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How backups, backups, backups protect NYC’s cellular infrastructure

By | 2018-06-23T10:57:36+00:00 June 23rd, 2018|Categories: Tech News|

The infrastructure that underpins our lives is not something we ever want to think about. Nothing good has come from suddenly needing to wonder “where does my water come from?” or “how does electricity connect into my home?” That pondering gets even more intense when we talk about cellular infrastructure, where a single dropped call or [...]

Facebook mistakenly leaked developer analytics reports to testers

By | 2018-06-22T13:55:06+00:00 June 22nd, 2018|Categories: Tech News|

Set the “days without a Facebook privacy problem” counter to zero. This week, an alarmed developer contacted TechCrunch, informing us that their Facebook App Analytics weekly summary email had been delivered to someone outside their company. It contains sensitive business information including weekly average users, page views, and new users. 43 hours after we contacted Facebook [...]

Facebook prototypes tool to show how many minutes you spend on it

By | 2018-06-22T12:12:43+00:00 June 22nd, 2018|Categories: Tech News|

Are you ready for some scary numbers? After months of Mark Zuckerberg talking about how “Protecting our community is more important than maximizing our profits”, Facebook is preparing to turn that commitment into a Time Well Spent product. Buried in Facebook’s Android app is an unreleased “Your Time On Facebook” feature. It shows the tally of [...]

Citymapper lets you find Ofo, Mobike and scooters around you

By | 2018-06-22T11:08:04+00:00 June 22nd, 2018|Categories: Tech News|

Urban transportation app Citymapper quietly rolled out an app update that lets you find many alternative mobility services in the app. You can now find the nearest dockless bike or electric scooter around you (not the Bird and Lime kind, the motorcycle kind). The integrations are already live in many cities. The company didn’t add new [...]

Twitter buys a startup to battle harassment, e-cigs are booming, and a meditation app is worth $250M

By | 2018-06-22T09:57:47+00:00 June 22nd, 2018|Categories: Tech News|

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week TechCrunch’s Silicon Valley Editor Connie Loizos and I jammed out on a couple topics as Alex Wilhelm was out managing his fake stock game spreadsheets or something. (The jury is out on whether this was a good [...]

Fb Messenger auto-translation chips at US/Mexico language wall

By | 2018-06-21T13:57:25+00:00 June 21st, 2018|Categories: Tech News|

Facebook’s been criticized for tearing America apart, but now it will try to help us forge bonds with our neighbors to the south. Facebook Messenger will now offer optional auto-translation of English to Spanish and vice-versa for all users in the United States and Mexico. It’s a timely launch given the family separation troubles at the [...]

AT&T launches a low-cost live TV streaming service, WatchTV

By | 2018-06-21T11:10:06+00:00 June 21st, 2018|Categories: Tech News|

AT&T this morning announced the launch of a second TV streaming service, called WatchTV, days after its merger with Time Warner. The lower-cost alternative to AT&T’s DirecTV Now will offer anyone the ability to join WatchTV for only $15 per month, but the service will also be bundled into AT&T wireless plans. This $15 per month [...]

Lydia now supports Samsung Pay

By | 2018-06-21T07:51:33+00:00 June 21st, 2018|Categories: Tech News|

While French banks are just catching up to Apple Pay, French startup Lydia is adding support for Samsung Pay. If you have a recent Samsung phone, you can now add a virtual card to Samsung Pay and pay using your phone in your favorite stores. Lydia started as a peer-to-peer payment app. It works more or [...]

Google Play now makes it easier to manage your subscriptions

By | 2018-06-20T15:03:46+00:00 June 20th, 2018|Categories: Tech News|

Mobile app subscriptions are a big business, but consumers sometimes hesitate to sign up because pausing and cancelling existing subscriptions hasn’t been as easy as opting in. Google is now addressing those concerns with the official launch of its subscription center for Android users. The new feature centralizes all your Google Play subscriptions, and offers a [...]

Instagram hits 1 billion monthly users, up from 800M in September

By | 2018-06-20T15:03:45+00:00 June 20th, 2018|Categories: Tech News|

Instagram’s meteoric rise continues, dwarfing the stagnant growth rates of Snapchat and Facebook. Today Instagram announced that it has reached 1 billion monthly active users, after reaching 800 million in September 2017 with 500 million daily users. That massive audience could be a powerful draw for IGTV, the longer-form video hub it’s launching for creators today. [...]