The Register: Google blocks paid apps from Play Store in Russia

The Register: Google blocks paid apps from Play Store in Russia. “Google has begun blocking downloads of paid apps and their updates in Russia as of May 5, citing compliance issues. Existing subscriptions will continue until the end of the billing cycle and free apps are not affected by the policy change. Developer payouts are also not affected.”

USA Today: ‘Kickball Cupid’ banned from Tinder after player uses dating app to find players for her team

USA Today: ‘Kickball Cupid’ banned from Tinder after player uses dating app to find players for her team. “[Gianna] Pecchia of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, is a part of Clubwaka, an adult sports league, originally founded as the World Kickball Association. Pecchia used Tinder to find 25 players this kickball season – 18 for her own team and seven to help fill three other teams in the league. But after a very successful recruiting process, Tinder banned Pecchia indefinitely for violating their promotion or solicitation rules.”

CNET: The App That Prepares You for Death

CNET: The App That Prepares You for Death. “When someone you love passes away, it’s impossibly hard to prioritize all the logistics. You’re facing unimaginable stress and grief all at once, so when it comes time to negotiate funeral planning, insurance records, legal and financial documents, and more, it can be overwhelming. So it’s important to get all of this sorted before you’re reeling from loss. Enter Bereev, a death preparation app that’s beginning to make waves in Australia.”

Engadget: Grindr location data was reportedly for sale for at least three years (updated)

Engadget: Grindr location data was reportedly for sale for at least three years (updated). “Grindr’s past willingness to share sensitive data may have been more problematic than previously thought. The Wall Street Journal understands precise Grindr user location data was collected from the online ad network MoPub (once owned by Twitter) and put on sale through its partner company UberMedia (now UM) since ‘at least’ 2017.”

Fast Company: Can social media be anything but toxic? This new app wants to try

Fast Company: Can social media be anything but toxic? This new app wants to try. “…I have enjoyed my time touring the invite-only app Somewhere Good. Developed by the team behind Ethel’s Club—a work and social club for people of color that recently evolved into a wellness platform—Somewhere Good has raised $3.75 million in investment to build a new social network focused on healthy conversations for Black and other underrepresented users.”

The Drum: Chipotle gets candid with the anti-filter social media app BeReal

The Drum: Chipotle gets candid with the anti-filter social media app BeReal. “Fast-casual Mexican chain Chipotle is one of a growing number of brands joining BeReal, a new anti-filter, anti-influencer social media platform designed to promote authenticity online. Though the app doesn’t offer pay-to-play advertising options, Chipotle and others are finding unique ways to promote their brand and capture user attention – by leaning into the platform’s ethos of transparency.”

Mashed: The Foodie Social Media App That Will Make You Forget About Twitter

Mashed: The Foodie Social Media App That Will Make You Forget About Twitter. “Since the news that Elon Musk was buying Twitter broke on Monday, there has been plenty of discourse on the Internet about what that means for the social media app. While the world collectively waits to see what changes will take place, maybe an edit button as some speculate, there’s a new social media app in town poised to capture our attention, and it’s designed specifically for foodies. Meet Pepper.”

Lifehacker: Let This Free App Explain How to Play a New Board Game (So You Don’t Have To)

Lifehacker: Let This Free App Explain How to Play a New Board Game (So You Don’t Have To). “Dized is a free app designed to walk players through new board games with engaging tutorials uniquely created for each title….When you first choose a tutorial, you see an initial summary screen, which includes the estimated duration one game will take, the number of players that can play at once, and the appropriate age rating. You’ll also see a summary of what the game’s all about, and have the option to check out either a tutorial or the rules.” The app currently has full tutorials for 39 games, but rule lists for many more.

TechCrunch: Google Play launches its own privacy ‘nutrition labels,’ following similar effort by Apple

TechCrunch: Google Play launches its own privacy ‘nutrition labels,’ following similar effort by Apple. “The company says it will begin to roll out the new Google Play Data safety section to users on a gradual basis, ahead of the July 20th deadline that requires developers to properly disclose the data their app collects, if and how it’s shared with third parties, the app’s security practices and more.”

ReviewGeek: The Best Visual Voicemail Apps

ReviewGeek: The Best Visual Voicemail Apps. “When using visual voicemail through an app or your phone carrier or manufacturer, you can see all of your voicemails at once. Sometimes, you can even view a transcript preview of the call, so you know what the message is about before you even open it. Being able to see all your voicemails makes it much easier to maintain your messages and not end up with 20 messages that you just haven’t gotten around to deleting.”