This Week in Apps: Jack Dorsey-backed Bluesky, social apps’ teen protections, Twitter clients get help

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Welcome backmost to This Week successful Apps, the play TechCrunch series that recaps nan latest successful mobile OS news, mobile applications and nan wide app economy.

The app system successful 2023 deed a fewer snags, arsenic user spending past twelvemonth dropped for nan first clip by 2% to $167 billion, according to’s “State of Mobile” report. However, downloads are continuing to grow, up 11% year-over-year successful 2022 to scope 255 billion. Consumers are besides spending much clip successful mobile apps than ever before. On Android devices alone, hours spent successful 2022 grew 9%, reaching 4.1 trillion.

This Week successful Apps offers a measurement to support up pinch this fast-moving manufacture successful 1 spot pinch nan latest from nan world of apps, including news, updates, startup fundings, mergers and acquisitions, and overmuch more.

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Social apps & “pseudo” teen protections

Amid a deficiency of U.S. regularisation complete really societal media companies should beryllium protecting their teen and insignificant users, large tech companies are self-policing, hoping to ward disconnected immoderate coming laws that could effect their businesses. But nan companies’ alleged teen information features and protections now being rolled retired are doing small to really limit nan antagonistic impacts of teens’ societal media use. At best, they coming mini roadblocks aliases annoyances that immoderate teen personification could easy bypass. At worst, arsenic successful nan lawsuit of Snapchat’s caller Streaks pausing feature, they really unit users to pay for nan benefit of a little addictive app and amended intelligence health.

Let’s commencement pinch Instagram. The institution this week was touting its expanded tests of an property verification feature that asks users to verify their property if they effort to alteration their property to an big (18 aliases older) successful nan app. The institution offers 1 of 3 methods to corroborate nan user’s age: they tin upload a authorities ID, return a video selfie, aliases get others to vouch for their age. The ID upload is evidently nan astir meticulous method here, arsenic video selfies tin beryllium deed aliases miss. Still, these first 2 options whitethorn consciousness a spot much invasive successful position of privacy. Plus, galore successful nan under-18 crowd whitethorn not yet person a authorities ID if they haven’t gotten their driver’s license.

That’s why Instagram offers nan 3rd action of “social vouching.”

Image Credits: Instagram

But nan measurement it’s implemented puts nan power mostly successful nan teen’s hands. A genitor aliases guardian does not person to beryllium asked to verify nan teen’s age. Instead, the teen is allowed to hand-select 3 users among their communal followers who will vouch that nan teen is nan property they opportunity they are. Those vouching for nan teen will person a request, which they person to respond to wrong 3 days. This petition presents respective options for them to take from specified arsenic “under 13 years old,” “13-17 years old,” “18-20 years old,” “21 years aliases older” aliases “I’m not sure.”

Instagram claims these users must besides beryllium astatine slightest 18 (assuming their property is existent successful nan first place) and they must meet “other safeguards” but thing astir this action is documented successful nan site’s Help pages. 

In practice, it would beryllium exceedingly elemental for a teen to simply inquire their 3 friends to click nan “18” action if they were trying to activity astir nan system. As a result, this is not immoderate benignant of existent preventative measure, it’s simply a roadblock a teen could easy avoid. (And let’s not hide that erstwhile nan teen is “officially” 18, Instagram can usage their information for advertisement targeting successful much expansive and revenue-boosting ways!)

Next, there’s TikTok, which made headlines this week for its caller 60-minute limit for teens, if it’s moreover adjacent to telephone it that. While nan under-13 users will beryllium blocked from continuing to watch without a genitor aliases guardian’s permission, older teens tin take for themselves.

In nan lawsuit of nan former, nan genitor would request to participate a passcode to alteration 30 much minutes of viewing for their under-13 child. However, each different teens nether 18 will simply beryllium prompted to participate a passcode to support watching TikTok. Even nan institution acknowledges this isn’t really a limit connected TikTok viewing, noting nan passcode introduction surface is location to require nan teens “to make an progressive determination to widen that time.” It’s besides conscionable different roadblock and 1 designed to beryllium easy bypassed.

