This Week in Apps: TikTok viral hit breaks Spotify records, inauguration boosts news app installs, judge rules against Parler

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. The app industry is as hot as ever, with a … [+15525 chars]

Watch SpaceX launch its first dedicated rideshare mission live, carrying a record-breaking number of satellites

SpaceX is set to launch the very first of its dedicated rideshare missions an offering it introduced in 2019 that allows small satellite operators to book a portion of a payload on a Falcon 9 launch.… [+1694 chars]

How fintech and serial founders drove African pre-seed investing to new heights in 2020

When Stripe-subsidiary Paystack raised its seed round of $1.3 million in 2016, it was one of the largest disclosed rounds at that stage in Nigeria.  At the time, seven-figure seed investments in Afr… [+8187 chars]

Is anything too big to be SPAC'd?

While many deemed 2020 the year of SPAC, short for special purpose acquisition company, 2021 may well make last year look quaint in comparison. It’s probably not premature to be asking: is anything … [+4452 chars]

Daily Crunch: Alphabet shuts down Loon

Alphabet pulls the plug on its internet balloon company, Apple is reportedly developing a new MacBook Air and Google threatens to pull out of Australia. This is your Daily Crunch for January 22, 2021… [+3209 chars]

The far right's favorite registrar is building 'censorship-resistant' servers

The digital divide is now a matter of life and death for people who are unable to access essential healthcare information, said UN Secretary General António Guterres in June 2020. Almost half the glo… [+5762 chars]

End-to-end operators are the next generation of consumer business

More posts by this contributor At Battery, a central part of our consumer investing practice involves tracking the evolution of where and how consumers find and purchase goods and services. From our… [+4479 chars]

Extra Crunch roundup: Digital health VC survey, edtech M&A, deep tech marketing, more

I had my first telehealth consultation last year, and there’s a high probability that you did, too. Since the pandemic began, consumer adoption of remote healthcare has increased 300%. Speaking as a… [+8724 chars]

Backed by Vint Cerf, Emortal wants to protect your digital legacy from 'bit-rot'

We are all pumping out data into the cloud. Some of it we’d like to keep forever. Emortal is a startup that wants to help you organize, protect, preserve and pass on your digital legacy and protect i… [+1568 chars]

Drupal's journey from dorm-room project to billion-dollar exit

Twenty years agoDrupal and Acquia founder Dries Buytaert was a college student at the University of Antwerp. He wanted to put his burgeoning programming skills to work by building a communications to… [+3402 chars]