' in the insurrection and tells them to 'man up, woman up,' and defend the Constitution

Reuters The House of Representatives is poised to impeach President Donald Trump for the second time for "incitement of insurrection" following last week's deadly Capitol siege. Debate over the article of impeachment began shortly after 9 a.m. ET and can be watched online on C-SPAN, YouTube, and the House's official website. Scroll down to watch the livestream and follow Insider's live coverage of the historic event. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The House of Represe...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Politics, New York, News, Instagram, Maryland, Supreme Court, Congress, California, Washington, Kentucky, Senate, White House


App stores saw record 218 billion downloads in 2020, consumer spend of $143 billion

Mobile adoption continued to grow in 2020, in part due to the market forces of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to App Annie’s annual “State of Mobile” industry report, mobile app downloads grew by 7% year-over-year to a record 218 billion in 2020. Meanwhile, consumer spending grew by 20% to also hit a new milestone of $143 billion, led by markets that included China, the United States, Japan, South Korea and the United Kingdom. Consumers also spent 3.5 trillion minutes using apps on Android dev...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Android, Facebook, Apps, Messenger, South Korea, Spotify, Japan, The Weather Channel, Pinterest, Instagram, Indonesia, Youtube, France, China


Equal access to capital and entrepreneurship is the final civil rights movement

Joseph Heller Contributor Joseph Heller is a small businesses expert and the CEO of Supplied, a wholesale platform for small businesses and brands that makes it easier for boutique owners to access high-quality, affordable items. Context is always important. In the grand scheme of things, I have privilege: I was born a male, in the most powerful country in the world, during the most prosperous time in history, to parents who both went to college, all in a middle...
Tags: Startups, Column, Instagram, Opinion, China, Nigeria, America, San Francisco, Tech, Diversity, United States, Beverly Hills, Silicon Valley, Joseph Heller, UC Berkeley, Ghana


Pelosi Calls Trump ‘Imminent Threat’ To Democracy, House To Proceed With Impeachment Legislation

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – In a letter penned to colleagues, Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday called President Trump a threat to Democracy and laid out the next steps in the House’s bid to impeach him following the riots at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. Pelosi said Majority Leader Hoyer “will request Unanimous Consent to bring up the [Congressman Jamie] Raskin resolution,” which calls on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to declare Trump incapable of his presidential duties. In an ...
Tags: Politics, News, Instagram, Congress, California, Nazis, Sacramento, Joe Biden, United States, House, Cbs, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nancy Pelosi, Donald Trump, Trump, Mike Pence


The deplatforming of a president

After years of placid admonishments, the tech world came out in force against President Trump this past week following the violent assault of the U.S. Capitol building in Washington D.C. on Wednesday. From Twitter to PayPal, more than a dozen companies have placed unprecedented restrictions or outright banned the current occupant of the White House from using their services, and in some cases, some of his associates and supporters as well. The news was voluminous and continuous for the past f...
Tags: Apple, Google, Social, TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Elon Musk, Media, Instagram, Minneapolis, Obama, Youtube, Washington, Government, White House


The deplatforming of President Trump

After years of placid admonishments, the tech world came out in force against President Trump this past week following the violent assault of the U.S. Capitol building in Washington D.C. on Wednesday. From Twitter to PayPal, more than a dozen companies have placed unprecedented restrictions or outright banned the current occupant of the White House from using their services, and in some cases, some of his associates and supporters as well. The news was voluminous and continuous for the past f...
Tags: Apple, Google, Social, TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Elon Musk, Media, Instagram, Minneapolis, Obama, Youtube, Washington, Government, White House


I volunteered to test the Moderna coronavirus vaccine. Here's what the side effects were like, and why I want my experience to give people hope.

