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Spotify launches a $9.99/mo standalone audiobooks service for its free users

After adding 15 hours of free audiobooks listening to its subscription plan late last year, Spotify today is introducing a $9.99 per month option that will allow its free users to also access its audi

Karma3 Labs raises $4.5M to improve trust in web3 with ratings and recommendations

There’s no reputation system in the decentralized world of web3, so it’s hard to figure out which entities and individuals to trust and depend on.

NFX’s James Currier will break down MVPs at TechCrunch Early Stage 2024

Everyone has heard of minimum viable products (MVPs), early versions of a future startup’s product that contains precisely what it needs to deliver value — and nothing more. The tricky bit

Elon Musk sues OpenAI and Sam Altman over ‘betrayal’ of non-profit AI mission

Elon Musk has sued OpenAI, its co-founders Sam Altman and Greg Brockman and affiliated entities, alleging the ChatGPT makers have breached their original contractual agreements by pursuing profits ins

Facebook plans to shut down its news tab in the U.S. and Australia

Meta is trying to distance itself from news media-related regulations and payment complexities as it is planning to remove the news tab on Facebook in the U.S. and Australia. The company said today th

Google pulls popular Indian apps from store over fees violation

Google pulled more than a dozen popular apps including recruitment platform Naukri, matrimony service Shaadi, audio storytelling platforms Kuku FM and Stage and real-estate manager 99acres from Play S

Intuitive Machines’ first moon lander also broke ground with safer, cheaper rocket-style propulsion

Intuitive Machines’ first lunar lander officially lost power today after spending seven days on the moon. The lander made history for being the first American hardware to reach the lunar surface sin

Lordstown Motors charged with misleading investors about the sales potential of its EV pickup

The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged bankrupt Lordstown Motors with misleading investors about the sales prospects of its Endurance electric pickup truck. Lordstown has agreed to pay $25

A minor league baseball team trolls Disney with its ‘Steamboat Willie’ jerseys

I’ve seen enough: The prize for the best use of public domain Mickey Mouse goes to the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp. For its public domain theme night, the minor league baseball team will wear jers

Fisker is laying off 15% of staff and says it needs more cash ahead of a ‘difficult year’

Electric vehicle startup Fisker is planning to lay off 15% of its workforce and says it likely does not have enough cash on hand to survive the next 12 months. The company says it is trying to find a

A leaky database spilled 2FA codes for the world’s tech giants

A technology company that routes millions of SMS text messages across the world has secured an exposed database that was spilling one-time security codes that may have granted users’ access to t

Ariel Kaye built a brand that’s outlasted the DTC boom

This week, Dom spoke with Ariel Kaye, the founder of the home lifestyle brand Parachute.

How much are Nvidia’s rivals investing in startups? We investigated

Over the past couple of years, Nvidia, by far the largest AI chipmaker, has ramped up its investments in startups that propel it deeper into the AI space. According to S&P Global and Crunchbase, t

Reddit should go public at $5B, according to secondary data

If secondary buyers aren't buying shares at more than a $5 billion valuation, it wouldn't be wise for Reddit to price its IPO above that.

MacPaw’s Setapp becomes one of the first to agree to Apple’s controversial DMA rules

Mac and iOS software development company MacPaw is becoming one of the first to publicly adopt Apple’s new DMA (Digital Markets Act) rules in the EU, to offer Setapp, its subscription-based plat

Bitcoin jumped and Coinbase’s app crashed, while Aptos eyes Hong Kong and Telegram rolls out rewards with TON

Welcome to TechCrunch Crypto. Here’s the biggest news this week: bitcoin’s price jumped and Coinbase’s app crashed, Telegram rolled out a plan to pay out rewards using toncoin and more.

MWC 2024: Everything announced so far, including Nothing Phone (2a), 4FYN winner

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

A government watchdog hacked a US federal agency to stress-test its cloud security

A U.S. government watchdog stole more than 1GB of seemingly sensitive personal data from the cloud systems of the U.S. Department of the Interior. The good news: The data was fake and part of a series

Microsoft’s Windows 11 Copilot gets smarter with new plugins and skills

You may not have a Copilot key on your PC’s keyboard yet, but if you’re a Windows 11 user, you’ll soon be able to use Copilot for a lot more everyday tasks on your desktop. Starting

Mill’s updated bin will turn your food waste into chicken feed before breakfast

The Nest co-founders’ latest startup quickly incorporated customer feedback, arriving at not just new hardware but a tweaked business model, too.
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