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TikTok quietly picked up the assets of GeoGif, which created animated, location-specific overlays for video

Video sharing app TikTok , and its parent company ByteDance is ramping up its efforts to monetize those users with ads, while also continuing to add more features to the app to keep people engaged. In a move that could help both of those efforts, ByteDance has made a small acquisition, picking up the assets of a defunct startup called GeoGif, which developed location-specific, animated stickers and overlays for videos, suggested to users when they capture video or images in specific place...
Tags: Apps, Social, Bytedance, Tiktok


A Scammer Pleaded Guilty of Fleecing Facebook of $98 Million, Google of $23 Million

A Lithuanian man posing as an employee of Taiwanese notebook computer and electronics manufacturer Quanta Computer pleaded guilty last week to being part of a scheme that fraudulently secured payments of some $23 million from Google in 2013 and about $98 million from Facebook in 2015, Chris Dolmetsch of Bloomberg reported. Evaldas Rimasauskas, 50, pleaded...
Tags: Social Pro Daily


Apple is teasing fans with a playful live stream of the Steve Jobs Theater ahead of its big TV event

Apple is teasing the launch of its TV service on Monday with a series of cryptic messages. A live stream of the Steve Jobs Theater has featured playful nods to stars of upcoming Apple shows. It is also showing what appears to be an Apple Maps journey to Cupertino, California. Here's everything Apple is expected to announce at its special event. Apple is gearing up for its big TV event in playful (yet, no doubt, meticulously planned) fashion. After a week of product-related announcements from ...


Apple Could Reveal Gaming Subscription Service Monday (Report)

Apple could be getting ready to reveal a gaming subscription service at its Apple Special Event on Monday, Bloomberg reports. This does not seem to be a cloud gaming service like the upcoming Google Stadia or Microsoft’s xCloud. Instead, this service — first rumored in January — is reported to be a premium subscription service, […]
Tags: News, Apple, Mobile Gaming, Video Game Industry


Huawei's CFO was carrying a whole bunch of Apple products when she was arrested

Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou was arrested carrying a whole bunch of Apple products, according to Bloomberg. Meng had an iPhone 7 Plus, MacBook Air, and iPad Pro, as well as a luxurious Huawei Mate 20 RS. The disclosure is potentially embarrassing for Huawei, which only recently punished two employees over a tweet sent from the company's account by an iPhone. One of Huawei's most senior employees is a big fan of Apple products, it would appear. Bloomberg reported that Meng Wanzhou, the Huawei CFO w...


Everything to Expect From Apple’s Big Video and News Event On Monday

It's all part of Apple's push to reinvent itself as a services provide
Tags: Uncategorized, Apple, Bloomberg, Onetime


Amazon To Launch Mobile Ads, in a Threat To Google and Facebook

Amazon.com has been beta testing its in-house made ads on Apple's iOS platform for several months, Bloomberg reported Thursday, in a move that is described as ecommerce giant's growing efforts to grab a chunk of the $129 billion digital advertising market that is currently dominated by Google and Facebook. Bloomberg's report added that Amazon plans to introduce a similar ad product on Google's Android platform later this year. From the report: Amazon has emerged as a fast-growing challenger in t...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Tech, Bloomberg, US Amazon, Facebook Bloomberg


LogRocket nabs $11M Series A to fix web application errors faster

Every time a visitor experiences an issue on your website, it’s going to have an impact on their impression of the company. That’s why companies want to resolve issues in a timely manner.  LogRocket, a Cambridge, MA startup, announced an $11 Million Series A investment today to give engineering and web development teams access to more precise information they need to fix issues faster. The round was led by Battery Ventures with participation from seed investor Matrix Partners. When combined with...
Tags: Startups, TC, Cloud, Developer, Boston, Funding, San Francisco, Tech, Bloomberg, Mit, Cambridge, Columbia, Battery Ventures, LogRocket, Web Application Troubleshooting, Matrix Partners When


China's E-Buses Dent Oil Demand More Than Electric Cars Do

China's fleet of electric buses appear to be denting oil demand more than electric cars. "By the end of this year, a cumulative 270,000 barrels a day of diesel demand will have been displaced by electric buses, most of it in China," reports Bloomberg, citing a new report published by BloombergNEF. "That's more than three times the displacement by all the world's passenger electric vehicles (a market where Tesla has a share of about 12 percent)." From the report: Despite rapid growth, the impact ...
Tags: China, Tech, Tesla, Bloomberg, International Energy Agency Buses


