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What’s at stake for Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Google.
The malls and grocery stores of the 20th century are being converted into industrial conveyor belts of goods and services traveling from the internet to your home.
Climate change is only worsening the record-breaking wildfires, heat and air pollution in California and the West.
Quarantine can make weekends dull. But backyard camping, virtual museum tours, and national park visits make Saturday and Sunday still feel special.
A detailed report on President Trump's finances roils an already turbulent presidential campaign in its final weeks.
On TikTok, Gen Z “Harry Potter” fans edit themselves into the movies in a quest for escapism, representation and community.
"The most feared investor in America" has Twitter’s CEO in his sights
A Biden presidency could have major ramifications on U.S. tech policy.
Major companies are often wary of conflict, especially in a polarized time. But some are now taking a stand on racial injustice and police violence.
COVID-19 will bring with it a crisis of loneliness — and to solve it, we’re going to have to get creative
Did a successful prank inflate attendance expectations for President Trump’s rally in Tulsa, Okla.?
A network of right-wing operatives and activists — and the president himself — spread disinformation about Joe Biden with one simple hashtag.
Corporate and financial leaders are hard to find in the president-elect’s efforts to prepare for office.
Facebook complaining about a bad policy that the company helped initiate is more than an eye-rolling joke.
In this charged political environment, Democratic nominee Joe Biden is playing toward a quieter middle.
Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. The app industry is as hot as ever, with a record 204 billion downloads and $120 billion in global consumer spend in 2019. Not including third-p…
Joe Biden continues to appear unbothered by the noise. That, in a way, was his appeal from the start.
A group of more than 30 female Democratic members of Congress, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), called on Facebook Thursday to "start doing more" to crack down on misogynistic attacks and disinformation posted on its platform that
Googling something was all we once did with Google. Now we spend hours a day using its maps, videos, security cameras, email, smartphones and more.
Hillary Clinton says she may pack 'a bag lunch' to wait on line and vote
Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the TechCrunch 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 spend…
“What is this place? So confusing.”
Four years ago, many designers said they wouldn’t dress Melania Trump. This election, designers and retailers have another message: Vote.
Fashion items designed to encourage people to cast their votes have enjoyed a rush of popularity in the lead-up to the 3 November election. But, why does it matter? Sarah Young explains
Designer dress from Nordstrom with latex-looking gloves stuns social media
The “Tonight Show” host was forced to publicly reckon with a blackface clip from his past and his own role in systemic racism. But will it lead to a true change, or was it just lip service?
"It doesn't matter what size I am. I'm perfect just the way I am," TikTok star Brooklynne Webb, who has participated in the tummy-out trend, said.
The season 12 finale of RuPaul's Drag Race is coming up soon. It is guaranteed to be like no-other finale before as this one is filmed virtually due coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions. Ahead of the finale, check out how the cast looks out of drag, even beyond their on-screen confessionals and workroom lewks you've seen all season.
New Trump administration sanctions take effect this month.
Cosmetic retailer Morphe is no longer carrying Jeffree Star’s products
The 20-year-old singer and songwriter Bea Kristi’s song “Coffee” has reached millions. Now she’s releasing “Fake It Flowers,” an album that puts a new spin on ’90s alt-rock.
Teens and first-time voters who jumped into political organizing this year are expanding their TikTok-focused playbook in an effort to boost the Democratic Senate candidates in Georgia’s crucial runoff elections nex
Tropical Storm Eta makes landfall in Florida, the Masters begins and more news to start your Thursday.
There’s a big question mark hanging over the future of TikTok right now, in the form of what exactly will happen to its U.S. business come September 20, when President Trump said he plans to shut down the Chinese-owned app over security concerns. But in the meantime, it seems to be business a…
TikTok deal talks got hung up over whether or not TikTok can export the app's algorithms, and Apple made headlines for delaying the rollout of a potentially disastrous iOS 14 change that's been panicking the advertising community.
The company will classify QAnon as coordinated harmful activity in part because of a rise in harassment targeting high-profile critics of the president.
TikTok teens, young adults and K-pop fans celebrated after Trump's Tulsa rally had lower than expected turnout.
In the era of COVID-19, we are seeing the rise of a new influencer, Meera Estrada says: "Celebrities are taking a back seat as we put more focus on our health-care leaders."
A former vice foreign minister of China proposes a way forward for the world’s two leading powers.
The Obama administration, Part 2, takes shape: This is your morning tip sheet.
Helicopter parenting turned into surveillance with the debut of family-tracking apps like Life360. While the app can alleviate parental fears when setting younger kids loose in the neighborhood, Life360’s teenage users have hated the app’s location-tracking features so much that avoidin…
Netflix subscribers are going to have to cough up a little bit more each month
Twitter has been doubling down on video services within its app, building out Twitter Live and recently launching Fleets so that users can share more moving media alongside their pithy 280-character observations, links and still photos. But in the process, it appears that it may also be streamlinin…
Snapchat helped pioneer the use of lenses on faces in photos and videos to turn ordinary picture messages into fantastical creations where humans can look like, say, cats, and even cats can wear festival-chic flower crowns. Now it sounds like the company might be turning its attention… to sou…
Instagram is putting its TikTok competitor Reels front-and-center in a redesigned version of its app by giving it the center position on its new navigation bar. The update, arriving today, also replaces the Activity tab (heart icon) with the Shop tab, following a test that had changed this aspect o…
Set to the movie "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," a short video purports to show colleagues shocked that a nurse allows her children to go on playdates.
