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Daily Crunch: Instacart CEO apologizes

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1. Instacart CEO apologizes for tipping debacle

About the heels of a recently registered class-action litigation over wages and tips, as well as shoppers and drivers talking out about Instacart’s alleged methods of subsidizing salary with hints, Instacart is taking measures to make sure hints are counted separately from what Instacart pays shoppers.

“While our aim was to increase the guaranteed payment for smaller purchases, we understand that the inclusion of advice as part of this warranty has been marginal,” stated CEO Apoorva Mehta at a blog article. “We apologize for taking this process. ”

2. Match Group completely hastens relationship-focused program Hinge

This past year, Match Group acquired a 51% stake in the dating program Hinge, so as to enhance its portfolio of relationship programs led by Tinder. The business has confirmed that it completely bought out Hinge previously quarter.

3. German antitrust office limits Facebook’s information collecting

A lengthy antitrust research to how Facebook collects data on users has led in Germany’s competition watchdog from combining information without their consent on users across its suite of platforms prohibiting the network giant.

4. Twitter Q4 beats on earnings of $909M and EPS of $0.33, but MAUs downturn to just 321M

Twitter’s Achilles’ heel stays user growth.

5. Amazon, Sequoia invest in self-driving car startup Aurora

Aurora, the buzzy startup founded by early pioneers of self-driving vehicle technology who directed applications in Google, Tesla and Uber, has increased more than $530 million in a Series B round led by Sequoia, a round which also includes “considerable investment” from Amazon along with T. Rowe Price Associates.

6. Why Spotify is betting big on podcasting

In an interview with TechCrunch, Spotify’s main R&D officer Gustav Söderström admits that the firm wasn’t doing a good job serving up podcasting articles: “The consumer experience was lousy. ”

7. Skype can blur the background during video calls

The Microsoft-owned service’s latest improvement is a feature designed to obscure the cluttered room or any other background details which you’d rather not show to another party on the line.


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