Pilot Who Hitched a Ride Saved Lion Air 737 Day Before Deadly Crash

As the Lion Air crew fought to control their diving Boeing 737 Max 8, they got help from an unexpected source: an off-duty pilot who happened to be riding in the cockpit. Bloomberg reports: That extra pilot, who was seated in the cockpit jumpseat, correctly diagnosed the problem and told the crew how to disable a malfunctioning flight-control system and save the plane, according to two people familiar with Indonesia's investigation. The next day, under command of a different crew facing what inv...
Tags: Bali, Indonesia, Tech, Bloomberg, Boeing, Jakarta, Lion Air, Java Sea, National Transportation Safety Committee, Boeing FAA


You can wirelessly charge your AirPods without buying the new ones — you just need Apple's new $79 case

Apple launched a new wireless charging case for AirPods on Wednesday, which is compatible with both generations of the wireless earbuds. The case is priced at $79 and is available to order on Apple's website. It means AirPods owners will no longer have to turn to third-party accessories for wireless charging. Apple refreshed its AirPods on Wednesday with a few new features, including support for hands-free Siri access, faster pairing with Apple devices, and the option to purchase Apple's earb...
Tags: Apple, Trends, Siri, Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal, Qi, Samsung Galaxy, Apple Stores


Trump Blockade of Huawei Fizzles In European 5G Rollout

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Last summer, the Trump administration started a campaign to convince its European allies to bar China's Huawei from their telecom networks. Bolstered by the success of similar efforts in Australia and New Zealand, the White House sent envoys to European capitals with warnings that Huawei's gear would open a backdoor for Chinese spies. The U.S. even threatened to cut off intelligence sharing if Europe ignored its advice. So far, not a single Eur...
Tags: Europe, Australia, White House, China, Germany, Nokia, Tech, Bloomberg, Edward Snowden, Italy, New Zealand, Huawei, National Security Agency, Ericsson, Trump, Samsung Electronics Co


Industry veteran Jade Raymond is in charge of turning Google into a major video game publisher — and that has huge ramifications (GOOG, GOOGL)

On Tuesday, Google announced Stadia, a new video game streaming service that could usher in a new era of cloud-based gaming.  Jade Raymond, who Google recently hired as a vice president, will be leading the in-house teams creating games specifically for Stadia.  With Raymond, Google has a seasoned industry veteran at the helm — and also makes a powerful statement in an industry with a well-earned reputation as being toxic to women.  In Tuesday, Google announced its huge new push into gaming: ...
Tags: Google, US, Trends, Bloomberg, EA, Larry Page, Valve, Ubisoft, Oprah, Raymond, Diane Green, Sarkeesian, Phil Harrison, Google Cloud, Huawei China, Jade Raymond


Why a top antitrust lawmaker thinks it’s time to break up Facebook

When the newly-minted chair of a congressional antitrust committee calls you out, it’s probably time to start worrying. In an op-ed for the New York Times, Rhode Island Representative David N. Cicilline has called on the Federal Trade Commission to look into Facebook’s behavior for potential antitrust violations, citing TechCrunch’s own reporting that the company collected data on teens through a secret paid program among many other scandals. “After each misdeed becomes public, Facebook alter...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Congress, Government, Tech, Bloomberg, House, Antitrust, Silicon Valley, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Democratic Party, Cicilline, David N Cicilline


Why Comma.ai, Maker of Self-Driving Tech, is Moving to San Diego

Tech salaries may not be as high outside of Silicon Valley, but neither is the cost of operating a business—or the cost of living.San Diego’s startup community has rejoiced in recent months as massive companies that employ thousands of engineers—including Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN), Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL), and the tech arm of Walmart (NYSE: WMT)—have announced expansions in the region.Local entrepreneurs hope that investment will make other tech businesses, including early-stage companies, more comfor...
Tags: Startups, Elon Musk, Hardware, Entrepreneurship, Trends, Tech, Tesla, Bloomberg, Palo Alto, Software, San Diego, Silicon Valley, Self-driving Cars, George Hotz, Aapl, Ashlee Vance


Walmart to Launch Private Brand Tablets.

