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BigBrain aims to bring live mobile trivia back to glory – TechCrunch

If you ask Nik Bonaddio why he wanted to build a new mobile trivia app, his answer is simple. “In my life, I’ve got very few true passions: I love trivia and I love sports,” Bonaddio told me. “I’ve already started a sports company, so I’ve got to start a trivia...

Apptopia raises $20M to expand its competitive intelligence business beyond mobile – TechCrunch

Boston-based Apptopia, a company providing competitive intelligence in the mobile app ecosystem, has closed on $20 million in Series C funding aimed at fueling its expansion beyond the world of mobile apps. The new financing was led by ABS Capital Partners, and...

Lightmatter’s photonic AI ambitions light up an $80M B round – TechCrunch

AI is fundamental to many products and services today, but its hunger for data and computing cycles is bottomless. Lightmatter plans to leapfrog Moore’s law with its ultra-fast photonic chips specialized for AI work, and with a new $80M round the company is poised to...

TikTok’s new developer tools allow apps to offer ‘Login with TikTok,’ sound sharing, and more – TechCrunch

TikTok is expanding its integrations with third-party apps. The company today announced the launch of two new tool sets for app developers, the TikTok Login Kit and Sound Kit, that will allow apps on mobile, web and consoles to authenticate users via their TikTok...

Someone already turned Apple’s AirTag into a slim, wallet-friendly card – TechCrunch

Apple’s new AirTag item trackers are pretty small, but not quite small enough to slip into most wallets without adding an obvious bit of bulk. Fortunately, as one talented AirTag owner has found, that’s nothing you can’t fix with a heat gun, a bit of soldering and an...

Following Apple’s launch of privacy labels, Google to add a ‘safety’ section in Google Play – TechCrunch

Months after Apple’s App Store introduced privacy labels for apps, Google announced its own mobile app marketplace, Google Play, will follow suit. The company today pre-announced its plans to introduce a new “safety” section in Google Play, rolling out next year,...

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Twitter is testing big ol’ full-width photos and videos – TechCrunch

Twitter is exploring ways to build a more visually immersive experience with its latest test, which brings edge-to-edge tweets to the app on iOS. Full-width images and videos track for the direction the company has shown some interest in going lately. Twitter...

Driven by live streams, consumer spending in social apps to hit $17.2B in 2025 – TechCrunch

The live streaming boom is driving a significant uptick in the creator economy, as a new forecast estimates consumers will spend $6.78 billion in social apps in 2021. That figure will grow to $17.2 billion annually by 2025, according to data from mobile data firm App...

Voice chat is coming to Roblox – TechCrunch

As one of the frontrunners in the race to build the metaverse, Roblox is thinking ahead to what virtual worlds really need. And while the platform has had no shortage of growth on its current path — as of July, it boasted 47 million daily active users — it’s looking...

Twitter rolls out paid subscription ‘Super Follows’ to let you cash in on your tweets – TechCrunch

After opening applications in June, Twitter is rolling out Super Follows, its premium subscription option, starting today. The feature, first revealed in February, will allow users to subscribe to accounts they like for a monthly subscription fee in exchange for...

Twitter is testing a new anti-abuse feature called ‘Safety Mode’ – TechCrunch

Twitter’s newest test could provide some long-awaited relief for anyone facing harassment on the platform. The new product test introduces a feature called “Safety Mode” that puts up a temporary line of defense between an account and the waves of toxic invective that...

TikTok adds educational resources for parents as part of its Family Pairing feature – TechCrunch

TikTok is expanding its in-app parental controls feature, Family Pairing, with educational resources designed to help parents better support their teenage users, the company announced this morning. The pairing feature, which launched to global users last year, allows...

Telegram tops 1 billion downloads – TechCrunch

Popular instant messaging app Telegram has joined the elite club of apps that have been downloaded over 1 billion times globally, according to Sensor Tower. The Dubai-headquartered app, which was launched in late 2013, surpassed the milestone on Friday, the mobile...

Instagram will require users to provide their birthday – TechCrunch

Instagram will begin prodding users to share their birthday with the service, if they haven’t already done so. The company today announced it will now start popping up a notification that asks you to add your birthday to “personalize your experience.” But the prompt...

Clubhouse is adding spatial audio effects to make users feel like they’re really in the room – TechCrunch

It’s been a busy summer for Clubhouse. The hit social audio app rolled out new messaging features and an Android app over the last few months and now the company is turning its attention to enhancing its core audio experience. Clubhouse announced Sunday that its rooms...

A bull case for antitrust enforcement – TechCrunch

Daniel Liss is the founder and CEO of Dispo, the digital disposable camera social network. More posts by this contributor Today’s real story: The Facebook monopoly This is the second post in a series on the Facebook monopoly. The first post explored how the U.S....

BigBrain aims to bring live mobile trivia back to glory – TechCrunch

If you ask Nik Bonaddio why he wanted to build a new mobile trivia app, his answer is simple. “In my life, I’ve got very few true passions: I love trivia and I love sports,” Bonaddio told me. “I’ve already started a sports company, so I’ve got to start a trivia...

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