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Twitter acquires group chat app Sphere

Twitter acquires group chat app Sphere

Twitter has acquired London-based Sphere, which operates an eponymous groups chat app, the latest in a series of recent moves from the social network as it looks to aggressively broaden and improve its product offerings. Sphere — founded by Tomas Halgas and Nick D’Aloisio, who previously founded news summary app Summly, which he famously sold to […]

This Week in Apps: Apple appeals Epic Games suit, Google files a counterclaim and Twitter adds more ads

This Week in Apps: Apple appeals Epic Games suit, Google files a counterclaim and Twitter adds more ads

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 record 218 billion downloads and $143 billion in global consumer spend in 2020. Consumers last year also spent 3.5 trillion minutes using apps on Android devices alone. And […]

Verizon-owned cell network Visible confirms hackers accessed user accounts

Verizon-owned cell network Visible confirms hackers accessed user accounts

Visible, a budget cellular carrier owned by Verizon, has confirmed that hackers accessed and charged user accounts. The incident, first reported by The Verge, came to light earlier this week after Visible customers took to social media to report that their accounts had been hijacked. Some reported that their email address and password had been changed, […]

Twitter is bringing Ticketed Spaces to Android users in the US

Twitter is bringing Ticketed Spaces to Android users in the US

Twitter has announced that paid Ticketed Spaces are coming to Android users in the U.S. over the next few days. Hosts on Spaces, Twitter’s live audio room feature, will now be able to sell access to Ticketed Spaces. The Android launch comes after the initial Ticketed Spaces rollout for iOS users in late August. Applications […]

Twitter will now let you remove followers without blocking them

Twitter will now let you remove followers without blocking them

After testing last month, Twitter is rolling out a feature to all web users that will let them remove followers without blocking them. This safety feature can be helpful if you want to avoid the repercussions of blocking someone — if a blocked user navigates to your profile after you block them, Twitter will tell […]

Mark Cuban-backed live entertainment app Fireside launches to creators

Mark Cuban-backed live entertainment app Fireside launches to creators

Amid a deluge of new creator platforms, a startup called Fireside is launching today with what it believes will be a compelling proposition for professional creators in need of a more robust set of tools for content creation, distribution, measurement and monetization. The service, which offers a platform for live and interactive shows, had been […]

Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen testifies before the Senate

Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen testifies before the Senate

After revealing her identity on Sunday night, Frances Haugen — the whistleblower who leaked controversial Facebook documents to The Wall Street Journal — testified before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation on Tuesday. Haugen’s testimony came after a hearing last week, when Facebook global head of Safety Antigone Davis was questioned about the company’s […]

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