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Facebook quietly relaunches apps for Groups platform after lockdown – TechCrunch

Facebook is becoming a marketplace for enterprise apps that help Group admins manage their communities. To protect itself and its users in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook locked down the Groups API for building apps for Groups. These apps had to go through a human-reviewed approval process, and lost access to Group member lists, plus the names ...

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Gadgets and small appliances that will keep you in the kitchen – TechCrunch

Makula Dunbar Contributor More posts by this contributor The best home Wi-Fi and networking gear Worthwhile gadget upgrades for the tech-obsessed Editor’s note: This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter’s independently chosen editorial picks, Wirecutter and TechCrunch earn affiliate commissions.                                ...

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Meditation app Calm hits a $250M valuation amid an explosion of interest in mindfulness apps – TechCrunch

Just a few years ago, it might have been a bit of a challenge to convince investors that a mindfulness app would end up being a big business — but thanks to an increasing focus on mental health from both startups and larger companies, companies like Calm are now capturing the excitement of investors. From meditation sessions like you might ...

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Chan Zuckerberg Initiative hires to donate tech, not just money – TechCrunch

A cell atlas. AI that reads science papers. Personalized learning software. Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan’s $45 billion philanthropy organization wants to build technology that can do good at scale rather than just trying to drown problems in cash. Now 2.5 years after its launch, CZI has finally filled out its tech leadership team. Today CZI announced the hire of Jonathan ...

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Snapchat preps Snapkit platform to bring camera, login to other apps – TechCrunch

Leak says Snap will finally embrace developers Josh Constine @ / 20 hours Snapchat is secretly planning the launch of its first full-fledged developer platform, currently called Snapkit. The platform’s prototypes indicate it will let other apps offer a “login with Snapchat” options, use the Bitmoji avatars it acquired and host a version of Snap’s full-featured camera software that can ...

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Watch a laser-powered RoboFly flap its tiny wings – TechCrunch

Making something fly involves a lot of trade-offs. Bigger stuff can hold more fuel or batteries, but too big and the lift required is too much. Small stuff takes less lift to fly but might not hold a battery with enough energy to do so. Insect-sized drones have had that problem in the past — but now this RoboFly is ...

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A Modcloth cofounder just launched an invite-only cryptocurrency – TechCrunch

Cryptocurrency is cool, but you know what’d be even cooler? If people used it to buy things. That they don’t because it’s either not secure or hard to use is a problem that a growing number of founders is trying to tackle. Among them is Merit, a new digital currency that aims to be as simple to use as traditional payment ...

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You can now easily buy movie tickets with Google Assistant – TechCrunch

Google Assistant is gaining some new capabilities thanks to a deal with Fandango that should make ordering movie tickets a quick and easy process. Simply tell Google Assistant that you want to buy some movie tickets and you’ll see what’s playing nearby; you can dial in the specificity to find out just what’s playing at a specific theater or at ...

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Spotify misses on revenue in first earnings report with 170M users – TechCrunch

In Spotify’s first ever earnings report, the streaming music came up a little short, pulling in $1.36 billion revenue in Q1 2018. That’s compared to Wall Street’s estimates of $1.4 billion in revenue and an adjusted EPS loss of $0.34. Spotify hit 170 million monthly active users, up 6.9 percent from 159 million in Q4 2017 and 99 million ad-supported ...

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T-Mobile and Sprint have finally announced a merger agreement – TechCrunch

Sprint and T-Mobile, after years of going back and forth as to whether they are going to tie up two of the largest telecom providers in the U.S., have announced that the two companies have entered a merger agreement this morning. The merger will be an all-stock transaction, and will now be subject to regulatory approval. That latter part is ...

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Opera launches a new mobile browser – TechCrunch

Opera today announced a new mobile browser, Opera Touch, that shows that there’s still plenty of room for a competitor in the mobile browsing world. Opera Touch takes some ideas from the company’s experimental Opera Neon desktop browser and packages it into a highly usable package for Android, with an iOS version coming soon. It’s not so much that Touch ...

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Snapchat launches Spectacles V2, camera glasses you’ll actually wear – TechCrunch

Photos, not just video. No yellow ring alerting people to the camera. Underwater-capable. Classier colors with lighter lenses. Prescription options. Faster syncing. And a much slimmer frame and charging case. Snapchat fixed the biggest pain points of its Spectacles camera sunglasses with V2, which launch today for $150. The company only sold 220,000 pairs of V1, with their limited functionality, ...

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