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Twitter expands misinformation reporting feature to more international markets –

Last August, Twitter introduced a new feature in select markets, including the U.S., that invited users to report misinformation they encountered on its platform — including things like election-related or Covid-19 misinformation, for example. Now the company is rolling out the feature to more markets as its test expands. In addition to the U.S., Australia, […] → Read More

Block’s Cash App adopts Lightning Network for free bitcoin payments –

Late last year, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey stepped down from his position in order to give his full attention to his other company Square, now called Block, which had become increasingly invested in blockchain technology and cryptocurrency — just like Dorsey himself. Now we’re starting to see the results of Block’s embrace of crypto, as […] → Read More

This Week in Apps: Fortnite (sorta!) returns to iOS, PUBG Mobile maker sues over copycats, Apple plans for alternative payments in South Korea –

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 continues to grow, with a record number of downloads and consumer spending across both the iOS and Google Play stores combined in 2021, according to the […] → Read More

Meta shuts down its experimental video speed-dating service, Sparked –

Meta is shutting down a video speed-dating service it had tested over a good part of last year, the company informed the service’s users via a recent email. Last April, the company formerly known as Facebook confirmed it was testing a new dating service called Sparked, which was developed by its in-house incubator, the NPE […] → Read More

PUBG Mobile maker Krafton sues Apple, Google and rival game developer Garena over clones –

Krafton, the developer behind PlayUnknown’s Battlegrounds,” and the maker of PUBG MOBILE, last year’s No. 6 top-grossing mobile game on a global basis, is suing the app stores and a rival game maker, Garena, over copyright infringement involving Garena Online’s Free Fire games. The lawsuit alleges Garena’s games copy numerous aspects of its own, including […] → Read More

U.S. fintech Current introduces high-yield savings where customers earn a 4.00% APY –

As competition amid digital banks heats up, U.S. fintech Current is rolling out a new product designed to make its banking service more appealing. The company announced this morning it’s launching a new high-yield offering called “Interest” that allows any Current account holder to earn a 4.00% Annual Percentage Yield (APY) — a rate that’s […] → Read More

Music app AmpMe lowers pricing after accused of being an App Store scammer –

Around the same time Apple was touting its sizable App Store revenue growth this week, developer and noted App Store critic Kosta Eleftheriou brought to light what appeared to be yet another App Store scammer hiding in plain sight. On Twitter, Eleftheriou documented the earnings for a music syncing app called AmpMe, which claims to […] → Read More

HomeValet launches its $499 Smart Box to keep your grocery deliveries cold and packages secure –

HomeValet, a D.C. Metro area-based startup that has developed a temperature-controlled smart box for grocery deliveries, is now releasing its smart home product to the public and expanding its partnership with Walmart. The company had previously piloted its Smart Box with Walmart in 2021 as a way for grocery delivery customers to keep their fresh […] → Read More

Instagram, still benefiting from TikTok’s ban in India, again became the top app by downloads in Q4 –

Instagram is benefiting from TikTok’s ban in India, and has now reclaimed the top spot in terms of total global downloads as of the fourth quarter of 2021. According to new data published by app intelligence firm Sensor Tower, Instagram just had its best quarter since at least 2014, with app installs up 10% over […] → Read More

App Annie: Global app stores’ consumer spend up 19% to $170B in 2021, downloads grew 5% to 230B –

Consumer spending on mobile apps reached $170 billion in 2021, according to App Annie’s newly released “State of Mobile 2022″ report, out today, which offers a comprehensive look at the app economy across iOS, Google Play and third-party Android app stores in China. That figure is up 19% year-over-year, which is down just one percentage […] → Read More

Locket, an app for sharing photos to friends’ homescreens, hits the top of the App Store –

A new social app, Locket, popped to the top of the App Store charts in recent days thanks to its clever premise to put live photos from friends in a widget on your iOS home screen. In other words, it turns Apple’s widget system — typically used to showcase information like news, weather, inspirational quotes, […] → Read More

Roku adds a new ‘Live TV Zone’ to its homescreen –

Roku is furthering its investment in its Live TV platform with today’s introduction of a new “Live TV Zone” that will roll out to the main, left-side navigation on Roku devices. The addition is designed to promote and highlight Roku’s live streaming options, which include its rapidly growing live TV channel guide, now offering free […] → Read More

Apple paid out around $60 billion to App Store developers in 2021 –

Despite facing numerous antitrust lawsuits and tighter regulations in certain markets, Apple today reported new figures indicating record App Store growth in 2021. The company in a press release said it has now paid out more than $260 billion to app developers since the App Store first launched in 2008, a number that’s up from […] → Read More

How the mobile app ecosystem adapted to the Covid-19 pandemic in 2021 –

The Covid-19 pandemic continues to impact the mobile app ecosystem, according to an annual retrospective released today by app intelligence firm Sensor Tower. In the early days of the pandemic, a number of apps saw rapidly increased usage — like that focused on online shopping, entertainment, business and education, for example. Though much of the […] → Read More

Netflix gets its first Golden Globe for best motion picture (drama) in a bizarre, live tweeted event –

You didn’t miss last night’s Golden Globes — it wasn’t on. But you may have seen the tweets. NBC announced in May 2021 it wouldn’t broadcast the awards show this year after an investigation by The L.A. Times revealed the lack of diversity within the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), the organization that hosts the […] → Read More

This Week in Apps: Instagram brings back the chronological feed, South Korea bans P2E games, Google looks for ecosystem integrations –

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 continues to grow, with a record number of downloads and consumer spending across both the iOS and Google Play stores combined in 2021, according to the […] → Read More

Tinder is developing a feature called ‘Swipe Party’ that invites friends to join your swiping sessions –

Tinder confirmed it’s exploring a new feature called Swipe Party which offers a way to make sorting through possible matches a more social experience. According to details spotted in the Tinder mobile app’s code, Swipe Party requires access to the phone’s camera and microphone so your friends can “see and hear you while vetting prospects.” […] → Read More

Meta had a good holiday, as its Oculus VR companion app gained ~2M downloads since Christmas –

Consumers worldwide have downloaded Meta’s Oculus app, the mobile companion for Oculus VR devices including the Quest 2, roughly 2 million times globally since Christmas Day, according to new data from third-party app intelligence firms, Apptopia and Sensor Tower. Already, had been some indication that the Quest 2 was a popular holiday gift after the […] → Read More

Spotify introduces a new ad format for podcasts that puts clickable cards inside shows –

Spotify is today introducing is introducing a new ad format aimed at podcasters which it’s calling “Call-to-Action Cards” — or CTA cards, for short. The feature, which is powered by Spotify’s streaming ad insertion technology, will display a visual ad in the Spotify app when the audio ad begins to play. The cards can be […] → Read More

HBO, including HBO Max, ends 2021 with 73.8 million global subscribers –

HBO, including the HBO Max streaming service, now reaches 73.8 million global subscribers as of the end of 2021, according to news shared by parent company AT&T today ahead of the company’s fourth-quarter earnings planned for later this month. The figure tops the company’s forecast for its year-end total, which it had earlier said would […] → Read More