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The Dobbs decision affected more than healthcare and privacy:will capital and talent flee U.S. states that restrict reproductive rights?

Declining VC investment into LatAm startups could throttle digital growth

The decline in venture capital into Latin American startups may not prove lethal. However, it may slow the pace at which LatAm economies digitize.

Volkswagen and Belgian utility giant partner on vehicle-to-grid energy storage

Volkswagen is partnering with a Belgian network operator to integrate electric vehicles into the power grid, as more EVs take to the road amid rising energy costs. Volkswagen’s charging unit Ell

TikTok is releasing its comment dislike button to all users worldwide

TikTok is rolling out its comment dislike button globally to all users, the company announced on Friday. The short-form video app started testing the dislike button in April as a way for users to ide

The $5.6B epicenter of Ford’s EV effort is now under construction

Ford broke ground Friday at its $5.6 billion BlueOval City complex in Tennessee, the epicenter for its future electric vehicles and a key milestone toward its goal to sell 2 million EVs annually by la

When VCs fund the thing you didn’t think they’d ever fund

Hello and welcome back to Equity, a podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. Coming to hang with us at Disrupt, where Equity is kicking off

A guide to Low Power Mode on the Apple Watch

Battery life has long been the Apple Watch’s biggest drawback. The issue only became more pronounced when the company went all-in on sleep-tracking with watchOS 7 in 2020. Rather than increasing

Arjun Sethi’s crypto derivatives protocol Nibiru raises maiden funding at $100M valuation

Nibiru, a new crypto derivatives protocol co-founded by Tribe Capital GP Arjun Sethi, has raised $7.5 million in seed funding at a valuation of $100 million, two sources familiar with the matter told

A Strava co-founder races into a lucrative market – lending against life insurance

Mark Shaw likes running around. The serial entrepreneur joined activity and fitness tracking platform Strava as a co-founder in 2009 to lead engineering as CTO. He spent eight years there, and as of i

Tesla countersues civil rights agency behind racial bias suit

Tesla couldn’t get a judge to dismiss a case alleging racial bias at the automaker’s Fremont factory, so the automaker is now countersuing the agency responsible instead. The luxury electr

Italy fires Meta urgent request for info re: election interference measures

Days ahead of the Italian general election, the country’s privacy watchdog has sent Facebook’s parent (Meta) an urgent request for information, asking the social media giant to clarify mea

UK mini budget: Government to boost gigabit broadband by easing access to infrastructure on private land

The U.K. government has announced plans to make it easier for telecoms operators to access telegraph poles on private land, representing part of a broader push to bring high-speed broadband to all cor

Kenyan startup Ponea gaining momentum in driving access to medical services

Serial Kenyan tech entrepreneur Mike Macharia has spent the last two decades helping enterprises like East Africa’s biggest telco Safaricom to create infrastructure that bolsters their growth. His f

SerMorpheus wants to make NFTs an everyday sight in Indonesia

More than half of the population in Southeast Asia is under 30, making it a coveted market for novel technologies. Unsurprisingly, several countries in the region, like Singapore and Vietnam, have som

Backed by Epic Games, distributed computing startup Hadean nabs $30M to power the metaverse

Hadean, a U.K.-based distributed, spatial computing startup that’s setting out to build the infrastructure for the burgeoning metaverse, has closed a $30 million Series A round of funding from a

Breaking Bad creator is making a new show for Apple TV+ with Rhea Seehorn

Apple TV+’s original programming has received a major boost with the company landing a deal with “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul” creator Vince Gilligan. Apple signe

Cloud kitchen startup CloudEats raises more capital to ramp up Southeast Asian expansion 

A cloud kitchen — also known as a ghost kitchen or a shared kitchen — offers restaurant owners and food entrepreneurs a commercial kitchen space at a reduced cost for food delivery and takeout

Rad Power Bikes and Cycle pilot consumer e-bike subscriptions

Rad Power Bikes, a popular American e-bike brand that has raised over $300 million in the past two years, will start offering bikes as a subscription service next week. The company is partnering with

On Deck tried to do it all. Now, it’s trying to do less, better

Erik Torenberg is no longer the co-CEO of On Deck, a tech company that is trying to productize the community in a way that helps founders secure capital and advice. Torenberg, an early Product Hunt em

Optus, Australia’s second largest telco, says customer data exposed in data breach

Australia telecoms giant Optus said current and former customer data was accessed following a cyberattack on its systems. Optus said in a press release on Thursday that an unspecified number of custom
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