Apps

WhatsApp delays enforcement of privacy terms by 3 months, following backlash

WhatsApp said on Friday that it won’t enforce its new data-sharing policy until May 15, weeks after news about the new terms created confusion among...

Bumble files to go public

The dating and networking service Bumble has filed to go public. The company, launched by a former co-founder of the IAC-owned Tinder, plans to list its...

Medium acquires social book reading app Glose

Medium is acquiring Paris-based startup Glose for an undisclosed amount. Glose has been building iOS, Android and web apps that let you buy, download and...

WhatsApp faces legal challenge over privacy in its biggest market

WhatsApp is facing a legal challenge in India, its biggest market, after a petition was filed Thursday before Delhi High Court over the upcoming change...

Zocdoc founder returns with Shadow, an app that finds lost dogs

Every year, around 10 million pets go missing in the U.S., and millions of those end up in shelters where they aren’t always reunited with...

TikTok update will change privacy settings and defaults for users under 18

TikTok announced today it’s making changes to its app to make the experience safer for younger users. The company will now set the accounts for...

Gadgets News

Apple said to be planning new 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros with MagSafe and Apple processors

Apple has planned new upgraded MacBook Pros for launch “later this year” according to a new report from Bloomberg. These new models would come in...

This new module keeps Philips Hue bulbs connected even when the wall switch gets flipped

Philips Hue bulbs are pretty great, but they have a mortal enemy: the humble light switch. If you’ve got a Hue bulb tied to a...

Thimble teaches kids STEM skills with robotics kits combined with live Zoom classes

Parents with kids stuck learning at home during the pandemic have had to look for alternative activities to promote the hands-on learning experiences kids are...

Samsung unveils its newest Tile competitor, the Galaxy SmartTag

Alongside its other announcements at Samsung’s event today, the company introduced its new Galaxy SmartTag Bluetooth locator, a lost item beacon for Samsung owners and...

Origami Labs’ OFLO is a smart walkie talkie for frontline workers

OFLO is a voice communication system designed to replace traditional walkie talkies. Its hardware is more compact and lightweight, with a bone conduction headset, and...

GoPro makes stopping and starting simpler with motion, power, QR triggers

GoPro may have started out at the intersection of capability and affordability in the action cam space, but since then it has increasingly leaned towards...

Mobile News

How to reset the Samsung Galaxy S21

Whether you’re having some trouble with your Samsung Galaxy S21 or want to erase all of your personal data before selling the device on eBay,...

This new Apple iPad Air deal at Amazon is a great way to save

Andrew Martonik/Digital Trends While tablet deals involving a range of manufacturers are always available from major retailers, iPad deals are much harder to come by,...

Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro review: I can hear clearly now

Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro “Galaxy Buds Pro provide excellent comfort, solid audio quality, and good ANC. But they aren't a complete package, with finicky touch...

The best iPhone to buy in 2021

The iPhone 12 series is more varied than it has been before, with four different models to choose from, plus a range of older iPhone...

Amazon just knocked $40 off the new iPad Air — grab it today!

Andrew Martonik/Digital Trends Make the new iPad Air your go-to work-from-home device. Buy it now for the low price of $559 from Amazon — down...

The best browser for Mac in 2021

As a Mac owner, you probably know your computer comes with Safari installed, and maybe that’s the only web browser you ever use. It’s certainly...

Social

Facebook blocks new events around DC and state capitols

As a precaution against coordinated violence as the US approaches President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, Facebook announced a few new measures it’s putting in place. In...

Daily Crunch: WhatsApp responds to privacy backlash

WhatsApp delays enforcement of a controversial privacy change, Apple may get rid of the Touch Bar in future MacBooks and Bumble files to go public....

Twitter’s vision of decentralization could also be the far-right’s internet endgame

This week, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey finally responded publicly to the company’s decision to ban President Trump from its platform, writing that Twitter had “faced...

