Published On: Sat, Jun 20th, 2020

Daily Crunch: Twitter rolls out audio tweets

Twitter tries to make audio tweets a thing, a U.K. backtracks on a contact-tracing app and Apple’s App Store income share is during a core of a new controversy.

Here’s your Daily Crunch for Jun 18, 2020.

1. Twitter starts rolling out audio tweets on iOS

Twitter is rolling out audio tweets, that do accurately what you’d design — concede users to share thoughts in audio form. The underline will usually be accessible to some iOS users for now, nonetheless a association says all iOS users should have entrance “in a entrance weeks.” (No word on an Android or web rollout yet.)

This underline potentially allows for many longer thoughts than a 280-character tweet. Individual audio clips will be singular to 140 seconds, though if we surpass a limit, a new twitter will be threaded underneath a original.

2. UK gives adult on centralized coronavirus contacts-tracing app — switches to contrast indication corroborated by Apple and Google

The U.K.’s pierce to desert a centralized proceed and adopt a decentralized indication is frequency surprising, though a time it’s taken a supervision to arrive during a apparent end does lift some vital questions over a cunning during doing record projects.

3. Apple doubles down on a right to distinction from other businesses

Apple this week is removing publicly dragged for digging in a heels over a right to take a cut of subscription-based exchange that upsurge by a App Store. This is not a new complaint, though one that came to a conduct this week over Apple’s preference to reject app updates from Basecamp’s newly launched subscription-based email app called Hey.

4. Payfone raises $100M for a mobile phone-based digital corroboration and ID platform

Payfone has built a height to brand and determine people regulating information (but not personal data) gleaned from your mobile phone. CEO Rodger Desai pronounced a devise for a appropriation is to build some-more appurtenance training into a company’s algorithms, enhance to 35 some-more geographies and to make vital acquisitions to enhance a record stack.

5. Superhuman’s Rahul Vohra says retrogression is a ‘perfect time’ to be assertive for well-capitalized startups

We had an endless review with Vohra as partial of Extra Crunch Live, also covering because a email app still has some-more than 275,000 people on a wait list. (Extra Crunch membership required.)

6. Stockwell, a AI-vending appurtenance startup before famous as Bodega, is shutting down Jul 1

Founded in 2017 by ex-Googlers, a AI vending appurtenance startup before famous as Bodega initial lifted blood pressures — people hated how it was referenced and feeble “disrupted” mom-and-pop shops in one fell swoop — and afterwards lifted a lot of money. But ultimately, it was no compare for COVID-19 and how it reshaped a lifestyles.

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With TechCrunch Disrupt going virtual, this is your possibility to get featured in front of a largest assembly ever. The post says you’ve usually got 72 hours left, though a time has been ticking given afterwards — a deadline is 11:59pm Pacific tomorrow, Jun 19. So get on it!

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