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Blockchain’s youngest billionaire roasts world’s biggest cryptocurrency
Thirty-year-old crypto billionaire Sam Bankman-Fried took aim at Bitcoin, the world’s largest cryptocurrency, saying it has no future as a payments network in an interview with Financial Times t
Musk talks Tesla demand, EV startups and scooters in expansive interview
Elon Musk weighed in on Tesla, SpaceX and his multitude of other companies — including that social media business he’s trying to purchase — during a wide-reaching 80-minute interview Tuesday
Apple lowers commissions on in-app purchases for news publishers who participate in Apple News
Apple today is launching a new program that will allow subscription news organizations that participate in the Apple News app and meet certain requirements to lower their commission rate to 15% on qua
With a reported deal in the wings for Joby Aviation, electric aircraft soars to $10B business
One year after nabbing $590 million from investors led by Toyota, and a few months after picking up Uber’s flying taxi business, Joby Aviation is reportedly in talks to go public in a SPAC deal
Chris Krebs and Alex Stamos have started a cyber consulting firm
Former U.S. cybersecurity official Chris Krebs and former Facebook chief security officer Alex Stamos have founded a new cybersecurity consultancy firm, which already has its first client: SolarWinds.
France and the Netherlands signal support for EU body to clip the wings of big tech
The French and Dutch governments have signalled support for EU rules that can proactively intervene against so-called gatekeepers, aka “structuring platforms” or “large digital platf
This Week in Apps: Google Play gets new rules, Apple launches app marketing tools, EU looks to rein in tech giants
Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the TechCrunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry is as hot as ever, wi
Europe eyeing limits on how big tech can use data and bundle apps — reports
European lawmakers are considering new rules for Internet giants that could include forcing them to share data with smaller rivals and/or put narrow limits on how they can use data in a bid to level t
Unity’s IPO numbers look pretty … unreal?
Unity, the company founded in a Copenhagen apartment in 2004, is poised for an initial public offering with numbers that look pretty strong. Even as its main competitor, Epic Games, is in the throes o
UK eyeing switch to Apple-Google API for coronavirus contacts tracing — report
The UK may be rethinking its decision to shun Apple and Google’s API for its national coronavirus contacts tracing app, according to the Financial Times, which reported yesterday that the govern
Bill Gates details how his foundation shifted focus ‘almost entirely’ to addressing COVID-19
Microsoft founder Bill Gates spoke to the Financial Times (via Fast Company) about how the work of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has shifted “almost entirely” to working on addre
Tesla’s newest board member has a long stance against short selling
Tesla has added Hiromichi Mizuno as a new member to its board of directors and audit committee — the former chief investment officer of Japan’s $1.5 trillion pension fund and a longtime oppone
OneWeb to file for bankruptcy as effort to secure funding, including from investor SoftBank, falls through
Broadband constellation satellite operator OneWeb will file for bankruptcy protection in the U.S., likely some time Friday, after attempts to secure new funding, including from existing investor SoftB
The Station: Lucid Motors spy shot and the birth of an AV startup
It was a drama-filled week with a hearing on the hill in DC about autonomous vehicle legislation, Uber tipped its hat to the past, EV startup Lucid started to lift the veil on its Air vehicle and more
FT launches a new consulting arm focused on helping businesses use consumer data
As more and more news businesses turn to paywalls and subscriptions, The Financial Times looks like an early model and success story — a few months ago the organization announced that it has passed
Startups Weekly: SoftBank’s second act
In this week's newsletter: Everything you need to know about the Vision Fund II.
Startups Weekly: #CodeCon, the ‘techlash’ and ill-prepared CEOs
In this week's newsletter: Epic Games throws a houseparty, CrowdStrike soars and a VR startup raises fresh funds.
You probably weren’t a target of the WhatsApp surveillance hack
Every once in a while a major bug, vulnerability or security scare will spark panic. In most cases, it’s absolutely unnecessary panic. Take yesterday’s reported vulnerability. Israeli hack
Flying taxi startup Blade is helping Silicon Valley CEOs bypass traffic
Blade, backed by Lerer Hippeau and Airbus, has begun chauffering the Bay Area's elite.
Meituan confirms Mobike’s retreat from most overseas markets
TechCrunch reported last Friday that Mobike has scrapped operations across the Asia Pacific region as a key step towards a long-term plan to scale back its international business. On Monday, its paren