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Loora wants to leverage AI to teach English

Of the professions in danger of being replaced by AI, language teacher is certainly up there. That’s not necessarily because it’s a good idea. AI, some employers have decided — inclu

Six things we learned from the LockBit takedown

A sweeping law enforcement operation led by the U.K.’s National Crime Agency this week took down LockBit, the notorious Russia-linked ransomware gang that has for years wreaked havoc on businesses,

Uber Eats is launching a delivery service with Cartken’s sidewalk robots in Japan

Uber, along with partners Mitsubishi Electric and autonomous robotics startup Cartken, are launching a service in Japan that will use self-driving sidewalk robots to deliver food to customers. The com

Amazon to launch ‘special store’ for value fashion in India

Amazon is preparing to make another attempt to break into India’s fast-growing fashion and lifestyle e-commerce sector, setting up a battle with rival Flipkart, owned by Walmart, Reliance’s Aj

Byju’s says $200 million rights issue that cuts valuation by 99% fully subscribed

Byju’s says its recently launched $200 million rights issue has been fully-subscribed, but the startup’s founder urged some of its major investors to participate amid a rift between the ed

OnePlus took a three-year ‘reflective pause’ before increasing its smartwatch battery

It’s 2024. All smartwatches should offer multiple days of battery life, full stop. As things stand now, there’s a jaw-droppingly wide range across the devices. I would go so far as to say that lim

House punts on AI with directionless new task force

The House of Representatives has founded a Task Force on artificial intelligence that will “ensure America continues leading in this strategic area,” as Speaker Mike Johnson put it. But th

Zola wants to bring the wedding industry into the 21st century

Welcome back to Found, where we get the stories behind the startups. This week Becca and Dom are joined by Shan-Lyn Ma, the co-founder and CEO of Zola, an online platform for wedding planning and gift

Florida man buys Cake’s remaining US inventory of electric motorbikes

The future of bankrupt electric motorbike startup Cake is still uncertain, but the majority of its U.S. inventory is going to a guy in Florida. Michael Joyce, who runs a retail shop in St. Petersburg

Signal now lets you keep your phone number private with the launch of usernames

Signal is launching usernames, the company announced today. Up until now, you have had to give someone your phone number to chat with them on Signal. Now you can create a unique username that you can

MariaDB’s potential take-private deal is an indictment of 2021’s SPAC mania

The potential sale of MariaDB to K1 Investment Management for $37 million is a capstone on the failed era of SPAC mergers.

Ford cuts prices on electric Mustang as demand softens for premium EVs

Ford is cutting prices of its all-electric 2023 Mustang Mach-E by has much as $8,100 as the automaker attempts to rid itself of inventory and compete with Tesla and its increasingly cheaper EVs. Total

YouTube rolls out new channel pages for creators on its TV app

YouTube is changing the design for creators’ channels on the big screen, the company announced today. The changes include more accessible action buttons, like “Subscribe,” a more mod

YouTube dominates TV streaming in US, per Nielsen’s latest report

Nielsen today released its January report on viewing usage across linear TV and streaming, which revealed that YouTube is once again the overall top streaming service in the U.S., with 8.6% of viewing

Bioptimus raises $35 million seed round to develop AI foundational model focused on biology

There’s a new generative AI startup based in Paris. But what makes Bioptimus interesting is that it plans to apply everything we’ve collectively learned about AI models over the past few years wit

Spam attack on Twitter/X rival Mastodon highlights ‘fediverse’ vulnerabilities

A spam attack that impacted the open source X rival Mastodon, Misskey and other apps highlights how the decentralized social web, also known as the fediverse, is open to abuse. Over the past several d

Disrupt is back! 2-for-1 passes now on sale

As winter continues to grip much of the world, here’s some hot news for entrepreneurs to thaw the chill: TechCrunch Disrupt will be back in San Francisco from October 28–30. Even better, ticke

US sanctions LockBit members after ransomware takedown

The U.S. government has sanctioned two key members of LockBit, the Russian-speaking hacking and extortion gang accused of launching ransomware attacks against victims across the U.S. and international

Uber testing prepaid-item pickup from local stores in India

Uber has quietly started testing a feature that lets gig workers pick up prepaid items from local stores and deliver them to customers in India. Called “Store Pickup,” the feature debuted

The regulatory clock is ticking for TikTok

Crypto prices are up, Planity has raised a hefty Series C, TikTok is in trouble again, and there's a slew of M&A in Startup Land.
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