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Telegram starts to look like a super app, echoing WeChat

Telegram, the popular messenger with 800 million monthly active users worldwide, is inching closer to adopting an ecosystem strategy that is reminiscent of WeChat’s super app approach. Certain a

Amazon’s outgoing Echo head is Blue Origin’s new CEO

Blue Origin CEO Bob Smith is retiring at the end of the year and his replacement is coming from Jeff Bezos’ other company. Dave Limp, an Amazon veteran who had planned to step down from his role

Ford halts work on $3.5B EV battery factory with China’s CATL

Ford confirmed Monday it has immediately stopped work at a $3.5 billion factory in Michigan that was supposed to make cheaper lithium iron phosphate batteries using tech from China’s CATL. &#822

Signal’s Meredith Whittaker: AI is fundamentally ‘a surveillance technology’

Why is it that so many companies that rely on monetizing the data of their users seem to be extremely hot on AI? If you ask Signal president Meredith Whittaker (and I did), she’ll tell you it&#8

New SEC cybersecurity disclosure rules: What you need to know to stay in compliance

The SEC requires companies to report both material cybersecurity incidents and cybersecurity risk management processes in a standardized way.

Max Q: Things got disrupted

Hello and welcome back to Max Q! I'm home after attending TechCrunch Disrupt, our flagship event in SF. We had some incredible programming and startups onstage for our Battlefield competition.

Apple executives break down AirPods’ new features

AirPods only got a passive mention during the keynote at Apple’s event. It’s understandable — the iPhone 15 and Apple Watch Series 9 (and Ultra 2) were center stage. Besides, the headpho

Storybutton wants to redesign the radio for Gen Alpha podcast listeners

Storybutton, a new audio player for kids, aims to be the go-to alternative to screened devices for the 12 and under set. Created by kid-friendly podcaster Jim Jacob (“Mr. Jim”), Storybutton wants

‘Nobody has lost their job because of what we do,’ says CEO of film industry AI tool

“Honestly, and I really can say this with a straight face, we create jobs. Because there’s so much shit to do to actually put these use cases into production, that a lot of our customers can&#

Getty Images launches an AI-powered image generator

Getty Images, one of the largest suppliers of stock images, editorial photos, videos and music, today announced the launch of a generative AI art tool that it claims is “commercially safer&#8221

The recent tech IPOs are flirting with negative territory

Klaviyo's and Instacart's shares went on to trade above their initial IPO pricing after Arm's own listing. However, the momentum hasn't lasted long.

Reddit will start paying you real money for good posts

Reddit announced a contributor program on Monday, which awards users actual, real money for their fake internet points. Now, eligible users will be able to convert their Reddit gold and karma into fia

Hackers steal $200M from crypto company Mixin

Hong Kong-based crypto company Mixin announced on Sunday that it was breached and that the hackers stole around $200 million. “In the early morning of September 23, 2023 Hong Kong time, the database

Nx lands $16M to build ‘monorepo’ tools for software devs

Nx, a startup developing tooling to make it simpler for software dev teams to work within a single code repository, today closed a $16 million Series A round with participation from Nexus Venture Part

What’s the best way to run a startup in a world full of advice?

There exist a myriad of answers to the question, "How do you found your first startup?" But which of those answers apply to you and your situation?

VC firm Fuse closes $250M fund to invest in Pacific Northwest startups

Funding for startups in the Pacific Northwest (PNW) fell precipitously early this year. From January to March, PNW financing dipped 80% to $246 million, down from $1.2 billion during the same period i

Decade of newborn child registry data stolen in MOVEit mass-hack

Ontario’s government-funded birth registry has confirmed a data breach affecting some 3.4 million people who sought pregnancy care, including the personal health data of close to two million new

Snap partners with Microsoft on ads in its ‘My AI’ chatbot feature

Snapchat has a new advertising partner in Microsoft for the ads it’s inserting into its AI product, My AI, an AI chatbot introduced earlier this year to the wider Snapchat user base. The company

The current labor market is a gold mine of talent for startups

The whiplash we've seen in the labor market over the last few years has created an environment that startups can and should take advantage of.

X will make audio and video calls a premium subscriber-only feature

Last month X CEO Linda Yaccarino confirmed that video calls would be coming to the app formerly known as Twitter as part of its transition into an “everything app.” Now, new code in the X
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