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Bing’s app sees a 10x jump in downloads after Microsoft’s AI news

This week’s news about Microsoft’s plan to add ChatGPT-like capabilities to its search engine Bing has sent its companion mobile app into the App Store’s Top Charts as of Wednesday.

Sesame Labs raises $4.5M to help improve web3 marketing tools

Sesame Labs raised a $4.5 million seed round to help improve the web3 marketing experience with their platform

Warner Bros. Discovery plans to keep Discovery+ as a stand-alone streaming service in the US

Discovery+ subscribers will be able to keep their subscription plan instead of paying more for the forthcoming HBO Max/Discovery+ combined streaming service. Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD) has confirmed

Dbt Labs acquires Transform, adding semantic tools to its data analytics platform

Almost exactly a year ago, dbt Labs shined a spotlight on the opportunities in the world of developer tools for data analytics when the startup closed a Series D of $222 million at a $4.2 billion valu

TikTok adds new targeting and boosting features to its Promote advertising tool

TikTok is adding new targeting and boosting features for its Promote advertising tool, the company announced on Wednesday. Promote first launched in 2021 as a way for creators to turn vertical videos

Here’s when Tesla CEO Elon Musk will finally reveal his Master Plan 3

Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted Wednesday that he will present the long-awaited and often teased Master Plan 3 during the company’s investor day March 1. Tesla’s investor day will be held at t

Announcing the first group of speakers for TC Early Stage

TechCrunch Early Stage is the place to be for the founder who is just getting started. On April 20, we’re excited to bring our show to Boston, Massachusetts. We’re bringing together expert

Instagram expands access to Reels-focused tipping feature, Gifts

Instagram announced today it’s expanding access to a new monetization feature called Gifts to more creators across the U.S. The feature, which first began testing last year, allows fans to provi

The individual mistake that tech startups are collectively making

Hello and welcome back to Equity, a podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. This is our Wednesday show, where we niche down to a single per

Former Gemini CTO launches Fierce, a high-yield finance super app

The finance super app is bringing together what founder and CEO Robert Cornish calls “the best of fintech for the customer.” 

AI is the next frontier — but for whom?

Ethics is often a separate conversation from AI building, but they should be one and the same. Bias is dangerous, especially as AI continues spreading.

Macro raises $9.3 to layer intelligence on top of digital documents

Jacob Beckerman, a former investment logic engineer at Bridgewater Associates, grew frustrated using standard document apps like Acrobat and Microsoft Office to print out and mark up documents. He won

Giannis, Doja Cat and Amy Schumer will peddle Google’s Pixel during the Super Bowl

Super Bowl ads make strange bedfellows. Half a week out from The Big Game™, Google just dropped their spot. This time out, the company’s Pixel 7 is in the spotlight — specifically the smartphone

Google intros new features for EVs with Maps built in

Google is rolling out new features for electric vehicles with Google Maps built in, the company said at its Live from Paris event Wednesday. The features, iterations of which were introduced in Novemb

Google Maps launches Immersive View in five cities, will roll out ‘glanceable directions’ soon

Google is launching new updates for Maps that are part of its plan to make the navigation app more immersive and intuitive for users, the company announced today at its event in Paris. Most notably, t

Streamdal wants to bring greater visibility to streaming data architectures

The rise of streaming architectures — frameworks of software components built to ingest and process large volumes of data from multiple sources — is driving the demand for better reliabili

Google announces improved contextual translation features

Google announced a host of new translation-related features at its Live from Paris event today including improved contextual search, a redesigned iOS app and a seamless AR translation feature through

Google’s A.I.-powered ‘multisearch,’ which combines text and images in a single query, goes global

Amid other A.I.-focused announcements, Google today shared that its newer “multisearch” feature would now be available to global users on mobile devices, anywhere that Google Lens is alrea

IBM acquires GraphQL startup StepZen to step up its game in API management

GraphQL, developed internally at Facebook to help developers with API management before getting rolled out as an open-source query language in 2015, has gained traction as an alternative (or complemen

UK regulator says Microsoft’s proposed $68.7B Activision merger could create ‘higher prices, fewer choices’

Seven months after the U.K.’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) confirmed it was launching an antitrust investigation into Microsoft’s $68.7 billion bid for video game giant Activision B
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