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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
USDA launches a two-year pilot program in New York state that lets SNAP food stamp recipients shop for groceries at online retailers like Walmart and Amazon   —  The USDA this morning announced the launch of a pilot program that will open up online grocery shopping to those on public assistance.
Apr 18, 2019, 1:45 PMIn context
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Canalys forecasts that the global installed base of smart speakers will grow 82.4% YoY from 114M units in 2018 to 207.9M in 2019   —  Smart speakers' global installed base is on track to top 200 million by the end of this year, according to a report out today from analysts at Canalys.
Apr 15, 2019, 8:45 PMIn context
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Sensor Tower: Tinder's Q1 revenue across Play Store and App Store grew by 42% YoY to $260.7M, passing Netflix to become the top-grossing, non-game app globally   —  For the first time in years, Netflix is no longer the top grossing, non-game mobile app.  Instead, that title now goes to dating app Tinder.
Apr 14, 2019, 8:58 PMIn context
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Dashlane, a popular password manager and identity management startup, raises $30M in debt financing, bringing its total raised to $100M+   —  Dashlane, a popular password manager and all-round identity management solution, has raised another $30 million in funding, the company announced today.
Apr 12, 2019, 6:25 PMIn context
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Walmart says it has bought Polymorph Labs and will use its technology to deliver more relevant ads to online shoppers   —  Amazon has a large and growing advertising business, but rival Walmart's own ad business is much smaller.  It's now working to change that.
Apr 11, 2019, 6:05 PMIn context
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
T-Mobile announces TVision Home, a rebrand of Layer3 TV, offering home TV streaming with 150+ channels for $90+/month   —  T-Mobile today officially unveiled its forthcoming home TV service, which will now be known as TVision Home.  The service is the rebranding of Layer3 TV …
Apr 10, 2019, 2:50 PMIn context
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Walmart expands its rollout of store tech in US, including more vending machine-like Pickup Towers for online orders and robots that scrub floors and scan items   —  Walmart is doubling down on its technology innovations in its brick-and-mortar stores in an effort to better compete with Amazon.
Apr 9, 2019, 3:15 PMIn context
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Roku rolls out an update that makes it less of a neutral platform, as it now more prominently features and automatically plays back The Roku Channel's content   —  In the past, Roku seemed to be more of neutral platform compared with streaming media player rivals like Amazon Fire TV or Apple TV.
Apr 9, 2019, 11:34 AMIn context
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Twitter lowers the number of accounts a user can follow per day from 1,000 to 400 to cut down on spam and bot activity   —  Twitter just took another big step to help boot spammers off its platform: it's cutting the number of accounts Twitter users can follow, from 1,000 per day to just 400.
Apr 8, 2019, 3:30 PMIn context
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Roblox says it now has 90M MAUs, up from 70M last fall, which it credits to international expansion and recent support for the French and German languages   —  Kids gaming platform Roblox, most recently valued at over $2.5 billion, has reached a new milestone of 90 million monthly active users, the company said on Sunday.
Apr 8, 2019, 1:20 PMIn context

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