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  • 72 hours left of the Disrupt early-bird sale 2024-05-29
    Tech enthusiasts and entrepreneurs, the clock is ticking! With just 72 hours remaining until the early-bird ticket deadline for TechCrunch Disrupt 2024, now is the time to secure your spot and save big on this premier tech event. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to join us in San Francisco for an unforgettable experience filled […]
    Robert Frawley
  • Avendus, India’s top venture advisor, confirms it’s looking to raise a $350 million fund 2024-05-29
    Avendus, the top investment bank for venture deals in India, confirmed on Wednesday it is looking to raise up to $350 million for its new private equity fund.  The new fund, called Future Leaders Fund III, will enable the Mumbai-headquartered firm to write larger checks and maintain a meaningful position in the startups it backs, […]
    Manish Singh
  • China’s $47B semiconductor fund puts chip sovereignty front and center 2024-05-28
    China has closed a third state-backed investment fund to bolster its semiconductor industry and reduce reliance on other nations, both for using and for manufacturing wafers — prioritizing what is called chip sovereignty. China’s National Integrated Circuit Industry Investment Fund, also known simply as ‘the Big Fund,’ had two previous vintages: Big Fund I (2014 […]
    Anna Heim
  • Apple’s Design Awards nominees highlight indies and startups, largely ignore AI (except for Arc) 2024-05-28
    Apple's annual list of what it considers the best and most innovative software available on its platform is turning its attention to the little guy. © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only.
    Sarah Perez
  • Spyware maker pcTattletale says it’s ‘out of business’ and shuts down after data breach 2024-05-28
    The spyware maker's founder, Bryan Fleming, said pcTattletale is "out of business and completely done," following a data breach. © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only.
    Zack Whittaker
  • AI models have favorite numbers, because they think they’re people 2024-05-28
    AI models are always surprising us, not just in what they can do, but what they can’t, and why. An interesting new behavior is both superficial and revealing about these systems: they pick random numbers as if they’re human beings, which is to say, badly. But first, what does that even mean? Can’t people pick […]
    Devin Coldewey
  • Rock band’s hidden hacking-themed website gets hacked 2024-05-28
    On Friday, Pal Kovacs was listening to the long-awaited new album from rock and metal giants Bring Me The Horizon when he noticed a strange sound at the end of the record’s last track.  Being a fan of solving riddles and breaking encrypted codes, Kovacs wondered: does this sound contain a hidden message?  His hunch […]
    Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
  • Anthropic hires former OpenAI safety lead to head up new team 2024-05-28
    Jan Leike, a leading AI researcher who earlier this month resigned from OpenAI before publicly criticizing the company’s approach to AI safety, has joined OpenAI rival Anthropic to lead a new “superalignment” team. In a post on X, Leike said that his team at Anthropic will focus on various aspects of AI safety and security, […]
    Kyle Wiggers
  • The demise of BaaS fintech Synapse could derail the funding prospects for other startups in the space 2024-05-28
    Welcome to TechCrunch Fintech! This week, we’re looking at the long-term implications of Synapse’s bankruptcy on the fintech sector, Majority’s impressive ARR milestone, and more!  To get a roundup of TechCrunch’s biggest and most important fintech stories delivered to your inbox every Tuesday at 7:00 a.m. PT, subscribe here.  The big story Last week, we […]
    Mary Ann Azevedo
  • YouTube’s free games catalog ‘Playables’ rolls out to all users 2024-05-28
    YouTube's free Playables don't directly challenge the app store model or break Apple's rules. However, they do compete with the App Store's free games. © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only.
    Sarah Perez
  • A comprehensive list of 2024 tech layoffs 2024-05-28
    The tech layoff wave is still going strong in 2024. Following significant workforce reductions in 2022 and 2023, this year has already seen 60,000 job cuts across 254 companies, according to independent layoffs tracker Companies like Tesla, Amazon, Google, TikTok, Snap and Microsoft have conducted sizable layoffs in the first months of 2024. Smaller-sized […]
    Alyssa Stringer
  • OpenAI’s new safety committee is made up of all insiders 2024-05-28
    OpenAI has formed a new committee to oversee “critical” safety and security decisions related to the company’s projects and operations. But, in a move that’s sure to raise the ire of ethicists, OpenAI’s chosen to staff the committee with company insiders — including Sam Altman, OpenAI’s CEO — rather than outside observers. Altman and the […]
    Kyle Wiggers
  • Early bird gets the savings — 4 days left for Disrupt sale 2024-05-28
    Time is running out for tech enthusiasts and entrepreneurs to secure their early-bird tickets for TechCrunch Disrupt 2024! With only four days left until the May 31 deadline, now is the perfect time to purchase your tickets and save up to $800 before prices increase. This event will be held in San Francisco, drawing 10,000 […]
    Robert Frawley
  • Skej’s AI meeting scheduling assistant works like adding an EA to your email 2024-05-28
    AI may not be up to the task of replacing Google Search just yet, but it can be useful in more specific contexts — including handling the drudgery that comes with performing everyday tasks, like scheduling meetings. That’s the premise behind the new startup, Skej, which offers an AI assistant you can loop into your […]
    Sarah Perez
  • Faircado raises $3M to nudge people to buy pre-owned goods 2024-05-28
    Faircado has built a browser extension that suggests pre-owned alternatives for ecommerce listings. © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only.
    Ivan Mehta
  • Tumblr launches its semi-private Communities in open beta 2024-05-28
    Tumblr, the blogging site acquired twice, is launching its “Communities” feature in open beta, the Tumblr Labs division has announced. The feature offers a dedicated space for users to connect with others on different topics, outside of Tumblr’s main dashboard. The open beta comes six months after Communities launched in closed beta and represents a shift […]
    Aisha Malik
  • Félix Pago raises $15.5 million to help Latino workers send money home via WhatsApp 2024-05-28
    Remittances from workers in the U.S. to their families and friends in Latin America amounted to $155 billion in 2023. With such a huge opportunity, banks, money transfer companies, retailers, and fintechs are all trying make transfers more convenient on both sides of the transaction. © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only.
    Anna Heim
  • The Chainsmokers light up Disrupt 2024 2024-05-28
    The dynamic duo behind the Grammy Award–winning music group the Chainsmokers, Alex Pall and Drew Taggart, are set to bring their entrepreneurial expertise to TechCrunch Disrupt 2024. Known for their chart-topping hits, Pall and Taggart have expanded their influence into the world of venture capital. In 2020, they launched Mantis Venture Capital, a firm managing […]
    Robert Frawley
  • Google adds AI-powered features to Chromebook 2024-05-28
    Google said today it's adding new AI-powered features such as a writing assistant and a wallpaper creator and providing easy access to Gemini chatbot to its Chromebook Plus line of devices. © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only.
    Ivan Mehta
  • LumApps, the French ‘intranet super app,’ sells majority stake to Bridgepoint in a $650M deal 2024-05-28
    The deal will give LumApps a big nest egg to make acquisitions and scale its business. © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only.
    Ingrid Lunden
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