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This week Darrell talks with Rita Liao about the great wall of porn obscuring information about protests in china. And Ron Miller comes on to recap the AWS re:invent event and his story on Salesforce co-CEO Bret Taylor stepping down. And as always, Darrell breaks down the biggest stories in tech.Articles from the episode:Great Wall of porn obscures China protest news on Twitter Bret Taylor steps down as co-chair and CEO of SalesforceAll of TC’s AWS re:invent converageOther news from the week:Instafest app lets you create your own festival lineup from SpotifyMusk at Twitter has ‘huge work’ ahead to comply with EU rules, warns blocBeReal wins ‘app of the year’ in Apple’s annual App Store Awards in 2022
This week Darrell was busy hosting TC Sessions: Crypto, so producer Maggie interviewed  Dom-Madori Davis  about what Dom calls Vibe Capitalists and the kind of patterns they are matching. You’ll also hear Anita Ramaswamy talk to Binance CEO CZ on FTX, building trust in crypto and revenue opportunities in a truly DeFI world. And as always, Darrell breaks down the biggest stories in tech.Articles from the episode:Long live the vibe capitalist!Binance’s CZ on FTX: ‘We were the last straw that broke the camel’s back’Other news from the week:Is Elon Musk’s Twitter about to fall out of the GDPR’s one-stop shop?Musk poses workers with a choice: quit Twitter, or prepare to get ‘hardcore’In his first emails to Twitter staff, Musk talks about ending remote work and battling verified spamAmazon begins layoffs as economic woes mountSBF regrets declaring FTX bankrupt
This week Darrell talks with Dom-Madori Davis about the coalition of VCs that are standing for reproductive rights. And Jacquelyn Melinek comes on the break down the FTX- Binance saga that’s unfolded over the past week. And as always, Darrell breaks down the biggest stories in tech.Articles from the episode:More than 100 VC firms join VCs for Repro coalition to support reproductive rightsHere’s the rundown on the Binance and FTX fiasco Binance’s plan to acquire FTX is ‘real-life Game of Thrones’ as crypto winter winds blowBinance backs out of deal to buy FTXCrypto giant Binance agrees to buy rival FTX amid ‘liquidity crunch’Other news from the week:All of the Elon Musk and Twitter news hereUS DOJ announces seizure of $3.36B in cryptocurrencyMeta confirms 11,000 layoffs, amounting to 13% of its workforceSalesforce confirms it has laid off hundreds of employees
This week Amanda Silberling and DarrellI went live on LinkedIn and Twitter Spaces to talk about Elon Musk’s questionable plans for blue checks on Twitter. Then he talks with Natasha Mascarenhas about a new startup, Rewind, that wants to help humans have perfect memory. And as always, we break down the biggest stories in tech.Articles from the episode:Elon Musk’s plan to charge for Twitter verification will be a misinformation nightmareElon Musk’s Twitter already looks grim for the LGBTQ communityRewind wants to revamp how you remember, with millions from a16zOther news from the week:Watch SpaceX launch a Falcon Heavy for the first time in three yearsAmazon Prime now comes with a full music catalog of 100 million songs and ad-free podcastsGoogle puts an end to Google Hangouts once and for all
It's official - Elon Musk has sealed the deal on Twitter, and we're bringing you a bonus episode to talk through it all. In case you missed it, Alex took to Twitter Spaces with Darrell Etherington, Amanda Silberling, Anita Ramaswamy, and Taylor Hatmaker to process some of what’s gone done, and what comes next on a special joint Equity/TechCrunch Podcast episode, so have a listen and be sure to read all about the Elon era at Twitter on TechCrunch.TechCrunch also has a great show on crypto, a show that interviews founders, and one that dives into the numbers and nuance behind the headlines.
