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Astra will no longer launch NASA’s TROPICS satellites

Rocket launch company Astra will no longer send the remaining NASA TROPICS payloads to space, but instead will launch other “comparable” scientific missions for the agency, the company announced W

Daily Crunch: Fast Company hacker sends 2 ‘obscene and racist’ notifications to Apple News users

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The Startup Battlefield 200: Hardware, Robotics, AI+ML & Mobility + Transportation

We’re beyond amazed at the collective creativity, ingenuity and technical prowess of the Startup Battlefield 200. Out of thousands of applications, only 200 early-stage startups made the final cut,

Florida’s Space Coast braces for Hurricane Ian

Florida’s Space Coast continues to make preparations for the extremely powerful and slow-moving Hurricane Ian, with officials rolling rockets back to the safety of hangars and delaying launches unti

Inside the human cost of Better.com’s brutal layoffs

Digital mortgage lender Better.com continues to lay off staff, and seemingly in as callous a way as possible. Indeed, whereas most companies try to avoid repeated layoffs, the outfit — which gai

Instagram permanently disabled Pornhub’s account

After a weeks-long suspension, Pornhub’s account has been permanently removed from Instagram. Instagram told TechCrunch that Pornhub has repeatedly violated community guidelines, prompting the a

Porsche to IPO in landmark listing Thursday

Porsche plans to go public on Thursday at a $73 billion valuation, catapulting the company to become the world’s fourth-most valuable automaker and netting billions of dollars for parent company Vol

Battery-swapping SPAC Gogoro secures $345M loan

Taiwanese battery-swapping company Gogoro has signed a $345 million five-year credit facility agreement in order to increase liquidity among uncertain economic conditions. The loan comes from a group

Regie secures $10M to generate marketing copy using AI

Regie.ai, a startup using OpenAI’s GPT-3 text-generating system to create sales and marketing content for brands, today announced that it raised $10 million in Series A funding led by Scale Vent

Streaming service Epix will get a face-lift and relaunch as MGM+ in 2023

On the same day that Lionsgate renamed Starzplay to Lionsgate+, MGM’s Epix announced it would also get a “+” in its brand title. Epix, the ad-free streaming service, announced today that it will

Vietnam to restrict which social media accounts can post news

With the rising tide of fake news on social media platforms, the debate over how much control a government should have on online information is a perennial one. In Vietnam, the government is intensify

BMW will use Amazon Alexa to build its next voice assistant

Amazon Alexa will be the foundation of BMW’s next-generation voice assistant, the companies announced Wednesday at Amazon’s annual Devices and Services launch event. The German automaker a

Lyft freezes hiring in the US amid economic instability

Lyft has been canceling job interviews this week and is reportedly on a hiring freeze in the U.S., according to anonymous professional network Blind and a report from Bloomberg. The freeze affects all

US senators aim to amend cybersecurity bill to include crypto

The update would provide a voluntary way for crypto companies to report bad actors and protect the industry from “dangerous practices.”

Our top 4 Tesla AI day predictions

Tesla’s second AI Day is fast approaching, and with it a flurry of speculations as to what will be discussed at the event — a phenomenon that we at TechCrunch are certainly not above. AI D

Amazon sheds some light on your would-be intruders with Blink Floodlight

Weighing in at $100, Amazon’s new the new Blink Floodlight camera brings more brightness and smarts to its camera line. The company also launched a brand new $30 Blink Mini Pan Tilt mount, givin

Eviation’s all-electric Alice aircraft makes its maiden flight

Eviation’s Alice electric aircraft took off for the first time yesterday, teasing a future in which regional flights of hundreds of miles will be done with zero emissions and a lot less noise. I

UiPath co-CEO Rob Enslin still sees plenty of potential despite stock turbulence

UiPath co-CEO Rob Enslin believes that RPA is just the tip of the automation iceberg.

Rotten Tomatoes gets its first card game to entertain film buffs

Movie and TV reviews site Rotten Tomatoes is releasing a card game in early 2023 called “Rotten Tomatoes: The Card Game,” a fast-paced party game that challenges cinephiles by making them guess wh

Google Search will soon begin translating local press coverage

At a Google Search-focused event this morning, Google announced that it will soon introduce ways to translate news coverage directly from Search. Starting in 2023, English users, for example, will be
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