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Nufa lets you live up to unrealistic beauty standards at the tap of an app

It isn’t like Instagram is a beacon of truth as it is, but things are about to get a lot worse, as Nufa takes any image and sculpts you into the “after” picture dream that every gym

Flickr weighs support for ActivityPub, the social protocol powering Twitter alternative Mastodon

On the heels of Tumblr’s decision to integrate with ActivityPub — the social protocol powering the open source Twitter alternative Mastodon and others — it appears that photo-sharing

Post News, a Twitter alternative, gets funding from a16z

If it seems like Post News launched overnight, that’s because it kind of did. Unlike Mastodon, Hive Social, or other existing social networks being flooded with dissatisfied Twitter users, Post

Elon Musk’s next trick? Picking a fight with Apple

After decimating Twitter’s workforce, imperiling its infrastructure and emptying its ad coffers all within his first month at the company, it’s on to the next thing for Elon Musk. The erra

Move over, operators — consultants are the new nontraditional VC

A growing number of startup consultants are raising funds to back their clients because their clients want them on the cap table.

On affinity-focused fintechs, the future of BNPL and more

An interview with the co-founders of VC firm Fiat Ventures and sister arm Fiat Growth discussing fintechs trends, customer acquisition and more.

Amazon CloudWorks Internet Monitor lets you track connection-related performance issues

When it comes to performance issues, it’s hard to know where the problem lies. This is especially true when your monitoring dashboard shows an all-clear, yet you’re still hearing slow app comp

AirTree and Greycroft return to lead Australian regtech FrankieOne’s Series A+

FrankieOne, a Melbourne-based startup that provides an API platform for identity verification and fraud detection, said it has added $23 million AUD (about $15.4 million USD) in a Series A+, taking it

Interim rate of return: A better approach to valuing early-stage startups

The interim rate of return method allows convertible instruments to get back to basics, avoiding discussions of early-stage value.

Logistics and procurement on autopilot is the future Cofactr wants to live in

Cofactr is a logistics and supply chain tech company that provides scalable warehousing and procurement for electronics manufacturers. The company today announced it raised a $6 million round of seed

AWS announces Digital Sovereignty Pledge

Right on time for its annual post-Thanksgiving re:Invent festivities in Las Vegas, AWS last night announced its “AWS Digital Sovereignty Pledge” — and before you click away, let me j

Say hello to the TechCrunch+ Cyber Monday sale!

To celebrate Cyber Monday, TechCrunch+ is having a sale! Until December 3, take 25% off a subscription to secure access to all our work. 

Twitter says crowdsourced fact-checking system updated to better address ‘low quality’ contributions

Twitter’s crowdsourced fact-checking system, Community Notes, just received an update that the company claims will help to identify more “low quality” fact checks — meaning, th

This startup is bringing precision control for gamers to the humble keyboard

You wouldn’t drive a car or fly a plane if the only controls you had available were on/off switches for left and right or up and down, and yet that’s pretty much what gamers are stuck with

Microsoft 365 faces darkening GDPR compliance clouds after German report

Legal trouble may be brewing for Microsoft in the European Union where an assessment by a working group of German data protection regulators that’s spent around two years looking into a swathe o

What’s the next on crypto’s chopping block?

It’s me! Hi! (I’m not the problem, just the podcast’s host, here to bring you the latest greatest in startup and tech news this fine Monday morning). Welcome back to Equity, the podc

Cyber Monday sale – save 50% on passes for TC Sessions: Space

Cyber Monday savings are here — for today only book a pass to TC Sessions: Space 2022 and save 50% on all available passes. This one-day exploration event is focused on early-stage space startups, t

Bionaut Labs gets $43.2M for its tiny drug delivery robots

Founded in 2017, Bionaut Labs arrived out of stealth in March 2021, with plans to commercialize longstanding research around drug delivery robots. The Los Angeles-based startup today followed up its i
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