Google’s smart home sell looks cluttered and incoherent – TechCrunch

If any aliens or technology ingenues were trying to understand what on earth a ‘smart home’ is yesterday, via Google’s latest own-brand hardware launch event, they’d have come away...

GDPR has cut ad trackers in Europe but helped Google, study suggests – TechCrunch

An analysis of the impact of Europe’s new data protection framework, GDPR, on the adtech industry suggests the regulation has reduced the numbers of ad trackers that websites are hooking into...

Facebook Workplace adds algorithmic feed, Safety Check and enhanced chat – TechCrunch

Workplace, the version of Facebook tailored to enterprises that has over 30,000 organizations as paying customers, is ramping up the service today with a rush of new features to help...

Workplace by Facebook launches Safety Check for business users – TechCrunch

Workplace, Facebook’s communications platform for enterprises, is launching its own version of Safety Check today. Safety Check itself is obviously not a new feature. Indeed, Facebook has now activated...

Comparing Google Home Hub vs Amazon Echo Show 2 vs Facebook Portal – TechCrunch

The war for the countertop has begun. Google, Amazon and Facebook all revealed their new smart displays this month. Each hopes to become the center of your Internet of...

Facebook tries its hand at hardware with Portal – TechCrunch

Portal is not Facebook’s Echo Show. Call it a case of convergent evolution, wherein two companies arrived at similar looking products after approaching hardware from different angles. The problem Facebook...

Facebook launches Portal auto-zooming video chat screens for $199/$349 – TechCrunch

Facebook’s first hardware product combines Alexa (and eventually Google Assistant) with a countertop video chat screen that zooms to always keep you in frame. Yet the fancy gadget’s success depends...

Facebook poaches leaders of Refdash interview prep to work on Jobs – TechCrunch

Facebook just snatched some talent to fuel its invasion of LinkedIn’s turf. A source tells TechCrunch that members of coding interview practice startup Refdash including at least some of...

We’re talking AR with Snap’s camera platform head at TC Sessions: AR/VR – TechCrunch

For a lot of consumers, Pokemon Go wasn’t their first exposure to augmented reality, it was the dog selfie lens inside Snapchat. In the past few years, consumer use hasn’t evolved...

Instagram prototypes handing your location history to Facebook – TechCrunch

This is sure to exacerbate fears that Facebook will further exploit Instagram now that its founders have resigned. Instagram has been spotted prototyping a new privacy setting that...