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Thrasio, once king of e-commerce aggregation, files for Ch.11

Thrasio, the U.S. start-up that raised billions of dollars and popularized the concept of e-commerce aggregation — buying up and restructuring dozens of smaller brands and third parties selling

Dailyhunt in talks to acquire social network startup Koo

Media startup Dailyhunt is in advanced stages of talks to acquire the Bengaluru-headquartered social network Koo, two sources familiar with the matter told me. The potential deal under discussion invo

Bumble cuts ~350 employees as dating apps face a reckoning

Bumble, a once-powerful force in online dating, is facing a reckoning. The company posted weak Q4 2023 results today showing a $32 million net loss and $273.6 million in revenue. While up from the sam

AIs serve up ‘garbage’ to questions about voting and elections

A number of major AI services performed poorly in a test of their ability to address questions and concerns about voting and elections. The study found that no model can be completely trusted, but it

Why VCs are investing in startups that help other startups shut down

In one of the VC world’s greatest ironies, investors have lately been clamoring to back startups that are helping other startups shut down. So whether a VC-backed startup is succeeding or shutte

Intuitive Machines faces early end to moon mission after lander tips over

Intuitive Machines’ first moon mission will come to a premature end due to the spacecraft landing on its side, which altered how the solar panels are positioned in relation to the sun, the company s

Newsmast brings curated ‘communities’ to the open source Twitter/X alternative Mastodon

An organization called Newsmast is introducing a new approach to decentralized social media with the launch of an updated version of its Mastodon mobile app that now integrates content from two server

MWC 2024: Everything announced so far, including HTC’s VR headset, ‘rollable’ Motorola concept phone

The TechCrunch team is in Barcelona this week to bring you all the action going on at Mobile World Congress 2024.

HTC Vive became an enterprise product while you weren’t looking

A lot has changed at HTC in the decade since a small team broke off to form its mixed reality division. In fact, it’s a fundamentally different business in several meaningful ways. For one thing, yo

Apple cancels its autonomous electric car project and is laying off some workers

Apple is scuttling its secretive, long-running effort to build an autonomous electric car, executives announced in a short meeting with the team Tuesday morning. The company is likely cutting hundreds

TikTok loses even more songs over its dispute with Universal Music Group

TikTok is losing even more songs over its quarrel with Universal Music Group (UMG), as the social media network is starting to remove songs published by UMG, the company confirmed to TechCrunch on Tue

MWC: Ethiopian fintech eQub digitizes peer-to-peer credit

Ethiopian startup eQub won the fintech pitching battle at 4YFN 2024, the startup event of Mobile World Congress.

SynFlora is working on bioengineering a skincare revolution

Biotech startup SynFlora brought an enticing pitch for a new type of skin treatment technology to 4YFN at the MWC tradeshow in Barcelona this week. The Spanish startup, whose three co-founders all hav

Splitscreen brings a multimonitor setup to Apple’s Vision Pro

Out of the box, Apple’s Vision Pro doubles as a 4K Mac virtual display, allowing you to extend an existing Mac desktop to the device’s spatial computing environment. A new app called Split

Lizcore’s sport tracking system is minimalist enough for indoor climbers to actually use

Lizcore, a sport tracking startup out of Barcelona, caught our eye on the 4YFN show floor at MWC this week. It’s done what this climber — frankly — thought impossible: Come up with a

Threads widens the gap with X, with triple the daily downloads on iOS

Although an app’s downloads aren’t an exact proxy for usage, they can hint at where the market is headed. And in the case of the alt-Twitter wars, the app winning the game right now is Ins

GitHub’s Copilot Enterprise is now generally available at $39 a month

GitHub today announced the general availability of Copilot Enterprise, the $39/month version of its code completion tool and developer-centric chatbot for large businesses. Copilot Enterprise includes

As data takes center stage, Codified wants to bring flexibility to governance

Over the last decade, we’ve seen data grow in increasing importance to enterprise software, and that role has grown even more pronounced more recently with the rise of large language models. At the

SeatGeek’s new tools help fans resell tickets at the best price

Ticketing platform and resale marketplace SeatGeek is introducing three features to simplify the ticket-selling experience for users wanting to resell, including a tool that recommends the best price,

Initia raises $7.5M seed round to simplify blockchain development

It’s hard to keep track of crypto’s technical development, but one thing hasn’t changed much: blockchain applications are notoriously hard to build. This stems in part from their dec
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