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UK narrows antitrust probe of Microsoft-Activision

The UK’s antitrust watchdog has narrowed its probe of Microsoft’s $68.7 billion bid for video game giant, Activision Blizzard, it said today. In February, the Competition and Markets Autho

Kid-focused short video app Zigazoo launches a TikTok competitor for Gen Z

Zigazoo, the startup known for its TikTok-style video-sharing app for kids, is launching a separate app targeted at Gen Z users.

How to use the secondary market to find clues about who will IPO first

Tracking secondary deals gives us insight into how investors are thinking about a company's valuation and exit timeline.

Google removes hundreds of Kenya-focused loan apps from Play Store

Google has taken down hundreds of loan apps from the Play Store in Kenya since its new policy, which requires digital lenders in the East African country to submit proof of license, went into effect i

Gogoro scales battery swapping to new markets via B2B partners

Gogoro is partnering with Foodpanda in Singapore in the latest B2B play from the battery swapping company aimed at global expansion.

Crypto giant Binance temporarily suspends withdrawals and spot trading

Binance has temporarily suspended all spot trading, deposits and withdrawals on the world's largest crypto exchange citing an "issue."

US, South Korea both seek Do Kwon’s extradition to face charges

A spokesperson for South Korean prosecutors told TechCrunch that they are discussing Kwon's extradition with "related parties."

New accounts now have to wait only 30 days for Twitter Blue

Twitter has changed many things related to its subscription program, Twitter Blue, in the last few hours. The company has made the paid plan available for purchase globally, and also reduced the time

Twitter will kill ‘legacy’ blue checks on April 1

Twitter will start removing legacy blue checkmarks on April Fools Day in the hopes of bumping Twitter Blue subscriptions.

Daily Crunch: In SEC filing, Accenture reveals plans to dismiss 19,000 workers over the next 18 months

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Coinbase execs weigh in on the crypto’s future in US amid regulatory scrutiny

If the crypto industry doesn’t get clear rules of the road, expertise will move offshore, experts say.

Startup says the seaweed blobbing toward Florida has a silver lining

A brown macroalgae native to the Atlantic’s Sargasso Sea is increasingly a menace to coastal ecosystems and communities across the Gulf of Mexico, ever since mats of the normally beneficial seaw

TikTok CEO says company scans public videos to determine users’ ages

Amid questioning about TikTok’s use of biometrics in today’s Congressional hearing, TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew offered some insight into how the company vets potentially underage users on its

Enter the Objaverse: 800,000 virtual props for AIs to play with

If AI is going to work its way out of the chat box and into our living rooms, it will need to understand spaces and objects better. To further that work, the Allen Institute for AI has created a gigan

Klarna plugs ChatGPT into its platform for faster product recommendations

After installing the Klarna plugin from the ChatGPT plugin store, users can ask the ChatGPT chatbot product recommendation questions, even referencing budget.

Hivemapper is 1M kilometers closer to goal of beating Google Maps

Hivemapper, the startup that puts dashcams on ride-hail and delivery vehicles to map the world, is getting a little closer to its goal of toppling the B2B mapping empire that Google has built. With on

TikTok CEO testifies before Congress

As the Biden administration escalates its threats against TikTok, the company’s chief executive made his first appearance before Congress on Thursday. Given the U.S. government’s aggressiv

Kids tech camp iD Tech still silent weeks after data breach

Parents are still looking for answers weeks after hackers stole the personal data of thousands of users from kids’ tech coding camp iD Tech, with some fearing that their children’s data wa

SEC clamps down on Coinbase and Tron, while Do Kwon is arrested overseas

To get a roundup of TechCrunch’s biggest and most important crypto stories delivered to your inbox every Thursday at 12 p.m. PT, subscribe here. Welcome back to Chain Reaction. It was a big week in

Metaverse is just VR, admits Meta, as it lobbies against ‘arbitrary’ network fee

Meta, the self-styled “metaverse company” formerly known as Facebook, has taken on a novel role de-hyping the virtual world technology its founder bet the farm on just a few short years ag
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