Apples Changes in the App Store could stop China from taking over TikTok, and we’re talking to Polish venture capitalists about the startup scene. This is your daily crisis for September 11th, 2020.
The big story: Apple is revising the App Store rules
Apple today announced a number of changes to its App Store policies, with details to support new iOS features like app clips and more.
For one, the App Store now appears to support game streaming services like Microsoft xCloud and Google Stadia. The main limitation is that games available through these services have their own listings in the App Store and must be available as a separate download.
In addition, Apple “Reader” apps like Netflix offer more flexibility and support a new category called “Free Stand-Alone” apps that could include email apps like the controversial Hey.
The technology giants
Facebook Launches Election Worker Recruitment In Newsfeed ̵
Elon Musk says Tesla will “one day” produce “high efficiency household HVAC” with HEPA filtration. While Tesla is primarily an automaker, it’s already in the home-based power and power generation space thanks to the SolarCity acquisition.
Startups, Financing and Venture Capital
China Might Kill TikTok’s U.S. Operations Instead of Selling them – According to reports from Reuters, the Chinese government might prefer TikTok to simply close its U.S. operations rather than selling them to an American company.
Santander is spinning out its $ 400 million fintech venture capital arm, now called Mouro Capital. Santander, the Spanish multinational banking giant, announces that its fintech venture arm will be outsourced and managed more autonomously in the future.
Toucan raises $ 3 million to teach you new languages while you surf the web. – The startup has developed a Chrome browser extension designed for anyone who wants to learn a new language but has not found the motivation or the time.
Advice and analysis of extra crunch
10 investors based in Poland discuss trends, opportunities and the way into the future – the first part of a two-part survey series on the country’s startup ecosystem.
VCs are investing money in edtech startups as COVID-19 shakes up the market – 2020 is set to break the record for edtech fundraising in 2018.
(Reminder: Extra Crunch is our subscription membership program designed to democratize information about startups. You can sign up here.)
England’s long-belated COVID-19 contact tracking app launches September 24th – Scotland and Northern Ireland already have their own COVID-19 contact tracking apps.
TechCrunch still makes Disrupt 2020 fun – Disrupt may be virtual this year, but we still take our time for recklessness, loot, and mind-boggling entertainment.
The 2019 TechCrunch Include Report – TechCrunch covers our 2019 events and employee diversity metrics, the fourth report since the follow-up began.
The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s round-up of our greatest and most important stories. If you’d like this to be delivered to your inbox around 3 p.m. Pacific time each day, you can sign up here.