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macOS 11.0 Big Sur preview

I honestly can’t remember when I first started writing about the mobile creep in macOS. It has happened little by little, update after update. My earlier fears that it would fully surrender to the influence of iOS have thus far not come to fruition, but the iPhone’s operating system continues to be the clearest indicator of future desktop updates. It’s clear, of course, why one of Apple’s OSes would   borrow so liberally from another. The iPhone has been top dog at the company for well over ...
Tags: Apple, Google, TC, Apps, Tech, Intel, Notification Center, Launchpad, Control Center, Big Sur Apple

Robinhood’s Q2 soars

Robinhood’s huge, two-part Series F round came partially in Q2 and partially in Q3. The app-based trading platform announced the first $280 million  in early May, valuing the company at around $8.3 billion, up from a prior price tag of around $7.6 billion. Then in July, Robinhood tacked on $320 million more at the same price, raising its valuation to around $8.6 billion. While it has long been known that savings and investing apps and services are seeing a boom in 2020, precisely what caused ...
Tags: Startups, TC, Apps, Finance, Tech, Robinhood, Exchange, Charles Schwab, Market Analysis, The Exchange, Extra Crunch

Mode raises $33M to supercharge its analytics platform for data scientists

Data science is the name of the game these days for companies that want to improve their decision making by tapping the information they are already amassing in their apps and other systems. And today, a startup called Mode Analytics, which has built a platform incorporating machine learning, business intelligence and big data analytics to help data scientists fulfil that task, is announcing $33 million in funding to continue making its platform ever more sophisticated. Most recently, for exampl...
Tags: Google, Startups, TC, Facebook, Apps, Enterprise, Microsoft, Big Data, Tech, Hp, Analytics, Data Science, Cto, Yammer, Foundation, Looker

Special raises $2.26M to build a subscription platform for online creators

Special is a new startup offering online video creators a way to move beyond advertising for their income. The service was created by the team behind tech consulting and development firm Triple Tree Software. Special’s co-founder and CEO Sam Lucas told me that the team had already “scrapped our way from nothing to a seven-figure annual revenue,” but when the founders met with Next Frontier Capital (Next Frontier, like Special, is based in Bozeman, Montana) they pitched a bigger idea — an app whe...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Mobile, Verizon, Apps, Hollywood, Media, Montana, Funding, Silicon Valley, Special, Patreon, Lucas, Bozeman Montana, Next Frontier Capital, Sam Lucas

TikTok announces first data center in Europe

TikTok, the Chinese video sharing app that’s found itself at the center of a geopolitical power struggle which threatens to put hard limits on its global growth this year, said today it will build its first data center in Europe. The announcement of a TikTok data center in the EU also follows a landmark ruling by Europe’s top court last month that put international data transfers in the spotlight, dialling up the legal risk around processing data outside the bloc. TikTok said the forthcoming ...
Tags: Security, Social, Cloud, Facebook, Apps, Europe, UK, Microsoft, Privacy, China, Russia, India, Disney, US, Social Media, Tech

Uber picks up Autocab to push into places its own app doesn’t go

Uber has bought UK based Autocab, which sells SaaS to the taxi and private hire vehicle industry, with the aim of expanding the utility of its own platform by linking users who open its app in places where it doesn’t offer trips to local providers who do. No acquisition price has been disclosed and Uber declined to comment on the terms of the deal. Autocab has a SaaS presence in 20 countries globally at this stage, according to an Uber spokeswoman. We’ve asked whether it will be closing a mar...
Tags: Travel, Fundings & Exits, Transportation, Uber, Apps, Europe, UK, London, United Kingdom, SaaS, Oxford, Manchester, Gm, Colchester, Ipswich, Taxi Apps

Uber buys UK software firm, expands reach from 40 locations to up to 170

Even though it’s had its operating license revoked in London, England, Uber is still intent on burrowing its way into as many other corners of the country as it can. Bloomberg’s Katharine Gemmell reports that the ride-hailing company has bought Autocab, a British company that specializes in making software for taxi firms. There’s nothing out of the ordinary here, tech companies acquire other firms all the time. This acquisition however, will increase Uber‘s UK market presence from 40 locations t...
Tags: Startups, Apps, UK, Bloomberg, Ride-share, Shift, Autocab, London England Uber, Katharine Gemmell

Match confirms plans for Tinder Platinum, a new top-level subscription for power users, arriving Q4

