• Twitter acquires group chat app Sphere

    Twitter has acquired London-based Sphere, which operates an eponymous chat app for groups, 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 Nick D’Aloisio, who previously founded news summary app Summly, which he famously sold to Yahoo at […]

  • 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 […]

  • Twitter found a way to show users more ads

    Twitter says it’s going to test a new ad format and placement on its platform. On Wednesday, Twitter Revenue Product Lead Bruce Falck said Twitter would begin showing ads on mobile devices inside conversation threads after the first, third and eighth replies. While the company stopped short of confirming the change would be permanent, it […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 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 […]

  • Twitter launches Spark audio creator program to boost Spaces

    Twitter is deepening its investment in Spaces, the Clubhouse-like audio rooms the social network launched this year. The company announced the launch of a new creator program for Spaces on Tuesday. The Spark program is a three-month accelerator that aims to “discover and reward great Spaces on Twitter with financial, technical, and marketing support.” Twitter […]

  • One-time TikTok rival Byte relaunches as Clash, an app for video creators and their top fans

    When the Trump administration announced it would ban TikTok in the U.S., a number of alternative short-form video apps began to flourish, as users hedged their bets on a potential TikTok exit. Among these was Byte, an app co-created by Vine co-founder Dom Hofmann, which topped 1.3 million downloads in its first week alone. But […]

  • Tech giants’ slowing progress on hate speech removals underscores need for law, says EC

    Tech giants have gotten worse at removing illegal hate speech from their platforms under a voluntary arrangement in the European Union, according to the Commission’s latest assessment. The sixth evaluation report of the EU’s Code of Conduct on removing illegal hate speech found what the bloc’s executive calls a “mixed picture”, with platforms reviewing 81% […]

  • Twitter invests in avatar startup Facemoji

    Avatar startups have come and gone over the past few years, but the future that many of the entrepreneurs behind them originally imagined has proven more or less accurate. Apple is increasingly interested in avatar representations through Memoji, Mark Zuckerberg wants Facebook to be a metaverse company and platforms like Roblox, where users enter a […]