Elle Hardy. Elle Hardy Journalist Elle Hardy is taking part in a phase-three trial of Moderna's mRNA-1273 vaccine, which was just approved in the UK and has been shown to be 94.5% effective. The UK government has ordered 17 million doses of Moderna's shot, but it's unlikely to roll out before March. The shot was approved for use in the US in December. After a slight reaction to the two doses, Hardy said she was certain she didn't receive a placebo. "The side effects were a little unpleasan...
Tags: Health, South Korea, UK, England, Science, News, Instagram, Australia, White House, US, Trends, United States, Healthcare, Oxford, MMR, Vaccine


TikTok bans videos of Trump inciting mob, blocks #stormthecapital and other hashtags

For obvious reasons, Trump doesn’t have a TikTok account. But the President’s speeches that helped incite the mob who yesterday stormed the U.S. Capitol will have no home on TikTok’s platform. The company confirmed to TechCrunch its content policy around the Capitol riots will see it removing videos of Trump’s speeches to supporters. It will also redirect specific hashtags used by rioters, like #stormthecapitol and #patriotparty, to reduce their content’s visibility in the app. TikTok says that ...
Tags: Social, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Video, Instagram, Tech, United States, Riots, Trump, Capitol, U S Capitol, Tiktok, Capitol Riot


Michelle Obama tears into pro-Trump rioters for carrying out 'the wishes of an infantile and unpatriotic president' who 'can't handle the truth of his own failures'

Michelle Obama. AP Former first lady Michelle Obama released a searing statement Thursday ripping into President Donald Trump's "violent" supporters for laying siege to the US Capitol on Wednesday. "Like all of you, I watched as a gang — organized, violent, and mad they'd lost an election — laid siege to the United States Capitol," Obama said in a statement. The day was "a fulfillment of the wishes of an infantile and unpatriotic president who can't handle the truth of his own failures," s...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, News, Instagram, Obama, Congress, Senate, White House, US, Trends, Joe Biden, United States, Washington Dc, House, Michelle Obama, Silicon Valley


Facebook bans Trump through Biden inauguration, maybe longer

By BARBARA ORTUTAY and DAVID KLEPPER Facebook and Instagram will bar President Donald Trump from posting on its system at least until the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, the platform said Thursday. In a post announcing the unprecedented move, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said the risk of allowing Trump to use the platform is too great following the president’s incitement of a mob that touched off a deadly riot in the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. Zuckerberg says Trump’s account will ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Business, Technology, Media, Instagram, Congress, Youtube, Washington, White House, Uncategorized, Sport, Joe Biden, Soccer


Congress certifies Joe Biden as next US president hours after pro-Trump mob storms Capitol – live

Four dead after police shooting and ‘medical emergencies’Full report: Congress certifies Joe Biden as presidentObjections to Biden win in Arizona and Pennsylvania voted downTwitter, Facebook and Instagram lock Trump’s accountsOssoff wins in Georgia, giving Democrats Senate controlSign up to receive First Thing – our daily briefing by email 9.16am GMT At a daily press briefing in Beijing this afternoon, China’s foreign affairs spokeswoman, Hua Chunying, said - inaccurately - that the Chinese ...
Tags: Facebook, Hong Kong, Instagram, Republicans, Congress, Washington, China, US, Georgia, World news, Joe Biden, US news, Beijing, Pennsylvania, Democrats, United States


State Department reportedly orders diplomats to stop posting on social media after U.S. Capitol riots

The State Department ordered diplomats to stop posting on social media after pro-Trump rioters stormed the United States Capitol, reports CNN, citing three diplomatic sources. Diplomats overseas were also told by the under secretary for public affairs to remove scheduled content for Facebook, Hootsuite and Twitter until told otherwise, and that planned social media posts from the State Department’s main accounts were also being suspended. According to CNN, diplomats are usually only told to paus...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Instagram, Government, Tech, Cnn, United States, State Department, Donald Trump, Trump, State, Capitol, U.S. Capitol, United States Capitol, Pompeo, Michael Pompeo


From the US to China, Korea, India and Europe, antitrust action against tech is gaining serious momentum

After decades of global expansion and consolidation in the tech sector, antitrust is now a headline issue for the industry across the world. What has been a slow and sputtering series of disparate actions over the past decade has coalesced in just the past few weeks into a rapid and comprehensive series of actions against the industry, with the United States being a notable laggard worldwide. Nowhere are these actions more prominent than in China, where the competition authorities have — after m...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Asia, Europe, Instagram, Microsoft, Congress, Government, China, Germany, India, US, Tech, Policy, Beijing, United States


From the U.S. to China, Korea, India and Europe, antitrust action against tech is gaining serious momentum

