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MediaLab acquires messaging app Kik, expanding its app portfolio

MediaLab acquires messaging app Kik, expanding its app portfolio Popular messaging app Kik is, indeed, “here to stay” following an acquisition by the Los Angeles-based multimedia holding company, MediaLab. It echoes the same message from Kik’s chief executive Tim Livingston last week when he rebuffed earlier reports that the company would shut […]

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This Week in Apps: League of Legends goes mobile, Tim Cook talks to China and more

This Week in Apps: League of Legends goes mobile, Tim Cook talks to China and more Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support, and the money that flows through it all. The app industry in 2018 saw 194 billion downloads and […]

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Mercedes-Benz app glitch exposed car owners’ information to other users

Mercedes-Benz app glitch exposed car owners’ information to other users Mercedes-Benz car owners have said that the app they used to remotely locate, unlock and start their cars was displaying other people’s account and vehicle information. TechCrunch spoke to two customers who said the Mercedes-Benz’ connected car app was pulling in information […]

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$35B face data lawsuit against Facebook will proceed

B face data lawsuit against Facebook will proceed Facebook just lost a battle in its war to stop a $35 billion class action lawsuit regarding alleged misuse of facial recognition data in Illinois. Today it was denied its request for an en banc hearing before the full slate of ninth circuit judges […]

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Google Maps adds more Waze-like features, including driving incident reports

Google Maps adds more Waze-like features, including driving incident reports Google Maps is starting to look a lot more like Waze. Google today announced a series of new features that will allow drivers using the Maps app on iOS to report accidents, speed traps, and traffic jams. And on both iOS and […]

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The Information will launch Ticker, a tech news app that costs $29 per year

The Information will launch Ticker, a tech news app that costs per year Since it was founded by journalist Jessica Lessin in 2013, The Information has stood out in the tech news landscape for its focus on an ad-free, subscription-driven business model (a focus that seems increasingly prescient). Now, the upcoming launch […]

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TikTok makes education push in India

TikTok makes education push in India China’s TikTok today launched an education program in India as the popular short-video app looks to expand its offering and assuage local authority in one of its biggest markets. TkTok, owned by the world’s most valued startup Bytedance, said it’s working with a number of content […]

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Amazon Pay users in India can now pay their utility, mobile and cable bills with Alexa

Amazon Pay users in India can now pay their utility, mobile and cable bills with Alexa Amazon Pay users in India can now use voice command with Alexa to pay their utility, internet, mobile, and satellite cable TV bills, the e-commerce giant said on Wednesday. This is the first time, the company […]

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True Balance raises $23M to bring its payments app to more small cities and towns in India

True Balance raises M to bring its payments app to more small cities and towns in India South Korean startup True Balance, which operates an eponymous financial services app aimed at tens of millions of users in small cities and towns in India, has closed a new financing round as it looks […]

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South Korea-based Mathpresso, developer of tutoring app Qanda, raises $14.5 million Series B

South Korea-based Mathpresso, developer of tutoring app Qanda, raises .5 million Series B Seoul-based education technology startup Mathpresso announced today that it has raised $14.5 million in Series B funding. The company’s flagship app is Qanda, which provides students with math and science help and tutoring. Participants in the round include Legend […]

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