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The lowdown on the slowdown

Kicking things off this week with some data culled by the folks over at Crunchbase that’s very much in line with what we’ve been saying on Actuator all along. The past couple of years have been ge

Belong secures $80M to take the pain out of rental property management

Historically, the relationship between landlords and tenants can be a contentious one. At the same time, the experiences of managing a property, and renting one, are not always smooth. Belong, a start

Class buys tech from its own founder’s first edtech company for $210 million

Before starting Class, a Zoom-friendly virtual instruction tool, Michael Chasen was the founder of Blackboard, one of the first cloud solutions for education on the market. While Class has some nods t

Twitter will hide false tweets from high-profile accounts during times of crisis

In its ongoing effort to combat misinformation about breaking news, Twitter is rolling out a crisis misinformation policy to ensure that it doesn’t amplify falsehoods during times of widespread

North American and European insurtechs are recalibrating after a blockbuster 2021

Let’s explore insurtech activity in both North America and Europe, compare recent results and look ahead to what could be coming.

Netflix continues accessibility push with badges for audio and subtitle descriptions

Netflix is expanding its audio descriptions, subtitles and dubbing in dozens of languages, doubling down on an effort that has been both helpful and successful. Shows will now also feature badges so t

TikTok is gearing up for games, including interactive minigames for TikTok LIVE

TikTok is already one of the world’s fastest-growing social media platforms, where it’s even overtaken YouTube on watch time in select markets and sports over 1 billion monthly active user

WhatsApp ramps up revenue with global launch of Cloud API and soon, a paid tier for its Business App

WhatsApp is continuing its push into the business market with today’s news it’s launching the WhatsApp Cloud API to all businesses worldwide. Introduced into beta testing last November, th

Announcing the early-stage startups exhibiting at TC Sessions: Climate 2022

Examining the role that technology and startups play in fighting climate change is the raison d’être for TC Sessions: Climate 2022 (featuring the Extreme Tech Challenge 2022 Global Finals), whi

Tune in tomorrow for Online Day at TC Sessions: Mobility

The two in-person days of TC Sessions: Mobility may almost be in the rearview mirror, but we’re not done yet. We still have plenty of Mobility action and opportunity waiting for you at our online ev

Netflix launches a new ‘Mystery Box’ feature to help kids discover new content

Netflix is introducing a new “Mystery Box” feature aimed at helping kids discover new movies and TV shows, the company announced on Thursday. The new feature, which is similar to a shuffle

DOJ says it will no longer prosecute good-faith hackers under CFAA

The U.S. Justice Department announced Thursday it will not bring charges under federal hacking laws against security researchers and hackers who act in good faith. The policy for the first time &#8220

Top three takeaways from Nuro’s session at TC Sessions: Mobility

Jiajun Zhu, co-founder and CEO of autonomous robot company Nuro, joined TechCrunch onstage during TC Sessions: Mobility on Wednesday to discuss how the startup aims to revolutionize commercial autonom

Data intelligence startup Near, with 1.6B anonymized user IDs, lists on Nasdaq via SPAC at a $1B market cap; raises $100M

The IPO window has all but closed for technology companies in the wake of a massive downturn in the market, but an opening still remains for some, in the form of SPACs. Near — a data intelligenc

How Untapped Global plans to bring the revenue financing model to African startups

In the developed world, almost anyone can get financing for, say, a car lease. But in an emerging economy like South Africa, the only people who own cars or can even get a car lease are the people who

The one-chart argument that tech valuations have fallen too far

The 2019-2022 share price parity allows us to determine if Okta is on the receiving end of a potentially unfair shellacking.

Lime CEO Wayne Ting and former EPA administrator Carol Browner will be speaking at TC Sessions: Climate on June 14

A recent report suggests that moving fully to zero emissions could save California as much as $169 billion in public health benefits, not to mention the positive impact it would have on the environmen

Here’s what’s happening on Day Two of TC Sessions: Mobility 2022

How was your first day at TC Sessions: Mobility 2022? We hope you’re fully caffeinated and ready to roll because day two is packed with groundbreaking tech, opportunities galore and more top-notch p

Pitch Deck Teardown: BoxedUp’s $2.3M seed round pitch deck

Today, we're taking a close look at the pitch deck that helped BoxedUp founder David Boone raise the company's first round of institutional capital.

Apple nabs half of North American smartphone shipments in Q1

A little bright spot in a market that was already struggling with declining sales well before a global pandemic, supply chain crisis and inflation concerns struck. The North American market saw a smal
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