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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
YouTube announces expanded opt-in YouTube Kids controls for parents, including locking down content to show only channels reviewed by humans   —  To address parents' concerns over inappropriate content on YouTube being seen by children, Google today is announcing an expanded series of parental controls for its YouTube Kids application.
Apr 25, 2018, 3:43 PMIn context
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Bose acquires Andrew Mason's walking tour startup, Detour, as the Groupon founder focuses now on Descript, a startup offering tools to edit and transcribe audio   —  Groupon founder Andrew Mason's audio tour startup Detour has been sold to Bose.  The acquisition, which involves only the software …
Apr 24, 2018, 2:09 PMIn context
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Twitch's Bits, a virtual good for fans to reward streamers, now work with Twitch Extensions, letting both creators and devs earn money via 80/20 revenue split   —  Twitch's Bits, a virtual good that allows fans to cheer on their favorite streamers, have been one of the ways Twitch creators …
Apr 23, 2018, 5:45 PMIn context
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Amazon introduces Alexa Blueprints that let anyone create custom Alexa skills and responses without coding   —  Amazon this morning is introducing “Alexa Blueprints,” a new way for any Alexa owner to create their own customized Alexa skills or responses, without needing to know how to code.
Apr 19, 2018, 9:25 AMIn context
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google's Area 120 incubator launches Grasshopper, a learn-to-code mobile app for beginners, with an initial curriculum teaching JavaScript   —  Google's internal incubator, Area 120, is today releasing its next creation: a learn-to-code mobile app for beginners called Grasshopper.
Apr 18, 2018, 5:40 PMIn context
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
YouTube introduces new monetization tools for creators and announces expansion of sponsorships, as it faces backlash from smaller creators   —  YouTube says it's rolling out more tools to help its creators make money from their videos.  The changes are meant to address creators' complaints …
Apr 18, 2018, 11:55 AMIn context
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Amazon quietly launches an Android browser for emerging markets starting in India, touting it as “fast, lite and private”   —  Amazon has quietly launched an Android web browser app for emerging markets, where access to mobile data and high-speed connectivity is more limited.
Apr 17, 2018, 4:15 PMIn context
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Sensor Tower: US iPhone users spent an average of $58 each on in-app purchases in 2017, up 23% YoY; entertainment apps spending up 57%, lifestyle apps up 110%   —  Games, dating apps and streaming services contributed to a rise in consumer spending in iPhone apps last year …
Apr 15, 2018, 11:10 AMIn context
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Twitter has replaced its gun emoji with a water gun, thus removing one of the means with which online abusers troll their victims   —  Twitter has now followed Apple's lead in changing its pistol emoji to a harmless, bright green water gun.  And in doing so, the company that has struggled …
Apr 13, 2018, 8:45 AMIn context
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Spotify and Hulu launch a combined subscription bundle for $12.99 per month for Spotify Premium users, available to all users later this summer   —  Last fall, Hulu and Spotify teamed up to offer students a bundle including both of their services for a discounted price, compared with paying for each subscription separately.
Apr 11, 2018, 9:40 AMIn context

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