TikTok Family Pairing updates shown connected 3 smartphone screens

Image Credits: TikTok

But while Instagram and TikTok are astatine slightest gesturing toward teen information and amended intelligence health, Snap has decided to outright complaint for it.

As immoderate teen knows, 1 of nan company’s astir addictive features is nan app’s “Snap Streaks,” which tracks really galore days successful a statement 2 Snapchat users person sent Snaps backmost and distant to 1 another. Teens see this measurement to beryllium an denotation of nan spot of their friendship, but successful reality, nan Streaks person small constituent beyond encouraging repetition app opens and Snapchat addiction. The problem is truthful bad among teens that it’s been the attraction of authorities intervention and proposed legislation astatine various times.

This week, Snap said it would trial — not launch, mind you, but test — a caller characteristic that would let users to salary for Streak Restores.

This action would fto them reignite a Streak successful nan arena they accidentally fto it drop. The action could perchance fend disconnected customer work requests from teens who are truthful addicted to streaks that they email nan institution to request for them back. In addition, Snapchat+ subscriptions will soon summation a characteristic that would let users to frost their streaks immoderate clip they needed a break, nan institution said.

This is an unthinkable thumbing of its chemoreceptor by Snap astatine each nan hubbub astir teen information and intelligence wellness protections. Not only is it doing thing to reside nan guidelines origin of nan problem — that it gamified friendships among a psychologically susceptible demographic — it’s asking users to salary for nan privilege of unwinding from their addiction. The truth that nan motorboat is being wide celebrated is only further impervious of really hopeless Snap’s users person go to person immoderate options to limit their in-app surface time. It’s for illustration charging opioid addicts for their methadone. Truly mindblowing.

Jack Dorsey-backed Bluesky hits nan App Store and different Fediverse news

Bluesky, nan Twitter replacement backed by Twitter co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey, hit nan App Store this week and much testers are gaining access. Though nan app is still only disposable arsenic an invite-only beta, its App Store presence signals that a nationalist motorboat could beryllium nearing.

We hadn’t heard overmuch from Bluesky since October 2022, erstwhile nan squad down nan task shared an update connected nan Bluesky blog, detailing nan position of nan societal protocol that powers its caller Twitter-like app, besides called Bluesky. Last year, Bluesky said it had received $13 million to guarantee it had nan state and independency to get started connected R&D and noted Jack Dorsey was connected its board. (Because apparently, Twitter’s ain committee is dormant astatine nan wheel!)

AT (originally called ADX, aliases “Authenticated Transfer Protocol,”) is Bluesky’s main effort while nan Bluesky mobile app serves to showcase nan protocol successful action. Similar to nan ActivityPub protocol that powers Mastodon, AT offers nan intends of creating a federated and decentralized societal network.

TechCrunch was capable to spell hands-on pinch nan Bluesky app this week, which you tin publication much astir here, but recovered it to beryllium a stripped-down Twitter clone for nan astir part. Its characteristic is much astir nan underlying exertion alternatively than its personification interface, it seems.

Bluesky has faced some criticism, notably from Mastodon and different developers, who pointed retired that ActivityPub — a recommended W3C standard — already powers a ample and increasing “Fediverse” of interconnected servers. Already, different companies person committed to aliases person astatine slightest discussed plans to adopt ActivityPub, including Flipboard, which announced its Fediverse plans this week, as good as Medium, Tumblr and possibly Flickr.

If location is immoderate Fediverse momentum, it’s from ActivityPub for nan clip being.

We besides checked successful pinch Tumblr to find retired wherever nan institution was pinch its ain Fediverse ambitions since we hadn’t heard overmuch astir it plans lately. Automattic CEO Matt Mullenweg told america nan institution is really testing each nan protocols, including ActivityPub, Bluesky and Nostr.

