Google ditches pay-to-play Android search choice auction for free version after EU pressure – TechCrunch

Google ditches pay-to-play Android search choice auction for free version after EU pressure – TechCrunch

Google is ditching a massively unpopular auction format that underpins an choice screen it offers in the European Union, it said today. Eligible search providers will be able to freely participate. The auction model was Google’s ‘remedy’ of choice — following the 2018 EU $5BN antitrust enforcement against Android — but rivals have always maintained … Read more

Google is opening a retail store in New York this summer – TechCrunch

Google is opening a retail store in New York this summer – TechCrunch

Google’s explored storefronts for a while now. Here’s a pop-up Manhattan’s SoHo district that we took a trip to some 4+ years back. But the company’s own branded retail experience has been fairly limited – unsurprising, given that it has always been a software company first. This summer, however, the company is joining a growing … Read more

What3Words sends legal threat to a security researcher for sharing an open-source alternative – TechCrunch

What3Words sends legal threat to a security researcher for sharing an open-source alternative – TechCrunch

A U.K. company behind digital addressing system What3Words has sent a legal threat to a security researcher for offering to share an open-source software project with other researchers, which What3Words claims violate its copyright. Aaron Toponce, a systems administrator at XMission, received a letter on Thursday from a law firm representing What3Words, requesting that he … Read more

Google Play drops commissions to 15% from 30%, following Apple’s move last year – TechCrunch

Google Play drops commissions to 15% from 30%, following Apple’s move last year – TechCrunch

Google will lower its Play commissions globally for developers that sell in-app digital goods and services on its marquee store, the company said, following a similar move by rival Apple late last year. The Android-maker said on Tuesday that starting July 1, it is reducing the service fee for Google Play to 15% — down … Read more

Google Play halves commission on developers’ first $1M – TechCrunch

Google Play halves commission on developers’ first $1M – TechCrunch

Google is letting developers keep more of their Play revenue, Instagram adds teen safety features and we examine the global distribution of venture funding. This is your Daily Crunch for March 16, 2021. The big story: Google Play halves commission on first $1M Following a similar move by Apple last year, Google said that it … Read more

Whereby, which allows more collaboration over video calls, raises $12M from Point Nine and 20 Angels – TechCrunch

Whereby, which allows more collaboration over video calls, raises $12M from Point Nine and 20 Angels – TechCrunch

Zoom, Microsoft and Google all rocketed to the top of the charts in the virtual meetings stakes during the pandemic but a plucky startup from Norway had others ideas. Video meeting startup Whereby has now raised $12 million from German VC Point Nine, SaaStr fund and a group of more than 20 angel investors. Angels … Read more

Google isn’t testing FLoCs in Europe yet – TechCrunch

Google isn’t testing FLoCs in Europe yet – TechCrunch

Early this month Google quietly began trials of ‘Privacy Sandbox’: Its planned replacement adtech for tracking cookies, as it works toward phasing out support for third party cookies in the Chrome browser — testing a system to reconfigure the dominant web architecture by replacing individual ad targeting with ads that target groups of users (aka … Read more

Amazon will expand its Amazon Care on-demand healthcare offering US-wide this summer – TechCrunch

Amazon will expand its Amazon Care on-demand healthcare offering US-wide this summer – TechCrunch

Amazon is apparently pleased with how its Amazon Care pilot in Seattle has gone, since it announced this morning that it will be expanding the offering across the U.S. this summer, and opening it up to companies of all sizes, in addition to its own employees. The Amazon Care model combines on-demand and in-person care, … Read more

Google Area 120’s ThreadIt is bite-size video for team collaborations – TechCrunch

Google Area 120’s ThreadIt is bite-size video for team collaborations – TechCrunch

The team at Google’s Area 120 in-house incubator says the idea for ThreadIt came well before COVID-19 made remote work a necessity for large swaths of the globe. Of course, the pandemic certainly accelerated interest in the product among the team behind it. “It’s adjusted the lens through which everyone sees it,” Keller Smith, general … Read more