This week Darrell talks with Taylor Hatmaker about Elon Musk officially buying Twitter. He also talks with Amanda Silberling about Youtuber MrBeast’s business and why a billion-dollar-plus valuation for it makes us nervous. Plus he chats about the scoop of the week with Kirsten Korosec who broke the news that Argo is shutting down. And as always, he breaks down the biggest news in tech this week.Articles from the episode:Is MrBeast actually worth $1.5 billion?Ford, VW-backed Argo AI is shutting downElon Musk owns Twitter: The story so farRead all of TC’s coverage on Mosk buying Twitter hereOther news from the week:WhatsApp back after massive global outage that lasted for two hoursTesla said to face criminal investigation by the Department of Justice over self-driving claims
This week was TechCrunch Disrupt and the whole team zeroed in on the event so we have a bite-sized episode. Darrell is talking with Jordan Crook about her TechCrunch Disrupt interview with tennis GOAT and investor Serena Williams. And as always, Darrell will catch you up on the tech news you may have missed this week.Articles from the episode:Check out all of our coverage of TechCrunch Disrupt Watch Serena Williams talk about the biggest investment she missed out on and moreHow Serena Williams brings her killer instinct to early-stage investingOther news from the week:Kanye West to acquire ‘uncancelable’ social media platform ParlerKanye West and Elon Musk provide a new exit path: The billionaire tantrumNetflix launches new ‘Profile Transfer’ feature to help monetize account sharingWatch Google’s Ping-Pong robot pull off a 340-hit rally
This week Darrell talks with Taylor Hatmaker about her adventure into the metaverse at the Meta Connect event. And Haje Jan Kamps comes back to take the guest seat and talk about a Dutch Court’s ruling that employee productivity monitoring using webcams is a human rights violation. And as always, Darrell will catch you up on the tech news you may have missed this week.Articles from the episode: My virtual torso went to Meta Connect 2022 Here’s what you missed at Meta Connect 2022 It’s painful how hellbent Mark Zuckerberg is on convincing us that VR is a thing Meta announces legs Meta’s vision for the future of VR is a worse version of the past Other news from the week:Microsoft brings DALL-E 2 to the masses with Designer and Image CreatorNetflix’s ad supported tier is coming November 3Federal gig worker proposal tanks Uber, Lyft and DoorDash stocks
This week Haje Jan Kamps, stepping in for Darrell, talks with Dominic-Madori Davis about how conservative VCs are shaping the startup landscape and, by extension, the world. He also talked with Taylor Hatmaker about all things Elon, from his cringey tweets to his most recent flip-flopping on will-he-or-won’t he buy Twitter. And as always, we’ll catch you up on the tech news you may have missed this week.TechCrunch Disrupt is coming up on October 18-20, live in San Francisco. We’ll be hearing from guests like Dylan Field, Serena Williams, and Kevin Hart. Use code TCPOD all one word to get 15% Off Passes. Articles from the episode:It’s official, Elon Musk is buying TwitterHere are some of the cringiest revelations in the Elon Musk text dumpJust before Musk backtracked, a judge said Twitter could hunt for secret chats with whistleblowerConservative capitalists are funding their vision of the future Other news from the week:Let’s not defend Kim Kardashian for shilling cryptoKim Kardashian charged by SEC for pushing crypto, reaches $1.26M settlementTesla’s robot is a real robot now, not just a guy in a suitSpotify cancels 11 original podcasts, lays off under 5% of podcast staff
This week Amanda Silberling comes on to talk about the rumor that porn may be coming back to Tumblr (spoiler alert: it’s not) and Devin Coldewey discusses if NASA’s DART spacecraft could really save us from a planet-threatening asteroid. And as always, Darrell will catch you up on the tech news you may have missed this week.If you recently were laid off, TechCrunch is offering a free expo pass to Disrupt (Oct. 18-20) in San Francisco.  No strings attached. These tickets get you access to the expo floor, breakout sessions, and plenty of networking opportunities like partner roundtables and parties. For more info, check out this page.Articles from the episode:No, Tumblr is not bringing back pornWatch the asteroid-smashing DART spacecraft make its 6-million-mile shot todayNASA’s DART anti-asteroid satellite successfully smashes into space rockOther news from the week:UK police arrest teenager suspected of Uber, GTA 6 hacksInterpol issues red notice for Terra founder Do KwonHere are all of the new features and updates coming to Google MapsThe OG App promised an ad-free Instagram feed then got pulled from App Store