A mockup based on FCC filings Walmart continues to refine and grow its private brand portfolio, the big box is reportedly preparing to launch a private brand Android tablet under the brand Onn. According to Bloomberg describes the new product as “an inexpensive, kid-friendly” device that’s going to carry the ONN store brand that Walmart uses for other products. Product filings registered with the US FCC, reveal the tablets will be manufactured in China and come with Google’s mobile operating ...
Tags: Google, Featured, Fcc, China, US, Walmart, Bloomberg, Branding, Onn, Amazons


Apple is holding a big event a week from now — here's everything it's expected to announce (AAPL)

Apple has scheduled an event for March 25, when it's expected to introduce new services focusing on video streaming and news subscriptions. Sales of Apple's iPhone have been slowing. Though Apple is likely to announce its video service this month, the service is not expected to launch until the spring. Apple made headlines recently when it sent out media invites to a March 25 event, where it's widely expected to unveil its long-rumored video service and a news-subscription platform. An expans...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Spotify, Trends, Bloomberg, Netflix, Jennifer Aniston, Starz, Hulu, Oprah, Wall Street Journal, Hailee Steinfeld, Steven Spielberg, Cnbc, Aapl, Bernstein


Transportation Weekly: Uber’s spending habits, Tesla Model Y, scooters and AVs in Austin

Welcome back to Transportation Weekly; I’m your host Kirsten Korosec, senior transportation reporter at TechCrunch. We love the reader feedback. Keep it coming. Never heard of TechCrunch’s Transportation Weekly? Catch up by reading the first edition here or check out , which offered the gamut of mobility news from Lyft and Bird to Waymo’s laser bears and cybersecurity. As I’ve written before, consider this a soft launch. Follow me on Twitter @kirstenkorosec to ensure you see it each week. An...
Tags: Transportation, Lyft, Uber, Washington, Softbank, Israel, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tech, Tesla, Bloomberg, E-commerce, AV, Artificial Intelligence, Austin, Automotive


Apple’s ambitious vision for the future of TV is finally about to take shape. Here’s why it matters more than ever.

Apple laid the foundation for its approach to the TV market when it announced its refreshed Apple TV in 2015, and a new streaming service would serve to further that vision. It's a critical move for Apple as it looks to combat slowing iPhone sales and maintain its status as an innovator in the industry. The service will represent a new product category for Apple as next-generation gadgets like augmented reality glasses and autonomous driving software are still said to be in development. When ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Hbo, Samsung, Trends, Bloomberg, Apple TV, Netflix, Tim Cook, Apple Watch, Pebble, James Corden, Oprah, Amazon Echo, Steven Spielberg


Apple is holding a big event this month — here's everything it's expected to announce (AAPL)

Apple is holding an event on March 25 during which it's expected to introduce new services focusing on video streaming and news subscriptions. The announcement will come as sales of Apple's iPhone have been slowing. Although Apple will likely announce its video service this month, it's not expected to launch until the spring.  Apple made headlines this week when it sent out media invites to an event on March 25, where it's widely expected to unveil its long-rumored video service and a news su...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Spotify, Trends, Bloomberg, Netflix, Jennifer Aniston, Starz, Hulu, Oprah, Wall Street Journal, Hailee Steinfeld, Steven Spielberg, Cnbc, Aapl, Bernstein


Apple Streaming Service Could Soon Add HBO, Showtime, Starz While Original Titles in Development

Apple is gearing up to be a strong competitor against streaming giants Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon. In addition to its slew of forthcoming original titles, the Apple streaming service is currently negotiating with high-profile cable networks HBO, Showtime, and Starz to feature their shows and movies on its platform. With most of Apple’s star-studded originals still early in development, these potential deals would allow the service to draw new subscribers in with the help of established libraries...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Hbo, Movies, Bloomberg, Netflix, Showtime, Starz, Hulu, Morgan Stanley, Jefferies, Cnbc, Apple Music, Netflix Hulu, HBO Showtime, Katy Huberty


Walmart is doubling down on private-label tech and selling its own tablets (WMT)

Walmart is developing its own tablet.  Amazon and Barnes & Noble previously unleashed cheaper alternatives to Apple's iPad. The news marks Walmart's heightened focus on producing low-cost tech products. Walmart is jumping into the tablet business, and it's yet another signal that the retail giant is getting serious about tech products. Bloomberg was first to report that the upcoming product would be "inexpensive," "kid-friendly," and powered by Google's Android OS. " I can only confirm w...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, US, Trends, Walmart, Bloomberg, Federal Communications Commission, BJ, BENTONVILLE, Long Beach California, Barnes Noble, Sceptre, Onn, Chunghsin Technology Group Co, Chunghsin


Amazon Lobbied More Government Entities Than Any Other Public US Company Last Year

Amazon lobbied more government entities last year than any other public U.S. company, covering issues like healthcare, transportation, defense, and labor regulation. "Across 2018, Amazon contacted 40 different federal entities on 21 different general issue areas," reports Fortune, citing a report from Axios. "The only tech giant to lobby on more issues than Amazon was Google's Alphabet." From the report: In terms of money spent, Amazon's $14.4 million is topped only by Alphabet's $21 million, sa...
Tags: Google, Amazon, US, Tech, Bloomberg, Alphabet, Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, Washington Amazon, Axios Amazon


