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In bad news for US cloud services, Austrian website’s use of Google Analytics found to breach GDPR

A decision by Austria’s data protection watchdog upholding a complaint against a website related to its use of Google Analytics does not bode well for use of US cloud services in Europe. The dec

Omnichannel customer messaging platform Superchat raises $15.6M round led by Blossom

While last year’s WhatsApp outage is still sending shivers down the spine of its 2 billion users, the same is also true for the millions of businesses now using it to connect with their customers. A

Google offers not to put News Showcase into search results in Germany as antitrust probe rolls on

In the latest bit of regulatory woe for Big Tech in Europe, Google is trying to settle a German antitrust investigation into its news licensing product by offering not to expand the display of News Sh

App Annie: Global app stores’ consumer spend up 19% to $170B in 2021, downloads grew 5% to 230B

Consumer spending on mobile apps reached $170 billion in 2021, according to App Annie’s newly released “State of Mobile 2022″ report, out today, which offers a comprehensive look at

Kleiner Perkins starts 50th year with $1.8B in two new funds

The firm is targeting capital at early-stage investments in enterprise, consumer, hardtech, fintech and healthcare companies.

Apple to allow third-party app payment options in South Korea

Apple has submitted its compliance plans to allow developers to use third-party payment options in South Korea at a reduced service fee, the Korea Communication Commission (KCC) said on Tuesday. The K

The road to disastrous biometric data collection is paved with good intentions

The time to stop the slide by regulating and eliminating unnecessary biometric data collection, particularly when for-profit corporations are involved, is now.

How the mobile app ecosystem adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the mobile app ecosystem, according to an annual retrospective released today by app intelligence firm Sensor Tower. In the early days of the pandemic, a numb

This Week in Apps: Instagram brings back the chronological feed, South Korea bans P2E games, Google looks for ecosystem integrations

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. The app industry continues to grow, with a re

Apple’s biggest scandal of 2022 is already happening

Hello friends, and welcome back to Week in Review! I’ve taken the last few weeks to unwind and ensure that my 2022 hot takes are as scorching as possible, or at least as prescient as possible. T

US regulator rules that Google infringed on Sonos speaker patents

The US International Trade Commission has agreed with Sonos' claims that Google had infringed on its speaker and cast patents.

TechCrunch+ roundup: VC advice for CEOs, 2022 e-commerce trends, OpenSea’s valuation

This is a fantastic time to launch a startup, but if you're trying to grow one — well, winter is coming.

India hits Google with antitrust investigation over alleged abuse in news aggregation

India’s antitrust watchdog has ordered an investigation into Google following complaints from news publishers who allege that the search giant is “abusing” its dominance in news aggregation to i

After talking to marketing leaders for a year, here’s my advice for CEOs

Marketing makes or breaks a company. When I am asked what is the No. 1 thing that I would do to help a company scale massively, it is focusing on marketing. Period.

Steering innovation toward the public good

When it comes to transportation innovation, perhaps the hardest thing to predict is the timing of how and when these developments will impact our everyday lives

Reliance Retail backs Dunzo in $240 million funding

Reliance Retail has led a $240 million funding round in Google-backed hyperlocal delivery startup Dunzo as the largest Indian retail chain expands to the instant commerce space, a category that has m

France spanks Google $170M, Facebook $68M over cookie consent dark patterns

Chalk another one up for decentralized enforcement: France’s data protection watchdog has slapped headline-grabbing fines on Facebook and Google for failing to respect local (and pan-EU) cookie

Why it matters having Matter support for your new smart home device

Matter is designed to finally fix the issues around fragmented smart home systems so that all of your devices can be easily set up and routed from one place.

Google brings Android and (some) Windows PCs closer together

Google is working with the likes of Intel, Acer and HP to make easier connecting your phone to your Windows PC through Fast Pair, share files between Android devices and Windows PCs with Nearby Share,

Google Home, YouTube integrate with Volvo Cars

Google unveiled Wednesday at CES 2022 a range of new ways to keep its Android devices connected — and that includes cars. As more vehicles go electric and automakers evolve into software developers,
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