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Huawei’s answer to life after Google Maps? TomTom – TechCrunch

Huawei’s answer to life after Google Maps? TomTom – TechCrunch

Losing access to Google software and services understandably threw Huawei for a loop. The Chinese hardware giant has clearly been working on a contingency plan to deal with the loss of access to things like Android and the Play Store, but Google’s offering formed so much of the devices’ software core — as they do […]

2020 will be a moment of truth for foldable devices – TechCrunch

2020 will be a moment of truth for foldable devices – TechCrunch

Phones were not the centerpiece at the recently wrapped Consumer Electronics Show; I’ll probably repeat this point a few more times over the course of this piece, just so we’re clear. This is due, in no small part, to the fact that Mobile World Congress has mostly usurped that role. There are always a smattering […]

AppsFlyer raises $210M for ad attribution and more – TechCrunch

AppsFlyer raises $210M for ad attribution and more – TechCrunch

AppsFlyer has raised a massive Series D of $210 million led by General Atlantic. Founded in 2011, the company is best known for mobile ad attribution — allowing advertisers to see which campaigns are driving results. At the same time, AppsFlyer has expanded into other areas like fraud prevention. And in the funding announcement, General […]

TechCrunch’s Top 10 investigative reports from 2019 – TechCrunch

TechCrunch’s Top 10 investigative reports from 2019 – TechCrunch

Facebook spying on teens, Twitter accounts hijacked by terrorists, and sexual abuse imagery found on Bing and Giphy were amongst the ugly truths revealed by TechCrunch’s investigating reporting in 2019. The tech industry needs more watchdogs than ever as its size enlargens the impact of safety failures and the abuse of power. Whether through malice, […]

Instagram drops IGTV button, but only 1% downloaded the app – TechCrunch

Instagram drops IGTV button, but only 1% downloaded the app – TechCrunch

At most, 7 million of Instagram’s 1 billion-plus users have downloaded its standalone IGTV app in the 18 months since launch. And now, Instagram’s main app is removing the annoying orange IGTV button from its home page in what feels like an admission of lackluster results. For reference, TikTok received 1.15 billion downloads in the […]

Apple buys edge-based AI startup Xnor.ai for a reported $200M – TechCrunch

Apple buys edge-based AI startup Xnor.ai for a reported $200M – TechCrunch

Xnor.ai, spun off in 2017 from the nonprofit Allen Institute for AI (AI2), has been acquired by Apple for about $200 million. A source close to the company corroborated a report this morning from GeekWire to that effect. Apple confirmed the reports with its standard statement for this sort of quiet acquisition: “Apple buys smaller […]

Mobile payment app Lydia raises $45 million round led by Tencent – TechCrunch

Mobile payment app Lydia raises $45 million round led by Tencent – TechCrunch

French startup Lydia is raising a $45 million Series B round (€40 million). Tencent is leading the round with existing investors CNP Assurances, XAnge and New Alpha also participating. If you live in France, chances are you already know Lydia quite well. The company has become a ubiquitous mobile payment app, especially for people under […]

Have we hit peak smartphone? – TechCrunch

Have we hit peak smartphone? – TechCrunch

There’s reason to believe the market may never return to sustained growth Brian Heater @bheater / 8 hours Last Halloween, we broke down some “good news” from a Canalys report: the smartphone industry saw one-percent year-over-year growth — not exactly the sort of thing that sparks strong consumer confidence. In short, 2019 sucked for smartphones, […]

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