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Houseparty, the group video chat app recently acquired by Epic Games, is enjoying a resurgence in popularity as people are asked to remain home to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.

The big picture: Video chat apps across the board saw an uptick in new downloads as consumers look to communicate with friends and family (and even colleagues) online.

Data: SensorTower; Chart: Naema Ahmed/Axios

Between the lines: While none of the top video chat apps in the last couple of weeks are brand new, the surge in new downloads hints that the urge to connect with other folks online is driving people to download apps they didn't use before.

  • These apps are getting over the hurdle of persuading consumers to download yet another app.

By the numbers:

  • Houseparty downloads in the U.S. between the weeks of March 2 and March 9 grew by 75%, and by more than 500% the following week, according to data from SensorTower.
  • Other apps like Zoom, Google's Hangouts Meet, and Marco Polo also saw incredible growth in new app downloads.

And Houseparty's resurgence isn't limited to the U.S.:

  • UK: Weekly downloads across iOS & Google Play grew 25% during the week of Mar 8 compared to the weekly average of 2020, and 40% compared to the weekly average for Q4 2019, per App Annie.
  • Italy: Weekly downloads across iOS & Google Play grew 124x during the week of Mar 8 compared to the weekly average of 2020 and 218x compared to the weekly average for Q4 2019, per App Annie.

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Apple debuts iPhone 13, updates iPad and Apple Watch

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Apple on Tuesday debuted the iPhone 13 alongside modest improvements to the iPad and Apple Watch, which now features a larger display.

Why it matters: Apple has enjoyed robust sales throughout the pandemic, but needs to convince another wave of customers to upgrade.

First look: Senate GOP's campaign arm raises $8 million in August

Sen. Rick Scott (second from left) and other Senate Republican leaders. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Senate Republicans' campaign arm raised $8 million last month, a new record for the group during the August of an off-year, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: The National Republican Senatorial Committee saw a spike in donations following criticism of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and amid the rising cases in COVID-19. It's also reporting a record number of new donors, and saw the biggest digital fundraising month so far this cycle.

Ex-officers accused of violating George Floyd's rights plead not guilty

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Derek Chauvin and three other former Minneapolis police officers accused of violating George Floyd's civil rights pleaded not guilty to federal charges on Tuesday, AP reports.

Driving the news: Chauvin, Thomas Lane, J.A. Kueng and Tou Thao were indicted by a federal jury for allegedly violating Floyd's rights when they handcuffed and pinned him face-down on the ground. Floyd's death ignited nationwide protests and calls for police reform.