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Do we really need a $340, Wi-Fi enabled toaster?

If you’ve heard of Tineco, it’s probably because the 24-year-old company has been making vacuums and hair dryers for a hot minute. The company’s next product is a $339 toaster that c

How Amazon’s continued expansion into healthcare could buoy the sector

Following Amazon’s $3.9 billion acquisition of One Medical, Business Insider reported the company would add mental health services to its portfolio. Although there are skeptics who fear Amazon’s p

Daily Crunch: Google will unplug its IoT Core service in August 2023

Hello, friends, and welcome to Daily Crunch, bringing you the most important startup, tech and venture capital news in a single package.

Netflix’s ad-supported plan may block offline viewing, code suggests

Netflix’s upcoming ad-supported tier could have a big drawback — besides the fact that your programming will be interrupted by commercials, that is. One of the streaming service’s mo

Growing and acquiring with Benchling and Benchmark on TechCrunch Live

Sajith Wickramasekara co-founded Benchling to improve laboratory data collection and collaboration. Since its 2012 founding, the company has grown to a valuation of $6.1 billion. Wickramasekara will j

Motion capture becomes more accessible as Rokoko raises at $80M valuation

South Korean company Naver Z is the brain behind the popular 3D-avatar app Zepeto. Today, the company announced it made a strategic investment in the Danish animation and motion capture company Rokoko

There’s a reason why US Midwest startups had fewer layoffs, Chicago VC says

Over time, many cities across the Midwest have been building out bona fide startup ecosystems, as M25's annual ranking of Midwest startup hubs makes clear.

Apple releases iOS, iPadOS, and macOS security fixes for two zero-days under active attack

Apple released surprise software updates for iPhones, iPads and Macs on Wednesday that fix two security vulnerabilities known by Apple to be actively exploited by attackers. The two vulnerabilities we

Amazon is internally testing a TikTok-like feed in its app

Amazon is the next company in line to try to generate engagement from a TikTok-like social feed. The e-commerce giant joins the a laundry list of companies that have had the same idea: Facebook, Insta

A new TikTok feature lets creators share TikTok Stories to Facebook and Instagram

Facebook and Instagram may be busy trying to clone TikTok within their own apps as Reels, but a new feature rolling out now from TikTok will see the short-form video app’s content showing up in

Polygon’s head of investments remains ‘highly bullish on web3’

Polygon launched a $100 million ecosystem fund and an "uncapped" fund to help projects built on the now-defunct Terra ecosystem migrate to its blockchain.

Apple’s GarageBand update adds new remixes with Katy Perry and SEVENTEEN

The popular iOS and iPadOS app GarageBand will now include new remix sessions featuring songs from Katy Perry and the Korean boy band SEVENTEEN. Users will be able to download the remixes as soon as

Sinclair says its streaming sports service, Bally Sports+, will arrive next month

Sinclair’s direct-to-consumer streaming service, Bally Sports+, soft-launched to five regions earlier this summer. Today, the company announced that the streamer would officially roll out on Septemb

Anthony Hopkins sees NFTs as ‘art in a new format’

Two-time Academy Award-winning actor Sir Anthony Hopkins partnered with NFT digital collectible company Orange Comet to launch his own series, The Eternal Collection.

Dear Sophie: How do I get an O-1 visa to freelance on web3 projects?

I'm a UX/UI designer in Europe working at a web3 company in the United States. I want to move to the U.S. to pursue work that allows me to have more autonomy. How can I make that happen?

Timbaland and Swizz Beatz sue TikTok competitor Triller for $28M over nonpayment

Last year, Triller triumphantly announced that it would pay out a total of $14 million in cash and equity to Black creators in 2022. It seemed like a smart move, helping the lesser-known short-form vi

Venue raises $4M from Accel and the CEOs of Slack, Remote and SquareSpace to give teamwide video meetings a new breath of life

Zoom has in many ways “won” the mindshare game when it comes to video conferencing: Whether you’re actually using Zoom or another service that’s wrapped into another platform l

VSC Ventures adds $14 million to its storytelling-meets-checkbook investment pitch

It’s a hard time to be building in public. Which means that it’s a hard time to tell your story as an entrepreneur. Which means that for a new venture firm like VSC, which offers public relations

ThreatX raises a fresh round of capital to protect APIs and web apps

ThreatX, a vendor selling API protection services to mainly enterprise clients, today announced that it raised $30 million in a Series B funding round led by Harbert Growth Partners with participation

Choose your angel: Learn how they invest and what motivates them

How angels invest shapes your cap table, how many investors you need to wrangle signatures from and how many headaches you have to deal with down the road.
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