Mobile

The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Spotify ‘Sponsored Songs’ lets labels pay for plays

    Spotify ‘Sponsored Songs’ lets labels pay for plays

    A mysterious “Sponsored Content” opt-out setting recently appeared in Spotify, and now the streaming giant has confirmed to TechCrunch what it’s about. Spotify is now testing a new “Sponsored Song” ad unit that a company spokesperson tells us is “a product test for labels to promote singles on the free tier.” Instead of appearing as obvious ad banners… Read More

  • Winners and losers in Amazon’s $13.7B purchase of Whole Foods

    Winners and losers in Amazon’s $13.7B purchase of Whole Foods

    Amazon is taking a huge bite out of the fresh food business with its bid for Whole Foods Market for $13.7 billion. But even though this is a deal between two companies, it’s not just the two of them being touched by it. The intersection between the food and tech industries has been playing out for years now, sprouting dozens of food startups; efforts from large tech companies to move… Read More

  • Amazon Channels now works like a TV login for HBO & Showtime’s apps

    Amazon Channels now works like a TV login for HBO & Showtime’s apps

    Amazon Channels is starting act like a TV provider. The service, which allows Prime members to subscribe to over-the-top premium networks like HBO, Showtime, Starz, Cinemax and others, now allows you to log into some of the networks’ standalone streaming apps, as well, starting with HBO and Showtime. That is, instead of entering in your cable or satellite TV credentials to gain access to… Read More

  • Slack is reportedly raising another huge $500M round of funding

    Slack is reportedly raising another huge $500M round of funding

    Slack is in the midst of raising another $500 million in financing at what could be a $5 billion valuation — money it will likely critically need as it goes after major corporate clients and construct a functional business — according to a report by Recode. Slack also got some interest with a $9 billion price tag from Amazon, according to a report from Bloomberg last night. All… Read More

  • Mobile gaming company Scopely raises $60M

    Mobile gaming company Scopely raises $60M

    Scopely just announced that it has raised $60 million in Series C funding. The round was led by Revolution Growth, a firm led by former AOL executives Steve Case and Ted Leonsis (AOL owns TechCrunch), which targets startups outside Silicon Valley and New York. (Scopely is headquartered in Los Angeles.) Revolution’s Donn Davis is joining Scopely’s board of directors, while… Read More

  • Snap taps its IPO price as it continues to crash

    Snap taps its IPO price as it continues to crash

    Update: It happened! Snap fell down to its IPO price (for a few seconds) of $17 per share after its continued steady march south over the past several weeks. The company is now barely holding just above its IPO price. Snap’s last earnings report resulted in a disaster, and while the company still managed to stay above $20 for an extended period of time, a string of bad days for the… Read More

  • Musical.ly gets into original content with new shows from Viacom, NBCU & Hearst

    Musical.ly gets into original content with new shows from Viacom, NBCU & Hearst

    Lip-syncing social network Musical.ly is getting into original content, thanks to new deals with Viacom, NBCU and Hearst, which will bring short-form video series to the app. However, unlike the original videos found on Snapchat – an app that’s often the next step up for the tween-age Musical.ly audience – these shows are designed to be interactive. That is, the shows… Read More

  • Microsoft Pix can now turn your iPhone photos into art, thanks to artificial intelligence

    Microsoft Pix can now turn your iPhone photos into art, thanks to artificial intelligence

    Microsoft is rolling out an update to its AI-powered photo editing app, Microsoft Pix, that aims to give Prisma and others like it some new competition. While the app was originally designed to enhance your iPhone photos by tweaking things like color, exposure and other variables, the newly updated Microsoft Pix will now let you have a little more fun with your photos, too – this time… Read More

  • Facebook requests input on hard questions about censorship and terrorism

    Facebook requests input on hard questions about censorship and terrorism

    How should Facebook decide what’s allowed on its social network, and how to balance safety and truth with diverse opinions and cultural norms? Facebook wants your feedback on the toughest issues it’s grappling with, so today it published a list of seven “hard questions” and an email address — hardquestions@fb.com — where you can send feedback… Read More