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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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Netflix lays off 300 more people — almost 3% of its staff

Video streaming company Netflix said it has laid off 300 people — which represents 3% of its workforce — because of slowing growth and the...

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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...

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Google News launches a new desktop design with topic customization

Google News is refreshing its desktop site with a new design that allows you to track global and local news on one screen. The redesign puts Your...

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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...

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Apple’s image cutout feature in iOS 16 is the most fun thing to come out of WWDC 2022

Out of all features Apple announced at its Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) last week, a new addition to Apple’s Visual Lookup system —...

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PayCargo, a fintech for the freight industry, raises $130M

Shipping and cargo services is one of the more fragmented and analogue verticals in the world of industry, with hundreds of thousands of businesses...

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Apple resizes the iPad’s workflow with Stage Manager

Though the iPad was a huge hit from the beginning based on its user-friendly interface and single-application focus, it had begun feeling a bit stale...

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Apple enters the BNPL market as regulation, competition intensify

How will all of these BNPL-focused providers fare with Apple pounding its way into their market?

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UK’s antitrust watchdog finally eyes action on Apple, Google mobile duopoly

The UK’s competition watchdog has published its final report on a comprehensive, year-long mobile ecosystem market study — cementing its...

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Apple said to be planning 12″ MacBook, 15″ MacBook Air and 14.1” iPad Pro for 2023 releases

A pair of reports published today potentially reveal Apple’s 2023 laptop and iPad lineup. If true, big changes are coming. Literally big: Apple...

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Chrome will now silence many of those annoying notification permission prompts on the web

Google today announced a set of new and updated security features for Chrome, almost all of which rely on machine learning (ML) models, as well as a...

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In iOS 16, apps can trigger real-world actions hands-free

New functionality arriving in iOS 16 will enable apps to trigger real-world actions hands-free. That means users could do things like start playing...

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A new macOS security feature will block new USB-C accessories by default

The new security feature is a tacit admission that not all USB devices are friendly.

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Finally, Apple’s iPad has a default weather app

Hell hath frozen over, apparently. Today, Apple addressed a longtime user complaint about the iPad with news that the device will finally get its own...

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iOS 16’s Mail app will now let you schedule your email and undo sending

Along with a number of other updates coming in iOS 16, including a revamped lock screen, Apple is rolling out a series of updates to its built-in...

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Apple revamps the lock screen in iOS 16 with interactive widgets and other personalization features

Apple is giving the iPhone’s lock screen a big makeover in iOS 16. At Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference, the company introduced its...

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Apple announces in-camera translations and improves dictation

Apple’s iOS has already made our lives a tad bit easier by letting us copy and paste text in our photos. Now, that same live text functionality...

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Apple makes it easier to use parental controls and Screen Time with iOS 16

Apple is updating its set of features aimed at families with the release of iOS 16, due out later this year. The company says it will now make it...

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This Week in Apps: WWDC preview, hitting the Top Charts, Instagram’s AMBER Alerts

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

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Cydia’s antitrust case against Apple is allowed to proceed, judge rules

A federal antitrust lawsuit over the long-shuttered alternative app store called Cydia has now been given the green light to proceed, after its...

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Apple’s iOS 16 said to include a revamped lockscreen with widgets, updated Messages and Health apps

Ahead of Apple’s big developer conference on June 6, WWDC, new information about what’s in store for iOS 16 has come to light. According...

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Epic Games points to Mac’s openness and security in its latest filing in App Store antitrust case

In a new court filing, Epic Games challenges Apple’s position that third-party app stores would compromise the iPhone’s security. And it...

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Maryland becomes the second state to offer driver’s license and state ID in Apple Wallet

Maryland residents will now be able to store their driver’s license or state ID in the Apple Wallet app, Apple announced today. The state is...

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Google Lens comes to Chrome for searching using images from webpages

Google has been working to better integrate its visual search tools from Google Lens into its browser to enable new types of searches that can...

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WhatsApp ramps up revenue with global launch of Cloud API and soon, a paid tier for its Business App

WhatsApp is continuing its push into the business market with today’s news it’s launching the WhatsApp Cloud API to all businesses...

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Google Cloud launches new software supply chain and zero trust security services

Google Cloud is holding its annual Security Summit this week and unsurprisingly, the company used the event to launch a few new security features....

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Amid crypto’s talent war, Encode Club mints new web3 developers

The profitable London-based startup has trained over 15,000 engineers in web3 skills such as Solidity and Rust

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