Tinder is testing a new top-level subscription plan, Tinder Platinum, which it expects to roll out before year-end. The news of the coming service was announced this week by Tinder parent Match Group during its Q2 2020 earnings call with investors. Match described the subscription as providing additional value beyond Tinder’s current paid plan, Tinder Gold, but noted the feature was still in the very early stages of testing and was essentially still considered a minimum viable product. The compa...
Tags: Apps, India, Tech, Reddit, Brazil, Match, Match Group, Wall St, Shar Dubey, Tinder Platinum, Reddit Platinum

The best Android apps (August 2020)

Create a phone productivity hub for work, school, and chores, then kick back with well-deserved entertainment.
Tags: Android, Mobile, Apps, Trends, Android Apps, Buying Guides, Best Android Apps

TikTok updates policies to ban deepfakes, expand fact-checks, and flag election misinfo

As uncertainty swirls around TikTok’s future in the U.S., the company this morning announced new Community Guidelines focused on helping keep misleading and deceptive content off its platform. The new rules aim to better clarify what’s allowed and not allowed on TikTok, broaden the app’s fact-checking partnerships ahead of the U.S. election, and ban the use of “deepfakes” (manipulated content) designed to deceive. In addition, TikTok has added an in-app reporting option for election misinform...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Apps, Microsoft, China, Tech, House, Nancy Pelosi, Trump, Tulsa, U S Department of Homeland Security DHS, Trump Administration, Tiktok

Facebook launches Instagram Reels globally amidst TikTok drama

We all knew it was coming: Facebook has officially launched Instagram Reels – its answer to TikTok — across the world. Reels lets users create 15-second videos and spruce them up with various audio and visual effects. Starting today, users will have access to Reels straight from the Instagram camera — the option should appear at the bottom. You’ll also be able to browse Reels from other creators directly in the Explore tab. In an announcement today, Facebook said Reels comes with a bevy of editi...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Instagram Reels

Instagram Reels launches globally in over 50 countries, including US

Instagram Reels, the company’s significant effort in challenging TikTok on short-form creative content, is launching globally, starting today. The feature is being made available across 50 countries, including the U.S., as TechCrunch had previously reported. The expansion means Reels will now be available in key international markets, such as India, Brazil, France, Germany, the U.K., Japan, Australia, Spain, Mexico, Argentina and several others. The timing is fortuitous, given TikTok’s uncertain...
Tags: Social, Startups, Facebook, Apps, Europe, Video, Instagram, India, US, Brazil, TechCrunch, Trump, Lasso, Vishal Shah, Video Apps, Instagram Stories

Springboard raises $31 million to expand its mentor-guided education platform to more geographies

Springboard, an online education platform that provides upskilling and reskilling training courses to people looking to learn in-demand roles, has raised $31 million in a new financing round as it looks to expand to more geographies. The Series B financing round for the San Francisco-headquartered startup was led by investment firm Telstra Ventures . Vulcan Capital and SJF Ventures, as well as existing investors Costanoa Ventures, Pearson Ventures, Reach Capital, International Finance Co...
Tags: Apps, Asia, Education, India, Funding, San Francisco, Tech, 500 Startups, Springboard, Kumar, Vulcan Capital, Reach Capital, SJF Ventures, Vivek Kumar, Learn Capital, Telstra Ventures

Hollywood’s Triller sets its own rhythm even as it gains from TikTok troubles

Triller, the short video app backed by a Hollywood mogul and music celebrities, is rapidly ballooning in both user size and valuation. It’s now seeking a new funding round of $250 million that will push its valuation to over $1 billion, according to a source with knowledge of the matter. That’s a leap from its $130 million valuation reported last October. Triller’s founder and CEO Mike Lu declined to comment, although another executive confirmed the funding with The app has emerged as...
Tags: TC, Apps, Twitter, Music, Hollywood, Microsoft, Entertainment, California, China, Singapore, India, Funding, US, Los Angeles, Tech, Eminem

White House at a Total Fucking Loss to Explain Trump's TikTok Shakedown

No one in the White House has any idea what the fuck Donald Trump was talking about when he suggested that the U.S. Treasury should get a slice of any deal for Microsoft to buy TikTok.Read more...
Tags: Apps, Science, Technology, Microsoft, Privacy, White House, China, Cybersecurity, Espionage, Donald Trump, Trump, U S Treasury, CFIUS, Tiktok, Committee On Foreign Investment In The US, Repeat After Me B R I B E

