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Netflix’s ad-supported plan may block offline viewing, code suggests

Netflix’s upcoming ad-supported tier could have a big drawback — besides the fact that your programming will be interrupted by commercials, that is. One of the streaming service’s mo

Motion capture becomes more accessible as Rokoko raises at $80M valuation

South Korean company Naver Z is the brain behind the popular 3D-avatar app Zepeto. Today, the company announced it made a strategic investment in the Danish animation and motion capture company Rokoko

Amazon is internally testing a TikTok-like feed in its app

Amazon is the next company in line to try to generate engagement from a TikTok-like social feed. The e-commerce giant joins the a laundry list of companies that have had the same idea: Facebook, Insta

A new TikTok feature lets creators share TikTok Stories to Facebook and Instagram

Facebook and Instagram may be busy trying to clone TikTok within their own apps as Reels, but a new feature rolling out now from TikTok will see the short-form video app’s content showing up in

Apple’s GarageBand update adds new remixes with Katy Perry and SEVENTEEN

The popular iOS and iPadOS app GarageBand will now include new remix sessions featuring songs from Katy Perry and the Korean boy band SEVENTEEN. Users will be able to download the remixes as soon as

Sinclair says its streaming sports service, Bally Sports+, will arrive next month

Sinclair’s direct-to-consumer streaming service, Bally Sports+, soft-launched to five regions earlier this summer. Today, the company announced that the streamer would officially roll out on Septemb

Timbaland and Swizz Beatz sue TikTok competitor Triller for $28M over nonpayment

Last year, Triller triumphantly announced that it would pay out a total of $14 million in cash and equity to Black creators in 2022. It seemed like a smart move, helping the lesser-known short-form vi

Venue raises $4M from Accel and the CEOs of Slack, Remote and SquareSpace to give teamwide video meetings a new breath of life

Zoom has in many ways “won” the mindshare game when it comes to video conferencing: Whether you’re actually using Zoom or another service that’s wrapped into another platform l

ThreatX raises a fresh round of capital to protect APIs and web apps

ThreatX, a vendor selling API protection services to mainly enterprise clients, today announced that it raised $30 million in a Series B funding round led by Harbert Growth Partners with participation

Reddit launches a new developer portal to give third-party apps and bots a boost

Any Redditor knows that the best thing about Reddit is bearing witness to the strange and occasionally brilliant stuff that the community itself comes up with — and the company is well aware of that

Spotify and Samsung expand their partnership in 2022, with more pre-installs, integrations and free trials

Spotify is again expanding its 2018 partnership with Samsung in 2022, the company announced. This year, Samsung and Spotify are working together on a number of cross-platform integrations involving Sa

TikTok launches new ad solutions with smarter targeting and amplified product discovery

TikTok announced today that it’s launching a new commerce ad suite called “Shopping Ads” to make it easier for brands to advertise on the platform. The company is currently testing t

Highbeam inks $7M to shine light on e-commerce-specific banking needs

By focusing on e-commerce, Highbeam is able to provide a single financial view of the business and help entrepreneurs decide the right cash and credit options.

HyperTrack, which provides last-mile routing software, raises $25M

In a sign that the market for logistics and transportation tech isn’t cooling (economic downturn be damned), HyperTrack, a startup offering APIs for freight order planning, assignment and tracki

AIOps startup BigPanda raises Series E extension, bringing its total capital to $340M

BigPanda, a startup developing AI to audit changes in IT environments and recommend how to fix them, has raised $20 million in an extension of its Series E round. UBS Next and Wells Fargo Strategic Ca

TikTok launches an in-app US midterms Elections Center, shares plan to fight misinformation

TikTok announced its midterms Elections Center will go live in the app in the U.S. starting today, August 17, 2022, where it will be available to users in more than 40 languages, including English and

Airbnb launches ‘anti-party’ tech to spot potential rule-breakers at the point of booking

After permanently banning parties and events on all Airbnb listings in June, the company is hardening its anti-party stance by launching new screening tools in the U.S. and Canada. The firm’s &#

VLC says India internet providers blocking site poses threat to users

VideoLan, the developer of popular media player VLC, says Indian telecom operators have been blocking its website since February of this year in a move that is potentially impacting some users in one

Daily Crunch: 7 months after emerging from stealth, YC alum Arc secures $20M Series A

Hello, friends, and welcome to Daily Crunch, bringing you the most important startup, tech and venture capital news in a single package.

Facebook will disable new political ads a week before US midterm elections

Meta loosely outlined how it plans to brace its platforms for the upcoming U.S. midterm elections Tuesday, starting with political ads. In November, the nation will decide a number of key congressiona
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