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Three years after Facebook announced its ill-fated push into cryptocurrency, aka the Libra project, the tech giant has signalled another scaling back of its activity — announcing Friday that Novi, the digital wallet payments pilot it launched last October, will be ending on on September 1. In…

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Notch will sell you insurance in case your Instagram gets hacked

Getting hacked sucks, and it's even worse if you're a digital creator who pays the bills through social media posts.

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This Week in Apps: Period tracking app privacy, Snapchat’s paid subscription, calls for TikTok ban

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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Short video app Triller confidentially files to go public

Triller expects a public listing to take place after the SEC completes its review process, subject to market and other conditions.

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Twitch’s new Guest Star mode will let anyone turn their stream into a talk show

Twitch wants to make it easier for creators to pull guests into their livestreams, talk show-style — and everybody gets to be a creator. The company is announcing Guest Star, a new feature that will tie into existing streaming software, allowing stream hosts to bring up to five guests into a stream…

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TikTok tests a dedicated Shop feed that highlights products you can buy now

TikTok is testing a dedicated “Shop” feed tab that lets users browse and purchase products from a number of different categories, such as clothing and electronics. The company confirmed to TechCrunch that the feed tab is currently being tested in Indonesia. The Shop tab serves as a hub …

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YouTube will disable hidden subscriber counts to fight comment spam

YouTube is chipping away at its own spam woes with a few feature changes designed to make it harder for fake accounts to impersonate real ones.

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5 ways to seize the opportunities created by recent chaos in ad tech

As the major platforms are forced to innovate, advertisers who are willing to "be like water" and flow with change are going to come out ahead.

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Anonymous social apps shift their attention to Instagram in the wake of Snapchat’s ban

Anonymous social apps targeting teens haven’t gone away in the wake of Snapchat’s new policy, which earlier this year banned these types of social experiences from integrating with its developer platform. Instead, the apps have simply found a new way to reach young people: via Instagram…

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WeWork India exposed visitors’ personal information and selfies

Visitor names, email addresses, phone numbers, and selfies were exposed to the internet.

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TikTok says ‘Project Texas’ will bolster security for U.S. users in wake of China data access concerns

Over the weekend, TikTok wrote to Republican Senators to assure them that it’s working on a program called “Project Texas” to bolster data security for U.S.-based users. This was in response to the Senators’ letter to the company dated June 27 that questioned its data access…

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