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This Week in Apps: Snapchat clones TikTok, India bans 43 Chinese apps, more data on App Store commission changes

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the 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  204 billion downloads and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019. People now spend three hours and 40 minutes per day using apps, rivaling TV. Apps aren’t just a way to pass idle hours — they’re also a big business. In 2019, mobile-first companies had a  $544 billion valuation, 6.5x higher than those wi...
Tags: Apple, Google, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Microsoft, Washington, China, India, Samsung, Tech, Paypal, Developers, Snapchat, Nintendo, Microsoft Office

TikTok’s epic rise and stumble

TikTok’s rise in the West is unprecedented for any Chinese tech company, and so is the amount of attention it has attracted from politicians worldwide. Below is a timeline of how TikTok grew from what some considered another “copycat” short video app to global dominance and eventually became a target of the U.S. government. 2012-2017: The emergence of TikTok These years were a period of fast growth for ByteDance, the Beijing-based parent company behind TikTok. Originally launched in Chin...
Tags: Apple, Google, TC, Facebook, Asia, Instagram, Microsoft, Entertainment, Navy, California, Washington, Government, China, America, Tech, Walmart

Apple is reportedly moving iPad production out of China for the first time ever because of Trump's trade war

Apple CEO Tim Cook. MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images Major Apple supplier Foxconn is moving some production of the iPad and Macbook from China to Vietnam, a source told Reuters. The source said Apple requested the move as a way of making its supply chain less reliant on China, following the trade war between the nation and President Donald Trump's administration.  This will be the first time the iPad has been manufactured outside of China. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories...
Tags: Apple, Ipad, Washington, Mexico, China, India, US, Trends, Taiwan, Macbook, United States, Vietnam, Donald Trump, Foxconn, Trump, Reuters

ZTE's Designation as Security Threat Affirmed by US FCC

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission affirmed its decision to designate ZTE as a national security threat over concerns telecommunications gear made by the Chinese company could be used for spying. From a report: The action shows that the FCC remains determined to drive ZTE and fellow Shenzhen-based manufacturer Huawei Technologies Co. from the U.S. market, where small rural carriers rely on their cheap network equipment. The agency at its Dec. 10 meeting is to consider rules for listing p...
Tags: Fcc, Washington, US, Tech, Beijing, Huawei, ZTE, Shenzhen, China Mobile, U S Federal Communications Commission, Huawei Technologies Co, Ajit Pai, United States Read

Elon Musk has surpassed rival Bill Gates as the world's second-richest person. Here's where their simmering feud began and how it's escalated amid the pandemic.

Elon Musk and Bill Gates. Susan Walsh/AP; Mike Cohen/Getty Images for The New York Times Elon Musk and Bill Gates have been feuding over everything from the coronavirus to electric vehicles. The two moguls don't see eye to eye on electric-car technology. Musk has said Gates doesn't know what he's talking about, and Gates has said he bought a Porsche electric car over a Tesla. This year, Gates and Musk have feuded over the coronavirus. Gates called Musk's comments on the outbreak "outrageou...
Tags: Amazon, Spacex, Elon Musk, Microsoft, Washington, US, Trends, Tech, Tesla, Nasa, Features, Harvard University, Porsche, International Space Station, Electric Vehicles, New York Times

Foxconn Plant Championed By Trump Lands Google Server Contract

Foxconn plans to assemble key components for Google servers from its plant in Wisconsin, people familiar with the matter said, finally breathing life into a factory Donald Trump hailed as crucial to bringing manufacturing back to the U.S. Bloomberg reports: The Taiwanese company has decided to locate production for this new contract at the existing complex rather than make the components at home or in China, the people said, asking not to be identified discussing a sensitive move. The under-util...
Tags: Google, Washington, China, Tech, Taiwan, Shanghai, Wisconsin, Donald Trump, Foxconn, Intel Corp, U S Bloomberg, Foxconn Industrial Internet Co, Trump Lands Google, Beijing Foxconn

The Station: Lime scoots towards profitability, a framework for AVs, and another electric vehicle SPAC

The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here — just click The Station — to receive it every Saturday in your inbox. Hi folks, welcome back to The Station, a newsletter dedicated to all the present and future ways people and packages move from Point A to Point B. Let’s get right to it. Companies tried to pack in the news before the Thanksgiving holiday, which means we have a lot to um, digest. Email me anytime at [email protected] to share...
Tags: Transportation, Uber, Europe, UK, Milan, Colorado, Indonesia, Washington, Israel, San Francisco, Tech, General Motors, Atlanta, Barcelona, Indiana, Intel

Experimental Antibody Treatment for Covid-19 Patients Wins 'Emergency Approval' in America

America's Food and Drug Administration granted emergency authorization Saturday to an experimental antibody treatment (for people already experiencing Covid-19), reports the Washington Post: The drug, made by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, is designed to prevent infected people from developing severe illness. Instead of waiting for the body to develop its own protective immune response, the drug imitates the body's natural defenses. It is the second drug of this type — called a monoclonal antibody ...
Tags: Washington, America, Tech, Fda, New England Journal of Medicine, Lilly, Regeneron, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Eli Lilly Co, COVID, America s Food and Drug Administration

All of Tesla's other services will be worth more than its car business, according to one Wall Street analyst who says the company should be compared to Apple, Tinder, and more.

