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This Week in Apps: Facebook takes on Shopify, Tinder considers its future, contact-tracing tech goes live

10 days ago   |   By Tech Crunch

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 is as hot as ever, with a record 204 billion downloads and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019. People are now spending three hours and 40 minutes per day using apps, rivaling TV. Apps aren't just a way to pass idle hours - they're a big business. In 2019, mobile-first companies had a combined $544 billion valuation, 6.5x higher than those without a mobile focus.
In this Extra Crunch series, we help you keep...
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A YC-backed hourly home rental startup says demand is booming amid city-wide shutdowns, but its future depends on quarantine-weary workers staying put

A YC-backed hourly home rental startup says demand is booming amid city-wide shutdowns, but its future depends on quarantine-weary workers staying put

10 days ago   |   By Business Insider

Globe, an hourly home rental startup backed by Silicon Valley accelerator Y Combinator , said that it has completely reworked its business model during the pandemic-induced shelter-in-place orders across the United States.
The new model relies heavily on listings from property managers who have seen a drop in requests for rentals they've previously hosted on Airbnb .
Cofounder and CEO Manny Bamfo told Business Insider that the strategy and upfront technical investments paid off handsomely with a significant increase in demand.
To comply with local ordinances , Bamfo said Globe is only...
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Here's how note-taking app Evernote, once a high-flying unicorn startup, is 'going back to basics' by completely rebuilding its app to win back the skeptical users it lost

Here's how note-taking app Evernote, once a high-flying unicorn startup, is 'going back to basics' by completely rebuilding its app to win back the skeptical users it lost

10 days ago   |   By Business Insider

The note-taking app Evernote was one of Silicon Valley's first "unicorn" startups, but its growth slowed and it struggled to generate revenue as users complained about glitches, such as how its Android and iOS apps were incompatible with each other.
When Evernote recruited CEO Ian Small in late 2018, he realized that the company needed to completely rebuild its apps. Not only were they filled with bugs, but their tech core was a decade old, which slowed down new releases.
Rebuilding the product also involved a cultural change of more collaboration and transparency within the company...
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Trump said he intends to declare antifa as a terrorist organization. Here's...

Trump said he intends to declare antifa as a terrorist organization. Here's what we know about the decades-old, leaderless group

President Donald Trump and other Republicans have blamed antifa, which stands for anti-fascist, for ongoing protests over the death of George Floyd. The president said amid the... Read more ...

The Trump administration was just hit with the first lawsuit challenging its...

The Trump administration was just hit with the first lawsuit challenging its executive order targeting social-media companies

A technology advocacy group filed the first lawsuit challenging President Trump's recent executive order targeting social-media companies. The lawsuit on Tuesday, filed by the... Read more ...

US stock indexes head higher on hope for economic recovery

US stock indexes head higher on hope for economic recovery

U.S. stock indexes are moving broadly higher in afternoon trading Tuesday, following broad gains in global markets as investors hope that the gradual lifting of coronavirus... Read more ...

Hong Kong banned the Tiananmen Square vigil for the first time ever...

Hong Kong banned the Tiananmen Square vigil for the first time ever. Organizers say the government is exploiting the coronavirus to silence pro-democracy protesters

On Monday, Hong Kong police said an annual candlelight vigil for the Tiananmen Square massacre would not go ahead on June 4 due to social distancing restrictions during the... Read more ...

The Latest: Los Angeles police have arrested more than 2,700

The Latest: Los Angeles police have arrested more than 2,700

The Latest on the May 25 death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer pressed a knee on his neck: Read more ...

Following his photo op at a church Tuesday night, DC residents protested...

Following his photo op at a church Tuesday night, DC residents protested Trump's visit to the John Paul II shrine: 'Don't use God as a prop'

About 200 people gathered near Catholic University in Northeast Washington, DC, Tuesday morning to peacefully protest President Donald Trump visiting the shrine of Pope John... Read more ...

Dow climbs 268 points as economic-reopening hope offsets civil unrest

Dow climbs 268 points as economic-reopening hope offsets civil unrest

US stocks rose Tuesday as investors looked past nationwide civil unrest to encouraging signs of an economic reopening. Equity futures slipped initially in overnight trading... Read more ...

The Latest: Late singer's wife urges easier absentee voting

The Latest: Late singer's wife urges easier absentee voting

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems... Read more ...

What you can do with an IP address, and how to protect yours from hackers

What you can do with an IP address, and how to protect yours from hackers

With someone's IP address, you can learn a user's general location, and disable some parts of their internet browsing experience. Every device connected to the internet has an... Read more ...

Wall Street's biggest firms are forecasting a shift away from...

Wall Street's biggest firms are forecasting a shift away from market-dominating growth stocks and into their downtrodden peers

Growth stocks have significantly outperformed value stocks over the past decade, but that could change in the short term, according to notes from Goldman Sachs and Bank of... Read more ...