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‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ becomes the most-watched Marvel premiere on Disney+

Five days after getting its streaming debut on Disney+, “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” is now the most-watched Marvel premiere on Disney+ based on hours streamed within the first five days, the

FRIDA’s robot arm attempts to bring DALL-E-style AI art to real-world canvases

One could make a very reasonable argument that FRIDA (Framework and Robotics Initiative for Developing Arts) is as much a thought experiment as it is a research project. Certainly it butts up against

Daily Crunch: Bitcoin-demanding cybercriminals use bug from 2021 to initiate global ransomware attack 

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EV maker VinFast downsizes in US, Canada

Vietnamese electric vehicle maker VinFast is cutting jobs in the United States and Canada as part of a restructuring that will merge operations across the two countries. The restructuring comes as Vin

Modular eel robots combine soft and rigid components

Here’s an interesting comment from MIT’s Alfonso Parra Rubio, “Treating soft versus hard robotics is a false dichotomy.” For, I suppose, obvious reasons, thinking around technology tends to be

ShareWell wants to scale mental health support with its 10,000 support groups

Therapists — if you can even find one that takes your insurance or new clients — can add a layer of sadness to your wallet even as you’re trying to rectify your own mental health wob

AI-generated ‘Seinfeld’ suspended on Twitch for AI-generated transphobic jokes

After charming the internet (and us) with its absurdist nature, the AI-generated “Seinfeld”-spoof “Nothing, Forever” was suspended from Twitch for 14 days. As part of its parod

Even as cloud infrastructure market growth slows, Microsoft continues to gain on Amazon

It was a rough quarter for the cloud infrastructure market as companies looked for ways to cut back on spending in an uncertain economy. When you combine that with the strong dollar and a weak Chinese

Wikipedia unblocked in Pakistan after Prime Minister’s intervention

Pakistan has unblocked Wikipedia in the South Asian market, three days after the online encyclopedia was censored in the nation over noncompliance with removing what the local regulator deemed as “s

Even well-funded fintech companies are laying off workers

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Binance acquires majority stake in Korean crypto exchange GOPAX

Binance Holdings plans to return to South Korea after pulling out of the market in 2020. The world’s largest cryptocurrency trading platform by volume said it had acquired a majority stake in S

Quora opens its new AI chatbot app Poe to the general public

Q&A platform Quora has opened up public access to its new AI chatbot app, Poe, which lets users ask questions and get answers from a range of AI chatbots, including those from ChatGPT maker, OpenA

SoftBank’s vibe shift is using silence loudly

Welcome back to Equity, the podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. It’s February, and that means two things: you can stop wishing p

Google takes on ChatGPT with Bard and shows off AI in search

Google is rushing to take part in the sudden fervor for conversational AI, driven by the pervasive success of rival OpenAI’s ChatGPT. Bard, the company’s new AI experiment, aims to “

FTX wants politicians and PACs to return their donations

FTX and its affiliated debtors have sent confidential letters asking politicians, PACs and other recipients of funds to return donations made by the crypto exchange once valued at $32 billion. The rec

What do investors need from your problem slide?

There are two common problems with the problem slide: Some founders are tempted to go way into the weeds, while others don't include one at all.

EV SPAC Canoo agrees to sell $52M in stock to stay alive

Canoo has agreed to sell 50 million shares at a steeply discounted price as the cash-strapped EV company seeks the money it needs to keep its operations running. Canoo said Monday it would sell 50 mil

Neko, Daniel Ek’s next play, is another spin on preventative healthcare

Make room for yet another preventative health play: Spotify founder Daniel Ek officially confirmed rumors of his new “health tech” startup, Neko, Friday by quietly kicking off a body scann

Zenly co-founder returns with new social app company, Amo

Last year, Snap shut down Zenly, a popular social mapping app it acquired for over $200 million in 2017, despite the fact that Zenly still had 40 million active users and growing. Users were understan
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