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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...

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Italy’s data watchdog latest to warn over use of Google Analytics

Another strike against use of Google Analytics in Europe: The Italian data protection authority has found a local web publisher’s use of the...

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Researchers say Hermit, a powerful mobile spyware, is used by governments

The modular malware can targets Android and iOS devices, according to researchers.

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If you must conduct layoffs, don’t be a jerk

As yet another week of workforce reductions sweeps the tech industry, remember: layoffs suck, but you can make them suck slightly less.

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Smiler comes up with a different kind of gig economy for event and venue photographers

Traditional venue photography providers like DEI Global, MagicMemories, Picsolve and Sharingbox are reliant on fixed equipment, permanent staffing...

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Rimac raises more than $500M from Porsche, Softbank and Goldman Sachs

Rimac Group said Tuesday it has raised 500 million euro ($536 million), funds that will help the Croatian startup expand beyond its electric hypercar...

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Getir, the $12B instant delivery startup, plans to axe 14% of staff globally and cut aggressive expansion plans

It continues to be a very rough week for e-commerce companies in Europe. In the latest development, TechCrunch has learned and confirmed that Getir...

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Nexi, the Italian payments giant, buys Germany’s Orderbird for $140-150M to expand its SMB strategy

More consolidation is apace in the world of payments: Nexi, the Italian fintech that scooped up rivals Danish-based Nets and then Italy’s SIA...

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European micromobility startup Reby acquired by PE player House of Lithium for $100M

Founded in 2018, European micromobility startup Reby took an interesting path. It deployed e-scooters in the city of Zaragoza (Spain), during the...

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Byrd nabs $56M to grow its European e-commerce logistics and fulfillment network as an alternative to Amazon

Shopify put a spotlight on the role and significance of logistics and fulfillment in e-commerce when it snapped up Deliverr for $2.1 billion last...

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Chipping away at the problems of reproductive healthcare, one patient at a time

One in eight couples, single parents by choice and much of the LGBTQ+ population in the United States seek out fertility services.

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Viasat cyberattack blamed on Russian wiper malware

The newly discovered "AcidRain" is believed to be the seventh strain of wiper malware to target Ukraine since Russia’s invasion.

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Mozilla launches paid subscriptions to its Developer Network

Mozilla today launched its new MDN Plus subscription product with features like offline reading, collections and notifications. Paid tiers start at...

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Germany warns against using Kaspersky software citing ‘considerable’ cyber risk after Russia’s invasion

Authorities fear the Russian software could be exploited for espionage or launching cyberattacks.

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Italy fines Clearview AI €20M and orders data deleted

Another European privacy watchdog has sanctioned the controversial facial recognition firm, Clearview AI, which scrapes selfies off the Internet to...

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TikTok children’s privacy lawsuit can proceed, says UK High Court

A UK High Court judge has granted permission for a class-action style privacy lawsuit to proceed against TikTok over its handling of children’s...

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TikTok pushes bundle of teen safety measures internationally

TikTok is making a promotional push in Europe and Australia around a bundle of safety-focused features, some of which it announced in the US earlier...

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Early-stage Euro VC Backed brings in another €150M, puts a heavy focus on founder events

London-based early-stage European VC fund Backed is bolstering its position by adding €75 million to its seed fund, while adding another €75...

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iPhone refurbisher Swappie raises $124M Series C led by Verdane to scale in Europe

Finland-based Swappie refurbishes and resells used iPhones, taking care of the entire process, and selling the refurbished devices via its own...

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Boutique hotel tech platform NUMA raises $45M growth financing round led by DN Capital

Based out of the U.S., Sonder is a tech-driven hospitality company. It’s raised $529.6 million, and, in the post-pandemic world where the...

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Vivid Money, a financial super app, raises $114M at an $886M valuation to expand in Europe

Vivid Money, a challenger bank out of Berlin with 500,000 customers, has made a name for itself with a financial one-stop shop “super...

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Netflix adds more games, including Riot Games’ otherwise paid title ‘Hextech Mayhem’

Streaming service Netflix is expanding its gaming lineup once again with the launch of two more titles, which will begin to roll out globally...

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Spain’s Payflow, a salary advance startup, banks $9.1M to fuel a super app growth strategy

Barcelona-based Payflow, a YC-backed salary-advance fintech with ambitions to evolve into a neobank, has banked a $9.1 million Series A funding round...

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Italy fines Amazon $1.3 billion for abusing its market position

Italy’s competition authority announced that it had fined Amazon €1.129 billion, or roughly $1.3 billion at today’s exchange rate. According to...

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TikTok adds creator monetization features, including tips and video gifts

TikTok is today introducing new ways for its creators to make money from their content. While already, the short-form video platform allowed creators...

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Co-working and edtech company Talent Garden acquires Hyper Island to scale online courses globally

Talent Garden is a sort of “European-WeWork-meets-General-Assembly” in that its business model is a combination of co-working spaces (in...

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Italy fines Apple and Google for ‘aggressive’ data practices

Apple and Google have been fined €10 million apiece by Italy’s competition and market authority (AGCM) which has found they did not provide...

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Turkey’s instant grocery giant Getir grabs UK’s Weezy in latest delivery consolidation

Well that was quick. U.K.-based hyper fast grocery delivery startup Weezy — which only raised a pre-seed for its 15-minute delivery services of...

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