“Tumblr is rather large, and we don’t want to break thing successful nan Fediverse by turning things connected willy-nilly, truthful we’re digging into nan protocols,” he said. There’s nary ETA yet connected erstwhile nan institution mightiness make a decision, however.

Tweetbot & Twitterific inquire customers to diminution refunds successful uncommon App Store exception

Twitter past month officially banned third-party clients, putting a sudden extremity to celebrated apps, including Tweetbot, Twitterrific, and others. This week, successful an different move of events, 2 developers person updated their shuttered apps pinch caller functionality: They’re asking their subscribers to decline to person a refund by clicking a caller “I don’t request a refund” button successful their nonfunctional apps. And, successful nan lawsuit of Tapbots’ Tweetbot app, users tin opt to transportation their subscription to nan company’s newest app — its Mastodon customer Ivory — instead. The options let subscribers who are sympathetic to these indie developers’ plight to connection support by not asking for their money back.

It’s an unprecedented situation, to opportunity nan least, and 1 astir subscription-based iOS apps wouldn’t ever person to face. In astir different scenarios, a company’s determination to put an extremity to API access, arsenic Twitter did, would person been telegraphed good successful advance. This would let nan businesses limited connected nan API functionality to pass pinch their customers astir nan alteration and hole to return nan adjacent steps. The third-party Twitter clients, however, had nary warning. Their businesses were ruined overnight though they had done nary wrong. What’s more, they would person to salary backmost users’ pro-rated subscriptions retired of pocket.

That business seems to person paved nan measurement for an arsenic different objection to App Store rules, which typically wouldn’t let developers to solicit customers to diminution refunds for non-functional apps. Subscribers tin take to click a fastener successful nan app to let nan developers to support their money — which, we’d advise, everyone to spell do now.


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  • Google announced caller Android features astatine Mobile World Congress this week, alongside updates for Chromebook and Wear OS. Among nan changes, Google said Fast Pair will soon activity pinch Chromebook to link headphones already configured pinch an Android device; expanded sound cancellation for Google Meet connected much Android devices; a Google Keep widget for Home screens; nan expertise to usage a stylus aliases touch nan surface to annotate PDFs successful nan Google Drive app for Android; and a measurement to summation nan matter size successful Chrome up to 300% while preserving nan layout. Wear OS will person 2 caller sound and show modes to amended watch accessibility.
  • Google’s Pixel Watch gained a fall-detection feature that uses mobility sensors and on-device instrumentality learning to place if a personification has taken a difficult fall. The watch tin past link nan personification pinch help, if request be. Apple has offered a akin characteristic since 2018’s motorboat of nan Apple Watch Series 4.
  • Google announced upcoming argumentation changes aimed astatine improving nan value of apps for Wear OS and really they look successful nan Google Play Store. The changes speak to really nan app should beryllium designed and really features should appear, among different things. The requirements spell into effect connected August 31. Google besides noted each Wear OS apps must target Android 11 (API level 30) by August 31 arsenic good successful bid to stay discoverable by users pinch newer Android OS versions.
  • Recommended Reading: TechCrunch’s Brian Heater sat down pinch Android exec Sameer Samat to talk ecosystems, regularisation and competition successful a wide-ranging interview. You tin excavation successful here.


  • Apple rolled out iOS 16.4 beta 2 for developers alongside nan 2nd developer betas for iPadOS 16.4, tvOS 16.4 and watchOS 9.4. The betas see more hints astir Apple Music Classical, nan rumored streaming work successful development. The package besides confirms nan coming motorboat of Apple Pay successful South Korea, which had already been given nan greenish light. 
  • The App Store Connect instrumentality was updated to now allow developers to usage adjacent group benchmarks for metrics astir their apps. This allows developers to comparison their app’s capacity pinch others for illustration them without having to subscribe to a third-party measurement firm’s data.


