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Snapchat is testing Lenses with power-ups and upgrades that you can buy

1 month ago   |   By Tech Crunch

At its annual Lens Fest event , Snap announced that it's experimenting with a small group of AR creators and developers to build Lenses with digital goods that can be purchased with Snap Tokens. As part of this experiment, users will be able to unlock power-ups, AR items and extra tools within select Lenses.
Snap Tokens, which were first introduced in 2020, can be purchased within the Snapchat app by clicking on your profile icon and scrolling down to “My Snap Tokens.” You can purchase 80 Tokens for $0.99, 250 Tokens for $2.99, 500 Tokens for $4.99 or 1,100 Tokens for $9.99. Tokens can...
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MergeStat channels open source and SQL to bring ‘operational analytics' to software engineering

MergeStat channels open source and SQL to bring ‘operational analytics' to software engineering

1 month ago   |   By Tech Crunch

A new open source startup is setting out to help software development teams glean deeper insights from their codebases, using SQL to query all the data sources they use in the software building process.
MergeStat , as the startup is known, has flown under the radar until now, but with plans to launch a commercial product on top of its existing open source project , the company today announced a $1.2 million pre-seed round of funding and gave some insights on where it's at and where it's going in the months ahead.
For context, MergeStat's origins can be traced back to mid-2020 when the...
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From the creator of Homebrew, Tea raises $8.9M to build a protocol that helps open source developers get paid

From the creator of Homebrew, Tea raises $8.9M to build a protocol that helps open source developers get paid

1 month ago   |   By Tech Crunch

Tea , an open source unified package manager for software developers, today announced it has added another $8.9 million in seed funding to its coffer as it builds on recent momentum that has seen some 16,000 developers authenticate their software packages with Tea.
Tea is the brainchild of Max Howell , creator of popular open source package manager Homebrew , and Timothy Lewis. The duo formally founded Tea out of Puerto Rico last November, with the company emerging from stealth in March backed by $8 million in funding from notable backers including the venture capital arm of crypto giant...
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