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Snapchat now has more than 2 million paid subscribers

Snapchat has more than 2 million paid subscribers on its Snapchat+ program, the company said during its latest earnings report. Snap noted that the paid plan, which costs $3.99 a month, is a part of &

Egyptian financial services provider MNT-Halan valued at $1B in $400M funding

Egyptian fintech and e-commerce ecosystem MNT-Halan has raised up to $400 million in equity and debt financing from local and global investors as it continues to serve underbanked and unbanked custome

Superstrata e-bike review: Rebel without a cause

Superstrata’s e-bike is a strange specimen — there’s no two ways about it. The bike’s concept, borne out in seamless 3D-printed carbon fiber, springs from an equally strange premise. We’ll g

Tesla records $204M loss from bitcoin in 2022

Tesla recorded a $204 million impairment loss in 2022 on its bitcoin holdings, according to regulatory filings. The loss was offset by $64 million in profits from bitcoin trading, leaving the automake

Energy X secures $20M at $120M valuation to slash building sector emissions

Countries worldwide have pledged to reduce their energy usage and reach net-zero energy targets by 2050. To get there, they will need to find clever ways to decarbonize especially dirty businesses, in

Daily Crunch: Cell network provider Google Fi confirms customer data breach

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OpenAI releases tool to detect AI-generated text, including from ChatGPT

After telegraphing the move in media appearances, OpenAI has launched a tool that attempts to distinguish between human-written and AI-generated text — like the text produced by the company&#821

DOJ requests Autopilot, FSD documents from Tesla

The U.S. Department of Justice has asked Tesla for documents related to its branded Full Self-Driving and Autopilot advanced driver-assistance systems, the automaker disclosed in a securities filing.

Peacock kills its free tier option for new customers

Peacock is no longer offering its free tier to new customers, a spokesperson for NBCUniversal confirmed to TechCrunch on Tuesday. The company says it’s shifting its focus to its Premium offering

Spotify’s test of a Friends tab on mobile hints at expanded social ambitions

Spotify’s success with Wrapped, its year-end review, designed for social sharing, may be pushing the company toward building more social experiences directly into its mobile app. The company for

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 multibillion-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
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