This Week in Apps: India bans Native Programs, Apple freezes game updates in China, iOS Programmer backlash continues

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry is as hot as ever, with a record 204 billion downloads and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019. People are now spending three hours and 40 minutes per day…

Chinese online learning app Zuoyebang raises $750M

Zuoyebang, a Beijing-headquartered startup that runs an online learning app, said on Monday it has raised $750 million in a new financing round as investors demonstrate their continued trust in — and focus on — Asia’s booming edtech market. U.S. investment firm Tiger Global and Hong Kong-based private equity firm FountainVest Partners led the six-year-old…

Chinese gamblers defy ban and power Philippines casino boom

(CNN)Dozens of scantily dressed Filipina croupiers stand in booths shuffling cards in front of a webcam, their faces softly illuminated by professional lighting.Nearby, rows of Chinese nationals sit at desks chatting on cellphones with potential clients back in China.This is what a typical POGO — or a Philippine Offshore Gaming Operator — looks like, according…