This week is all about hacks. First, Carly Page comes on to talk about the “completely compromising” Uber hack and then we’re joined by Jordan Crook to go over what we know about the Grand Theft Auto 6 video leak. And as always, Darrell will catch you up on the tech news you may have missed this week.Articles from the episode:Massive GTA 6 gameplay video leak depicts male and female playable charactersRockstar Games confirms GTA 6 footage leakUber investigating cybersecurity incident after hacker breaches its internal networkHow do you stop another Uber hack?Other news from the week:Google’s new Chromecast costs $30 — and it has a remoteRevolut confirms cyberattack exposed personal data of tens of thousands of usersKitty Hawk, the electric aircraft moonshot backed by Larry Page, is shutting downKia, Hyundai sued after viral TikTok causes rise in theftsApple Watch Ultra first impressions
This week Matthew Panzarino tells us about his week on the dynamic island with the new iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro. We’re also joined by Becca Szkutak talking about the unpredictable state of VC as we enter the fall. And as always, Darrell will catch you up on the tech news you may have missed this week.Articles from the episode:Review of Apple’s iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro: They’re leaning into itVC fundraising gets weird as autumn nearsOther news from the week: Adobe snaps up Figma for $20B, taking out one of its biggest rivals in digital designEthereum switches to proof-of-stake consensus after completing The MergeGoogle cancels half the projects at its internal R&D group Area 120Uber investigating cybersecurity incident after hacker breaches its internal networkNow that the Ethereum Merge is behind us, what’s next?
Welcome Back to the TechCrunch Podcast! This week we have an extra special guest host, Haje Jan Kamps walking us through the top TC stories of the week and talking to the writers who wrote them. He talks with Natasha Mascarenhas about YC demo day, executive changes, and the shrinking diversity in the accelerator’s cohort. He’s also joined by Anita Ramaswamy to talk about Ethereum’s impending Merge and what it means for its users and the world of blockchains at large.  And of course, Haje will catch you up on the tech news you may have missed this week.Articles from the episode:Garry Tan’s return is a full circle moment for Y CombinatorDelving into YC’s diversity data following a category shakeupCatch up on all of TechCrunch’s YC demo day coverage here.How the upcoming Ethereum Merge could change crypto’s rewards, costs and reputationOther news from the week:Check out all the TechCrunch coverage of the Apple iPhone event hereJuul agrees to pay $438.5M in a record settlement, while a newer vape maker gains steamElon Musk can lean on the Twitter whistleblower but he can’t push the trial date back
This week we’re talking to  Kyle Wiggers is back to talk about Stable Diffusion, a new open source AI generator that allows for unfiltered creation and has led to a deepfake free for all. Brian Heater also comes on to talk about what we can expect from Apple’s iPhone event and what we know so far about the reported antitrust lawsuit against Apple . And as always, Darrell will catch you up on the tech news you may have missed this week.Articles from the episode:Deepfakes for all: Uncensored AI art model prompts ethics questions What we expect from Apple’s iPhone 14 eventJustice Department in early stages of filing an antitrust lawsuit against Apple, says reportOther news from the week:Twitter’s attempt to monetize porn reportedly halted due to child safety warningsRoyal Caribbean will equip all its cruise ships with Starlink internetSnap cuts 20% of staff amid major restructuring
This week on the TechCrunch Podcast we’re talking to Zack Whittaker about TechCrunch’s new spyware lookup tool and a whistleblower complaint against Twitter alleging massive security issues. Tim De Chant also comes on to explain how the Inflation Reduction Act could make EVs more available and affordable. And as always, Darrell will catch you up on the tech news you may have missed this week.Articles from the episode:TechCrunch launches TheTruthSpy spyware lookup toolManchin’s ultimatum may turn the US into a battery powerhouseEx-security chief accuses Twitter of cybersecurity mismanagement in an explosive whistleblower complaintOther news from the week:Meta officially rolls out its new metaverse ID systemDeepfakes for all: Uncensored AI art model prompts ethics questionsOracle’s ‘surveillance machine’ targeted in US privacy class actionT-Mobile phones will connect to Starlink for free starting next year