Spotify's antitrust complaint poses a 'meaningful risk' to Apple and could undermine the App Store and Apple Music (AAPL)

The antitrust complaint Spotify filed against Apple has merit and could pose a financial risk to Apple, says a note from KeyBanc Capital Markets. Apple's revenue from services like the App Store and Apple Music are more important for the company than ever as iPhone sales have slowed.  The complaint also comes as Apple is expected to debut new services and as Senator Elizabeth Warren has called for the regulation of major tech firms like Apple.  Spotify's antitrust complaint against Apple coul...
Tags: Apple, Google, Spotify, Hbo, Elizabeth Warren, Trends, Bloomberg, Netflix, EK, Warren, Silicon Valley, The Wall Street Journal, App Store, Daniel Ek, Cnbc, Apple Music


Google cofounder Larry Page threatened to leave if the company didn't find a way to keep him in control, newly unsealed court docs reveal (GOOGL)

Larry Page, Google's cofounder, threatened to leave the company in 2011, Bloomberg reported Wednesday. Together with fellow cofounder Sergey Brin and top executive Eric Schmidt, Page held shares with super-voting powers that gave the threesome control over Google. Page was worried he'd lose that control if Brin or Schmidt sold their shares, according to recently unsealed court records viewed by Bloomberg. At the time he made the threat, Page was pressing Google's board of directors to create a...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Congress, New York City, Trends, Bloomberg, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Silicon Valley, Evan Spiegel, Eric Schmidt, Alphabet, Page, SCHMIDT


China still doesn't want iPhones despite Apple slashing prices, say market watchers

Wanted: A cheap model? Price cuts in China have not helped revive demand for Apple's iPhone according to an analyst firm cited by Bloomberg.…
Tags: Apple, China, Bloomberg, Software


Apple’s TV service will reportedly be dominated by third-party content at launch

Just days after Apple confirmed its March 25th "show time" event by sending out invites to members of the press, a new Bloomberg report helps to shed light on Apple's short-term plans for its TV service. Although the iPhone maker is expected to finally debut its long-awaited Netflix rival at the event, a majority of the content available on the service at launch will be from third-party content providers -- not from Apple itself.In fact, according to Bloomberg, "the first slew of releases" w...
Tags: Apple, News, Bloomberg, Netflix, Starz, Hulu, Apple News, Carpool Karaoke, HBO Showtime, Steve Jobs Theater


Apple’s streaming service could feature content from partners

A report from Bloomberg shares some of the details about the long-rumored video streaming service from Apple. The company should unveil this service at a press conference in Cupertino on March 25. While Apple has been working on a ton of original content for its new streaming service, Bloomberg says that most of them won’t be ready for the launch later this month. Apple will probably share some teasers on stage, but the launch lineup will mostly feature third-party content. Apple is probably ...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Gadgets, Entertainment, Tech, Bloomberg, Apple TV, Starz, Goldman Sachs, Cupertino, Hulu, Rumor, WSJ, Apple News, Apple Wallet, HBO Showtime


Former CEO Zain Jaffer files wrongful termination lawsuit against Vungle

Vungle founder Zain Jaffer filed a lawsuit today accusing the mobile advertising company of wrongfully terminating him from the role of CEO. The lawsuit cites a section of the California labor code that it says “expressly and specifically prohibits discrimination and retaliation by employers based upon an arrest or detention that did not result in conviction.” Jaffer was arrested in October 2017 in an incident involving his young son — the charges included performing a lewd act on a child ...
Tags: Mobile, Advertising Tech, California, Tech, Bloomberg, Allstate, Vungle, Allstate Insurance Company, Zain Jaffer, Jaffer, San Mateo District Attorney s Office, Company When, Joann Rezzo, Rezzo, Vungle Conformed


Facebook's Cryptocurrency Could Be a $19 Billion Revenue Opportunity, Barclays Says

Barclays internet analyst Ross Sandler says the new cryptocurrency that Facebook is working on could be part of a multibillion-dollar revenue opportunity. "Sandler forecasted as much as $19 billion in additional revenue by 2021 from 'Facebook Coin,'" reports CNBC. "Conservatively, the firm sees a base-case of an incremental $3 billion in revenue from a successful cryptocurrency implementation. 'Merely establishing this revenue stream starts to change the story for Facebook shares in our view,' S...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Tech, Bloomberg, Barclays, Cnbc, Sandler, New York Times Facebook, Ross Sandler, Facebook Sandler, Facebook Coin



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