After decades of global expansion and consolidation in the tech sector, antitrust is now a headline issue for the industry across the world. What has been a slow and sputtering series of disparate actions over the past decade has coalesced in just the past few weeks into a rapid and comprehensive series of actions against the industry, with the United States being a notable laggard worldwide. Nowhere are these actions more prominent than in China, where the competition authorities have — after m...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Asia, Europe, Instagram, Microsoft, Congress, Government, China, Germany, India, Tech, Policy, Beijing, United States, Alibaba


What to do with Extra Berries

One of the most common things to be stashed in the back of my fridge is a half-used carton of berries. Berries go bad so quickly, and I hate throwing them away, especially when they’re so good for you and add so much flavor to any dish from breakfast to a quick snack. Instead of throwing them away, here are some of my favorite ways to use up extra berries. Our Mission: Help give new life to your leftovers! Our mission is to stop food waste at home! We have tons of ideas for leftover proteins,...
Tags: Instagram, United States, Anthropology


5 Competitors Of Instagram Reels In 2021

Instagram Reels is a modern way to create and explore short, fun videos on Instagram. Reels is a feature that allows you to make exciting videos and share it with your friends on Instagram. Track and edit multi-clip videos for 15 seconds with audio, effects, and new artistic tools. If you have a public account you can post rolls on Feed with all your followers and make them accessible from a new location in Explore to the larger community on Instagram. Bored making the reels and crying for enga...
Tags: Google, Google Play, Startups, Instagram, India, Social Media, Social Media Marketing, United States, Dubsmash, Others, Mitro, Tik Tok, Trell, Instagram Reels, Dubsmash Dubsmash, TikTok Likee


21 of our favorite books to give as gifts, from a bestselling cookbook to must-read memoirs

When you buy through our links, we may earn money from our affiliate partners. Learn more. Amazon; Target; Crystal Cox/Gilbert Espinoza/Business Insider Books (and book subscriptions) are some of the most crowd-pleasing gifts you can buy for people.While relatively inexpensive, books can feel really thoughtful - especially if you really know someone's literary taste.Below, we've listed 21 of the best books you can give as gifts - from instructional bibles like "I Will Teach You to be Ri...
Tags: Amazon, New York, Instagram, Cheryl Strayed, Berlin, Trends, Walmart, United States, Joan Didion, Cinderella, Dublin, Hilary Mantel, ANN, Oprah, Duke, Wolf Hall


What a Facebook Photos product manager thinks about antitrust

Samuel Odio Contributor Share on Twitter Samuel is a product leader and two-time founder, currently serving as VP of Product at Fivestars. He previously founded Divvyshot (acquired by Facebook) and co-founded Freshplum (acquired by TellApart). Leading up to Facebook’s acquisition of Instagram, I was the product manager in charge of Facebook Photos. Mark Zuckerberg had bought my previous company, Divvyshot, one of the first ...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Column, Mark Zuckerberg, Hong Kong, Instagram, Microsoft, Opinion, China, Tech, Policy, United States, Antitrust, Silicon Valley, Department Of Justice, Facebook Photos


29 beautiful coffee table books to give as last-minute holiday gifts

When you buy through our links, we may earn money from our affiliate partners. Learn more. Amazon; Alyssa Powell/Business Insider Unlike the dog-eared, beaten-down tomes inhabiting the bookshelves of a home, coffee table books are a more refined species.They have license over the prime tabletop real estate, and are typically used as both an accent piece, a personal thesis statement, and entertainment for guests patiently waiting for their host to emerge from some other room.Coffee table ...
Tags: Reviews, Amazon, Home, Photography, Florida, New York, China, US, Trends, Bbc, Features, Gifts, Reading List, Beijing, United States, Bob Dylan


27 beautiful coffee table books to give as holiday gifts

When you buy through our links, we may earn money from our affiliate partners. Learn more. Shayanne Gal/Business Insider Unlike the dog-eared, beaten-down tomes inhabiting the bookshelves of a home, coffee table books are a more refined species.They have license over the prime tabletop real estate, and are typically used as both an accent piece, a personal thesis statement, and entertainment for guests patiently waiting for their host to emerge from some other room.Coffee table books hav...
Tags: Reviews, Amazon, Home, Photography, Florida, New York, China, US, Trends, Bbc, Features, Gifts, Reading List, Beijing, United States, Bob Dylan



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