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Apple updates its App Store Guidelines to permit developers to contact customers about other payment methods
Apple updates its App Store Guidelines to permit developers to contact customers about other payment methods

Apple today introduced a new set of App Store Guidelines which include three key changes. One of the changes is the result of a previously announced settlement agreement with a class of U.S. app developers. It clarifies that developers are allowed to communicate with their customers about other payment methods available outside their app.

Another former Facebook employee has filed a whistleblower complaint
Another former Facebook employee has filed a whistleblower complaint

Another former Facebook employee has filed a whistleblower complaint against the company.

Discord now displays more detailed information about the EA games your friends are playing
Discord now displays more detailed information about the EA games your friends are playing

EA adds launcher level integration for Discord's Rich Presence functionality.

CD Projekt buys the indie studio behind
CD Projekt buys the indie studio behind 'The Flame in the Flood'

The developer is making a game based on one of the 'Cyberpunk 2077' publisher's IPs.

Arbisoft co-founder Yasser Bashir on building trust with early-stage startups
Arbisoft co-founder Yasser Bashir on building trust with early-stage startups

Co-founded in 2007 by Yasser Bashir, Arbisoft falls on the larger end of the spectrum of software development partners that our readers have recommended in our ongoing survey. Today, the company has a few hundred employees distributed across Pakistan, Australia, Texas and Malaysia, but it continues to service startups of all sizes, says Bashir. Omri Traub, CEO of e-commerce startup Popcart, told TechCrunch that their company has worked with Arbisoft since its early stages.

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Trump's social network is built on a platform it didn't properly license

Add a licensing misstep to the list of problems facing former President Donald Trump's social media network.

Intelligent Implants raises $8.7M to help you grow a spine
Intelligent Implants raises $8.7M to help you grow a spine

Spinal surgery is not for the faint of heart at the best of times, but Intelligent Implants raised €7.5 million ($8.7 million) to make spinal surgery less of a pain in the backside. The company's smart implants' first application is in spinal fusion surgery -- where two or more vertebrae are permanently connected to improve stability, correct a deformity or reduce pain. Intelligent Implants uses wireless implantable electronics to stimulate, steer and monitor bone growth.

Instagram rolls out new tools for creators to collaborate and partner with brands
Instagram rolls out new tools for creators to collaborate and partner with brands

Instagram is testing new tools for creators to earn commissions and form partnerships with brands on its platform. The Facebook-owned company is expanding its existing native affiliate tool, which launched in June and allows creators to discover products, share them with followers and earn commissions for sales driven by their posts. With this latest launch, creators can now add a digital storefront to showcase products or collections that are already part of their affiliate partnerships within the "view shop" button on their profile and earn a commission on sales.

Voyager, Nanoracks and Lockheed
Voyager, Nanoracks and Lockheed's 'Starlab' is the latest sign that the low Earth orbit economy is coming

The era of private space stations is officially here as Nanoracks, Voyager Space and Lockheed Martin announce plans to launch a commercial station in 2027, but it's just the next logical step for developing the new space economy, the companies say. "One of our key theses for the industry is that the last 10 years have been defined by building access to space, the next 10 years will be about destinations," Voyager CEO Dylan Taylor said. The new space station, dubbed "Starlab" in homage to the third-ever U.S. space station, Skylab, will be composed of an inflatable habitat module, a docking node and a robotic arm.

Senior Stimulus: Advocacy Group Proposes One-Time, $1,400 Payment for Social Security Recipients
Senior Stimulus: Advocacy Group Proposes One-Time, $1,400 Payment for Social Security Recipients

A seniors advocacy group is reaching out to leading members of Congress to support a one-time, $1,400 Social Security stimulus payment to help older...

What is a prop gun and how can it kill someone? How the Alec Baldwin tragedy was possible
What is a prop gun and how can it kill someone? How the Alec Baldwin tragedy was possible

An incident with a prop gun discharged by Alec Baldwin killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injured director Joel Souza. What is a prop gun?

Apple TV+ renews
Apple TV+ renews 'Mythic Quest' for seasons three and four

The workplace sitcom about a game studio wrapped up its second season in June.

'Dune' is too big for your TV

The real world just felt too small when I stepped out of Denis Villeneuve's Dune.

