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Google fined $40M+ for misleading location-tracking settings on Android

Google has been sanctioned A$60 million (around $40M+) in Australia over Android settings it had applied, dating back around five years, which were found — in a 2021 court ruling — to have

Meme-based dating app Schmooze allows matches to share memes with each other

Sharing a meme with someone you just met can be tricky, especially if you’re trying to flirt with them. Are they into wholesome puppy memes? Or maybe they like dark Homelander memes? Whatever the ca

Plex introduces a social experience to its streaming app with launch of ‘Discover Together’

Streaming media platform Plex, already an expansive service for personal media, free streaming TV and new content discovery, is venturing into a new area with today’s launch of a new feature, D

Apple adds the battery percentage icon back in the latest iOS beta

Apple is on the cusp of introducing a tiny change with an outsized impact on the quality of life of iPhone users everywhere who are tired of helplessly watching as the life trickles out of their devic

Less than 1% of Netflix’s subscribers want to play its mobile games

As Netflix struggles to keep consumers subscribed to its streaming service, its mobile games venture is looking like a flop. CNBC reported that according to app analytics company Apptopia, Netflix gam

Kakao says emoji subscription purchases fell by a third due to Google’s new in-app policy

The number of emoji subscription purchases on the South Korean messaging app KakaoTalk has dropped by a third over the year, parent firm Kakao said in quarterly earnings call Thursday. It blamed Googl

OnePlus’ 10T arrives September 29, starting at $649

Today in New York City, OnePlus held its first in-person launch event in two-plus years. That’s a lot of time away for a company that’s leaned so heavy on its fanbase for previous launches. Accord

The next step in Google’s merger of Duo and Meet starts today

In June, Google told us that it would start merging its Duo video chat service for consumers with Meet, its Zoom competitor for business users. The next phase of this merger starts today. Merging two

How to run growth marketing during a recession

How does one build, scale and navigate the headwinds of a recession, especially as consumer behavior changes dramatically?

Yelp updates its Android app with a redesigned home feed and map-based search

Yelp updating its Android app to introduce a new vertical Home Feed and search results with maps for better restaurant discovery, following last year’s release of a similar update for Yelp&#8217

Microsoft launches Outlook Lite for low-powered Android phones

Microsoft has launched its lightweight Outlook Lite Android app, which is suitable for low-end Android devices and regions with data connectivity issues. The app has a download size of less than 5MB c

Discord says Android users won’t be left hanging anymore

Discord announced new measures to bring its Android app into parity with its iOS counterpart today. The changes will improve the app’s experience for Android, which has historically lagged behin

This Week in Apps: Instagram backlash, TikTok gaming, Snapchat+ makes millions

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. Global app spending reached $65 billion in th

YouTube’s new tool lets creators turn their own videos into Shorts

YouTube wants to quickly ramp up the number of short-form “Shorts” videos available on its platform in order to better compete with TikTok. To aid with this effort, the company is today ro

Google Pixel Buds Pro review

Hardware’s long been a struggle for Google. Sure, the company has dominated many fields over the years, but it’s hard to shake the sense that it’s always harbored jealousy over what companies li

Google announces new Play Store policies around intrusive ads, impersonation and more

Google announced new Play Store policies for developers on Wednesday that aim to address issues with intrusive ads, alarms, VPNs and impersonation of brands and other apps. The company said these poli

Google Photos gets a new movie editor, but only on Chromebooks for now

Google today announced that it is adding a new movie editor and a few new video editing features to Google Photos, but for now these new features will only be available in the Android app running on C

Google Maps rolls out location sharing notifications, immersive views and better bike navigation

Google — facing increasing competition from other apps like Instagram and TikTok when it comes to consumers searching for things — wants to be the first place people go for discovery and p

JusTalk spilled millions of user messages and locations for months

Popular messaging app JusTalk left a huge database of unencrypted private messages publicly exposed to the internet without a password for months. The messaging app has around 20 million international

Messaging app Viber launches Payments, a new digital wallet for paying bills, money transfers and buying goods

Viber, the messaging app owned by Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten, has long been dancing around the area of fintech, launching services like money transfer and chatbot payments in various countries
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