Parental control app Boomerang repeatedly blocked from Play Store, losing business

Apple isn’t the only one accused of kicking out competitive solutions from its App Store. Google did the same — for over a month at least — or so alleges parental control app maker Boomerang. The company’s product competes with Google’s own Family Link solution for controlling screen time and children’s use of mobile devices. The company claims Google repeatedly removed its application from the Play Store for a variety of issues, including violations of Google’s “Deceptive Behavior Policy” which...
Tags: Apple, Google, Google Play, Google Play Store, Apps, Congress, Tech, Developers, Tim Cook, Android Apps, Antitrust, Play Store, Boomerang, Apple Google, Appeals, App Store Google

The best iPhone apps (August 2020)

The iPhone is the most popular smartphone in the world. Bring out the best in yours with these leading apps.
Tags: Apple, Ios, Mobile, Apps, Iphone Apps, Trends, Buying Guides, Best Of Everything, Best Iphone Apps, top iPhone apps

This website makes reading and writing absolutely magical for kids — and the parents trying to help. | Sponsored Message

This is a sponsored message from Night Zookeeper As millions of parents prepare for a school year that won’t look like any other school year, this is a good time to line up the educational apps and websites to help engage your kids in core subjects. If their excitement for reading and writing could use […]
Tags: Apps, Shopping, Writing, Cool Tech, Tech For Kids, Educational Kids' Activities, Websites For Kids, Reading With Kids, Toys + Playthings, Tech CMP-Style, Homeschooling Tools

Serialized fiction startup Radish raises $63.2M from SoftBank and Kakao

Radish is announcing that it has raised $63.2 million in new funding. Breaking up book-length stories into smaller chapters that are released over days or weeks is an idea that was popularized in the 19th century, and startups have been trying to revive it for at least the past decade. Still, this round represents a major step up in funding, not just for Radish (which only raised around $5 million previously), but also compared to other startups in a relatively nascent market. (Digital fiction s...
Tags: Travel, Fundings & Exits, Startups, Mobile, Apps, Japan, Media, Softbank, Funding, Digital, Netflix, United States, Kim, Kakao, Wattpad, Radish

Amazon’s 16% bite of Deliveroo finally clears UK competition probe

It’s official: Days after Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos was peppered with awkward questions by US lawmakers concerned about the market power of his ecommerce empire, the UK’s competition regulator has confirmed it’s happy for the tech giant to take a 16% bite out of local on-demand food delivery app, Deliveroo. The CMA had been investigating the planned stake for some 15 months, completing phase one of its scrutiny in December. At the time it decided it had enough concerns to move to a phase 2 pro...
Tags: Amazon, Food, Ecommerce, Apps, Europe, UK, London, US, Tech, Competition, Jeff Bezos, Mcintosh, Group, Cma, Deliveroo, Bezos

Mobile bank Current launches a points rewards program for debit card users

Amid a crowded market of mobile banking services, which will soon also include Google, U.S. challenger bank Current is launching a new program that will offer points-based rewards to its checking account customers. The program will allow Current members to earn up to 15x points on everyday debit card purchases at over U.S. 14,000 merchants, including national retailers like Subway, Rite Aid, True Value, Cold Stone Creamery, and others. The points program is an alternative to other credit card...
Tags: Apps, Finance, Tech, Banking, Rewards, Bank, Points, Cashback, Fintech, Venmo, Debit, Challenger Bank, Walmart Amazon, Current, Sopp, Google U S

WhatsApp pilots new feature to fight misinformation: Search the web

WhatsApp, one of the most popular instant messaging platforms on the planet, has rolled out a new feature in select markets that makes it easier for users to verify whether the assertions made in messages they have received on the app are true. The Facebook -owned service has enabled users in Brazil, Italy, Ireland, Mexico, Spain, UK, and US to click on a magnifying glass-shaped icon next to frequently forwarded messages — those that have been forwarded at least five times — to search the w...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Apps, India, US, Tech, Whatsapp, Coronavirus, COVID, Covid19, Brazil Italy Ireland Mexico Spain UK

WhatsApp now lets you reverse search viral messages to check if they’re bogus

WhatsApp has been testing features to let you perform reverse search images and text of the message to control misinformation. Now, the company is rolling out the function to let you search a message on the web to check if a frequently forwarded message has correct information or not. Now, you’ll see a magnifying glass next to frequently forwarded messages. You can tap on that icon to launch a search on the web to see if it’s some kind of myth that’s doing the rounds. Notably, WhatsApp considers...
Tags: Startups, Apps

