DIGITAL & TECHNOLOGY UPDATES IN JANUARY 2021

Google is testing a new feature that will surface Instagram and TikTok videos in their own dedicated carousel …Google is testing an expansion of its “Short Videos” feature at the top of mobile search that will surface TikTok and Instagram videos in a dedicated carousel.

Twitter has acquired social podcasting app Breaker

Survey: US smartphone activations on Christmas Day fell 23% YoY as iPhones dominated the top 10 activated smartphones and budget devices.

Oxygen, a digital banking startup that focuses on helping freelancers and others with multiple revenue streams, raises $17M Series A led by Runa Capital

eMarketer: US e-commerce sales, up 12%-16% in recent years, will have grown by 30%+ in 2020, and Amazon’s US retail business grew an estimated 39% YoY in 2020

Consumers worldwide spent $407.6M across the App Store and Google Play on Christmas, up 34.5% YoY; mobile games rose 27% YoY to $295.6M, led by Honor of Kings

Global consumer spending in mobile apps reached a record $111B, up 30.2% YoY, of which $72.3B was spent on the App Store and $38.6B on the Play Store

Divvy, an expenses management platform for businesses, has raised $165 million in a series D at a $1.6B valuation

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