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Samsung’s cloud gaming hub brings Xbox, Twitch and more to newest smart TVs

Samsung announced yesterday that it is bridging its hardware and software for a better gaming experience, bringing the Samsung Gaming Hub to its 2022 lineup of smart TVs and monitors. Game streaming c

I want to forget Elon’s dumb $420 tweet, but y’all won’t let me

Elon Musk hasn’t tweeted in 10 days, but his Twitter account is once again news because time is a flat circle. This is why we must now scrunch our faces, cock our heads to one side and strain to

Sequoia Capital reportedly raising two funds, and despite slower VC environment, it’s not alone

This news comes out just over a month after the venture capital giant warned founders to expect a longer economic recovery.

The end of a second straight month of layoffs in tech

June brought another wave of layoffs in tech, with cuts impacting roughly the same number of employees as May: 16,000 employees, according to tracker layoffs.fyi. Another layoff aggregator from TrueUp

Valkyrie CEO says suing US SEC for a spot bitcoin ETF ‘isn’t likely to succeed’

Grayscale Investments responded to the SEC's rejection of its application for a bitcoin spot exchange-traded fund by filing a lawsuit against the agency. But not everyone is convinced that it’ll wor

Behind the scenes of Waymo’s worst automated truck crash

The most serious crash to date involving a self-driving truck might have resulted in only moderate injuries, but it exposed how unprepared local government and law enforcement are to deal with the new

Reddit acquires natural language processing company MeaningCloud

Reddit announced Friday that it’s acquiring MeaningCloud, a natural language processing company, for an undisclosed amount. The MeaningCloud team has joined Reddit and will support machine learn

FTX US deal with troubled crypto lender BlockFi floats acquisition with ‘up to’ $240M purchase price

Sam Bankman-Fried’s FTX is taking advantage of rampant instability in the crypto lending market to assert itself while propping up major institutions. The company’s U.S.-based arm has a de

Most startups were overvalued before 2021, and now it’s causing problems

In a normalizing market like this one, once-inflated valuations can become a big problem, particularly for founders, employees and early investors.

Spotify partners with Netflix to curate a personalized ‘Stranger Things’ playlist for fans

Which song will save you from Vecna? In partnership with Netflix, Spotify has launched a personalized “Stranger Things” playlist dedicated to Season 4 Volume 2, which premieres this Friday, July 1

China’s new Mars images show off the country’s robust (but secretive) space program

With a $24 billion budget and dozens of active, high-profile missions, it’s not surprising that NASA is the most visible of the dozens of government space agencies in the world. But China’

FDA won’t require lengthy clinical trials for COVID-19 boosters

Future COVID-19 vaccine boosters won’t have to go through a traditional, lengthy clinical trial process to attain emergency use authorization in the U.S., according to a report in Reuters. An ag

TechCrunch+ roundup: SaaS success stats, leveraging ad tech chaos, 2022 layoff trends

I remember the dread I felt as a startup worker during downturns when I read about mass layoffs at tech firms that had previously been considered ascendant.

OpenSea’s $13B valuation doesn’t make sense as NFT trading volumes plunge

The web3 faithful will note that the NFT market goes up and down, and as it is down today, it will go up again. That may be true, and it may even be correct soon. Today, however, it is not true.

Fintech Klarna reportedly raising at a $6.5B valuation, giving new meaning to the phrase ‘down round’

In a sign of the times, Swedish buy now, pay later giant Klarna is reportedly close to inking a new round of funding that would slash its valuation to $6.5 billion — about 1/7 of what the compan

Supreme Court’s EPA ruling all but ensures the US won’t be competitive with China or Europe

The United States still has a shot at turning things around, but it's a long one.

US publisher Macmillan confirms cyberattack forced systems offline

Macmillan, one of the largest book publishers in the U.S., said it has been hit by a cyberattack that forced it to shut down its IT systems.  Macmillan spokesperson Erin Coffey told TechCrunch that t

Bring your team to TechCrunch Disrupt and save big with our flash sale

Whether you’re enjoying a long holiday weekend with friends and family or crushing hard to build your startup, take a few minutes to score two-for-one passes to TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco o

Steve Jobs to receive posthumous Medal of Freedom

The Biden administration announced today that Steve Jobs is receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom posthumously. Steve Jobs died on October 5, 2011, from complications following a relapse of panc

AI-powered photo stock startup Wirestock lands partnership with Getty Images

As a stock photographer, taking great photos is often only just a tiny part of the job. To run a successful business, keywording, categorizing, captioning and all the other admin that goes with it can
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