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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Facebook announces new tools for Group admins, including customer support pilot program and an online education portal   —  Facebook's Groups are one of the social network's most popular products, with more than 1.4 billion monthly users across tens of millions of active groups.
May 23, 2018, 12:25 PMIn context
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Facebook Marketplace adds home service professionals like house cleaners, plumbers, contractors, and others in partnership with Handy, HomeAdvisor, and more   —  Facebook is entering the home services market.  Starting today, U.S. Facebook users browsing the Facebook Marketplace will be able …
May 23, 2018, 9:10 AMIn context
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
eMarketer: Starbucks' mobile payment service had 20.7M US users in 2017, over Apple Pay's 19.9M and Google Pay's 9.3M, and is expected to keep outpacing them   —  People really love getting their coffee more quickly.  Starbucks, which has operated its own mobile payments service since 2011 …
May 22, 2018, 1:25 PMIn context
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Comcast launches xFi Pods, its Wi-Fi extender devices nationwide, following its investment in mesh router maker Plume last year; a six pack will cost $199   —  Comcast today is officially launching its own Wi-Fi extender devices called xFi Pods that help to address problems with weak Wi-Fi signals …
May 21, 2018, 10:20 PMIn context
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google Photos is adding a new star-shaped Favorites button for your own photos starting today, and a heart-shaped Like button coming next week for shared photos   —  Twitter swapped out its Favorite star icon for an appreciation-focused heart icon instead, but Google Photos is embracing both icons with an update rolling out now.
May 21, 2018, 4:00 PMIn context
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Twitter delays shutdown of legacy APIs to August 16, makes Account Activity API generally available, reduces free Premium Sandbox subscriptions allowed to 15   —  Twitter is giving developers more time to adjust to its API platform overhaul, which has affected some apps' ability to continue operating in the same fashion.
May 16, 2018, 12:20 PMIn context
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Alexa developers get eight free voices to use in skills, courtesy of text-to-speech service Amazon Polly, launching today in English in the US   —  Now Alexa's voice apps don't have to sound like Alexa.  Amazon today is offering a way for developers to give their voice apps a unique character …
May 16, 2018, 12:10 PMIn context
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
AT&T's DirecTV Now launches its cloud DVR, alongside a new tier with 100 hours of recording and 90 days of storage for $10/month more, adds more content, more   —  AT&T's over-the-top streaming service for cord cutters, DirecTV Now, is finally beginning to roll out its cloud DVR feature - a year and a half after its launch.
May 15, 2018, 4:30 PMIn context
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Tweetbot 3 for Mac arrives with a new look, a few new features like a combined Notifications view, and a tentative reprieve from Twitter's API deprecations   —  One of the more popular desktop clients for Twitter, Tweetbot, is today launching a completely rewritten version of its software, Tweetbot 3 for Mac.
May 15, 2018, 12:50 PMIn context
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Sensor Tower: Apple's App Store redesign improved browse-driven app downloads to 15%+ of all downloads, up from ~10%; search still primary app discovery method   —  When Apple introduced its completely redesigned App Store last fall, one of its goals was to improve app discovery by placing …
May 14, 2018, 7:05 PMIn context

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