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

7 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

7 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

7 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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NASA astronauts successfully pilot SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft manually...

NASA astronauts successfully pilot SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft manually for the first time

NASA astronauts Doug Hurley took over manual control of the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft on Saturday, shortly after the vehicle's historic first launch from Cape Canaveral in... Read more ...

The Latest: South Korea reports 27 new virus cases

The Latest: South Korea reports 27 new virus cases

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Trump says George Floyd's killing 'should never have happened,' vows to...

Trump says George Floyd's killing 'should never have happened,' vows to 'stop mob violence, and we'll stop it cold'

President Donald Trump discussed the death of George Floyd and the rioting across the country on Saturday, in his remarks from Florida for SpaceX's launch of two NASA... Read more ...

2 astronauts climb aboard SpaceX rocket for historic flight

2 astronauts climb aboard SpaceX rocket for historic flight

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Despite more storms in the forecast, two NASA astronauts climbed into their capsule Saturday for a second attempt at a history-making ride into orbit... Read more ...

BANK OF AMERICA: Funds are falling out of love with financial stocks at a...

BANK OF AMERICA: Funds are falling out of love with financial stocks at a blinding pace

Large-cap long-only funds are the most underweight in financial stocks in nearly a decade as firms trade profits for loan-loss protections, Bank of America said Friday. Hedge... Read more ...

‘Best three months of my life': Overworked lawyers are actually loving lockdown

‘Best three months of my life': Overworked lawyers are actually loving lockdown

Hugh Sandler used to commute two hours a day between Grand Central Station and his home in the New York City suburbs. Like thousands of other attorneys who logged long hours in... Read more ...

Elon Musk's biggest worry about SpaceX's first astronaut mission isn't the...

Elon Musk's biggest worry about SpaceX's first astronaut mission isn't the rocket launch - it's the spaceship's return to Earth

SpaceX is set to launch its first astronauts to the International Space Station on Saturday - a mission that would make history, but is not without significant risks . Elon... Read more ...

Trump warned protestors would've faced 'vicious dogs' and 'ominous weapons'...

Trump warned protestors would've faced 'vicious dogs' and 'ominous weapons' if crowd breached White House fence during George Floyd rally

President Donald Trump spoke out on the protest over George Floyd's death that gathered demonstrators in Washington DC, specifically across from the White House. Trump posted a... Read more ...

US food prices see historic jump and are likely to stay high

US food prices see historic jump and are likely to stay high

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New York Gov. Cuomo on George Floyd protesters not wearing face masks: 'You...

New York Gov. Cuomo on George Floyd protesters not wearing face masks: 'You have a right to demonstrate. You don't have a right to infect other people.'

At a news briefing on Saturday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo underscored the need to wear face masks as thousands protest George Floyd's death while subdued under the knee of a... Read more ...