This Week in Apps: The year’s best apps, 2020’s biggest downloads, the App Store’s newest hire

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. The app industry is as hot as ever, with a recor

Robinhood hires Josh Elman as VP of product, who’ll stay at Greylock

Zero-fee stock trading app Robinhood is getting some product firepower as it dives into cryptocurrency and weighs platform aspirations. Investor Josh Elman will join Robinhood as its VP of product whi

Listen Is RealNetworks’ New Smartphone App For Ringback Tones, And It’s Launching In The US

Remember <a target="_blank" href="">ringback tones</a>? You know, those songs and messages that you could customize to play so different people wo

RealNetworks Gets Serious About Social Casino Gaming With $15.6M Slingo Acquisition, New Sweepstakes

RealNetworks, a Seattle-based publicly-traded company that runs RealPlayer and has a gaming arm, is digging into social casino games with a deal to buy Slingo for $15.6 million. It’s also launch

Intel To Spend $120M On Patents, Video Codec Software From RealNetworks

<a href="">Intel</a> is to buy "a significant number" of patents (approximately 190 patents and 170 patent applications) and video codec software from <a href="h

RealNetworks Names Former Adobe Exec Thomas Nielsen As CEO

After the company's former <a href="">CEO Bob Kimball resigned</a> in March of this year, RealNetworks has <a href="http://www.prnewswire.c

RealNetworks CEO Bob Kimball: "The Real Player Is Only 10 Percent Of Our Business" (TCTV)

<img src="" class="shot2" /> I caught up with Bob Kimball and Peter Kellogg-Smith, respectively the chief executive and VP of emerging pro

RealNetworks settles RealDVD lawsuit: Has to cough up $4.5 million, stop supporting the software

<img src="" />Right around the time the world's financial markets started to collapse, back in 2008, RealNetworks, the folks behind Rea

RealNetworks Executive Shakeup Continues, Founder Rob Glaser Out As CEO

<img src="" width="200" height="200" /><a href="">RealNetworks</a> is finally getting some new blood.

RealNetworks totally thinks RealDVD will be back

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Judge upholds stop on RealDVD sales: Don't expect to see it for a long time (if ever)

Like Achilles, it looks like RealDVD has lived a short but glorious life. Its name will echo for eternity. And so on, and so forth. Right, so that judge that RealNetworks was so confident would rule i

RealNetworks is officially confident that RealDVD is legal

The RealDVD saga continues, quickly becoming one of the more interesting tech stories of the past few months. As we already know, both RealNetworks and the MPAA have been suing each other left, right

Surprise! Sales of RealDVD suspended while Hollywood runs itself into the ground

Note that I have nothing against Mr. Norris per se. You just knew this was going to happen. Sales of RealNetworks’ RealDVD have been suspended while Real fights Hollywood in court, forever. You

RealNetworks Versus Hollywood Case Will Be Heard In Silicon Valley Court

<img src="" alt="RealDVD" /> Often, the court that hears your case can determine whether you win or lose. RealNetworks just improved its cha

MPAA sues Real over RealDVD – the fools

In yet another ridiculous and short-sighted move, “the nation’s top movie companies” have filed suit against RealNetworks due to the release of RealDVD. Oh my god. Every time I think

RealNetworks goes to court to clear RealDVD's good name (before Hollywood destroys it)

Today should be a happy day for Real, having just released RealDVD, the DVD-copying-for-the-masses Windows app. But now there’s lawsuits involved, and lawsuits make Baby Deity unhappy. RealNetwo

RealDVD now available for download: Dead simple DVD copying, but with odd DRM

Those of you in the market to buy bridges for a $1, you should probably know that Real’s RealDVD is now available for download. A quick primer on what RealDVD actually does: the $30 Windows-only

RealNetworks Files Suit Against Hollywood Over RealDVD

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