Mobile

Snapchat launches Bitmoji TV: zany 4-min cartoons of your avatar

If you were the star of every show, would you watch more mobile television? Snapchat is betting that narcissism drives…

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Facebook hits 2.5B users in Q4 but shares sink from slow profits

Facebook beat Wall Street estimates in Q4 but slowing profit growth beat up the share price. Facebook reached 2.5 billion…

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Verkada raises $80M at $1.6B to be every building’s security OS

Fifty iPads were stolen from Verkada co-founder Hans Robertson’s old company. Only when they checked the security system did they…

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Coinbase poaches Google Shopping VP as CPO for cryptocommerce

“We’re trying to shift cryptocurrency from this speculative asset class to driving real-world utility,” Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong tells me.…

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No pan-EU Huawei ban as Commission endorses 5G risk mitigation plan

The European Commission has endorsed a risk mitigation approach to managing 5G rollouts across the bloc — meaning there will…

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Flexibits launches major Fantastical update

Flexibits, the company behind popular calendar app Fantastical, is releasing Fantastical 3.0 on all platforms today — macOS, iOS, iPadOS…

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GoDaddy continues to expand beyond websites by acquiring social content startup Over

GoDaddy has reached an agreement to acquire Over, the startup behind an app that helps businesses create the photos and…

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Mobile messaging startup Attentive raises another $70M

Less than six months after it announced $40 million in funding, Attentive has raised another $70 million — this time in…

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OpenPhone grabs $2 million for its business phone number app

Y Combinator graduate OpenPhone is raising a $2 million funding round led by Slow Ventures. The company is working on…

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Smartphone sales expected to get a slight bump in 2020

Last year saw global smartphone sales decline for the first time since analysts started tracking such things. In Gartner’s case,…

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Flipboard expands into local news

Flipboard, the personalized news aggregation app used by 145 million users per month, is today launching a new feature aimed…

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This Week in Apps: Apple antitrust issues come to Congress, subscription apps boom, Tencent takes on TikTok

Welcome back to ThisWeek in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and…

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Vine reboot Byte officially launches

Two years after Vine’s co-founder Dom Hofmann announced he was building a successor to the short-form video app, today Byte…

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The Pentagon pushes back on Huawei ban in bid for ‘balance’

Huawei may have just found itself an ally in the most unexpected of places. According to a new report out…

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Aki acquires Eyeview’s ad personalization tech

Video advertising company Eyeview shut down in December, but its technology will live on thanks to an acquisition by Aki…

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