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Welcome back to the TechCrunch Podcast. This week Amanda Silberling is here to talk about how Dungeons and Dragons creators are fighting to keep their livelihoods and Rebecca Bellan comes on to talk about how a tweet has gotten Elon Musk into legal trouble…again. And as always, Darrell breaks down the biggest stories in tech.Articles from the episode:Dungeons & Dragons content creators are fighting to protect their livelihoodsMusk stands to lose billions in trial over ‘funding secured’ tweet More from TechCrunchDiscord acquires Gas, a compliments-based social media app for teensNorton LifeLock says thousands of customer accounts breachedAmazon fined by regulators for unsafe warehouse work conditionsBoston Dynamics’ latest Atlas video demos a robot that can run, jump and now grab and throw
Welcome back to the TechCrunch Podcast. This week Christine Hall is here to talk about how VCs are using ChatGPT and Natasha Lomas comes on to explain why meta is in  regulatory hot water. And as always, Darrell breaks down the biggest stories in tech.Articles from the episode:Some investors are (cautiously) implementing ChatGPT in their workflowsMeta’s ads being found unlawful in the EU is a warning to other ad-funded platformsMore from TechCrunchOpenAI begins piloting ChatGPT Professional, a premium version of its viral chatbotA big CES 2023 trend: All battery power, everywhere, all the timeMicrosoft 365 Basic launches with 100 GB of storage, Outlook and more for $1.99 per monthAll US domestic flights grounded as key FAA system goes down
This week Darrell talks with Kyle Wiggers about a few interesting AI announcements from CES and Natasha Mascarenhas comes on to talk about how tech workers are handling the mass layoffs we’ve seen in the past few months. .  And as always, Darrell breaks down the biggest stories in tech.Articles from the episode: Here’s a roundup of the top AI-powered products we saw at CES 2023Burned by layoffs, tech workers are rethinking riskMore from TechCrunchSony and Honda reveal AfeelaIndia set an ‘incredibly important precedent’ by banning TikTok, FCC Commissioner saysThere’s now an open source alternative to ChatGPT, but good luck running itSalesforce to cut workforce by 10% after hiring ‘too many people’ during the pandemic
A New Year's Mini-sode

A New Year's Mini-sode


It's that very slow week before the new year, so we're bringing you a bite-sized episode. No interviews this week, just Darrell walking you through a few of the most interesting stories from the past week  Please take a second to rate and review The TechCrunch Podcast and follow us wherever you listen to podcasts. We'll see you in 2023!Articles from the episode:Twitter suffered outage after Elon Musk made ‘significant’ backend server architecture changesLastPass says hackers stole customers’ password vaultsKickstarter shut down the campaign for AI porn group Unstable Diffusion amid changing guidelines
This week we're bringing you a very special episode from our friends over at Equity.To end the year, the Equity crew is bringing back their predictions episode: Alex, Natasha, Mary Ann, Theresa, Maggie, and Becca. Grace couldn't make the mic but we have a feeling she'd agree with at least 2% of our predictions, anyways.Let's not ruin the episode, but to give you a taste, here's what topics we based our predictions on:Startup building and culture trendsM&A and the return of secondariesThe future of media and how social will shiftDeep tech and generative AIAnd, of course, cryptoWe end on an earnest note. Good luck to Alex as he embarks on parenthood, welcome to Becca, who will be joining Equity in the new year, and, of course, thank you to all of you for sticking by us during this rollercoaster of a year.And with that, chat in 2023!
This week Darrell talked with Tim De Chant about his coverage of fusion energy and what feels like a rare hopeful story in renewable energy tech. And Jacquelyn Melinek walks us through Sam Bankman-Fried’s alleged crimes and confirmed arrest.  Plus he goes over the top stories in tech from the week.  And as always, Darrell breaks down the biggest stories in tech.Articles from the episode:World-record fusion experiment produced even more energy than expectedFTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried has been arrested in the BahamasUS attorney says ‘we are not done’ charging individuals for FTX collapseOther news from the week:Instagram adds text updates with new Notes featureOpenAI’s attempts to watermark AI text hit limitsElon Jet, the Twitter account tracking Elon Musk’s flights, was permanently suspended
This week Darrell talks with Taylor Hatmaker on to talk about Lensa AI and the possible ramifications for artists. Then we’ll hear from some attendees at the TC sessions: Space event  And as always, Darrell breaks down the biggest stories in tech.Articles from the episode:Lensa AI, the app making ‘magic avatars,’ raises red flags for artistsUPDATED: It’s way too easy to trick Lensa AI into making NSFW imagesRead all of the stories from TC Sessions: SpaceOther news from the week:Meta won’t let staff discuss topics like abortion, gun control and vaccines at workAmazon will give your overworked delivery driver $5 if you ask Alexa to say thank youConfirmed: Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield stepping down in JanuaryThe FTC is suing to block Microsoft from buying Activision
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
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