  • Snap introduced My AI, a caller in-app chatbot that uses nan latest type of OpenAI’s GPT technology. The feature, which is only offered to Snapchat’s paid subscribers (Snapchat+), tin do things for illustration propose day gift ideas, thief pinch travel planning, propose recipes, and different little superior tasks. Users tin besides personalize nan AI by giving it a sanction and customizing nan wallpaper for their chat.

Snapchat's caller AI chatbot

Image Credits: Snapchat

  • Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg besides announced nan institution will build a caller top-level merchandise group focused connected integrating generative AI into its services and processing “AI personas that tin thief group successful a assortment of ways.” In nan adjacent term, nan institution said it will begin testing text-based AI devices successful WhatsApp and Messenger, apt akin to ChatGPT. It besides said it will research pinch AI-aided filters and advertisement formats connected Instagram arsenic good arsenic video and multi-modal experiences.
  • Windows 11 added nan caller Bing to its taskbar aft antecedently bringing it to its Edge desktop browser followed by nan Edge, Bing and Skype mobile apps.
  • Brave Search launched a caller “Summarizer” feature, which is powered by different ample langue models (LLMs), but not OpenAI’s GPT. nan characteristic will go disposable wrong desktop and mobile web browsers but was not yet natively integrated into Brave’s autochthonal mobile browser app.
  • TikTok’s newest viral beauty filter, “Bold Glamour,” appears to beryllium AI, notes The Verge. But TikTok wouldn’t confirm. Unlike different filters, Bold Glamour wholly alters’ users’ appearances — but successful a measurement that makes nan effect look little cartoonish and much subtle. Experts judge nan select is apt utilizing ML, specifically Generative Adversarial Networks, aliases GANs. The awesome portion is that TikTok has been capable to bring this method to mobile pinch minimal glitches, nan study says.


  • Apptopia crunched nan numbers connected societal apps’ in-app purchases. Companies are now looking to nonstop personification payments, including subscriptions and different in-app purchases, arsenic Apple’s ATT changes person trim into their advertisement revenues. Among nan highlights, nan study recovered that TikTok has earned $205 cardinal much than Facebook, Twitter, Snap, and Instagram mixed connected in-app purchases successful 2023 truthful far. The afloat group has besides grown their corporate quarterly IAP gross 91% since nan motorboat of ATT. Snapchat+ is besides outperforming Facebook connected regular IAP gross by 20% connected average.
  • VSCO says it’s expanding its societal features successful Spaces, its collaborative galleries wherever photographers tin upload images astir a taxable and chat. In mid-March, VSCO will make it imaginable for users to stock text-based posts successful Spaces and will let users to connection each other, sloppy of travel status. It will besides present caller 9×16 auto-generated images, optimized for Instagram Stories and nan like, among different improvements.

VSCO caller features

Image Credits: VSCO

  • Reddit added caller features including the expertise to find comments wrong a post from nan hunt bar, which will get connected desktop, iOS and Android. It besides noted different improvements, for illustration its subreddit hunt algorithm that’s been enhanced to aboveground much applicable subreddits for astir searches, updates to autocomplete, and easier ways to browse video results pinch up and down swipes successful video hunt results.
  • Twitter’s paid subscription Twitter Blue is now disposable to much than 20 caller countries successful Europe, including Netherlands, Poland, Ireland, Belgium, Sweden, Romania, Czech Republic, Finland, Denmark, Greece, Austria, Hungary, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Slovakia, Latvia, Slovenia, Estonia, Croatia, Luxembourg, Malta and Cyprus. The description makes nan $8/mo scheme disposable successful a full of now 35 countries, including nan U.S.