Elon Musk, founder and chief engineer of SpaceX speaks at the 2020 Satellite Conference and Exhibition March 9, 2020 in Washington, DC. Win McNamee/Getty Images Tesla's services business could be worth more than all of its car sales by the end of the next decade, Morgan Stanley said.  The bank estimates autopilot, insurance, energy, and everything else to be worth about 53% of a new street-high target price of $540 by 2030.  Investors should also consider comparing the company to other ser...
Tags: Apple, Transportation, Spacex, Elon Musk, News, Tinder, California, Washington, Trends, Markets, Tesla, Roku, Morgan Stanley, Detroit, Jonas, Musk

More States Are Offering Contact-Tracing Apps—Now if Only They Could Get People to Use Them

Google and Apple rolled out their covid-19 contact-tracing APIs months ago for state officials to use in developing their own covid-19-tracking apps, but adoption has proceeded at a snail’s pace. Just 15 states and Washington, D.C. are currently employing the tech giants’ “exposure notification” tech while a handful…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Google, Science, Washington, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2, Contact Tracing

The life and career of Tony West, the Uber executive married to Kamala Harris' sister, and who may be in the running for a role in the Biden administration

Tony West in 2009. Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly/Getty Images Tony West, Uber's chief legal office, is reportedly in play for the role of Attorney General in the Biden administration, according to Insider.  If appointed, he'd be the highest-profile Silicon Valley exec to play a key role in national politics.  West served in the Justice Department during both the Clinton and Obama administrations before leaving government to work at PepsiCo.  He joined Uber in 2017 to help clean ...
Tags: Google, Uber, Obama, Eric Holder, California, Washington Post, Washington, Stanford, Senate, White House, US, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco, Trends, Joe Biden, Features

Outgoing Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs Touts Record Of Change

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Tags: Google, Politics, News, Obama, Washington, White House, Local, Stockton, Silicon Valley, Lincoln, Stanford University, HARRIS, Tubbs, Michael Tubbs, Kevin Lincoln, Stockton News

Steve Case’s Revolution is targeting $500 million for its fourth growth fund

Revolution, the Washington, D.C.-based investment firm founded by AOL cofounder CEO Steve Case and former AOL senior exec Ted Leonsis, is raising $500 million for its fourth fund, shows a new SEC filing. Asked about the effort earlier today, the firm declined to comment. This new fund was was expected. It has been more than four years since Revolution announced its third growth fund, a vehicle that closed with $525 million in capital commitments. That’s a longer time between funds than we’re see...
Tags: Startups, TC, New York, Washington, White House, Boston, Tech, Austin, Aol, Venture Capital, Revolution, SEC, Silicon Valley, Bigcommerce, Biden, Steve Case

Google Pay gets a major redesign with a new emphasis on personal finance

Google is launching a major redesign of its Google Pay app on both Android and iOS today. Like similar phone-based contactless payment services, Google Pay — or Android Pay as it was known then — started out as a basic replacement for your credit card. Over time, the company added a few more features on top of that but the overall focus never really changed. After about five years in the market, Google Pay now has about 150 million users in 30 countries. With today’s update and redesign, G...
Tags: Google, Android, TC, Apps, Minneapolis, Washington, Boston, Tech, ExxonMobil, Artificial Intelligence, Austin, Computing, Portland, Mobile Payments, Bank, Nfc

Introducing Google News Initiative Conversations

This year, the way many of us work has changed dramatically. We’ve gone from lunch meetings and large networking conferences to meeting virtually from our makeshift home offices. The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly upended a lot of this, but that doesn’t mean sharing ideas is on hold, too. That’s especially true for the Google News Initiative team; our commitment to helping journalism thrive is still just as strong. That’s why we’ve launched Google News Initiative Conversations, a new video seri...
Tags: Google, Australia, Washington, Sustainability, Ai, South China, Der Spiegel, Ashley Edwards, Soledad O'Brien, GNI, Diversity and Inclusion, Brad Bender, Google News Initiative, StrategiesMegan Brownlow, Simon Crerar, Syed Nazakat

