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Apple fined $1.84BN in EU over anti-steering on iOS music streaming market

The European Union has fined Apple €1.84 billion for breaching antitrust rules in the market for music streaming services on its mobile platform, iOS. The penalty is focused on Apple’s applica

MWC 2024: Everything announced so far, including Swayy’s app to tell friends where you’ll be next

The TechCrunch team is in Barcelona this week to bring you all the action going on at Mobile World Congress 2024.

Threads says it will make its API broadly available by June

Meta-owned social network Threads said today that it will make its API broadly available to developers by June. Engineer Jesse Chen posted that the company has been building the API for the past few m

Spotify, Epic Games and others pen letter to EC, claiming Apple has made a ‘mockery’ of the DMA

Epic Games, Spotify, Proton, 37signals and other developers had already signaled their displeasure with how Apple has chosen to adapt its rules to meet the requirements of the new EU regulation, the D

MyHeritage debuts OldNews.com, offering access to millions of historical newspaper pages

MyHeritage announced today that it’s launching OldNews.com, a new website that offers access to thousands of historical newspapers, mainly from the 1800s and 1900s. The website includes articles

MWC: Swayy app lets you share your future location with close friends, or groups you curate

Given that this week Instagram revealed that it was developing a “Friend Map” feature, it was interesting and timely to run into a startup during Mobile World Congress that plans to go beyond even

Apple reverses decision about blocking web apps on iPhones in the EU

Apple has reversed its decision about blocking web apps, also known as Progressive Web Apps (PWAs), on iPhones in the EU. The company updated its developer page saying that after receiving many reques

Spotify launches a $9.99/mo standalone audiobooks service for its free users

After adding 15 hours of free audiobooks listening to its subscription plan late last year, Spotify today is introducing a $9.99 per month option that will allow its free users to also access its audi

Facebook plans to shut down its news tab in the US and Australia

Meta is trying to distance itself from news media-related regulations and payment complexities as it plans to remove the news tab on Facebook in the U.S. and Australia. The company said today that it

Google pulls popular Indian apps from store over fee dispute

Google pulled more than a dozen popular apps from Play Store in India on Friday after warning that it will be taking actions against developers who have persistently not complied with its billing poli

MacPaw’s Setapp becomes one of the first to agree to Apple’s controversial DMA rules

Mac and iOS software development company MacPaw is becoming one of the first to publicly adopt Apple’s new DMA (Digital Markets Act) rules in the EU, to offer Setapp, its subscription-based plat

Microsoft’s Windows 11 Copilot gets smarter with new plugins and skills

You may not have a Copilot key on your PC’s keyboard yet, but if you’re a Windows 11 user, you’ll soon be able to use Copilot for a lot more everyday tasks on your desktop. Starting

Spotify’s new ‘Song Psychic’ is like a Magic 8 Ball that answers your questions with music

Spotify is rolling out a new feature called Song Psychic that will allow its customers to ask Spotify questions and get answers in the form of music. The addition builds on the success of Spotify&#821

Google is making search suggestions in Chrome more helpful

Google is introducing improvements to search suggestions in Chrome, the company announced today. As part of the changes, users will start to get more helpful search suggestions in Chrome based on what

Brave’s Leo AI assistant is now available to Android users

Brave is launching its AI-powered assistant, Leo, to all Android users. The assistant allows users to ask questions, translate pages, summarize pages, create content and more. The Android launch comes

Twodos is a simple to-do app that doesn’t remind you of your tasks

Listing tasks and to-dos is a very personal process. Some users like apps with intricate features so they can manage their tasks better, but another set of users get irritated exactly by feature overl

Mastodon users can now share their profiles via QR code on Android

Decentralized social network Mastodon has updated its official app for Android to let users easily share their profiles with QR codes. This could be useful in loud places like event and hotel lobbies

Gemini on Android can’t ID songs, and it’s frustrating

If it wasn’t clear before that Google’s Gemini chatbot was rushed out the door, it is now. Gemini’s since-removed image generator put people of color in Nazi-era uniforms. The chatbo

Tim Cook says Apple will ‘break new ground’ in GenAI this year

Apple CEO Tim Cook is promising that Apple will “break new ground” on GenAI this year. Cook made the pronouncement during the company’s annual shareholders meeting today, which came

Liveliness is a sports community app for finding new workout buddies

Finding people who share your active passion — to go hiking, biking, running, whatever — is a pretty enduring problem. Existing friends and family aren’t always going to be into the same sporty
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