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The biggest story from Big Tech earnings is the sheer growth power of public cloud

When the Big 3 cloud infrastructure vendors — Amazon, Microsoft and Google — reported their earnings this week, it was clear that the cloud is helping keep their overall numbers up.

What do Big Tech earnings tell us about the health of consumer demand?

How are consumers doing? Today we’re taking a look inside Big Tech results to try to answer that particular question, which relates directly to startups hoping to serve the same consumer demands.

The advertising slowdown is dinging Big Tech

Perhaps the real deciding line between Big Tech and the rest of the technology industry is the point at which advertising incomes become a material part of their revenues.

48 hours left to save up to $1,300 on Disrupt passes

Frugal founders and savvy shoppers take heed. TechCrunch Disrupt, which takes place in person on October 18–20 — and online October 21 — can be a serious boon to your business. But our early-bir

Microsoft links Windows zero-day hacks to Austrian spyware maker

Microsoft has linked the exploitation of several Windows and Adobe zero-days targeting organizations in Europe and Central America to a little-known Austrian spyware maker. The technology giant’

LOT, the anti-patent-troll group, launches Adapt to tackle inclusion in the world of IP

Patent trolling, critics say, is guided by one principle alone: money. Yet tackling it remains a complex task with many angles. Today, a consortium called LOT — set up to help improve how the te

Protestware on the rise: Why developers are sabotaging their own code

Ax Sharma Contributor Share on Twitter Ax Sharma is a security researcher and reporter. His areas of interest include open source software security, malware analysis, data breaches and scam investigat

Cybersecurity vendor Entrust tells customers data was stolen during June cyberattack

Minneapolis-based cybersecurity giant Entrust has confirmed it was hit by a cyberattack last month. Entrust, which describes itself as a global leader in identities, payments and data protection, told

Microsoft misses expectations, points to foreign exchange rates and weakened PC market

Microsoft announced its fourth-quarter results Tuesday, missing Wall Street’s expectations. The company reported it had $51.9 billion in sales for the quarter that ended June 30, an increase of 12%

Why you have to pay attention to the public markets this week

Hello and welcome back to Equity, a podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. Alex and Grace are back to cover the biggest and most intere

Big Tech cutting back on hiring is an opportunity for startups

Once seemingly unstoppable, Big Tech is now in reset mode, slowing hiring and laying off employees. What does this mean for startups?

Microsoft will block Office macros by default starting July 27

Microsoft confirmed this week that it will soon start blocking Visual Basic Applications (VBA) macros in Office apps by default after quietly rolling back the change earlier this month. In a new updat

Google Cloud announces its first region in Mexico

Google Cloud today announced plans for its first cloud region in Mexico, its third in Latin America after Santiago, Chile and São Paulo, Brazil. The new region, which will be Google’s 35th, wil

Spyware maker Candiru linked to Chrome zero-day targeting journalists

Security researchers have linked the discovery of an actively exploited but since-fixed zero-day vulnerability in Google Chrome to an Israeli spyware maker targeting journalists in the Middle East. Cy

Minecraft says ‘No F-ing Thanks’ to NFTs

The team behind Minecraft, one of the most popular games of all time, declared today that it won’t support NFTs. Gaming has been touted as a potential use case for NFTs, so the Microsoft-owned g

Discord’s new Xbox integration will let you send voice chats to your console

Xbox is adding support for Discord voice chat, bringing a reliable, well-loved universal chat app to Microsoft’s gaming console, albeit in a sort of roundabout way. The new integration is availa

Daily Crunch: Russia fines Google $374M for ‘illegal content’ over its Ukraine invasion

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

Microsoft wants to add Stories to corporate portals

Stories are everywhere — and I’m not talking about the fantasy kind. In the early aughts, Snapchat launched Stories as a way to let users share candid moments throughout the day, like catc

Microsoft launches its Cloud for Sovereignty

At its Inspire conference, Microsoft today announced the launch of the Microsoft Cloud for Sovereignty, a new solution for public sector customers — especially in Europe — who need to be a

Microsoft U-turns on policy that would’ve banned commercial open source apps

Microsoft has confirmed that it won’t be introducing a previously announced new policy that would effectively ban developers from selling open source software on the Windows app store. Section 1
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