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Meta to close Threads in Turkey to comply with injunction prohibiting data-sharing with Instagram

Meta has said that it plans to “temporarily” shutter Threads in Turkey from April 29, in response to an interim injunction imposed by the Turkish competition authority last month over the

Tesla is reportedly laying off more than 10% of its global workforce

Tesla is laying off thousands of employees as it tries to simultaneously cut costs and boost productivity, according to an internal email sent to staff by CEO Elon Musk, Electrek and Bloomberg News re

Lawhive raises $12M to expand its legaltech AI platform for small firms

Lawhive has raised £9.5 million ($11.9 million) in a seed round to offer AI-driven services to ‘main street’ law firms.

Bluesky now allows heads of states to sign up for the social network

Social networking platform Bluesky lifted its ban on sign-ups for heads of state over the weekend. This means various office holders can join the platform. Bluesky’s move comes ahead of major ge

OpenAI opens Tokyo hub, adds GPT-4 model optimized for Japanese

OpenAI is expanding to Japan, with the opening of a new Tokyo office and plans for a GPT-4 model optimized specifically for the Japanese language. The move is significant for a few reasons. It undersc

ShareChat’s valuation drops below $2B after new funding round

Social media startup ShareChat's valuation has cratered below $2 billion from nearly $5 billion in a new funding round.

Pula raises $20M Series B to provide agricultural insurance to farmers in Africa, Asia and LatAm

Pula, an insurtech based in Kenya, has since 2015 been keen on enhancing the access to agricultural insurance by small-holder farmers across emerging markets, shielding them against losses from pests,

TechCrunch Mobility: Cruise robotaxis return and Ford’s BlueCruise comes under scrutiny

Welcome back to TechCrunch Mobility — your central hub for news and insights on the future of transportation. Sign up here — just click TechCrunch Mobility — to receive the newsletter every w

How Neural Concept’s aerodynamic AI is shaping Formula 1

It’s a long way from pedal bikes to Formula 1. But that’s precisely the quantum leap that AI-based startup Neural Concept and its co-founder and CEO, Pierre Baqué, made in just six years.

TechCrunch Fintech: Meet PayJoy, a fintech operating at the intersection of doing good and making money

Welcome to TechCrunch Fintech! This week, we’re looking at how two fintech companies serving the underserved are faring, and more! To get a roundup of TechCrunch’s biggest and most important finte

Generative AI is coming for healthcare, and not everyone’s thrilled

The broad enthusiasm for generative AI is reflected in the investments in GenAI efforts targeting healthcare. But is healthcare-focused generative AI ready for prime time?

Tesla drops prices, Meta confirms Llama 3 release, and Apple allows emulators in the App Store

Heya, folks, welcome to Week in Review (WiR), TechCrunch’s regular newsletter that recaps the past few days in tech. Google’s annual enterprise-focused dev conference, Google Cloud Next, d

Naval Ravikant’s Airchat is a social app built around talk, not text

Airchat is a new social media app that encourages users to “just talk.” A previous version of Airchat was released last year, but the team — led by AngelList founder Naval Ravikant and former Ti

Vana plans to let users rent out their Reddit data to train AI

In the generative AI boom, data is the new oil. So why shouldn’t you be able to sell your own? From big tech firms to startups, AI makers are licensing e-books, images, videos, audio and more fr

Deal Dive: Not all climate startups are focused on carbon

Windfall Bio sells methane-eating microbes to companies to help them reduce their carbon footprint in the short-term.

Google goes all in on generative AI at Google Cloud Next

Not to minimize what Google had on display, but the company failed to give all but a passing nod to its core business — except in the context of generative AI, of course.

Government spyware is another reason to use an ad blocker

Spyware makers are reportedly working on targeting individuals with stealthy data-stealing malware using online banner ads.

API startup Noname Security nears $500M deal to sell itself to Akamai

Akamai Technologies is in advanced acquisition talks with Noname Security, an API cybersecurity startup, according to a people person familiar with the deal.

Tesla drops FSD price to $99 per month in US

The price cut comes a couple of weeks after Tesla launched a free one-month trial of FSD for every customer in the U.S. with a compatible Tesla.

Startups Weekly: So are we all working from home now?

From remote work to magnetic keyboard switches, we have your weekly recap of everything you can’t miss from the world of startups.
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