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This Week in Apps: Apple antitrust issues come to Congress, subscription apps boom, Tencent takes on TikTok - techcrunch

This Week in Apps: Apple antitrust issues come to Congress, subscription apps boom, Tencent takes on TikTok

Welcome back to ThisWeek in Apps, the Extra Crunch 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 in 2019 and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019, according to App Annie’s recently released […]
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Samasource CEO Leila Janah passes away at 37 - techcrunch

Samasource CEO Leila Janah passes away at 37

The startup community has lost another moral leader today. Leila Janah, a serial entrepreneur who was the CEO and founder of machine learning training data company Samasource, passed away at the age of 37 due to complications from Epithelioid Sarcoma, a form of cancer, according to a statement from the company. She focused her career on […]
techcrunch - 17 hours ago
Clayton Christensen, author of “The Innovator’s Dilemma,” has passed away at age 67 - techcrunch

Clayton Christensen, author of “The Innovator’s Dilemma,” has passed away at age 67

Clayton Christensen, a longtime professor at Harvard Business School who became famous worldwide after authoring in 1997 the best-selling business book, “The Innovator’s Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail,” passed away last night, The Desert News reported earlier today that the cause tied to complications from leukemia treatments that Christensen was receiving […]
techcrunch - 21 hours ago
Where Does Social Media Think it’s Going Now? - readwrite

Where Does Social Media Think it’s Going Now?

You know things are bad when the comedians have it in for you. In November, Sacha Baron Cohen went viral. The comedian has pulled some pretty good pranks in the past, but this video didn’t show him fooling a politician as a rapper or playing a journalist from Kazakhstan. The vid showed him as himself […] The post Where Does Social Media Think it’s Going Now? appeared first on ReadWrite.
readwrite - 21 hours ago
Vine reboot Byte officially launches - techcrunch

Vine reboot Byte officially launches

Two years after Vine’s co-founder Dom Hofman announced he was building a successor to the short-form video app, today Byte makes its debut on iOS and Android. Byte lets you shoot or upload and then share six-second videos. It comes equipped with standard social features like a feed, Explore page, notifications, and profiles. For now, […]
techcrunch - 22 hours ago
As the venture market tightens, a debt lender sees big opportunities - techcrunch

As the venture market tightens, a debt lender sees big opportunities

David Spreng spent more than 20 years in venture capital before dipping his toe into the world of revenue-based financing and realizing there was a growing appetite for alternatives to venture capital. Indeed, since forming debt-lending company Runway Growth Capital in mid-2015, Spreng has been busy writing checks to a variety of mostly later-stage companies […]
techcrunch - 23 hours ago
The RetroBeat: Ghosts’n DJs trades goblins for deadmau5 - venture beat

The RetroBeat: Ghosts’n DJs trades goblins for deadmau5

We may not have had a new Ghosts ‘n Goblins in over a decade, but fans of the franchise do have something to look forward to next month (especially if they love DJs). This week, I received an interesting pitch for an upcoming indie game called Ghosts’n DJs. As the name implies, it’s like Capcom’s […]
venture beat - 23 hours ago
The Pentagon pushes back on Huawei ban in bid for ‘balance’ - techcrunch

The Pentagon pushes back on Huawei ban in bid for ‘balance’

Huawei may have just found itself an ally in the most unexpected of places. According to a new report out of The Wall Street Journal, both the Defense and Treasury Departments are pushing back on a Commerce Department-led ban on sales from the embattled Chinese hardware giant. That move, in turn, has reportedly led Commerce […]
techcrunch - 1 day ago
Kraftful raises $1M to help smart home companies make better apps - techcrunch

Kraftful raises $1M to help smart home companies make better apps

  If a thousand companies make their own smart light bulb, do a thousand companies also have to design a light switch app to control them? Kraftful, a company out of Y Combinator’s Summer 2019 class, doesn’t think so. Kraftful builds the myriad components that an IoT/Smart Home company might need, puzzle piecing them together […]
techcrunch - 1 day ago
A founder’s guide to recession planning for startups - techcrunch

A founder’s guide to recession planning for startups

Founders can’t afford to wait until the midst of a downturn to figure out their game plans.
techcrunch - 1 day ago
Daily Crunch: Goldman Sachs calls for diverse boards - techcrunch

Daily Crunch: Goldman Sachs calls for diverse boards

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Goldman Sachs says it won’t take startups public without at least one ‘diverse’ director; it should go further CEO David Solomon told […]
techcrunch - 1 day ago
Los Angeles-based CREXi  raises $29 million for its online real estate marketplace - techcrunch

Los Angeles-based CREXi raises $29 million for its online real estate marketplace

Los Angeles is one of the most desirable locations for commercial real estate in the United States, so it’s little wonder that there’s something of a boom in investments in technology companies servicing the market coming from the region. It’s one of the reasons that CREXi, the commercial real estate marketplace, was able to establish […]
techcrunch - 1 day ago
German football league Bundesliga teams with AWS to improve fan experience - techcrunch

German football league Bundesliga teams with AWS to improve fan experience

Germany’s top soccer (football) league, Bundesliga, announced today it is partnering with AWS to use artificial intelligence to enhance the fan experience during games. Andreas Heyden, executive vice president for digital sports at the Deutsche Fußball Liga, the entity that runs The Bundesliga, says that this could take many forms, depending on whether the fan […]
techcrunch - 1 day ago
What’s the right pace for raising capital? - techcrunch

What’s the right pace for raising capital?

