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Tesla’s newsy week, and is fintech having a moment?

It’s been more than a minute since Tesla went public, but the EV company was inescapable on TechCrunch this week. From layoffs to pricing changes and more, it was a week dyed deeply in Tesla col

Webflow acquires Intellimize to add AI-powered webpage personalization

Webflow, a web design and hosting platform that’s raised over $330 million at a $4 billion valuation, is expanding into a new sector: marketing optimization. Today, Webflow announced that it acq

a16z promotes Jennifer Li to help lead the new $1.25B Infrastructure fund

Silicon Valley powerhouse venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz just promoted Jennifer Li to general partner to help lead infrastructure investments.

Langdock raises $3M with General Catalyst to help companies avoid vendor lock-in with LLMs

Plenty of large corporations want to join the AI revolution, but many feel it’s too early to be locked into one foundational model. That means there’s a market for a layer between companies an

Meta AI is restricting election-related responses in India

Last week, Meta started testing its AI chatbot in India across WhatsApp, Instagram, and Messenger. But with the Indian general elections beginning today, the company is already blocking specific queri

Apple pulls WhatsApp, Threads from China App Store following state order

Apple has removed the Meta-owned end-to-end encrypted messaging app WhatsApp from its App Store in China following a government order citing national security concerns, the news agency Reuters reporte

Tesla recalls the Cybertruck for faulty accelerator pedals that can get stuck

Tesla is recalling all 3,878 Cybertrucks that it has shipped to date, due to a problem where the accelerator pedal can get stuck, putting drivers at risk of a crash, according to the National Highway

Fintech CRED secures in-principle approval for payment aggregator license

CRED has received the in-principle approval for payment aggregator license in a boost to the Indian fintech startup that could help it better serve its customers and launch new products and experiment

Internet users are getting younger; now the UK is weighing up if AI can help protect them

Artificial intelligence has been in the crosshairs of governments over how it might be misused for fraud, disinformation and other malicious online activity. Now, a U.K. regulator wants to explore how

Hugging Face releases a benchmark for testing generative AI on health tasks

Hugging Face has published a new leaderboard and benchmark for evaluating generative AI models on health-related tasks and questions.

Tesla still plans to build 1,800-mile charging corridor for semi trucks despite Biden funding snub

Tesla is pushing forward with a plan to build an electric big rig charging corridor stretching from Texas to California, despite being snubbed by a lucrative federal funding program that’s part

Robots can make jobs less meaningful for human colleagues

Much has been (and will continue to be) written about automation’s impact on the jobs market. In the short-term, many employers have complained of an inability to fill roles and retain workers, furt

Ibotta’s IPO opens sharply higher, hinting at warming public-market interest in tech shares

Ibotta began its path as a public company on Thursday by opening at $117 per share, a big increase from its IPO price of $88, itself an increase from its proposed range of $76 to $84 per share. Updat

Lacework, last valued at $8.3B, is in talks to sell for just $150M to $200M, say sources

Consolidation continues apace in the world of security. Sources tell us that Lacework — a cloud security startup that was valued at $8.3 billion post-money in its last funding round — is i

Hackers are threatening to leak World-Check, a huge sanctions and financial crimes watchlist

The hackers say they have stolen 5.3 million records from the World-Check database, used by companies and banks for screening potential customers.

How to play Pokémon and other Game Boy games on your iPhone

Apple finally updated its App Store guidelines to allow global developers to host retro game emulators on iOS. Now, you don’t need to jailbreak your iPhone or download any sketchy software &#821

Cape dials up $61M from a16z and more for mobile service that doesn’t use personal data

"You can’t leak or sell what you don’t have," according to the company's website.

Meta releases Llama 3, claims it’s among the best open models available

Meta has released the latest entry in its Llama series of open generative AI models: Llama 3. Or, more accurately, the company has debuted two models in its new Llama 3 family, with the rest to come

Meta adds its AI chatbot, powered by Llama 3, to the search bar across its apps

Meta’s making several big moves today to promote its AI services across its platform. The company has upgraded its AI chatbot with its newest large language model, Llama 3, and it is now running

TechCrunch Minute: NASA needs your help to bring rocks back from Mars

NASA’s decision to scrap its $11 billion, 15-year mission to Mars to bring back samples could create a startup feeding frenzy, TechCrunch reports. Describing its plans as too slow, and too expen
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