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This Week in Apps: Twitter’s edit button, BeReal clones, Trump’s Truth Social gets blocked

This Week in Apps offers a way to keep up with the fast-moving app industry in one place, including news, updates, startup fundings, M&As and...

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Google blocks Truth Social from the Play Store, will Apple be next?

Google’s decision to block the Truth Social app’s launch on the Play Store over content moderation issues raises the question as to why...

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Facebook is shutting down its Nextdoor clone next month, following tests in the U.S. and Canada

Meta today confirmed it’s shutting down Neighborhoods, its Nextdoor clone launched last year to standardize the way neighbors connect and share...

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Apple settles lawsuit with developer over App Store rejections and scams

An app developer’s lawsuit over App Store rejections, scams and fraud has ended in a settlement agreement after court filings show a request to...

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Twitter is finally rolling out an edit button later this month, first to Twitter Blue subscribers

An edit button has been the most requested feature to date on Twitter, and as of today, the company is finally giving users what they’ve been...

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Following its Series A, Poparazzi’s team is readying a new social app that goes beyond photos

The company behind last summer’s hot social app, Poparazzi, appears to be readying a round two following its $15 million Series A announced in...

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Star-studded digital avatar startup Genies launches NFT fashion marketplace

NFT platform Genies' CEO Akash Nigam on launching a fashion storefront for Gen Z to design and dress online avatars

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Elon Musk taps the Twitter whistleblower for help getting out of the deal

Elon Musk's legal team sent a subpoena to former Twitter head of security Peiter "Mudge" Zatko, who filed a whistleblower complaint...

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WhatsApp confirms some users have access to its new group discussions feature, WhatsApp Communities

WhatsApp Communities, the messaging app’s anticipated expansion aimed at supporting larger discussion groups, has now rolled out to additional...

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Meta officially rolls out its new metaverse ID system

Meta, formerly Facebook, has officially rolled out what it’s calling Meta accounts and Meta Horizon Profiles. The global launch will be...

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9count, maker of Wink and new dating app Summer, scores additional funding

Alex Hofmann once served as Musical.ly’s president, overseeing the North and South American markets for the TikTok precursor, then leaving...

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Twitter whistleblower says platform was unable to guard against insider threats on January 6

Among the many damning allegations in the newly released Twitter whistleblower complaint, is the disquieting revelation that Twitter was unable to...

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Mudge’s report helps Musk’s legal fight over $44B Twitter deal; says there are ‘millions’ of accounts that could be spam bots

Elon Musk has been handed a fat golden goose to feed his legal battle over ending his acquisition of Twitter. The tech mogul has been trying to...

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9count, maker of Wink and new dating app Summer, scores an additional $27.5M

Alex Hofmann once served as Musical.ly’s president, overseeing the North and South American markets for the TikTok precursor, then leaving...

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YouTube launches a dedicated podcasts homepage for U.S. users

Earlier this year, reports emerged that YouTube would soon add a dedicated podcasts homepage — a signal the company was getting more serious...

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Facebook is losing its grip as a ‘Top 10’ app as BeReal and TikTok grow

Facebook this year has been struggling to maintain its position among the Top 10 apps on the U.S. App Store, according to an analysis of iPhone App...

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Cameo now lets you have 10-minute calls with celebs

The dream to find out what actually happened on your favorite show last week, spill the tea with the Real Housewives or learn about your favorite...

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Pixelmator Photo is coming to Mac with a new subscription-based model

The long-time iOS and iPadOS image editing application Pixelmator Photo, a companion to the popular Pixelmator Pro, is embracing subscriptions as it...

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A new TikTok feature lets creators share TikTok Stories to Facebook and Instagram

Facebook and Instagram may be busy trying to clone TikTok within their own apps as Reels, but a new feature rolling out now from TikTok will see the...

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Apple’s GarageBand update adds new remixs with Katy Perry and SEVENTEEN

The popular iOS and iPadOS app GarageBand will now include new remix sessions featuring songs from Katy Perry and the Korean boy band SEVENTEEN....

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Malwarebytes lays off 125 employees citing ‘strategic reorg’

The layoffs affect about 14% of the company's global workforce.

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TikTok launches an in-app US midterms Elections Center, shares plan to fight misinformation

New TikTok feature allows users to access state-by-state election information, including details on how to register to vote, how to vote by mail, how...

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Facebook will turn off new political ads a week before US midterm elections

Meta loosely outlined how it plans to brace its platforms for the upcoming U.S. midterm elections Tuesday, starting with political ads. In November,...

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As digital tracking wanes, companies turn to online communities for direct access to customers

We spoke to a number of industry experts to get their take on community-building and what it means for SaaS companies as they look for growth...

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Report: Apple explored ads in Apple Maps, as it weighs broader ads push

A new report from Bloomberg indicates Apple may be expanding its advertising business beyond the App Store and other first-party apps like News and...

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Announcing the first tranche of Startup Battlefield judges

The Startup Battlefield at TechCrunch Disrupt on October 18–20 is set to be our most epic yet. This year’s competitors, selected from our...

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Some frank advice for open-source startups seeking product-market fit

Unlike most software companies, open source startups have two journeys for finding product-market fit: building a product that users can use for...

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Urban Innovation Fund, VMG Catalyst among female-led firms raising new funds

Venture capital firms continue to raise new funds, at what seems like lightning speed, and two firms stuck out in recent days.

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