Google is sunsetting the Google Pay app in the US later this yearGoogle has announced that Google Pay is shutting down in the United States in June, as the standalone app has largely been replaced by Google Wallet. Users can continue to access the app’s most popular features right from Google Wallet, which Google says is used five times more than the Google Pay app in the United States. After June 4, users will no longer be able to send, request or receive money through the U.S. version of the Google Pay app. Users who used the Google Pay app to find offers and deals can still so do using the new deals destination on Google Search, the company says. Google says millions of people in over 180 countries use Google Pay to check out when shopping on desktop, mobile and in store.
This week, the Financial Times reported the EC will issue its first-ever fine against the tech giant for allegedly breaking EU law over competition in the streaming music market. It reads:We’re happy to support the success of all developers — including Spotify, which is the largest music streaming app in the world. In the case of the EU complaint, the concern is that Apple’s App Store distorts completion in the music streaming market. “There are other rivals to Apple Music — there are Deezer, there are Soundcloud. A rep for the EC declined to comment on news related to Spotify’s complaint or any pending fines.
Introduction of Equality-Driven Tactics: How Hellohive is Fighting Hiring Discrimination alongside Fair and Inclusive Recruitment Enterprises
The company is part of an increasing number of resume and skill apps that are trying to combat discrimination in the hiring process. Hellohive hosts virtual networking programs between companies and candidates on the app, with clients including Goldman Sachs, American Express, and Morgan Stanley. Hellohive’s holistic approach to hiring is important right now especially, as companies have been shifting away from DEI commitments. Candidates also complete a course model that prepares them for the job recruitment process. They then express interest in an employer on the app, and the hiring process formally kicks off.
“Revolutionize Your Financial Management with Grifin’s Revolutionary Auto-Investment Model while Shopping”
Investing app Grifin today officially launched its anticipated investing model called “Adaptive Investing,” which enables you to automatically invest in your favorite brands that you frequently shop from. “Investing, and even having a healthy positive relationship with money, is an incredibly difficult thing to do and achieve,” co-founder Aaron Froug tells TechCrunch. It also introduces a “Secret Cash” function, allowing for non-public purchases and putting more money away as cash for their future. “I’ve been personally using our app for a little over two years and I’ve invested in 115 unique companies,” he notes. Additionally, Grifin is planning a redesign of its app, which will include a premium version as well as an AI chatbot to help people learn how to invest.
TikTok launches its ‘Add to Music app’ feature available in over 160 countriesTikTok announced today that it is launching its “Add to Music app” feature, which lets users add a song playing on a clip to services like Apple Music and Spotify, in 163 new countries. The function lets users add the song to Apple Music, Amazon Music, and Spotify depending on the availability in the region. They can tap on the button and select the music service of their choice the first time. Last year, ByteDance launched its music service TikTok Music in Australia, Brazil, Mexico, Singapore, and Indonesia. The company added it is is working on making the Add to Music App feature available to TikTok Music users soon.
The CEO of meditation app Insight Timer, Christopher Plowman, is frustrated. That’s what happened with Insight Timer, a popular meditation app with around 25 million installs and 3 million monthly active users. Because Insight Timer doesn’t take a cut of users’ donations to favorite teachers, those donations shouldn’t be subject to Apple’s commission — or so Plowman believed. Insight Timer implemented the feature using Stripe as the payment provider on the backend, as the rule permits. During the time the commission-free donations feature was live, Insight Timer’s users donated roughly $100,000 per month to the app’s teachers, Plowman says.
In a press release written with help from ChatGPT, Match Group announced an enterprise agreement with the AI chatbot’s maker, OpenAI. The AI tech will be used to help Match Group employees with work-related tasks, the company says, and come as part of Match’s $20 million-plus bet on AI in 2024. It even offered a quote from ChatGPT itself: “I’m thrilled that Match Group matched with me. To keep its corporate data protected, only trained and licensed Match Group employees will have access to OpenAI’s tools, it noted. Before being able to use these tools, Match Group employees will also have to undergo mandatory training that focuses on responsible use, the technology’s capabilities, as well as its limitations.
Apple today is continuing its investment in sports and subscriptions business with the launch of a new app for iPhone users, Apple Sports. While the app itself is free to use, it can help Apple direct customers to its other subscription offerings in live sports, via its Apple TV app where users can watch live games from Apple and their other apps. Last year it also began offering the MLS Season Pass through the Apple TV app, for $14.99 per month or $99 per season. Sports can help Apple to grow its services revenue, which hit a record of $22.3 billion in the fourth quarter, encompassing areas of Apple’s business including Apple TV+, Apple Music, iCloud, the App Store, advertising and more. Apple TV+ subscribers can add MLS Season Pass at a discounted rate of $12.99 per month or $79 per season.
Microsoft, Amazon and Meta are among the top brands whose apps are available on the Indian fintech PhonePe’s Indus Appstore, an app store for the Android mobile operating system, launched Wednesday in challenge to Google’s monopoly in its largest market by users. To fight Google Play Store, PhonePe has armed Indus Appstore with a range of unique and personalized features and developer-friendly terms. Indus Appstore supports 12 regional languages (as well as English) and round the clock support service. PhonePe is making the app store available to download to consumers from its website. “Indus Appstore embodies our commitment to building a truly inclusive digital ecosystem where every Indian user feels at home.”Ivan Mehta contributed to this report.
Of the professions in danger of being replaced by AI, language teacher is certainly up there. One of those is Loora, which leans on conversational AI to teach English to students. “The idea for Loora [came from] our frustration with language learning,” Mor told TechCrunch in an email interview. Quite a few English learning platforms offer features along those lines, including OpenAI-backed Speak, Preply (which recently doubled down on AI tech) and ELSA. Loora also intends to launch an enterprise service, broadening beyond its current customer base of 15,000 app users.