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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Amazon says Whisper Mode for Alexa is rolling out to all users in the US and works in US English   —  At Amazon's Alexa event last month in Seattle, the company teased a new feature soon coming to its voice assistant: the ability to whisper.  The company demonstrated how whispering a request …
Oct 18, 2018, 1:45 PMIn context
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Twitter says it will show whether a tweet was deleted by the user who posted it or because Twitter took an action, starting in the coming weeks   —  Twitter is making a change to how its tweet reporting procedures will work.  Before, Twitter had experimented with both showing or hiding …
Oct 17, 2018, 5:20 PMIn context
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
A look at how some top utility apps on the App Store are making millions of dollars by using dark patterns, tricking users into signing up for subscriptions   —  Subscriptions have turned into a booming business for app developers, accounting for $10.6 billion in consumer spend on the App Store in 2017 …
Oct 16, 2018, 9:15 AMIn context
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Facebook's Fb.gg online gaming hub expands to mobile with the launch of the beta version of a standalone Android app   —  This summer, Facebook launched Fb.gg, its online gaming hub and Twitch competitor, designed to attract game streamers and their fans to watch videos on Facebook instead of on rival sites.
Oct 12, 2018, 11:45 AMIn context
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Facebook quietly begins testing Messenger Lite for iOS, which is only 10MB, starting in Turkey   —  A few days ago, Facebook quietly introduced a “Lite” version of its Facebook app for iOS devices, but only in a single market, Turkey.  The app had been previously available only on Android.
Oct 10, 2018, 5:00 AMIn context
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google launches Live Albums, which uses AI to automate the sharing of photos with groups of people and displays them on the Home Hub as they are taken   —  Just ahead of today's Google's hardware event, the company quietly rolled out an update to its Google Photos application which introduces a new …
Oct 9, 2018, 4:30 PMIn context
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Shopify rolls out Fraud Protect for Shopify Payments, to protect online sellers against fraudulent chargebacks, available on an invite-only basis in US   —  Large e-commerce businesses have systems in place to fight online fraud, but smaller sellers with their own storefronts don't always have the same advantages.
Oct 8, 2018, 2:15 PMIn context
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Yahoo launches Together, formerly Squirrel in beta, a group messaging app that lets groups organize chats by topics   —  Farewell, Yahoo Messenger.  Hello, Yahoo Together?  Yep, Yahoo is returning to the messaging space today after closing its older app due to lack of use.
Oct 4, 2018, 10:10 AMIn context
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Facebook's Marketplace introduces buyer and seller ratings and adds AI-based features to offer price range suggestions and auto-categorize items   —  Facebook is celebrating the two-year anniversary of its Craigslist competitor, Facebook Marketplace, with the launch of new features powered …
Oct 3, 2018, 10:10 AMIn context
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Plex announces Plex Web Shows in beta, which offer unlimited on-demand streaming shows from brands for free, with 67 shows at launch   —  At CES, media software maker Plex said it would this year add support for podcasts, web series and other digital media to its platform.
Oct 3, 2018, 9:30 AMIn context

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