Apple adds classic titles to Apple Arcade, Microsoft has an outage, and Coinbase goes public. This is your daily crisis for April 2nd, 2021.
The big story: Apple Arcade is expanding to include classic games
Previously, Apple’s game subscription service was limited to exclusive new titles. Two new categories are launched today: App Store Greats (popular iPhone games like Monument Valley, Fruit Ninja Classic, Cut the Rope Remastered, and Badland) and Timeless Classics (board games) and puzzle games like Backgammon + and Chess Play and Learn +).
This is a major addition to the Apple Arcade back catalog, but it’s not just about putting previously free games behind a paywall. The arcade versions of these titles are ad-free and with no in-app purchases – you never pay more than the $ 4.99 monthly subscription fee. Also, due to iOS and hardware updates, some of these games were no longer available in their original form.
The technology giants
Microsoft outage takes websites and services offline – Microsoft stumbled back online on Thursday after an hour-long outage in the middle of the work afternoon on the west coast of the United States.
Startups, Finance and Venture Capital
Coinbase direct listing on April 14th, financial update on April 6th – The company trades under the ticker symbol “COIN”.
Uruguayan payment startup dLocal quadruples its valuation to $ 5 billion with a $ 150 million increase. This means that the five-year-old Uruguayan company has effectively quadrupled its valuation in just a few months.
Backflip offers an easier way to turn used electronics into cash. The company offers customers cash on delivery for their used electronics, which can range from iPhones to Game Boys.
Advice and analysis of extra crunch
How does edtech spend its additional capital? – Edtech’s M&A activity continued to grow.
Technology in Mexico: A confluence of Latin America, the US and Asia – LatAm entrepreneurs seem to be looking for strategies for product inspiration and growth among Asian tech giants.
The RPA market is rising as investors and vendors benefit from a technology shift triggered by pandemics. During the pandemic, robot process automation came to the fore as companies took steps towards digital transformation.
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