The legend of D.B. Cooper, the mystery hijacker who got away, gets a fresh look

On Thanksgiving eve in 1971, D.B. Cooper jumped out of an airplane and into history. Cooper hijacked a Boeing 727 using a bomb as a threat. Once his demands were met for $200,000 and 4 parachutes, he released the passengers during a stopover and then jumped out of the plane later on somewhere over Washington state. Cooper, whose real name is not known, was never found, dead or alive, and only minimal evidence was ever recovered. Most notably, there were stacks of matching bills found in a r...
Tags: Google, Hbo, England, Movies, Washington, Sport, Fbi, Things To Do, Soccer, Santa Claus, Tbs, Boeing, Steven Spielberg, Usc, Manila, Joseph

Kerry Washington backs jewelry startup Aurate

Actress Kerry Washington has made an investment of undisclosed size in direct-to-consumer jewelry startup Aurate. This isn’t Washington’s first startup investment — she’s also backed The Wing, Community and Byte. In fact, when we asked her about her dream investment at Disrupt in September, she hinted at a new deal that “feels pretty dreamy.” When I brought up those comments earlier this week, Washington laughed and confirmed that Aurate is exactly what she’d been thinking about. In addition ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Ecommerce, Kerry Washington, Washington, Funding, Tech, Kerry, Kahn, Sophie Kahn, Bouchra Ezzahraoui, Aurate, Ezzahraoui, Wing Community, Sekhmet Washington, Supermajority Kahn

Obama said he couldn't afford to look soft on terrorism as a 'liberal president,' but that he 'took no joy' in ordering people killed

President Barack Obama speaks about his administration's counterterrorism policy at the National Defense University at Ft. McNair in Washington, May 23, 2013. Larry Downing/Reuters Former President Barack Obama in his new book discussed his ambivalence over the killings he ordered while president as part of counterterrorism operations. "I took no joy in any of this. It didn't make me feel powerful," Obama wrote.  Obama said he often felt as though he wanted to "save" young men who'd be...
Tags: Politics, News, Obama, Washington, Iraq, New York City, US, America, Barack Obama, Trends, Drones, Pakistan, Al Qaeda, Yemen, Donald Trump, George W. Bush

Visit 100 cultural sites in Search

If travelling is on your mind, Google Search might be your starting place to research, find inspiration, and learn about sites from all over the world. And even though many of us have had to change or cancel our travel plans, it’s still a great time to seek inspiration for our next great adventure. That's why, with Google Arts & Culture, we’re launching a new virtual tour feature on Google Search for over 100 global museums and cultural sites. You can drop in and explore the Palace of Versailles...
Tags: Google, Japan, Washington, Search, Rio De Janeiro, Sicily, Arts And Culture, Versailles, Valley, Amaral, Google Arts Culture, Marzia Niccolai, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Museu Nacional de Belas Artes

Barack Obama said social media should be regulated and treated as publishers, as Facebook, Twitter, and other platforms face potential Section 230 revisions

Former US President Barack Obama speaks at a Biden-Harris drive-in rally in Orlando, Florida on October 27, 2020. RICARDO ARDUENGO/AFP via Getty Images Former President Barack Obama said there should be government regulations for social media firms since they make "editorial choices, whether they've buried them in algorithms or not," he told The Atlantic in an interview. Tech companies like Facebook and Twitter are protected by an internet law called Section 230 which shields them from bei...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Politics, News, Obama, Washington, Senate, US, Barack Obama, Trends, Social Media, Tech, Joe Biden, Atlantic, Biden

15 Asia-Pacific Countries Form World's Largest Trade Bloc, Exclude the US

"Fifteen Asia-Pacific economies formed the world's largest free trade bloc on Sunday," reports CNBC, "a China-backed deal that excludes the United States, which had left a rival Asia-Pacific grouping under President Donald Trump." Amid questions over Washington's engagement in Asia, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) may cement China's position more firmly as an economic partner with Southeast Asia, Japan and Korea, putting the world's second-biggest economy in a better posi...
Tags: Asia, South Korea, Japan, Washington, China, US, Tech, Beijing, United States, Asia Pacific, Korea, New Zealand, Vietnam, Donald Trump, Cnbc, China Japan

YouTube defends leaving up videos that falsely claim Trump won the election

.S. President Donald Trump uses a mobile phone during a roundtable discussion on the reopening of small businesses in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., June 18, 2020. Reuters/Leah Millis On Thursday, YouTube defended its decision to leave up videos spreading false or misleading claims about the 2020 election, including that President Donald Trump won. "Like other companies, we're allowing these videos because discussion of election results & the process of count...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Youtube, Washington, White House, US, Trends, Bloomberg, Donald Trump, Bergen, Trump, Reuters, One America News Network, Mark Bergen, OAN, YT YouTube

