Taylor Hatmaker

Taylor Hatmaker

Senior Editor

Taylor covers social media, gaming and culture at TechCrunch. Prior to rejoining TechCrunch, Taylor was Senior Technology Editor of the Daily Beast. Taylor first joined TechCrunch in 2016. Before joining TechCrunch, she was the Tech Editor of the Daily Dot and a reporter and deputy editor at ReadWriteWeb.

The Latest from Taylor Hatmaker

The FTC just hit Amazon with a major antitrust lawsuit

The Federal Trade Commission made its big move against online shopping giant Amazon on Tuesday, accusing the company of illegally stifling competition on its way to becoming a ubiquitous retail presen

TikTok may start serving you Google Search results

TikTok is testing a new feature that integrates Google Search into its own in-app search results. The test, spotted by app researcher Radu Oncescu, shows a small box midway down TikTok’s search

What we learned from Microsoft’s big Xbox leak

As Microsoft marches toward a new deadline for its planned acquisition of Activision, the company stumbled into an unexpected setback of its own making. This week, a trove of documents surfaced throug

Nolej’s AI-generated classroom tools are a force multiplier for educators

The idea of bringing AI into the classroom doesn’t sit well with everyone, but the team behind Nolej believes that generative AI can supercharge learning — all while keeping teachers front and cen

Apple’s Lisa Jackson explains how going carbon neutral by 2030 is good business

As the most valuable company in the world, Apple extends its massive footprint into every corner of industry that it touches. With that footprint comes a vast responsibility to conduct itself responsi

Bluesky officially hits 1 million users

One of the buzziest post-Twitter apps hit a big milestone on Tuesday. Rose Wang, who works on strategy and operations for Bluesky, shared a screenshot of the moment on X, formerly Twitter. The X compe

Google’s big antitrust trial kicks off, with even bigger implications

The Justice Department’s landmark antitrust case against Google kicked off in court today, marking the beginning of a trial that will stretch on for months, potentially upending the tech world in th

Roblox is launching avatar-based voice calls with facial motion tracking

At its annual developer’s conference, Roblox detailed its near-future plans to expand beyond its identity as a game platform for kids. The company is already pushing into new demographics — Ro

Meta shut down a disinformation campaign tied to Chinese law enforcement

Twitch just made it a little easier to qualify for the Partner Plus program

Earlier this summer, Twitch offered some good news to streamers frustrated with the platform’s default revenue share, which splits earnings between the company and the creator 50/50. With the la

Former president Trump returns to Twitter, now X, with his mugshot

Former president Trump tweeted for the first time in more than two years on Thursday night, breaking a long silence on the platform, now known as X, that persisted into Elon Musk’s chaotic takeo

No Man’s Sky updates are going strong with Starfield around the corner

With a big-budget space exploration game debuting in days, indie spacefaring mainstay No Man’s Sky continues to deepen its own world with no signs of slowing down. No Man’s Sky is one of g

Twitch starts testing a TikTok-like clips feed to boost discovery

Twitch’s previously announced Discovery Feed is now out in the wild as a live test following the feature’s announcement back in July. The new feed will surface short clips from streams in

Roblox faces a new class action lawsuit alleging it facilitates child gambling

In a new class action lawsuit filed in the Northern District of California this week, two parents accuse Roblox of illegally facilitating child gambling. While gambling is not allowed on the platform,

Twitch will let streamers block banned users from watching streams

Twitch’s chat ban tools have been around for ages, but the platform is about to hand streamers a way to control who can watch a stream to begin with. In Twitch’s latest episode of Patch No

New York City bans TikTok on government-issued devices

New York City becomes the latest government to issue new rules banning TikTok, a measure meant to ward off potential security threats from China. The Verge reported the new ban, which is effective imm

Baldur’s Gate 3 early review: Modern fantasy

First, the basics. Baldur’s Gate 3 is a Dungeons & Dragons game through and through, but you don’t need to be familiar with that world or those systems to enjoy it. It’s a dense roleplay

Special counsel secured a secret search warrant for Trump’s Twitter account

New court papers first reported by Politico reveal that the special counsel investigating former President Trump secured a search warrant for his Twitter account back in January. The documents, which

Meta starts blocking the news in Canada — its latest standoff with publishers

Canadians using Facebook and Instagram should expect to see some gaps in their feeds, starting now. This week, Meta began blocking Canadian access to links and stories from news publishers — the com

Discord will now let you stream Xbox gameplay directly to servers and DMs

Streaming to Twitch is one thing, but sometimes you just want to share a new game (ahem Baldur’s Gate 3) or a big gameplay moment with your inner circle. Building off its previous integration wi
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