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Boston Dynamics unveils a new robot, controversy over MKBHD, and layoffs at Tesla

Welcome, folks, to Week in Review (WiR), TechCrunch’s weekly news recap. The weather’s getting hotter — but not quite as hot as the generative AI space, which saw a slew of new model

Women in AI: Ewa Luger explores how AI affects culture — and vice versa

Ewa Luger, profiled as part of TechCrunch's series on women in AI, is co-director at the Institute of Design Informatics.

U.S. House passes revised bill to ban TikTok or force sale

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill this afternoon that would require TikTok-owner ByteDance to sell the popular social media app or see it banned in the United States. Efforts to ban TikT

Why vector databases are having a moment as the AI hype cycle peaks

Vector databases are all the rage, judging by the number of startups entering the space and the investors ponying up for a piece of the pie. The proliferation of large language models (LLMs) and the g

Notable Capital’s Hans Tung on the state of VC and the upside to down rounds

To some investors, “down round” is a dirty phrase, but not to Notable Capital’s Hans Tung. Hans is a managing partner at Notable Capital, formerly GGV Capital, a venture firm focusing on investm

This Week in AI: When ‘open source’ isn’t so open

Keeping up with an industry as fast-moving as AI is a tall order. So until an AI can do it for you, here’s a handy roundup of recent stories in the world of machine learning, along with notable re

Lawmakers vote to reauthorize US spying law that critics say expands government surveillance

House and Senate lawmakers passed a bill reauthorizing the controversial Section 702 powers under FISA, which allows U.S. spy agencies to conduct warrantless searches of Americans' communications.

Women in AI: Allison Cohen on building responsible AI projects

Alison Cohen, profiled as part of TechCrunch's series on women in AI, is a senior AI projects manager at Mila, a Quebec-based AI research group.

India’s election overshadowed by the rise of online misinformation

As India kicks off the world’s biggest election, which starts on April 19 and runs through June 1, the electoral landscape is overshadowed by misinformation. The country — which has more t

CesiumAstro claims former exec spilled trade secrets to upstart competitor AnySignal

CesiumAstro alleges in a newly filed lawsuit that a former executive disclosed trade secrets and confidential information about sensitive tech, investors and customers to a competing startup. Austin-b

Your Android phone could have stalkerware — here’s how to remove it

This simple guide helps you identify and remove common consumer-grade spyware apps from your Android phone.

Too many models

How many AI models is too many? It depends on how you look at it, but 10 a week is probably a bit much. That’s roughly how many we’ve seen roll out in the last few days, and it’s inc

Harvard’s startup whisperer, Peter Gladstone, reveals secrets to validating consumer demand at TechCrunch Early Stage

Validating consumer demand is a crucial step for any startup, and TechCrunch Early Stage is offering a golden opportunity to learn how to do it right. Peter Gladstone, senior adviser for startups at H

Post News, the a16z-funded Twitter alternative, is shutting down

Post was backed by Andreessen Horowitz and Scott Galloway, an NYU professor and tech commentator, but the platform never disclosed how much it raised.

Startups Weekly: Is the wind going out of the AI sails?

Welcome to Startups Weekly — your weekly recap of everything you can’t miss from the world of startups. Sign up here to get it in your inbox every Friday. After years of booming growth, the AI ind

MarketForce winds down its B2B e-commerce arm

Kenyan B2B e-commerce company MarketForce is winding down its B2B e-commerce business that served informal merchants (mom-and-pop stores) after a turbulent two-year period that saw it scale down opera

Wall Street doesn’t seem too keen on a potential Salesforce-Informatica pairing

Amid rumors that Salesforce is interested in buying Informatica, investors aren't taking kindly to the potential pairing.

Equities platform Midas raises $45M Series A as fintech retains its sparkle in Turkey

Midas, a fintech startup that allows people in Turkey to invest in U.S. and Turkish equities, says it has raised $45 million in a funding round led by Portage of Canada. The startup is aimed at Turkey

Pitch Deck Teardown: Geodesic.Life’s $500K pre-seed deck

While Geodesic.Life’s deck impresses with its aesthetic design, featuring a tasteful color palette, appealing illustrations and a concise text, it does have some crucial shortcomings.

TechCrunch Minute: Meta’s new Llama 3 models give open source AI a boost

New AI models from Meta are making waves in technology circles. The two new models, part of the Facebook parent company’s Llama line of artificial intelligence tools, are both open source, helpi
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