Welcome back to Chain Reaction. This week I’ve been in San Francisco for TechCrunch Disrupt 2023. It's been a three-day journey jam-packed with panels, booths and conversations.
As Anthropic takes on OpenAI and other challengers in the growing artificial intelligence industry, there is also an existential question looming: Can large language models and the systems they enable
GitHub is formally launching its passkeys security feature into general availability, two months after first debuting it in beta. Passkeys offer cloud-synced authentication using cryptographic key pai
Stanley Wilson died a decade ago, battling a six-alarm fire at a Dallas, Texas, condominium complex. Two additional firefighters were taken to a hospital and two residents were treated on site for smo
Roblox, the community-focused gaming platform popular amongst kids, has downsized a substantial portion of its talent acquisition team, signaling a shift in the company’s focus from expansion to
Can software work alongside human physicists and engineers in R&D labs to develop new quantum computers? That’s the question Qruise, a startup in TechCrunch’s Battlefield 200 competiti
News aggregation startup Artifact co-founder Kevin Systrom doesn’t believe in AI doomerism, even as he’s developing a new app that’s embracing novel AI technologies. The Instagram co
The pandemic had a profound impact on countless careers, but few jobs were hit quite like nursing. As hospitals overflowed, staff was forced to take on impossible long shifts, risking their own health
Secoda, a startup developing what it describes as an AI-powered data search and cataloging platform, today announced that it raised $14 million in a funding round led by Craft Ventures with participat
For years, Forethought and other vendors have been selling chatbots to help answer common customer service questions without a human agent. With the growing popularity of generative AI, the company se
Bastion launched a suite of products so companies can integrate web3 infrastructure into their existing enterprise technologies.
Investors want to see accelerating growth, and that is much harder to read on a cumulative graph.
Astronauts have been conducting experiments on the International Space Station for as long as the station has been in orbit, but astronaut labor is expensive: crew time costs $130,000 per hour, and co
Panelists at TC Disrupt 2023 spoke about the ways in which generative AI is accelerating the spread of disinformation.
Windows 11 has gained support for passkeys, the digital credentials that can be used as an authentication method for websites and apps.
Gizmo, a generative AI learning startup that uses gamified quizzes to engage learners, raised $3.5 million in seed funding.
In the early days of your startup, it’s important to be as efficient as possible, not only with this $10K budget, but also with your time.
The U.K. government has officially confirmed it will piggyback on a transatlantic data transfer deal between the European Union and the U.S. by bolting on an extension that is dubbed the "U.K.-U.S. da
Saregama is in talks to acquire Pocket Aces as the oldest Indian music label eyes ramping up its video ambitions.
Cruise co-founder and CEO Kyle Vogt posed a controversial question at TechCrunch Disrupt 2023: At what point does it still make sense to have human-driven cars in cities? “If you extrapolate for