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Twitter tries to make audio tweets a factor, the U.Okay. backtracks on its contact-tracing app and Apple’s App Store income share is on the heart of a brand new controversy.

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

1. Twitter begins rolling out audio tweets on iOS

Twitter is rolling out audio tweets, which do precisely what you’d anticipate — enable customers to share ideas in audio kind. The function will solely be obtainable to some iOS customers for now, although the corporate says all iOS customers ought to have entry “within the coming weeks.” (No phrase on an Android or net rollout but.)

This function doubtlessly permits for for much longer ideas than a 280-character tweet. Individual audio clips will likely be restricted to 140 seconds, however if you happen to exceed the restrict, a brand new tweet will likely be threaded beneath the unique.

2. UK provides up on centralized coronavirus contacts-tracing app — switches to testing mannequin backed by Apple and Google

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The U.Okay.’s transfer to desert the centralized strategy and undertake a decentralized mannequin is hardly shocking, however the time it’s taken the federal government to reach on the apparent conclusion does increase some main questions over its competence at dealing with know-how tasks.

3. Apple doubles down on its proper to revenue from different companies

Apple this week is getting publicly dragged for digging in its heels over its proper to take a reduce of subscription-based transactions that move by its App Store. This isn’t a brand new grievance, however one which got here to a head this week over Apple’s resolution to reject app updates from Basecamp’s newly launched subscription-based e mail app referred to as Hey.

4. Payfone raises $100M for its cell phone-based digital verification and ID platform

Payfone has constructed a platform to determine and confirm folks utilizing knowledge (however not private knowledge) gleaned out of your cell phone. CEO Rodger Desai stated the plan for the funding is to construct extra machine studying into the corporate’s algorithms, increase to 35 extra geographies and to make strategic acquisitions to increase its know-how stack.

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5. Superhuman’s Rahul Vohra says recession is the ‘excellent time’ to be aggressive for well-capitalized startups

We had an intensive dialog with Vohra as a part of Extra Crunch Live, additionally protecting why the e-mail app nonetheless has greater than 275,000 folks on its wait checklist. (Extra Crunch membership required.)

6. Stockwell, the AI-vending machine startup previously generally known as Bodega, is shutting down July 1

Founded in 2017 by ex-Googlers, the AI merchandising machine startup previously generally known as Bodega first raised blood pressures — folks hated the way it was referenced and poorly “disrupted” mom-and-pop outlets in a single fell swoop — after which raised some huge cash. But in the end, it was no match for COVID-19 and the way it reshaped our life.

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