This week on the TechCrunch Podcast Anita Ramaswamy is back to talk about Adam Neumann’s latest Andreessen Horowitz-backed startup and Amanda Silberling joins us to talk about teens flocking away from Facebook. And as always, Darrell will catch you up on the tech news you may have missed this week.Articles from the episode:a16z says ‘WeBack’ to WeWork’s Neumann with its biggest check everU.S. teens have abandoned Facebook, Pew study saysOther news from the week:HBO Max is removing 36 titles and creators are not happyShopify launches Collabs, a new way for creators to earn revenue on the platformMeta invests in Take App, a Singaporean startup that helps merchants sell via WhatsAppAmerican Airlines to buy 20 jets from Boom Supersonic
This week on the TechCrunch Podcast Natasha Mascarenhas is back to talk about VC-backed aperitif company Haus being forced to sell. Then we’re joined by Carly page to talk about a recent phishing campaign that targeted Twilio and many other internet companies. And as always, Darrell will catch you up on the tech news you may have missed this week.Articles from the episode:Haus, a VC-backed aperitif startup, is up for sale after Series A falls throughTwilio hacked by phishing campaign targeting internet companiesOther news from the week:SoftBank cautions longer startup winter because unicorn founders are unwilling to cut valuationsCoinbase’s earnings fall short of expectations as crypto winter ragesFacebook helps cops prosecute 17-year-old for abortion
This week on the TechCrunch Podcast we’re talking to Natasha Mascarenhas about YC’s decision to shrink their startup cohort and the recent layoffs at On Deck. Then we’re joined by Rebecca Bellan to talk about the disappearance of Bolt Mobility. And as always, Darrell will catch you up on the tech news you may have missed this week.Articles from the episode:Y Combinator narrows current cohort size by 40%, citing downturn and funding environmentOn Deck lays off a third of staff after cutting a quarter just months priorBolt Mobility has vanished, leaving e-bikes, unanswered calls behind in several US citiesOther news from the week:Robinhood lays off 23% of staff, CEO Vlad Tenev says, ‘This is on me’Hackers stole passwords for accessing 140,000 payment terminalsSheryl Sandberg officially stepped down as Meta COO on August 1, filing showsAmazon is buying iRobot for $1.7B
This week on the TechCrunch Podcast, Becca Szkutak comes on to talk about the fraught state of extension rounds for many early-stage startups and Devin Coldewey about upcoming changes to Instagram that a lot of users agree will make the app much worse. And as always, Darrell will catch you up on the tech news you may have missed this week.Articles from the episode:Instagram to walk back full-screen home feed and temporarily reduce recommended postsInstagram gets worse with dark patterns lifted from TikTokEvery startup wants an extension round, but there aren’t enough to go aroundOther news from the week:Meta posts its first ever quarterly revenue declineAmazon’s shares rise on earnings beat, despite $2B lossiPhone revenue up slightly for Q3, as other hardware categories lose steamRivian begins laying off 6% of workforceT-Mobile will pay out $350M to customers in data breach settlement
This week on the TechCrunch Podcast, TC crypto reporter Anita Ramaswamy comes on to discuss how regulators are thinking of tackling crypto and Lauren Forristal who covers streaming at TC talked about how Netflix is combatting massive subscriber losses. And as always, Darrell will catch you up on the tech news you may have missed this week.Articles from the episode:Regulators should address crypto ‘garbage’ first, former SEC Chairman Clayton saysNetflix loses 970,000 subscribers, its largest quarterly loss everOther news from the week:Amazon is buying primary care tech provider One Medical for $3.9BTesla dumped 75% of its Bitcoin holdingsGM unveils Chevy Blazer EV to challenge Tesla Model YNew documents reveal ‘huge’ scale of US government’s cell phone location data tracking
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