WhatsApp delays enforcement of privacy terms by 3 months, following backlash

WhatsApp said on Friday that it won’t enforce its new data-sharing policy until May 15, weeks after news about the new terms created confusion among...

How Twitter is handling the 2021 US presidential transition

Twitter has set out its plans for US Inauguration Day 2021, next Wednesday, January 20, when president-elect Joe Biden will be sworn into office as...

WhatsApp faces legal challenge over privacy in its biggest market

WhatsApp is facing a legal challenge in India, its biggest market, after a petition was filed Thursday before Delhi High Court over the upcoming change...

Software News

Home services platform Porch acquires four companies

Only a few weeks after its SPAC IPO, Porch today announced that it has made four acquisitions, worth a total of $122 million. The most...

TikTok update will change privacy settings and defaults for users under 18

TikTok announced today it’s making changes to its app to make the experience safer for younger users. The company will now set the accounts for...

Watch this robot dog teach itself to fend off humans

From the moment Boston Dynamics cemented the 'robot dog' in our collective consciousness, we've thoroughly enjoyed watching them get pushed and kicked around. There is...

Twitter will reinstate Trump’s account following his deletion of tweets

A Twitter spokesperson has confirmed with TechCrunch this morning that Trump has deleted three tweets that led to the temporarily suspension of this account last...

Mark Zuckerberg announces Trump banned from Facebook and Instagram for ‘at least the next two weeks’

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has announced via his platform that Donald Trump will be blocked from using both Facebook and Instagram “for at least the...

Elon Musk dunks on Facebook and recommends Signal in wake of U.S. Capitol insurrection attempt

Elon Musk, the tech billionaire set to likely soon become the world’s richest man, and one of the most influential voices in the world of...

Startups

Extra Crunch roundup: antitrust jitters, SPAC odyssey, white-hot IPOs, more

Some time ago, I gave up on the idea of finding a thread that connects each story in the weekly Extra Crunch roundup; there are...

GitLab raises $195M in secondary funding on $6B valuation

GitLab has confirmed with TechCrunch that it raised a $195 million secondary round on a $6 billion valuation. CNBC broke the story earlier today. The...

Tracy Chou launches Block Party to combat online harassment and abuse

Block Party, an anti-harassment startup that aims to help folks feel safer on social media founded by Tracy Chou, launched today. Currently only available for...

Bumble files to go public

The dating and networking service Bumble has filed to go public. The company, launched by a former co-founder of the IAC-owned Tinder, plans to list its...

Corporate credit card platform Moss raises $25.5 million

German startup Moss has raised a $25.5 million (€21 million) funding round led by Valar Ventures. Existing investors Cherry Ventures and Global Founders Capital are...

Rapid growth in 2020 reveals OKR software market’s untapped potential

Last year, a number of startups building OKR-focused software raised lots of venture capital, drawing TechCrunch’s attention. Why is everyone making software that measures objectives...

Technology

I want to float in the void of this car’s paint job

Driving around a car that looks like it’s made from the fabric of space is now slightly more possible, as demonstrated in this modified black...

TV Ratings: ‘Mr. Mayor’ Ratings Quadruple in Key Demo Following Premiere Date

NBCUniversal’s newest sitcom series “Mr. Mayor,” a comedic, skeptical take on city government co-created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, opened to solid numbers in...

The FAA just greenlit this drone to fly autonomously without a human nearby

In October, the FAA took a major stride towards letting increasingly smart drones fly themselves, letting Skydio’s self-flying drones inspect any bridge in North Carolina...

Medium acquires eBook company Glose

Medium has announced its acquisition of the social-based ebook company Glose. Glose is a platform where users can buy and read books, then share notes...

Facebook is blocking events near the White House through Inauguration Day

Facebook won’t let people create events that take place “in close proximity” to the White House, the US Capitol building, or any state capitol buildings...

Apple is blocking Apple Silicon Mac users from sideloading iPhone apps

Apple has turned off users’ ability to unofficially install iOS apps onto their M1 Macs (via 9to5Mac). While iOS apps are still available in the...

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