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Here’s your chance to show off your expertise at TechCrunch’s founder summit

Do you have what it takes to present at TechCrunch Early Stage on April 20 in Boston, Massachusetts? We’re looking for trendsetting, game-changing, later-stage startup founders and ecosystem experts

Let’s Encrypt issues 3 billion HTTPS certificates

Non-profit certificate authority Let’s Encrypt hit a major milestone earlier this month: it issued its three billionth HTTPS certificate. Let’s Encrypt project was founded in 2013 to provide w

‘If you have too much, you can drown’ How tech PR’s job changed in 2022

Hello and welcome back to Equity, a podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. This is our Wednesday show, where we niche down to a single pe

New Fare Partners is latest female-led VC to close first fund

New Fare Partners secured $20 million in capital commitments for its inaugural fund investing in early-stage food and beverage businesses. 

San Francisco police can now use robots to kill

Last week, we talked about killer robots. That piece was inspired by a proposal that would allow San Francisco police to use robots for killing “when risk of loss of life to members of the public or

CommonGround raises $25M for immersive video avatar technology that doesn’t rely on VR gear

The trials and tribulations that a giant company like Meta (née Facebook) has been facing in overcoming skepticism, creating user interest (let alone revenue) and building quality experiences for its

DoorDash lays off 1,250 employees to rein in operating expenses

DoorDash is laying off 1,250 people in an effort to rein in costs, the company’s CEO Tony Xu said in a message to employees on Wednesday. Xu’s message notes that the pandemic presented unp

Transforming old cardboard boxes into insulation nets CleanFiber $10 million round

Cellulose insulation is made from recycled newspapers, a dwindling resource. CleanFiber thinks its cardboard process can make up the difference.

Honda to launch fuel cell vehicle in 2024

Honda will launch a fuel cell electric vehicle in 2024 based on its bestselling CR-V crossover. The automaker said it will produce the CR-V variant at its Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC) in Mar

Amazon Kindle Scribe review

The Kindle turned 15 this month. It’s been a strange ride for Amazon’s first hardware device. CEO Andy Jassy gave the e-reader a rare bit of love in last year’s shareholder letter, noting: Our f

Airbnb is helping find renters an apartment so they can Airbnb it

Airbnb really wants you to Airbnb an apartment. So its latest step is to find renters a place, which they can also list on the travel booking platform. Today, the company introduced a new program call

Natives Rising wins backing to help Native Americans into tech and startups

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, Black, Latina, and Native American women represent approximately 16 percent of the total US population, but make up only 4 percent of student

Binance poised for Japan expansion after buying local exchange Sakura

Binance’s sprawling empire is about to get bigger as it eyes expansion in Japan. The world’s largest crypto trading platform has acquired 100% of Sakura Exchange BitCoin for an undisclosed

New Gorilla Glass just dropped

According to Corning in-house research, “84% of consumers across three of the largest smartphone markets – China, India, and the United States — cite durability as the number one purchasing

Spotify Wrapped 2022 arrives with new features like your ‘Listening Personality,’ 40K+ Artist Messages

Spotify Wrapped 2022 has officially arrived. Though other music services, including Apple Music and YouTube Music, now put together their own year-end retrospectives, Spotify’s personalized and

Bitcoin ‘rarely’ used for legal transactions, on ‘road to irrelevance’, say European Central Bank officials

European Central Bank officials alleged on Wednesday that bitcoin is “rarely used for legal transactions,” is fuelled by speculation and the recent erosion in its value indicates that it is on the

How to turn off World Cup notifications from Twitter

The football World Cup — yes, the “soccer” one — is one of the biggest sporting events on the globe. And it’s really fun to follow it on Twitter with all the memes, commentary, a

South Korean prosecutors seek arrest warrants for Terraform Labs co-founder, investors and engineers

South Korean prosecutors said Wednesday they have requested arrest warrants for eight people related to Terraform Labs for the alleged fraud as the local authorities widen their investigation into the

Pinterest shuts down its ‘Creator Rewards’ program

Pinterest has shut down its Creator Rewards program that allowed creators to earn money by creating content around monthly prompts and achieving certain engagement goals. “The Creator Rewards pr

India pips North America to become the biggest smartwatch market

India surpassed North America to take the top global spot in the smartwatch market in the quarter that ended in September, according to a report from market research player Counterpoint. The festival
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