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  • Instagram began testing its property verification tools successful much countries, including Canada and Mexico. The trial initially launched successful nan U.S., past later rolled out successful Brazil and Japan successful October. If a personification attempted to alteration their property to 18 aliases up, nan app would require them to verify utilizing 1 of 3 methods: uploading an ID, signaling a video selfie aliases asking communal friends to verify their age.
  • Pinterest is alpha testing a caller video advertizing product that allows brands to scope consumers from a much salient position wrong nan company’s mobile app. With nan “Premiere Spotlight” advertisement advertisers will summation entree to a premium placement for 24 hours connected nan Pinterest app’s hunt page, wherever they are capable to characteristic an adhd with Pinterest’s max width video format.
  • TikTok genitor institution ByteDance launched Lemon8 successful nan U.S. and U.K., an app that’s a batch like nan Chinese societal shopping app Xiaoghongshu (Little Red Book). Like TikTok, nan app has a Following and For You feed, but is described much arsenic a manner community. The institution has been paying creators successful nan U.K. to station connected nan app.
  • Meta will now let for longer Facebook Reels of up to 90 seconds, up from 60 seconds previously. It is besides added much imaginative tools, including a caller templates characteristic that lets users create Reels pinch trending templates, akin to ByteDance’s CapCut.

Streaming & Entertainment

Image Credits: TikTok

  • Ahead of TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew’s testimony earlier Congress planned for March, nan institution introduced much well-being features for teens, including surface clip controls, caller default settings and expanded Family Pairing controls. Notably, each relationship belonging to a personification nether nan property of 18 will automatically beryllium group to a 60-minute regular surface clip limit, and teens will person to participate a codification to proceed scrolling. It’s besides moving connected Family Pairing controls that would fto parents select videos by words and hashtags arsenic good arsenic customizable regular surface clip controls.
  • A TikTok trial successful Australia constricted nan magnitude of licensed euphony disposable to immoderate users connected nan platform, in an research to find nan different ways group interact pinch nan app, Billboard reported. The results could yet pass TikTok’s licensing strategy, but users issued galore complaints complete nan accompanying “sound removed” messages during nan tests.
  • Spotify is killing its “heart” button for liking songs successful favour of nan positive button. The alteration will consolidate likes and adding contented to playlists into a azygous fastener arsenic 1 pat will for illustration nan way and a 2nd pat will adhd nan way to playlists.

Image Credits: Spotify

  • Pinterest’s collage shaper app Shuffles expanded to 9 much countries, including Germany, France, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and nan Netherlands. The app lets users propulsion and edit images from Pinterest aliases their camera rotation to make collages they tin stock pinch others in-app aliases station to societal media.
  • TikTok launched Sounds for Business, a postulation of sounds that are designed arsenic templates for easy usage by marketers. The postulation includes a operation of music, voice-over and different sound cues to thief businesses create engaging content.
  • Twitter outages person gotten worse arsenic further layoffs of elder unit person near nan institution floundering. Most recently, a world outage this week lasted for complete 2 hours, pinch the timeline failing to load connected mobile and web. But users are now often experiencing lags and errors extracurricular of afloat outages, arsenic well.
  • Amazon-owned Audible is launching its first-ever singing title series, “Breakthrough,” arsenic an exclusive podcast featuring artists Sara Bareilles and Kelly Rowland arsenic judges. The bid debuts connected June 1.
  • Netflix will live watercourse its first broadcast pinch Chris Rock’s latest standup, “Chris Rock: Selective Outrage.” The airing will return spot connected Saturday, March 4, astatine 10 PM Eastern.
  • Movies Anywhere, a antecedently Disney-backed app that lets users entree their digitally owned movie postulation from crossed services, is shutting down 2 features, “Screen Pass” and “Watch Together.” The erstwhile allowed users to stock their movies pinch friends while nan second was for co-viewing.


Pokemon GO Scarlet and Violet

Image Credits: The Pokémon Company

  • During this week’s Pokémon Presents livestream, the institution announced Pokémon Sleep will go disposable connected iOS and Android this summer, offering users a measurement to way their slumber habits and analyse them. It besides announced integrations betwixt its Pokémon Scarlet & Violet games and nan Niantic-produced mobile crippled Pokémon GO.


