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Adobe buys Figma, Uber gets hacked, and Google shrinks Area 120

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Parler forms a new parent company to offer ‘uncancelable’ cloud services

One of the alternative social networks to emerge out of the social media backlash of the Trump era is apparently going to try something new. Parler announced Friday that it has acquired a cloud compan

Google cancels half the projects at its internal R&D group Area 120

Google CEO Sundar Pichai, speaking at the Code Conference last week, suggested the tech company needed to become 20% more efficient — a comment some in the industry took to mean headcount reduct

Google Photos redesigns its Memories feature with vertical swiping, more video and other creative tools

As consumer social apps shift their focus to video for social expression and adopt more creative tools, like those for collage-making, Google Photos’ often more utilitarian app will now do the s

Dig scoops up $34M to tackle the fragmented world of cloud data security

In 2022, the amount of corporate data stored in the cloud (versus on-premise servers) reached 60%, a signal of how the world of enterprise IT is evolving. But lest you think that cloud=modern=more eff

Google, Meta fined $71.8M for violating privacy law in South Korea

South Korea has hit Google and Meta with a fine of ~$71.8 million (100 billion KRW) after finding they violated the country’s privacy law, South Korean authorities said on Wednesday. The watchdo

Google fails to overturn EU’s €4BN+ Android antitrust decision

Google’s appeal against a €4.34 billion antitrust fine handed down by the European Union four years ago, after the bloc’s competition regulator found major violations in how it operated

Google has already published its version of the new 31 emojis

Unicode Consortium, an organization maintaining the official emojis catalog for smartphones, published the Unicode 15.0 standard on Tuesday with 31 new emojis, including a pushing hand, a shaking face

Apple’s in-app purchase prices jumped 40% year over year, likely tied to privacy changes

It’s become increasingly difficult to estimate how much money Apple’s App Store business makes, as it’s lumped in with other services on Apple’s balance sheet — and becau

Can this startup solve the HR headache that is digital nomads? It just raised $12M to try

In the new era of remote and hybrid working, companies need to manage people who either relocate or work remotely. For obvious reasons, that has created a huge headache for HR directors. Back in 2014,

Goldsky raises $20M to bring real-time, on-chain data to crypto companies

Despite well-known volatility in the crypto market, crypto startups building infrastructure to support the industry’s long-term growth have seemed to fare better than their peers. This is especi

Liquid Instruments hooks up with $28.5M to upend the engineering testing market with software-defined instrumentation

Engineering innovations are a critical cornerstone in the evolution of technology, but ironically there haven’t been as many innovations in engineers’ tooling itself. Now, a startup called

Google’s adtech practices targeted in UK, EU antitrust damages suits

More antitrust litigation targeting Big (ad)Tech: Google is being sued in the U.K. and the Netherlands where two suits have been announced today seeking damages on behalf of publishers who claim they

Daily Crunch: New Starbucks Odyssey loyalty program ‘happens to be built on blockchain and web3’

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Tighter VC capital forces AI startups to face the music

A new report from PitchBook shows that VC activity in the AI sector declined precipitously over the past few months.

Google closes $5.4B Mandiant acquisition

Google has announced that its proposed $5.4 billion bid to buy cybersecurity firm Mandiant is now complete. The internet giant revealed plans to acquire publicly traded Mandiant back in March, less th

Google eyes moving some Pixel smartphone manufacturing to India, report says

Google is eyeing moving some production of its Pixel smartphone lineup to India, according to a report, the latest in a series of phonemakers with growing ambitions to locally assemble their handsets

Google introduces a set of iOS 16 Lock Screen widgets for your iPhone

Google announced this morning it will bring access to a number of its popular apps, including Search, Maps, Gmail and more, to the iPhone’s Lock Screen. With the updated version of Apple’s

The tech industry needs a labor movement

It’s strange that the companies that have made so much money off remote work seem to be the most allergic to its possibilities.

This Week in Apps: Apple’s event brings a ‘Dynamic Island,’ new widgets and iOS 16

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
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