Apple gives developers a way to nominate their apps for editorial consideration on the App Store

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App developers will have a new path for getting their apps recognized and promoted, Apple told developers at WWDC 2024 this week. In an update planned to arrive in September alongside the release of iOS 18, developers will be able to alert Apple’s Editorial team about their app’s new content or features ahead of its release to be considered for featuring on the App Store.

https://techcrunch.com/2024/06/13/apple-gives-developers-a-way-to-nominate-their-apps-for-editorial-consideration-on-the-app-store/

BeReal is being acquired by mobile apps and games company Voodoo for €500M

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Voodoo, a French mobile apps and games publisher, has acquired BeReal for €500 million. As part of the acquisition, BeReal co-founder and CEO Alexis Barreyat will leave the company after a transition period. Aymeric Roffé, the CEO of Wizz, one of Voodoo’s social media apps, will take over as BeReal’s CEO.

https://techcrunch.com/2024/06/11/bereal-is-being-acquired-by-mobile-apps-and-games-company-voodoo-for-e500m/

New York moves to limit kids’ access to ‘addictive feeds’

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Implementing this bill would require social media companies to verify users’ ages. It would also prohibit platforms from sending notifications related to these feeds between the ages of midnight and 6am without parental consent. Companies that violate the law could face penalties of up to $5,000 per violation.

https://techcrunch.com/2024/06/09/new-york-moves-to-limit-kids-access-to-addictive-feeds/

Twitch DJs will now have to pay music labels to play songs in livestreams

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Twitch has come up with a solution for the ongoing copyright issues that DJs encounter on the platform. The company announced Thursday a new program that enables DJs to stream millions of tracks in a new DJ Category, giving them more clarity on which songs are safe to use in their streams. The only catch is DJs have to cough up a portion of their earnings.

https://techcrunch.com/2024/06/06/twitch-djs-will-now-have-to-pay-music-labels-to-play-songs-in-livestreams

Humane urges customers to stop using charging case, citing battery fire concerns

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“Our investigation determined that the battery supplier was no longer meeting our quality standards and that there is a potential that certain battery cells supplied by this vendor may pose a fire safety risk,” Humane wrote in an email viewed by TechCrunch. “As a result, we immediately disqualified this battery vendor while we work to identify a new vendor to avoid such issues and maintain our high quality standards.”

https://techcrunch.com/2024/06/05/humane-urges-customers-to-stop-using-charging-case-citing-battery-fire-concerns

YouTube’s free games catalog ‘Playables’ rolls out to all users

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YouTube’s “app store” for games is rolling out more broadly. The company announced on Tuesday that its collection of lightweight, free games dubbed “Playables” will soon start to appear in the YouTube app for all users, in addition to the YouTube Home page.

https://techcrunch.com/2024/05/28/youtubes-free-games-catalog-playables-rolls-out-to-all-users/

Stack Overflow signs deal with OpenAI to supply data to its models

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“Stack Overflow is the world’s largest developer community,” Chandrasekar said in a press release this morning. “Through [our] industry-leading partnership with OpenAI, we strive to redefine the developer experience, fostering efficiency and collaboration through the power of community, best-in-class data, and AI experiences. Our goal with OverflowAPI, and our work to advance the era of socially responsible AI, is to set new standards with vetted, trusted, and accurate data that will be the foundation on which technology solutions are built and delivered to our user.”

https://techcrunch.com/2024/05/06/stack-overflow-signs-deal-with-openai-to-supply-data-to-its-models/