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Google and the Internet Archive are the first customers to gain commercial access to Wikipedia content –

Google is going to start paying for its use of Wikipedia information to help power its knowledge panels in Google Search. The search giant, along with the digital library the Internet Archive, are the first customers for the still relatively new commercial product launched by the Wikimedia Foundation — the nonprofit that operates Wikipedia. Its […] → Read More

Anonymous social apps shift their attention to Instagram in the wake of Snapchat’s ban

Apps like Sendit for Instagram and NGL have launched anonymous Q&A apps that allow users to post "AMA"-style questions to receive anonymous responses. → Read More

Walmart is acquiring Memomi, an AR startup powering virtual try-on for eyewear –

Walmart is expanding its array of virtual try-on services for shoppers with today’s news that it’s planning to acquire Memomi, an AR optical tech company and current Walmart partner offering virtual try-on experience for eyewear. Deal terms were not disclosed, but Memomi has enabled digital measurements for all Walmart and Sam’s Club customers since 2019, […] → Read More

Consumers swap period tracking apps in search of increased privacy following Roe v. Wade ruling –

Consumers are ditching their current period tracking apps in favor of what they perceive to be safer options in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision that allows individual U.S. states to criminalize abortion. The app switching trend is impacting all manner of period tracking apps, including leading app Flo, which owns […] → Read More

This Week in Apps: Twitter Notes, Instagram age verification, Spotify’s Live Events –

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

Cozy houseplants and self-care: How one startup is reimagining mobile gameplay as a healing activity –

Mobile well-being apps topped 1.2 billion downloads last year, while leading meditation app Calm alone pulled in $118.2 million in revenue, data from Sensor Tower indicates. That may leave some to believe the digital well-being market is essentially solved, but a new startup, Lumi Interactive, believes the opposite is true. The Melbourne-based, women-led company has […] → Read More

Spotify revamps in-app concert discovery with new Live Events Feed –

Spotify is introducing a new feature that will allow users to better discover nearby events and concerts. The streaming service today announced it’s replacing its in-app Concert Hub with a new Live Events Feed that will allow you to find favorite artists’ events in your area in a way that’s personalized to your own interests. […] → Read More

Spotify is developing ‘Community,’ a new place to see your friends’ activity in the mobile app –

Spotify is developing a new feature called Community that would allow mobile users to see what sort of music their friends are streaming in real-time as well as what playlists they’ve recently updated in a dedicated place in the app. The company today offers a similar “Friend Activity” feature on the desktop, but had limited […] → Read More

Twitter partners with Shopify to bring merchants’ products to Twitter Shopping –

As part of its ongoing efforts to expand into e-commerce, Twitter today announced a new partnership with Shopify. The deal will see Twitter launching a sales channel app that will be made available to all of Shopify’s U.S. merchants through its app store. The app allows merchants to onboard themselves to Twitter’s Shopping Manager, the […] → Read More

Twitter to expand into long-form content with upcoming Twitter Notes feature –

In what could be one of Twitter’s more significant changes since doubling the character count from 140 to 280 characters, the company is preparing to launch a new feature that would support the direct publishing of long-form content on its platform. With Twitter Notes, as the upcoming feature is called, users will be able to […] → Read More

Twitter is bringing back its long-lost Chirp Developer Conference in November –

As Twitter continues to woo developers back to its platform, the company today announced the return of its developer conference, Chirp. The event was first held in 2010 but was then canceled the very next year, leading some Twitter developers to host their own event in the wake of Twitter’s abandonment. At the time, the […] → Read More

This Week in Apps recaps the latest in mobile OS new –

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

Grace debuts privacy-focused parental controls for iOS devices built with Apple’s Screen Time API –

A new startup called Grace is launching to make it easier for parents to monitor and manage their kids’ screen time and app usage on iOS devices. Although Apple offers built-in parental controls, many parents would prefer an app-based solution as opposed to having to dig around in the settings for Apple’s tools. In addition, […] → Read More

Instagram chases TikTok with a new full-screen feed, changes to photos and navigation to come

Instagram announced today it will begin testing a new version of its full-screen feed, which aims to improve upon the way photos appear in this new format → Read More

The next big social platform is the smartphone’s homescreen –

BeReal, LiveIn, Locket… what do these new consumer social apps have in common besides a highly-ranked position on the App Store’s Top Charts? They engage their users through a combination of push notifications and homescreen widgets, instead of forcing people to spend a long time browsing their app, scrolling feeds, or watching […] → Read More

YouTube Shorts tops 1.5B logged-in users monthly users, touted as feeder to long-form content –

In an effort to present itself as a viable competitor to the reigning short-form video platform TikTok, YouTube announced today its rival service YouTube Shorts is now being watched by over 1.5 billion logged-in users every month, less than two years after its launch. By comparison, TikTok announced 1 billion monthly users in September 2021. […] → Read More

PayPal expands its ‘pay later’ options with a more flexible ‘PayPal Pay Monthly’ service –

After Apple shook up the Buy Now, Pay Later market with news that it would now be a competitor to established firms, PayPal this morning is introducing another buy now, pay later product to follow the 2020 launch of its “Pay in 4″ installment program. The new offering, PayPal Pay Monthly,” is designed to give […] → Read More

Pinterest turns its TikTok-like Idea Pins into ads –

Last year, Pinterest began its pivot from being an online image board to being more of a creator platform with the launch of Idea Pins. The new feature allows Pinterest users to tell their stories using a combination of video, images, music, and other editing tools, resulting in something that’s a cross between TikTok’s short […] → Read More

This Week in Apps, Apple WWDC review: Blurred lines, new APIs and a brand-new Lock Screen

This Week in Apps is the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. → Read More

Amazon gets into AR shopping with launch of ‘Virtual Try-On for Shoes’ –

Amazon is tapping into augmented reality in an attempt to appeal to sneakerheads shopping its site. The retailer this morning announced a new feature called Virtual Try-On for Shoes that will allow customers to visualize how a pair of new shoes will look on themselves from multiple angles using their mobile phone’s camera. The company […] → Read More