Instagram has found a new place to display ads: at the end of your feed. The Facebook -owned app in 2018 introduced a feature that will alert users when they’ve scrolled through all the new content in their Instagram feed, with a notice reading “You’re All Caught Up” that ap…
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Though TikTok is in the middle of fighting off the Trump administration’s attempt to ban its app in the U.S. over data privacy concerns, the company today is launching a new feature focused on the 2020 U.S. elections. TikTok announced this morning it’s introducing an in-app guide to the…
Facebook's ban on new political and issue ads starts on Tuesday, a week before Election Day. But that won't stop groups intent on reaching voters through the platform.
A TikTok user uploaded an original song about the main rat in the Disney film Ratatouille. The video became so popular that users wrote an entire musical around it.
The Trump administration moves forwards with plans to ban TikTok and WeChat (although TikTok gets a partial extension), Unity goes public and we announce the winner of this year’s Startup Battlefield. This is your Daily Crunch for September 18, 2020. The big story: US TikTok ban is imminent T…
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) today announced a settlement of $150,000 with HyperBeard, the developer of a collection of children’s mobile games over violations of U.S. Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act Rule (COPPA Rule). The company’s applications had been downloaded m…
The streaming services are in charge, and bringing a ruthless new culture with them.
With COVID-19 infections spiking again at an alarming rate, Chicago is scrambling to catch up to other cities forecasting outbreaks by analyzing human waste flushed down thousands of toilets. Signs of the novel coronavirus show up in sewers about a week before people surge into hospitals with symptoms of the disease, which during the past nine months has killed more than 1.3 million people ...
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But that move wasn’t unexpected due to a recent policy change.
Joe Biden defeats Donald Trump to become the 46th president of the United States. Follow live updates and reactions.
If Republicans control the Senate, a Biden administration could take a cue from President Trump and find ways to act unilaterally on some economic issues.
Eddie Bauer, Magnolia Pictures, Ben & Jerry’s and others have suspended campaigns over the platform’s content moderation practices.
Trump explored a military strike against Iran over an inspection report showing Tehran had stepped up the means to make nuclear weapons, reports say.
"We don’t want to be manipulated or caught in a great power competition," said Evan Tsao, 31, a master’s degree student from Kaohsiung, in southern Taiwan.
You can use Amazon's gift guide to find holiday presents like home products, toys, electronics and more — as long as you know where to look.
The Federal Trade Commission opened its antitrust investigation into Facebook in June 2019 amid growing concerns over the social network's power and a string of acquisitions.
A federal judge on Wednesday reportedly said he was unsure if he had the legal basis to issue a new injunction barring the Trump administration from restricting the use of the popular video-sharing app TikTok after
Musical theatre lovers on TikTok have imagined what a "Ratatouille" musical would look, creating playbills, sets and songs for the made-up show.
“It’s a lot of young people very nervous about what’s happening and they’re trying to cope through jokes,” said first-time voter Riley Reed.
Multiple platforms, including Instagram and YouTube, are building apps that mimic TikTok. But some stars see reality TV as their next stop.
The U.S. has said it is considering a ban on the popular app.
“If it hasn’t already, I think this will definitely be a gamechanger in young voters going out and voting for sure,” one user said.
Key battleground states, like Arizona, Wisconsin and North Carolina, experienced the power of Indigenous activism and ballots.
A woman told the hotline she had gone down to Georgia and "I was in line to vote and ... this guy challenged me to a fiddle competition."
A dizzying array of false claims and conspiracy theories have dominated social and ultraconservative media since the early morning after Election Day.
President Donald Trump's false claims about the election pose a significant challenge for social media companies that appeared to have made it past Election Day.
Researchers and experts say QAnon has emerged in recent months as a sort of centralized hub for conspiracy and alternative health communities.
Proud Boys, a far-right group founded in 2016, calls itself a "white chauvinist" organization, but it is considered a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
"They sort of became these jerks, like a cat."
"We recognize Aunt Jemima’s origins are based on a racial stereotype," Quaker Oats said, adding that the move is an effort "toward progress on racial equality."
"People are genuinely having real conversations and people are asking questions and I think that’s kind of magic,” Kate Bredbenner said.
"My kids can't hear me calling you a b---- ... they can't hear me because they're listening to 'Kidz Bop,'" the unidentified woman says in the video.
We ranked the top memes of the past 12 months, but only one could take the top spot and earn the title "Meme of the Year."
NBC News analyzed four popular dating apps, including Tinder and Hinge, finding each collect a range of personal information.
It’s unclear as to whether the concern is in response to TikTok’s massive popularity.
Why you should surprise your canine companion with one (or 11) of these tasty dog treats.
Nurse put on leave after posting TikTok video mocking coronavirus precautions
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