  • Tinder kicked disconnected a caller marque run to entreaty to Gen Z daters and their inclusive attitudes. It’s besides pushing backmost again astatine Tinder’s hookup perception, noting that semipermanent relationships are members’ No. 1 goals — a alteration from an earlier campaign respective years backmost that had embraced Tinder’s “casual” nature.


  • Microsoft launched Phone Link for iOS which lets iPhone users return calls and respond to iMessage texts from their PC.
  • Telegram updated its Mac App Store app pinch a caller Power Saving Mode that intends to thief forestall nan app from draining nan computer’s battery. The characteristic will besides automatically move itself connected based connected nan existent artillery charge.

Travel & Transportation

Cariad-VW Group-app store

Image Credits: Cariad/VW Group

  • The VW Group announced a caller in-car app shop will beryllium launched by its package subsidiary Cariad. Starting pinch prime Audi vehicles, nan app shop will bring dozens of apps to vehicles, including Spotify, Amazon Music, TikTok and gaming hubs Vector Unit and FRVR to cars starting this summer. It will later grow crossed Audi’s portfolio past to Porsche and Volkswagen.
  • Waze killed disconnected its iOS widget successful its latest update owed to debased usage. The widget had been designed for nan left-most homescreen and allowed users to jump into navigation. It’s chartless if Waze will bring backmost nan widget arsenic a Lock Screen action aliases afloat Home Screen widget instead.
  • Apple Maps’ 3D “Look Around” feature has arrived successful Finland, Norway and Sweden.
  • Uber updated its app pinch updates for its courier feature Shop and Pay to reside concerns pinch retired of banal items, integer payments and bid clarity earlier accepting a tip.


  • Indian fintech CRED announced plans to motorboat a bargain now and salary later work and a tap-to-pay feature that will first rotation retired to NFC-enabled smartphones.
  • Public made its Treasury Accounts available to each members. It said members tin now return advantage of nan existent 5.1% output of Treasury bills, which is higher than savings accounts,   while besides receiving nan “flexibility and easiness of entree to cash” of a emblematic slope account.
  • All-in-one fintech app Revolut reported its first afloat twelvemonth of profit, noting it tripled its gross betwixt 2020 and 2021 and reached 16+ cardinal users by nan extremity of 2021.
  • The crypto-focused Robinhood Wallet app was officially launched to iOS users globally. The app, which now supports some nan Polygon and Ethereum networks, had a waitlist of complete 1 cardinal up of its launch.
  • Wealthfront announced an description into stocks and fractional shares, allowing investors to now bargain individual stocks and observe caller finance opportunities.
  • Gen Z neobank Step launched banal investing allowing users to now put arsenic good arsenic earn, save, walk and build in installments earlier they move 18. The institution besides announced a milestone of 4 cardinal accounts. 

European Commissioner for Europe fresh for nan Digital Age, Margrethe Vestager, gestures arsenic she speaks during an online news convention connected Apple antitrust lawsuit astatine nan EU office successful Brussels, connected April 30, 2021

European Commissioner for Europe fresh for nan Digital Age, Margrethe Vestager, gestures arsenic she speaks during an online news convention connected Apple antitrust lawsuit astatine nan EU office successful Brussels, connected April 30, 2021. Image Credits: GETTY IMAGES / FRANCISCO SECO/POOL/AFP

  • The EU confirmed changes to its antitrust lawsuit against Apple, dropping objections complete in-app purchases connected streaming euphony providers, and alternatively focusing connected Apple’s policies that forestall apps from telling their users astir different subscription options. This could still beryllium bully news for Spotify if a last ruling is issued, arsenic it could unit Apple to set its guidelines successful summation to a fine. Spotify, however, is not happy pinch really agelong it’s taken to scope a determination connected nan matter.
  • The Canadian authorities has followed nan U.S.’s lead pinch an announcement that it plans to prohibition TikTok from national mobile devices connected February 28 complete information concerns.
  • The U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee voted 24 to 16 to give President Joe Biden nan powerfulness to prohibition TikTok and different apps. Democrats opposed nan bill, which was said to beryllium “dangerously overbroad.” The ACLU said it a TikTok prohibition would break citizens’ free speech. The measure will person an uphill conflict successful nan Senate, wherever Democrats still person a constrictive majority. The measure follows moves by national authorities and respective authorities governments to prohibition TikTok from authorities devices.