Ethereum: The great handshake
Ethereum: The great handshake

Ethereum is the world's most popular digital contract compiler, maintained by many but owned by none. Perhaps one of the most interesting factors behind its popularization is the future it paints -- one that transforms our current internet standards for ownership, value creation and, most importantly, privacy. Not only can apps be written on top of Ethereum, but it allows any digital thing -- a picture, a music file, a video, your mom's favorite pumpkin pie recipe -- to be uniquely owned, traded and stored for value, among many other possibilities that are created daily.

Elon Musk says Starship should be ready for first orbital launch next month,
Elon Musk says Starship should be ready for first orbital launch next month, 'pending regulatory approval'

SpaceX's Starship rocket is still in development in southeast Texas, with major progress being made on key elements like the launch tower construction, and installation of the vacuum-rated Raptor engines that will power the vehicle once it reaches space. Elon Musk says that it could be ready to make its first orbital flight attempt next month - provided it gets the regulatory sign-offs it needs. SpaceX will require approvals from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to make the attempt, as it has for all of its prior test flights of Starship from its development location outside of Brownsville, Texas.

Twitter adds one-click Revue newsletter signup buttons to tweets
Twitter adds one-click Revue newsletter signup buttons to tweets

The feature should help writers convert followers into newsletter subscribers.

Nintendo delays
Nintendo delays 'Advance Wars' remake to spring 2022

Nintendo has delayed Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp.

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We'll be discussing why it's automation's moment at TC Sessions: SaaS on Oct. 27th

This year automation hit center stage when robotic process automation (RPA) vendor UiPath went public after raising $2 billion in private investment. At the same time, established companies like ServiceNow, Microsoft, IBM and others were seeing the value in building automation into their product sets. Dines' company, which went public in April, concentrates mostly on RPA, and is the market leader according to Gartner, but automation has many dimensions beyond RPA, including no-code/low-code tools and workflow automation.

The Tamron Prime Lens Trio for Sony FE Cameras Have Discounts Now!
The Tamron Prime Lens Trio for Sony FE Cameras Have Discounts Now!

The Tamron lens Instant Savings are back, and it includes more than just your favorite prime lens trio! This time, you can score an even better price on lenses for the Sony FE camera system and more! If you're a Sony camera user, then you've probably read all that we've said before about Tamron's great value. Their Sony FE lenses are lightweight, useful, compact, fast to focus, and have weather resistance. The latter point is really their strongest, we've seen less sensor dust than with many oth

U.S. 2021 fiscal year deficit below prior year
U.S. 2021 fiscal year deficit below prior year's record, Treasury says

The United States posted a deficit of $3.132 trillion in fiscal 2020, when the federal government first started spending frantically in response to the...

Google Meet rolls out new audio and video locks for hosts
Google Meet rolls out new audio and video locks for hosts

Google Meet is getting new audio and video locks to let hosts turn off the microphones and cameras of other participants. Earlier this year, Google rolled out the ability for hosts to mute everyone all at once in a group call. Once a host enables either an audio or video lock in the main meeting, it will also be applied to breakout rooms.

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Here's how to deal with those badly written equations you find online

It's an easy social media trick, and one you can avoid with some high school math.

Mark Cuban compares the crypto boom to the dot-com bubble, defends Robinhood, and calls for stablecoin regulation in a new interview. Here are the 10 best quotes.
Mark Cuban compares the crypto boom to the dot-com bubble, defends Robinhood, and calls for stablecoin regulation in a new interview. Here are the 10 best quotes.

The "Shark Tank" star and billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks celebrated how crypto has encouraged millions of young people to invest.

Snap
Snap's Record Rout Leads $100 Billion Social-Media Stock Selloff

(Bloomberg) -- Snap Inc. posted its biggest one-day drop on record after the Snapchat parent company warned that Apple Inc.'s data collection rules and...

The remastered Grand Theft Auto trilogy arrives November 11th
The remastered Grand Theft Auto trilogy arrives November 11th

The bundle costs $60, and it includes notable visual and gameplay upgrades.