The US government sends mixed messages about TikTok’s future

The fate of TikTok in the United States got even more confusing this week. The U.S. Justice and Commerce Departments sent conflicting messages today about TikTok’s future, which is now up in the air with the upcoming administration transition. The Department of Commerce said Thursday it would abide by an injunction issued October 30 by the District Court in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania that would have blocked TikTok from operating in the U.S. starting from today. In a statement, the d...
Tags: TC, Asia, Washington, Government, China, US, Tech, Walmart, Joe Biden, Beijing, Pennsylvania, United States, Biden, Huawei, Justice Department, Trump

The U.S. government sends mixed messages about TikTok’s future

The fate of TikTok in the United States got even more confusing this week. The U.S. Justice and Commerce Departments sent conflicting messages today about TikTok’s future, which is now up in the air with the upcoming administration transition. The Department of Commerce said Thursday it would abide by an injunction issued October 30 by the District Court in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania that would have blocked TikTok from operating in the U.S. starting from today. In a statement, the d...
Tags: TC, Asia, Washington, Government, China, US, Tech, Walmart, Joe Biden, Beijing, Pennsylvania, United States, Biden, Huawei, Justice Department, Trump

Virgin Hyperloop completes world's first human test

Hyperloops are a new type of transportation technology that involves vacuum tubes and passenger pods traveling at ultra-fast speeds.Although no commercial hyperloops exist yet, a handful of companies around the world are building test tracks, some in partnerships with national governments.Hyperloops could prove to be a faster and more environmentally sustainable form of transportation than flying and high-speed rail, though many obstacles remain. Virgin Hyperloop has successfully completed the ...
Tags: Transportation, Europe, Elon Musk, Technology, Washington, Germany, India, New York City, Environment, Los Angeles, West Virginia, New York Times, Innovation, Virgin, Virgin Group, Richard Branson

Former Ballerina with Dementia Gracefully Comes Alive to Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake According to dance/movement therapist Erica Hornthal, “dance/movement therapy operates on the premise that our life experiences are held in the body, and that through the use of movement, memories and emotions can be recalled and re-experienced despite cognitive, psychological, or physical impairment.” The video above of former dancer Marta C. González shows in effect how music might activate those muscle memories, as a recording of Tchaikovsky...
Tags: Google, Music, College, Washington, Russia, Neuroscience, Dance, New York Times, Tokyo, Npr, Swan Lake, Cuba, Valencia Spain, Facebook Twitter, Tchaikovsky, Gonzalez

ByteDance asks federal appeals court to vacate U.S. order forcing it to sell TikTok

In a new filing, TikTok’s parent company ByteDance asked the federal appeals court to vacate the United States government order forcing it to sell the app’s American operations. President Donald Trump issued an order in August requiring ByteDance to sell TikTok’s U.S. business by November 12, unless it was granted a 30-day extension by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). In today’s filing (embedded below) with the federal appeals court in Washington D.C., Byte...
Tags: TC, Apps, Asia, Washington, China, US, Tech, Walmart, Beijing, United States, Tencent, Biden, Donald Trump, Oracle, U.s. Government, Trump

Body Found In Canada Identified As Neo-Nazi Spam King

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Krebs On Security: The body of a man found shot inside a burned out vehicle in Canada three years ago has been identified as that of Davis Wolfgang Hawke, a prolific spammer and neo-Nazi who led a failed anti-government march on Washington, D.C. in 1999, according to news reports. Homicide detectives said they originally thought the man found June 14, 2017 in a torched SUV on a logging road in Squamish, British Columbia was a local rock climber known to o...
Tags: Washington, Stanford, Tech, Canada, Aol, James, Hawke, CTV News, Krebs, Jesse James, Squamish British Columbia, Davis Wolfgang Hawke, Brian McWilliams Hawke, Andrew Britt Greenbaum

Hear a Rare First Recording of Janis Joplin’s Hit “Me and Bobby McGee,” Written by Kris Kristofferson “You can’t think of that song without thinking of Janis,” says Kris Kristofferson of Janis Joplin’s raw, bittersweet, posthumous “Me and Bobby McGee.” Kristofferson, who wrote the song, only heard Joplin’s version after her death, when he returned to California after playing the Isle of Wight in 1970. He met the producer of Joplin’s last album, Pearl, in L.A., who told him to come to the studio “to play me her recording of ‘Bobby McGee.’ And it...
Tags: Google, Music, California, College, Washington, Los Angeles, Louisiana, Janis Joplin, Federico Fellini, Gulf, Foster, Facebook Twitter, Kristofferson, Kris Kristofferson, Joplin, Barbara

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