Grab launches new consumer financial services, including micro-investments and loans

Grab announced today that its financial unit, which previously focused mainly on services for entrepreneurs and small businesses, is launching a slew of consumer products, including micro-investments, loans, health insurance and a pay-later program. Based in Singapore, Grab began in 2012 as a ride-hailing company before expanding into on-demand deliveries and other services. In January 2019, it formed a joint venture with ZhongAn Insurance to build a digital insurance marketplace. Since then,...
Tags: Google, TC, Apps, Asia, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, Singapore, Tech, Bloomberg, Netflix, Malaysia, Financial Services, Fintech, Temasek, Consumer Finance, Bento

Trump Demands Microsoft Pay Off the U.S. Treasury to Secure TikTok Deal

Donald Trump is demanding the U.S. government somehow get a juicy cut of any deal for Microsoft to buy Chinese-owned video app TikTok—or else.Read more...
Tags: Security, Apps, Music, Science, Technology, Microsoft, Privacy, China, Espionage, Donald Trump, U S Treasury, Bytedance, Tiktok, Trump Demands Microsoft

What Microsoft should demand in exchange for its ‘payment’ to the US government for TikTok

In one of the crazier news stories (and in 2020, that is saying something), President Donald Trump said today during a media availability event that in order for the U.S. government to sign off on a potential Microsoft/TikTok deal, “a very substantial portion of that price is going to have to come into the Treasury of the United States,” based on my colleague Alex Wilhelm’s rough transcript. Trump calls TikTok a hot brand, demands a chunk of its sale price That seems nearly impossible to a...
Tags: Facebook, Apps, Microsoft, California, Government, China, Satya Nadella, US, Tech, Policy, United States, Treasury, Capitol Hill, Donald Trump, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc

TikTok ponders HQ in London after Donald Trump's hostility

Video app’s owner ByteDance already has 800 of its European workforce in UK and IrelandThe Chinese firm behind the TikTok video app is weighing up plans to open a headquarters in London, with Boris Johnson reportedly prepared to risk Donald Trump’s anger by rolling out the red carpet for the company.The US president has been openly hostile to TikTok, amid widespread concern in the country about Chinese companies’ ties to the Communist party and the risk posed to customers’ personal information. ...
Tags: Apps, Business, UK, Technology, London, Media, China, US, Social Media, UK News, Digital Media, Boris Johnson, Donald Trump, Communist Party, Tiktok

Snapchat to take on TikTok with a new music-powered feature rolling out this fall

Snapchat is taking aim at TikTok. The company announced today it will begin testing a new feature that lets Snapchat users set their Snaps to music, similar to TikTok’s app. The feature may allow Snapchat to capitalize on the fracturing of the TikTok audience, who have been exploring alternative apps as the Trump administration weighs a ban on Chinese tech companies over data privacy concerns. Already, apps like Byte, Triller, Dubsmash, Likee and others have climbed the app stores’ charts as Tik...
Tags: Social, Apps, Instagram, Tech, Snapchat, Merlin, Snap, Trump, Facebook Instagram and Messenger, Linkfire, Tiktok, Byte Triller Dubsmash Likee

Facebook launches commerce and connectivity-focused accelerator programs

Facebook launched two 12-week accelerator programs for startups on Monday as the social juggernaut looks for new ideas and solutions to expand its commerce and connectivity efforts. Facebook’s Commerce Accelerator will select 60 startups from the EMEA and LATAM regions for the program, the company said. The startups that make the cut will explore building shopping solutions to drive commerce inside Facebook’s family of apps. “Our goal is to make shopping seamless and empower anyone from an en...
Tags: Social, Startups, Facebook, Ecommerce, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Asia, Accelerator, Tech, Commerce, World Bank, OECD, Connectivity, EMEA, Huang, Startup Programs

Google to invest $450M in smart home security solutions provider ADT

Google said on Monday it will invest $450 million in ADT and work with the Florida-headquartered firm’s 20,000 technicians to sell and install the search giant’s Nest family of smart home products. As part of the long-term investment — which is granting Google a 6.6% stake in ADT — the two companies will first attempt to reach more individual consumers and small businesses, and then work on building and selling next-generation smart home security offerings, they said. Both companies have also...
Tags: Google, Security, Apps, Florida, Funding, Tech, Gm, Nest, Adt, Rishi Chandra