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Meta starts testing ‘members-only worlds’ in Horizon Worlds

Meta is starting to test closed spaces called “members-only worlds” in Horizon Worlds, its social VR experience. The company has begun a limited alpha test to give creators the ability to

GM invests $650M in lithium mining to lock down EV raw materials

General Motors said Tuesday it will invest $650 million into Lithium Americas as part of an agreement to develop a mine in Nevada, the latest effort by the automaker to lock down a supply chain of key

TechCrunch+ roundup: SaaS spending squeeze, tax time tips, freemium frameworks

Finding meaningful ways to slash spending can extend your runway and even stave off layoffs in the long run.

Precision Neuroscience is making brain implants safer, smarter and reversible

Brain researchers have relied on devices called microelectrode arrays for decades, but the technology behind these tools is increasingly outdated. Precision Neuroscience is building a modern alternati

Teal unwraps $8.8M to build out a telehealth platform for women — starting with cervical cancer screening

Female-focused telehealth startup, Teal Health, is popping up today to announce an $8.8 million seed round with a roster of heavy hitting investors on board — including (Serena Williams’)

Avoiding the pitfalls of OnlyFans with Rosie Nguyen from Fanhouse

Welcome back to Found, where we get the stories behind the startups. This week, Darrell and Becca catch up with Rosie Nguyen, the co-founder and CCO of Fanhouse, a startup that helps content creators

Thrive Capital believed to be leading new multi-billion dollar investment in Stripe

Thrive Capital has reportedly committed $1 billion in fresh capital to payments giant Stripe as part of a new investment in the works that would value the fintech company at between $55 billion and $6

Practice your startup pitch on TechCrunch Live with Benchmark and Cambly

TechCrunch Live is back! The weekly show resumes this week, and we’re excited to bring back a popular segment. Called Pitch Practice, it should be self-explanatory. Participants have a chance to pra

Lost your crypto amid Chapter 11 bankruptcy filings? You’re probably not getting it back

Legal experts say unsecured creditors shouldn't expect much following a number of Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases in the crypto space.

Privacy assistant Jumbo tears down its paywall

Jumbo, an app that lets you control your privacy on the web, is hitting the reset button — sort of. While the company is still focused on privacy and security, users can now download and use all fea

Instagram’s co-founders introduce a new social app…for news reading

Can lightning strike twice? That’s apparently the question being raised today with the public introduction of the next social app built by Instagram’s co-founders, Kevin Systrom and Mike K

Big changes coming for GDPR enforcement on Big Tech in Europe?

Big Tech take note: In what looks like a meaningful — and long overdue — reforming step, the European Commission has committed to dial up its monitoring of how data protection authorities

Spotify’s third-party billing option has now reached over 140 global markets

In its fourth-quarter earnings, Spotify announced today its User Choice Billing program has now expanded to more than 140 markets worldwide, allowing the streaming music service to reduce the commissi

Check Twitter in paradise with Iridium’s new ‘executive’ satellite hotspot

Everyone’s talking about unplugging these days — climbing a mountain, trekking through the forest, finding your way to a truly secluded beach. Central to that concept is turning off notificati

Sentra raises $30M to provide a security layer for data in the cloud

The move to the cloud, accelerated by the pandemic, continues unabated. By 2025, Gartner estimates that more than 95% of new digital workloads will be deployed on cloud-native platforms, up from 30% i

The Team Slide is the most important slide in a startup pitch deck

In the early stages of a company, a good story around a startup's team is crucial. Here's how to tell it.

Stripperweb, a twenty-year-old forum for sex workers, is shutting down. No one knows why.

There are some people on the internet who don’t want to be found. That seems to be the case for the elusive, mysterious owner of Stripperweb, a 20-year-old forum for exotic dancers and sex workers.

TrueBiz aims to help financial services providers onboard business customers faster, avoid fraud

Due diligence was a big topic in 2022 for a variety of reasons. But due diligence doesn’t just apply to investors pouring money into startups, or companies acquiring other companies. Businesses,

TBD Health is rolling out at-home sexual healthcare to all US states

Reproductive rights is a hot-button topic for much of the political spectrum in the U.S. Against that backdrop. TBD Health is not-so-quietly making patient-focused and inclusive sexual healthcare avai

Brazilian online grocery deliverer Diferente secures $3M to increase customers’ access to healthier food

The company sources directly from organic farmers and is able to offer prices that are 40% lower than a grocery store.
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