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Discord acquires Gas, the popular app for teens to compliment each other
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Discord acquires Gas, the popular app for teens to compliment each other

High schoolers have been gassing each other up in this popular app. | Image: Gas Discord has acquired the Gas social app. The poll-based app has become popular among teens in recent months, allowing friends to share compliments with each other. The app is designed for anonymous compliments and positive affirmations or, as kids say,...

Discord acquires Gas, a compliments-based social media app for teens
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Discord acquires Gas, a compliments-based social media app for teens

The messaging platform Discord announced its acquisition of Gas, an app that’s popular among teens for its positive spin on social media. On Gas, users sign up with their school, add friends, and answer polls about their classmates. But the questions in the polls are intended to boost users’ confidence, rather than damage it. Teens...

The Google Home app has improved its TV controls
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The Google Home app has improved its TV controls

The updated Google Home app can now be used as a digital remote for Works with Google partner TVs and other compatible streaming devices. | Image: Google The Google Home app for Android and iOS has been updated with an improved mobile-based remote for compatible smart TVs and “connected streaming or media devices.” In a...

Dating app Hinge tests a pricier $60 per month subscription, similar to Tinder Platinum
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Dating app Hinge tests a pricier $60 per month subscription, similar to Tinder Platinum

Match-owned dating app Hinge confirmed it’s testing a higher-priced premium subscription of $50 to $60 per month — a significant increase over the current $35 per month pricing. The company had earlier teased the new offering during Match’s Q3 2022 earnings in November, calling it Hinge’s equivalent of Tinder’s top-tier “Platinum” subscription, as a comparison,...

Is it time for a Common App for startup founders?
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Is it time for a Common App for startup founders?

Venture capitalists may control capital, but one currency that they’re always in search of is an elusive, evolving one: deal flow. Betting early on the next big startup is enough to cement the entire return of a fund (and then some) — and help that plucky investor make a name for themselves. This reality makes...

Another viral iPod app was pulled from Apple’s App Store
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Another viral iPod app was pulled from Apple’s App Store

Photo Illustration by Grayson Blackmon / The Verge; Getty Images Retro Pod played right into TikTok’s love affair with the iPod. From demos of defunct Minis to outfits showcasing Shuffles as hair clips, an app turning your iPhone into an iPod was naturally going to be a hit. When Retro Pod started making the round...

Crime reporting app Citizen lays off 33 employees
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Crime reporting app Citizen lays off 33 employees

Citizen laid off 33 staff members on Wednesday, the company confirmed to TechCrunch. “We are grateful to all of our departing team members for their contributions to Citizen and are committed to supporting them through this transition with a generous severance package that includes accelerated option vesting and extended exercise window, six months of COBRA...