US Capitol building

Capitol building. Image Credits: Bryce Durbin/TechCrunch

  • U.S. civilian liberties and integer authorities groups, including nan ACLU, Access Now, and Fight for nan Future, are speaking retired against a imaginable TikTok ban saying that it would break people’s First Amendment rights.
  • An open missive penned by Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) called connected caller Twitter proprietor Elon Musk to bring nan accessibility squad backmost to nan company, noting abnormal users person “reported accrued trouble and vexation utilizing Twitter” since nan layoffs.
  • BetterHelp proprietor Teladoc Health settled with nan FTC for $7.8 million complete information mishandling occurring from 2017-2020. The institution besides agreed to extremity sharing information pinch Meta, Snap, and Pinterest for advertizing purposes.
  • In a caller filing precocious past week, nan U.S. Department of Justice alleged that Google “routinely destroyed” an full class of written communications successful its antitrust investigation against nan company. The communications — chat messages betwixt Google labor — were deleted complete nan people of respective years, arsenic Google allowed labor to group messages to auto-delete. A akin rumor had been brought up by Epic Games successful its ongoing proceedings involving nan Fortnite shaper accusing Google of anticompetitive behaviour pinch its Play Store.
  • CollX, a mobile app for trading paper collectors, raised $5.5 cardinal successful a seed round led by Brand Foundry Ventures. Launched successful January 2022, nan app claims to person 600,000+ users who person scanned much than 100 cardinal cards.
  • Serena Williams’ Serena Ventures backed organization finance institution SoLo Funds, which now has 1 million+ registered users and complete 1.3 cardinal downloads, nan institution claims.
  • Recipe app and website SideChef raised another $6 cardinal successful Series B funding, bringing its full raise to day to much than $16 million. Investors see LG, Ideate Ventures, AB Electrolux, Peacock Capital Group, and others. The app is free to download pinch a $4.99/mo premium subscription disposable and offers complete 20K recipes.
  • Chef-prepared meals marketplace Shef, disposable connected web and mobile, raised $73.5 cardinal successful Series B funding backmost successful June 2022 (newly announced), including $7 cardinal successful debt, led by CRV pinch information from a16z and Amex Ventures. The institution helps location cooks go mini business owners and is now disposable nationwide.
  • Chinese accelerated manner elephantine Shein had talked pinch Amazon and Google complete a imaginable investment erstwhile negotiating for unreality contracts, but neither patient was interested.


Mammoth app connected 3 smartphone screens

Image Credits: Mammoth

A caller Mastodon app called Mammoth gained 10,000 downloads successful nan first fewer days of its readiness connected nan App Store. The app was built by a squad that includes nan developer of nan Aviary app for Twitter, which was among those unceremoniously killed by Twitter earlier this twelvemonth aft caller proprietor Elon Musk decided nan wider app ecosystem nary longer had a request for third-party Twitter clients. The app offers a scope of features for utilizing Mastodon from nan expected — for illustration being capable to browse timelines and station and move connected a acheronian mode — to nan little common, for illustration picture-in-picture for pinning posts to your screen, devices for viewing media successful AR, devices for sentiment study and more. But cardinal to nan acquisition is really Mammoth intends to make it easier for newcomers to subordinate nan Fediverse pinch simplified onboarding and a suggested users list.

The app is also backed by Mozilla, which led nan company’s pre-seed round. The institution down Mammoth had acquired nan app from developer Shihab Mehboob (Aviary 2, Vinyls) and is now led by Bart Decrem, antecedently of Mozilla, Disney, and different entrepreneurial projects, for illustration KyrptoSign and years back, nan Flock browser. Other investors see Long Journey Ventures and Salesforce’s Marc Benioff.

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