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TechCrunch Space: Good night, Odysseus

Hello and welcome back to TechCrunch Space. SpaceX is launching its Transporter-10 rideshare mission today. These are always really fun to track because they carry dozens of payloads, including from m

Streamer Deezer cheers Apple antitrust fine but calls tech giant’s DMA response ‘deceptive’

Streaming music service Deezer is joining Spotify in cheering the European Union’s €1.84 billion fine imposed on Apple for breaking antitrust rules in the streaming music market. However, the

Australian space startup Esper wants to build hyperspectral sats for cheap

Australian remote sensing startup Esper wants to capture hyperspectral imagery from space at a fraction of the price of its competitors. The company, which will launch its first demonstration satellit

Signal’s Meredith Whittaker scorns anti-encryption efforts as ‘parochial, magical thinking’

AI is “not open in any sense,” the battle over encryption is far from won, and Signal’s principled (and uncompromising) approach may complicate interoperability efforts, warned the c

Ex-Brex exec Sam Blond is already leaving Founders Fund just 18 months after he joined

Sam Blond is leaving Founders Fund, as well as the profession of venture capitalist, just 18 months after he joined the storied Silicon Valley firm. In a tweet on Monday, Blond expressed his gratitude

Why Signal ‘turned our architecture inside out’ for its latest privacy feature

Adding usernames to a messaging app may seem like a standard feature, but for Signal, such identifiers were anathema to its mission of total privacy and security — until now. The upcoming 7.0 versio

Anthropic claims its new AI chatbot models beat OpenAI’s GPT-4

AI startup Anthropic, backed by Google and hundreds of millions in venture capital (and perhaps soon hundreds of millions more), today announced the latest version of its GenAI tech, Claude. And the c

Google’s latest Pixel Drop will let users post high-quality photos, videos on Instagram

Google today announced its latest set of Pixel-related features for phones tablets, and watches, such as 10-bit video support for Instagram, expansion of the Circle to search feature, automatic workou

Instagram now lets you edit DMs up to 15 mins after sending them

Instagram announced today that it’s rolling out the ability for users to edit their direct messages for up to 15 minutes after sending them. The company also announced that users will soon also

Disrupt 2024 call for speakers now open

Got the passion and the know-how, and want to make a difference in tech? Then mark your calendars for TechCrunch Disrupt 2024 happening in San Francisco from October 28–30. We’re on the lookou

Epic Games’ Tim Sweeney calls out Apple’s ‘bitter griping’ after its EU fine over anticompetitive practices

“Denial is a river that flows through Cupertino!,” said Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney, a notorious Apple critic who also sued the tech giant for anticompetitive practices, in a post on X, wei

Razor and Perch merge, raise $100M on a $1.7B valuation as more roll-ups consolidate

Just days after the bankruptcy of Thrasio, two other significant players in the world of e-commerce aggregators are merging and raising some extra money to shore up their business and double down on a

Airbnb has a new label to denote its top (and worst) listings

Airbnb already has labels like “Guest favorites” and “Superhost” to indicate the quality of a property or the host. Now the company is adding a new label for the top 25% and to

Should we ban ransom payments?

As cybercriminals continue to reap the financial rewards of their attacks, talk of a federal ban on ransom payments is getting louder. U.S. officials have long urged against paying ransom demands. But

Punkt rocks its minimalist roots with ‘privacy-first’ MC02 smartphone

Punkt first made a name for itself in the world of mobile with pared-down, monochromatic phones focused on voice, text and not much else. Now, the Swiss company has taken its concept of minimalism and

Apple’s €1.84B fine, new AI rules in India and the latest pre-IPO round

This time on Equity, we talk through Apple's massive fine in the EU, India's new rules for AI, Waymo's wins, and Salla's huge pre-IPO round.

Apple plans to appeal European Commission’s massive antitrust fine favoring Spotify

Apple says it plans to appeal the historic €1.84 billion fine issued today by the European Commission over Apple’s anticompetitive practices in the streaming music market. In a newsroom post,

Mews, the hotel SaaS startup, books $110M at a $1.2B valuation

Tourism continues to bounce back in the wake of COVID-19, with 2023 raking in $2.23 trillion globally, surpassing pre-pandemic levels for the first time since 2020. That’s having a big knock-on

TikTok launches data portability API ahead of Europe’s DMA regulatory deadline

TikTok is introducing a data portability API to help it comply with new European regulations designed to rein in Big Tech’s market dominance through various obligations and restrictions. The Eur

Topsort helps e-commerce create ads without being ‘creepy’

Topsort develops retail media technology for small businesses to use auctions as a way to create effective advertising.
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