Another month, another billion dollars in value appreciation
Another month, another billion dollars in value appreciation

Hello, and welcome to Equity, TechCrunch's venture capital-focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week Mary Ann and Natasha and Alex (along with our amazing production team Grace, Chris, and Kell) took on a bevy of topics from around the world of startups and technology more broadly. Vibe Capital, founded by Teachable's Ankur Nagpal, is a $60 million fund for international, scrappy founders. We spoke about the founder to investor pipeline, and why everyone wants eachother's jobs.

Beyond Meat Plunges After Cutting Revenue View on Demand Drop
Beyond Meat Plunges After Cutting Revenue View on Demand Drop

(Bloomberg) -- Beyond Meat Inc. fell the most in almost a year after the maker of plant-based meats reduced its revenue guidance for the third quarter...

The Coming Electric Car Disruption That Nobody
The Coming Electric Car Disruption That Nobody's Talking About

(Bloomberg) -- An acrid smell hangs in the air at Trenton Forging Co. on the outskirts of Detroit as a 4,500 pound hammer slams a bar of red hot steel with...

GM expedites shipment of pickup trucks parked due to lack of chips-exec
GM expedites shipment of pickup trucks parked due to lack of chips-exec

General Motors Co is more than halfway through shipping newly-assembled pickups that it had parked due to a shortage of semiconductor chips, a top executive ...

'Stardew Valley' creator's next game is 'Haunted Chocolatier'

Stardew Valley creator Eric Barone, aka "ConcernedApe," has made a surprise unveiling of his next game, Haunted Chocolatier.

Tom Lee: This 1 key driver puts Bitcoin as high as $168,000 before 2022 (it
Tom Lee: This 1 key driver puts Bitcoin as high as $168,000 before 2022 (it's not as crazy as you think)

170% surge by year-end? Here's why and how to buy.

Why Phunware Shares Are Soaring Today
Why Phunware Shares Are Soaring Today

Phunware Inc (NASDAQ: PHUN) is surging on abnormally high volume Friday in sympathy with Digital World Acquisition Corp (NASDAQ: DWAC) as traders circulate an article from May 2020 highlighting a partnership between Phunware and the former Trump campaign. According to the USA Today article, Phunware announced a partnership with American Made Media Consultants for "the development, launch and ongoing management of the Trump-Pence 2020 Reelection Campaign's mobile application portfolio for Apple i

a16z, Base Partners cook up $15M in funding for Colombia cloud kitchen concept Foodology
a16z, Base Partners cook up $15M in funding for Colombia cloud kitchen concept Foodology

Foodology has been whipping up its restaurant brands in cloud and virtual kitchens in Colombia and Mexico since 2019, and with a new infusion of capital, hopes to scale that across Latin America. Existing investors Kayyak Ventures and Jaguar Ventures (now Wollef) joined in as did a group of angel investors, including Instacart president Nilam Ganenthiran, Kavak CEO Carlos Garcia, Ualá CEO Pierpaolo Barbieri, former Burger King Chairman Dick Boyce and Merama CEO Sujay Tyle.

Klarna jets into travel with Inspirock acquisition
Klarna jets into travel with Inspirock acquisition

Klarna, the global retail bank, payments and shopping service, can now add "travel agent" to that list. The company announced Friday that it acquired Inspirock, an online trip planner using artificial intelligence and local expertise to enable Klarna's 90 million users to quickly and easily explore a destination's offerings and create personalized itineraries. David Sandstrom, Klarna's chief marketing officer, told TechCrunch the entire Inspirock team is joining Klarna.

Citcon raises $30M to make paying with mobile wallets
Citcon raises $30M to make paying with mobile wallets 'as easy as paying with a credit card'

Citcon, a mobile wallet payment provider, has closed on $30 million in funding in a Series C round co-led by Norwest Venture Partners and Cota Capital. Citcon's mission is straightforward: to allow merchants to accept payments by mobile wallet and alternative currencies "with the same ease as they process traditional credit card payments today," according to CEO and founder Chuck Huang. Before starting Citcon, Huang spent four years as a lead systems architect at Visa, where he led the system architecture design and development for several products, including its mobile payment gateway and card-based rewards redemption platform.

