ironSource Completes Tapjoy Acquisition, Increasing Monetization Opportunities for App and Game Developers and Expanding ironSource’s Scale in the Market | Business

TEL AVIV, Israel–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jan 10, 2022–

ironSource (NYSE: IS), a leading business platform for the App Economy, today announced the closing of the acquisition of mobile marketing and monetization company Tapjoy. The acquisition continues to strengthen ironSource’s offering for app developers, with industry-leading tools for supporting the in-app and in-game economy, and a robust advertiser marketplace.

One of four acquisitions ironSource made in the past twelve months, the addition of Tapjoy’s technology will deepen the value developers get on the ironSource platform. Developers will now have increased revenue generation opportunities via greater access to advertiser demand actively competing for access to premium in-app inventory, as well as additional tools to enrich in-game economies.

ironSource has pursued a strategy of both organic and inorganic growth, with the Tapjoy acquisition following the closing of the Soomla, Luna and Bidalgo acquisitions in 2021. Together, these acquisitions have served to expand ironSource’s platform offering

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Venmo, Cash App, PayPal to report transactions of $600 or more to IRS

New year, new tax laws. Starting in 2022, mobile payment apps like Venmo, PayPal, Cash App and Zelle are required to report business transactions totaling more than $600 per year to the IRS.

Before, the threshold was much higher — $20,000 — and you had to make a certain number of transactions. So what does this change mean for businesses?

When Venmo started, it was mostly used to split bills for things like dinner or utilities among friends and family.

Now, the platform is used by “hairdressers, dog walkers, financial consultants,” said Jonathan Medows, a CPA for independent contractors in New York City. About half his clients use digital payment platforms in lieu of checks, credit cards or cash.

“The old days of taking $20 and putting it in your pocket are long gone,” he said.

However, cash — and now apps — make it easier for people to illegally

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Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) – Apple Services Business Flourishes In 2021: Record High App Store Developer Revenues, Launch Of Apple TV 4K, Apple Pay Expands To New Markets And More

Apple, Inc.’s (NASDAQ: AAPL) services business is a vital cog in the tech giant’s wheel, and the company is providing an update on how the segment fared in 2021.

“Apple’s world-class portfolio of services proved essential in 2021, as people worldwide sought new ways to keep entertained, informed, connected, and inspired,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Services.

The Apple executive noted that Apple, with over 745 million paid subscriptions, continues to connect the world’s developers, artists, and storytellers with users across more than a billion devices.

App Store Sees Double-Digit Growth: App Store’s global platform helped connect businesses of all sizes with over 600 million people each week last year, across 175 countries. Apple said developers have earned more than $260 billion since the App Store launched in 2008.

Last January, the tech giant reported that developers had earned more than $200 billion since the 

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Signal’s founder Marlinspike steps down as CEO of messaging app

Moxie Marlinspike, the longtime chief executive officer of the encrypted messaging app Signal, announced that he is replacing himself.

Marlinspike, who started Signal in 2014, said he would transition out of the top job in the next month, but would remain on the board. Brian Acton, co-founder of WhatsApp who is also on Signal’s board, will serve as interim CEO.

“It’s a new year, and I’ve decided it’s a good time to replace myself,” Marlinspike wrote in a blog post on Monday. “It has always been my goal for Signal to grow and sustain beyond my involvement.”

Signal has long been popular with activists, investigative journalists, politicians and assorted law enforcement officials because of its emphasis on privacy and security. It has experienced rapid growth in the last year, in part because of a backlash against

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