How much is too much too early? What amount of capital raise is typical for comparable peers? How capital-efficient are the best-in-class companies?
techcrunch - 1 day ago
An adult sexting site exposed thousands of models’ passports and driver’s licenses - techcrunch

An adult sexting site exposed thousands of models’ passports and driver’s licenses

A popular sexting website has exposed thousands of photo IDs belonging to models and sex workers who earn commissions from the site. SextPanther, an Arizona-based adult site, stored over 11,000 identity documents on an exposed Amazon Web Services (AWS) storage bucket, including passports, driver’s licenses, and Social Security numbers, without a password. The company says […]
techcrunch - 1 day ago
The App Store is down - techcrunch

The App Store is down

Midday on Friday it appeared that Apple’s App Store, a critical piece of the digital and mobile economies, struggled with uptime issues. Apple’s own status page indicated that the application vendor has having an “ongoing” issue that affected “some users.” The company said that it was investigating the issue, according to its website. Users weren’t […]
techcrunch - 1 day ago
Goldman Sachs’ new board member diversity rule misses the mark - techcrunch

Goldman Sachs’ new board member diversity rule misses the mark

Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon recently said the investment bank won’t take companies public that don’t have at least one board member from an underrepresented group. The main focus will be on female board members, he told CNBC, because companies that have gone public in the last four years with at least one woman on their […]
techcrunch - 1 day ago
Early bird savings end next Friday on tickets to Robotics+AI 2020 - techcrunch

Early bird savings end next Friday on tickets to Robotics+AI 2020

TechCrunch Sessions: Robotics+AI 2020 is gearing up to be one amazing show. This annual day-long event draws the brightest minds and makers from these two industries — 1,500 attendees last year alone. And if you really want to make 2020 a game-changing year, grab yourself an early-bird ticket and save $150 on tickets before prices […]
techcrunch - 1 day ago
Vivo beats Samsung for 2nd spot in Indian smartphone market - techcrunch

Vivo beats Samsung for 2nd spot in Indian smartphone market

Samsung, which once led the smartphone market in India, slid to the third position in the quarter that ended in December even as the South Korean giant continues to make major bets on the rare handset market that is still growing. According to research firm Counterpoint, Chinese firm Vivo surpassed Samsung to become the second biggest […]
techcrunch - 1 day ago
Facebook’s dodgy defaults face more scrutiny in Europe - techcrunch

Facebook’s dodgy defaults face more scrutiny in Europe

Italy’s Competition and Markets Authority has launched proceedings against Facebook for failing to fully inform users about the commercial uses it makes of their data. At the same time a German court has today upheld a consumer group’s right to challenge the tech giant over data and privacy issues in the national courts. Lack of […]
techcrunch - 1 day ago
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Google acquires AppSheet to bring no-code development to Google Cloud

Google acquires AppSheet to bring no-code development to Google Cloud

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Google announced today that it is buying AppSheet, an 8 year-old no-code mobile application building platform. The company had raised over $17 million on a $60 million valuation, according to PitchBook data. The companies did not share the purchase price.

With AppSheet, Google gets a simple way for companies to build mobile apps without having to write a line of code. It works by pulling data from a spreadsheet, database or form, and using the field or column names as the basis for building an app.

It is integrated with Google Cloud already integrating with Google Sheets and Google Forms, but also works with other tools including AWS DynamoDB, Salesforce, Office 365, Box and others. Google says it will continue to support these other platforms, even after the deal closes.

As Amit Zavery wrote in a blog post announcing the acquisition, it’s about giving everyone a chance to build mobile applications, even companies lacking traditional developer resources to build a mobile presence. “This acquisition helps enterprises empower millions of citizen developers to more easily create and extend applications without the need for professional coding skills,” he wrote.

In a story we hear repeatedly from startup founders, Praveen Seshadri, co-founder and CEO at AppSheet sees an opportunity to expand his platform and market reach under Google in ways he couldn’t as an independent company.

“There is great potential to leverage and integrate more deeply with many of Googles amazing assets like G Suite and Android to improve the functionality, scale, and performance of AppSheet. Moving forward, we expect to combine AppSheets core strengths with Google Clouds deep industry expertise in verticals like financial services, retail, and media  and entertainment,” he wrote.

Google sees this acquisition as extending its development philosophy with no-code working alongside workflow automation, application integration and API management.

No code tools like AppSheet are not going to replace sophisticated development environments, but they will give companies that might not otherwise have a mobile app, the ability to put something decent out there.

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