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This Week in Apps: Apple appeals Epic Games suit, Google files a counterclaim and Twitter adds more ads –

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 218 billion downloads and $143 billion in global consumer spend in 2020. Consumers last year also spent 3.5 trillion minutes using apps on Android devices alone. And […] → Read More

Google modernizes U.S. mobile search results with continuous scrolling –

Google announced today it’s changing the way search works on mobile devices, initially in the U.S. Now, when you reach the bottom of a set of search results on your phone, you won’t have to tap to go to the next page. Instead, the next set of results will automatically load so you can continuously […] → Read More

Twitter found a way to show users more ads –

Twitter says it’s going to test a new ad format and placement on its platform. On Wednesday, Twitter Revenue Product Lead Bruce Falck said Twitter would begin showing ads on mobile devices inside conversation threads after the first, third, and eighth replies. While the company stopped short of confirming the change would be permanent, it […] → Read More

Spotify expands access to its in-car entertainment device ‘Car Thing’ –

Spotify’s in-car entertainment system known as just “Car Thing,” launched this spring on an invite-only basis, is now becoming more broadly available. The company announced today Car Thing will become available to U.S. users who want to purchase the $79.99 device. Previously, Spotify had distributed the product for just the cost of shipping during its […] → Read More

Pinterest co-founder Evan Sharp is joining Jony Ive’s design firm –

Pinterest today announced co-founder Evan Sharp is exiting its full-time role with the company, where he’s served as Chief Design & Creative Officer, in order to join Jony Ive at his new creative collective LoveFrom. After his last day today, Sharp will move into an advisory role with Pinterest which will focus on company strategy, […] → Read More

Instagram adds scheduling and ‘practice mode’ features for Live creators –

Instagram today announced the launch of a couple of new tools aimed at addressing the needs of Live creators. Now, creators will be able to build up buzz for their upcoming Live by scheduling it up to 90 days in advance, then share the news across Instagram to alert their fans. It’s also preparing to […] → Read More

Payments giant Stripe says its re-entering the crypto market –

Payments company Stripe announced it’s building out a new crypto team to help build out the “future of Web3 payments,” according to public statements posted to Twitter on Tuesday. Stripe, which had once been among the first to support Bitcoin payments before leaving the market a few years ago, has been watching for the right […] → Read More

Reddit adds a new way to post with launch of ‘Predictions’ feature –

Reddit today is introducing a new way to post to its communities with the launch of the on-platform feature called “Predictions.” Spun off of the popular Reddit Polls, Predictions allow users to guess the answers to timely questions like “who will win the game tomorrow?” or “which character will meet their fate in the next […] → Read More

ViacomCBS gets into NFTs via a partnership with NFT startup, Recur –

Media company ViacomCBS is getting into NFTs. Amid growing hype around the potential market for NFTs, aka non-fungible tokens — digital assets linked to ownership that’s stored on a blockchain, often used for buying and selling digital art and collectibles — ViacomCBS says it’s partnering with the NFT company Recur to bring its iconic IP […] → Read More

Google files a counterclaim in Epic Games lawsuit, saying it’s owed financial relief –

As the Apple v. Epic Games lawsuit goes under appeal, Google on Monday afternoon filed an answer and counterclaim in the Epic Games’ antitrust litigation against the company. The tech giant and Android maker denies Epic’s allegations of antitrust behavior and instead says that it’s owed relief, as Epic Games breached the Google Play Developer […] → Read More

Spotify expands its in-house podcasts with two more shows focused on artists and creators –

Last year, Spotify decided to embrace podcasts as part of the company’s larger communications strategy with the launch of its behind-the-scenes podcast, “Spotify: For the Record,” which has featured interviews with Spotify execs, employees, and industry experts about music, tech, and podcasting. Today, the company is expanding on its in-house podcasting strategy with the debut […] → Read More

Tile unveils its new product lineup, including its upcoming Apple AirTag rival, Tile Ultra –

Following Tile’s recent close on $40 million in debt financing, the company today is introducing its latest lineup of lost-item trackers, including the long-promised ultra wideband powered tracker aimed to compete with Apple AirTag, Tile Ultra. This product, though being officially announced, is not yet available for purchase. Instead, the company’s first updates include the […] → Read More

One-time TikTok rival Byte relaunches as Clash, an app for video creators and their top fans –

When the Trump administration announced it would ban TikTok in the U.S., a number of alternative short-form video apps began to flourish, as users hedged their bets on a potential TikTok exit. Among these was Byte, an app co-created by Vine co-founder Dom Hofmann, which topped 1.3 million downloads in its first week alone. But […] → Read More

Disney’s new ‘Genie’ line-booking service launches at Walt Disney World on October 19 –

Disney’s newest digital service, Disney Genie, is launching on October 19 at Walt Disney World Resort. The service, first unveiled in August, is an update to the company’s earlier line reservation tools for Disney’s parks, allowing guests to plan and update their itineraries, book time slots for the most popular attractions, and optionally purchase paid […] → Read More

Facebook launches a ‘Audio’ hub in the U.S. for podcasts, live audio, and short-form clips –

Facebook is expanding its investment in audio initiatives with the launch of a new “Audio” destination in its mobile app in the U.S., where users will be able to discover all the audio formats Facebook now hosts in one place, including podcasts, Live Audio Rooms, and short-form audio. The company says it’s also making its […] → Read More

Apple appeals the Epic Games ruling and asks to put ordered App Store changes on hold –

A federal judge declared last month that Apple was not a monopoly when issuing the court’s decision on California’s Epic Games v. Apple case. But the one area where Apple lost ground was in what sort of rules it can make for its own App Store. On this point, the judge sided with Epic Games, […] → Read More

This Week in Apps: Facebook outage boosts rivals, Apple’s best and worst apps, ‘Report a Problem’ returns to App Store –

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 218 billion downloads and $143 billion in global consumer spend in 2020. Consumers last year also spent 3.5 trillion minutes using apps on Android devices alone. […] → Read More

Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney calls out Apple for promoting its services in the iPhone Settings screen –

Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney, whose high-profile antitrust lawsuit against Apple is now under appeal, is today calling out the iPhone maker for giving itself access to an advertising slot its competitors don’t have: the iPhone’s Settings screen. Some iOS 15 users noticed Apple is now advertising its own services at the top of their […] → Read More

Welcome debuts a smarter city guide app on iOS, backed by $3.5M led by Accel –

When you’re exploring a city — whether one you’re visiting on your travels or your own — there are a number of tools that can help you find out where to go, what to see, and what to do, like Google Maps, Yelp, TripAdvisor and others. But a startup called Welcome thinks that today’s set […] → Read More

In hopes of App Store changes, Paddle develops an alternative to Apple’s payments system –

Paddle, a solutions provider subscription-based businesses, is betting on a future where App Store developers are able to use third-party payment systems — and it wants to be among the first to market with an alternative once such a system is permitted. The company today announced a new in-app purchasing (IAP) system aimed at iOS […] → Read More