Jaguar Ventures roars into its next phase with name change, new fund
Jaguar Ventures roars into its next phase with name change, new fund

The firm got started back in 2013 when Eric Pérez-Grovas, who launched the Mercado Libre Mexico operations, joined with Cristóbal Perdomo, a serial founder of companies like Groupalia, which was sold to the Brazilian Peixe Urbano. Initially, the pair chose "jaguar" for its name because it was distinctive at the time, was an animal present in the Americas, where the firm invested and was an aggressive animal which spoke to the way they liked to invest. Unfortunately, several other entities emerged with "jaguar" in their name, and it caused some confusion, Pérez-Grovas added.

Sony
Sony's WH-1000XM4 headphones fall to $248, plus the rest of the week's best tech deals

This week's best tech deals include over $100 of Sony's WH-1000XM4 headphones, $150 off the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 and $30 off the Roku Streambar.

Beyond Meat shares bleed on bleak revenue forecast as retail demand dips
Beyond Meat shares bleed on bleak revenue forecast as retail demand dips

Beyond Meat said it now expects third-quarter net revenue of about $106 million, compared with its prior forecast of $120 million to $140 million. Beyond...

Lyft
Lyft's first safety report reveals over 4,000 sexual assault cases

Lyft has finally published its first safety report.

The Morning After: Razer
The Morning After: Razer's light-up smart face mask finally goes on sale

Today's headlines: Sony's flagship A7 IV camera has a 33-megapixel sensor, 4K 60p video and more streaming options, Razer's light-up smart face mask is here and the first 'Uncharted' movie trailer plays Nathan Drake's greatest hits.

Amazon
Amazon's big Samsung sale includes laptops, watches, phones and storage

Amazon's deal of the day is all about Samsung today, with products on sale ranging from laptops to Galaxy S smartphones to storage.

10 Home Upgrades That Will Cost You Less Than $100
10 Home Upgrades That Will Cost You Less Than $100

If you're a home improvement show junkie, you may dream of remodeling your kitchen, bathroom or installing some fancy landscaping, complete with a water...

One of California
One of California's Wealthiest Counties Could Run Out of Water Next Summer

(Bloomberg) -- Welcome to the future in Marin County, one where a $2 million house with an ocean view doesn't necessarily come with a reliable water...

Honeywell cuts full-year sales target expecting hit from supply disruptions
Honeywell cuts full-year sales target expecting hit from supply disruptions

Closed ports due to a resurgence of COVID-19 cases in Asia, aggravated by the fast-spreading Delta variant, and labor shortages have strained global supply...

Photographing Protests: The Truth on Being Ethical in the Heat of it All
Photographing Protests: The Truth on Being Ethical in the Heat of it All

ever to let anyone silence me. That got me into a little trouble over the years. However, once I mellowed out, my early lessons led me to be interested in what society wants to protest. Combined with my enthusiasm for photography, you have the perfect cocktail.

The Dutch government claims it can decrypt Tesla's hidden driving data

Tesla's closely-guarded driving data has been decrypted for the first time, according to a Dutch government-run forensic lab.

SpaceX
SpaceX's SN20 Starship prototype completes its first static fire test

SpaceX has fired a Raptor vacuum engine integrated onto a Starship for the first time.

India
India's OfBusiness in talks to raise new funds at over $4.5 billion valuation

OfBusiness, an e-commerce startup that sells industrial goods and provides small businesses with credit, is in talks to raise a new round of funding at a valuation of over $4.5 billion, three sources familiar with those talks told me. If the talks materialize, it would be the fourth financing round OfBusiness will secure this year. Falcon Edge Capital is in talks to lead or co-lead the new round, one of the sources said.

iFixit
iFixit's Apple Watch Series 7 teardown shows the same display tech as iPhone 13

iFixit has taken apart the Apple Watch Series 7.

To the Mountains! 3 Legged Thing Billy 2.0 Tripod Review
To the Mountains! 3 Legged Thing Billy 2.0 Tripod Review

Tripods seem to be either lightweight or strong. If they're versatile, they're often compromising on either strength or weight. That's where the 3 Legged Thing Billy 2.0 comes into play. While it's built for the beginner in mind, its light weight and versatility are sure to entice working photographers. The tripod is small enough to comfortably travel with or throw in your backpack and go hiking. It is also sturdy enough for longer exposures. The Billy 2.0 aims to be your go-to travel companion.


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