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Daily Crunch: Global VC firm Partech reaches first close of largest African fund at €245 million

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GlossAi’s generative highlights are a glimpse of content’s crowded future

For anyone who wants to get a piece of content they’ve created out there, the number of platforms and formats means it’s not so simple as it used to be. GlossAi is a startup aiming to auto

Silvija Martincevic leaves Affirm to lead shift work management platform Deputy

Silvija Martincevic, former chief commercial officer of Affirm, one of the U.S.’s biggest buy now, pay later startups, is leaving to become CEO of shift work management platform Deputy. Based in Aus

Biden to address children’s online safety at State of the Union

President Joe Biden will address the nation on Tuesday evening in the second State of the Union address of his term. Per a release from the White House, the president is expected to weigh in on childr

Google winds down feature that put playable podcasts directly in search results

Google confirmed it’s putting an end to a feature that allowed users to access playable podcasts directly from the Google Search results in favor of offering podcast recommendations. Officially

OpenAI’s ‘next-generation’ AI model is behind Microsoft’s new search

Microsoft is making a big AI play with its revamped Bing search engine and Edge web browser, both of which are powered by what appears to be exclusive access to the successor to OpenAI’s popular

Disrupting beauty’s last frontier with Keta Burke-Williams from Ourside

Welcome back to Found, where we get the stories behind the startups. This week Darrell and Becca are joined by Keta Burke-Williams, the founder and CEO of Ourside, a direct-to-consumer fragrance compa

FTX’s attempts to claw back political donations may target largest recipients, experts say

FTX is seeking to claw back donations made to politicians and PACs. It might seem like an odd request, but it was unsurprising to some legal experts who keep tabs on the space.

Zoom layoffs impact 15% of staff

After an unfathomable boom at the onset of the pandemic, Zoom has made the decision to cut 15% of its staff, or 1,300 people. “The uncertainty of the global economy, and its effect on our custom

Microsoft’s Edge web browser gets ChatGPT-like features

At a Microsoft press event today where the company demonstrated its new AI-powered search capabilities in Bing, the company also announced a new version of its Edge web browser that includes AI techno

‘Tracers in the Dark’ shows how cops go after crypto-criminals

“That was the only path through this darkness,” says U.S. prosecutor Zia Faruqui. “The darker the darknet gets, the way that you shine the light is following the money.” In “Tracers in t

Microsoft launches the new Bing, with ChatGPT built in

“It’s a new day for search,” Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said today. For 13 years now, Microsoft has tried to get you to use Bing, but you didn’t want to, so its global market

Senate committee presses Meta over data access by developers in ‘high risk’ countries, per 2018 app audit

Facebook’s murky history of letting third party apps help themselves to user data which you may recall blew up into a major global privacy scandal back in 2018 (aka, Cambridge Analytica), gougin

TechCrunch+ roundup: Generative AI for proptech, cloud vendor shopping, cybersecurity fairy tales

Generative AI reminds me of ball bearings: the technology is relatively inexpensive, highly adaptable and a proven way to reduce friction.

Pipe has a new CEO from Block, months after founding team announces departure

The new chief executive, Luke Voiles, is joining Pipe on Feb. 20 after working as the general manager of Square Banking at Block, formerly Square.

VC Mark Crane explains how to raise funding beyond Silicon Valley

Once upon a time, if you wanted to build a tech startup, you relocated to Silicon Valley. Full stop. While there’s no disputing SV’s place and continued prominence in the startup world, today’s

$500M in, GV gears up for more deals in Europe with a new partner in London, Luna Dai Schmid

Startups are raising less, and less often, right now, and some portfolios are buckling under the weight of write-downs from lower valuations and startups closing for business. But the venture industry

Facebook rolls out new comment moderation tools for creators

Facebook announced today that it’s introducing more comment moderation tools and controls to make it easier for creators to manage conversations on the social network. Creators will now be able

Riot prepares your team against highly sophisticated cyberattacks

French startup Riot has raised a $12 million Series A round to iterate on its all-in-one cybersecurity awareness platform for businesses and their employees. The startup originally focused on fake phi

TikTok is crushing YouTube in annual study of kids’ and teens’ app usage

For another year in a row, TikTok has found itself as the social app kids and teens are spending the most time using throughout the day, even outpacing YouTube. According to an ongoing annual review o
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