ET Startup Awards: Nominees for CEO of the Year

ETtechThis year, a new category ‘CEO of the Year’ has been included in the ET Startup Awards, in recognition of the deepening maturity of India’s startup ecosystem — ranked among the top three worldwide. The winner — either a founder ...

Hidden Door wants to turn fiction into immersive roleplaying experiences

The first season of “House of Dragon” just ended, and I find myself wishing for more. I’ve seen each episode twice already, read through the lore, and even re-watched some “Game of Thrones” episodes. If I had the option ...

YouTube redesign gives long-form videos, Shorts and Live videos their own tabs on channel pages

YouTube is rolling out a change impacting how videos appear on its platform. The company today announced a redesign that now splits video content into three different tabs on all channel pages — one for YouTube’s traditional long-form content, ...

Amazon accidentally exposed an internal server packed with Prime Video viewing habits

It feels like every other day another tech startup is caught red-faced spilling reams of data across the internet because of a lapse in security. But even for technology giants like Amazon, it’s easy to make mistakes. Security researcher ...

Daily Crunch: Mason raises $7.5M seed round to scale its no-code commerce engine

The TechCrunch Top 3 Startups and VC 5 tips for launching in a crowded web3 gaming market Big Tech Inc. To get a roundup of TechCrunch’s biggest and most important stories delivered to your inbox every day at 3 ...

Skidattl’s augmented reality beacons are ‘like a Bat Signal for fun’

Skidattl wants to use augmented reality to get people to engage with the real world. It’s a story we’ve heard before from AR companies, particularly as they pit themselves against the potentially isolating effects of virtual reality. But rather ...

Apple earnings see iPhone revenues up, still short of forecast

Sometimes earnings leave you wondering how good is good enough. Take, for example, Apple’s Q4, which finds the iPhone maker beating Wall Street expectations overall, but still seeing an extended trading stock dip after iPhone sales were improved, but ...

Amazon’s income dipped in Q3 2022 as the economy took its toll

Amazon suffered steep losses in year-over-year income as post-pandemic shopping habits and inflation threw the retailer for a loop. In its third quarter 2022 earnings report today, Amazon revealed that operating income decreased to $2.5 billion in Q3 2022 ...

Cruise opens robotaxi waitlist in Austin and Phoenix

Cruise, General Motors’ autonomous vehicle subsidiary, is now inviting potential passengers in Phoenix and Austin to join the waitlist to be among the first Cruise robotaxi passengers. The company has been operating a fully driverless commercial robotaxi service in ...

How to raise funds when you aren’t in the Bay Area

Perhaps sitting perched somewhere in sunny Miami, Florida, is a founder wondering the best ways to fundraise for a company when situated outside a traditional tech hub like the Bay Area. They need not worry. Last week, Mike Asem ...

Physical ‘copies’ of the new Call of Duty are just empty discs

Cartridges and discs used to be how you got the latest games, but that’s been changing as downloads have become more convenient and reliable. But some people prefer the sure thing: a physical copy, so they can play offline ...

Dawn of the tentacle

Fair warning, it’s going to be a quick one from me today. I caught the thing again, roughly three months after the last time I caught the thing. They say, “third time’s the charm,” and I now recognize that they ...

Google filing says EU’s antitrust division is investigating Play Store practices

A Google regulatory filing appears to have confirmed rumors in recent months that the European Union’s competition division is looking into how it operates its smartphone app store, the Play Store. However TechCrunch understands that no formal EU investigation ...

Uber to freeze fake rider account names, pilot front-facing video recording

Uber is releasing a suite of new safety features geared towards the driver, including freezing fake rider account names and piloting a front-facing video recording tool to replace a driver’s dashcam. The safety features follow a feedback period from ...

Clubhouse’s Paul Davison on Twitter, the impact of hype and what happened

For most venture-backed social companies, a period of hypergrowth seems like it would be the dream. It means the app broke through the noise of thousands of others, resonated with a mass market of people and didn’t need to ...

Snapchat reduces total payouts for Spotlight creators

Snapchat has changed the way it pays creators through its Spotlight reward fund. Creators that use Snapchat’s TikTok clone, Spotlight, will now be paid millions per year, a source familiar with the matter told TechCrunch. This marks the second ...

The Tesla Cyberquad for Kids is being recalled over safety concerns

The Tesla Cyberquad for Kids, a $1,900 mini ATV inspired by the yet-to-be produced Cybertruck, is being recalled due to safety concerns flagged by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Radio Flyer, which makes the Cyberquad for Tesla, is handling ...

YouTube’s ad revenue is declining, but creator economy experts aren’t worried

The social platforms that power the creator economy might seem like they’re starting to slip. YouTube’s quarterly ad revenue declined 1.9% year over year, per Google parent company Alphabet’s quarterly earnings report this week. Overall, Alphabet missed analyst estimates, ...

Google acquires Twitter-backed AI avatar startup Alter for $100 million

Google has acquired Alter, an artificial intelligence (AI) avatar startup that helps creators and brands express their virtual identity, for about $100 million, a source familiar with the matter told TechCrunch, in a push to boost its content game ...

Meta’s metaverse wager is also a bet on founder control

Meta’s other bet is making Alphabet’s long-running Other Bets segment appear cheap, both in cash and market cap terms. Shares of Facebook’s parent company plummeted after the company reported huge costs and losses associated with its future-facing metaverse project, ...

Telegram announces username auctions on TON blockchain

Telegram announced today that will it hold an auction for usernames — for both individual accounts and channels — through a marketplace built on top of the TON blockchain. In August, Telegram founder Pavel Durov first mentioned the idea ...

Apple pauses gambling ads on App Store product pages after developer outcry

It’s hard to imagine anyone but advertisers being happy with Apple for putting more ads on the page in App Store listings, but the way they rolled it out was especially troubling. Ads for shady gambling apps quickly pervaded ...

ONDC onboards Shiprocket to expand to intercity deliveries

ETtechIntercity deliveries will become a reality for consumers in Bengaluru from next week on the government-backed ecommerce platform Open Network for Digital Commerce (ONDC).ONDC has onboarded logistics service provider Shiprocket and is expanding to intercity deliveries after running pilots within ...

AWS makes Neptune, its graph database service, serverless

Nearly five years ago, Amazon Web Services (AWS) launched Neptune, a service for running apps that need a graph database to store and query connected data sets. Now, to keep up with the serverless trend, AWS is expanding the ...

Thoma Bravo, Sunstone Partners to acquire UserTesting for $1.3B and combine it with UserZoom

Thoma Bravo and Sunstone Partners announced today that they’re acquiring customer insight platform UserTesting for $1.3 billion in an all-cash deal. The acquirers say they plan to combine it with UserZoom, a customer research company Thoma Bravo bought an ...

The UserTesting sale to private equity is bad news for unicorns

News broke this morning that UserTesting, a former startup that went public last year, is selling to private equity (Thoma Bravo, Sunstone Partners) for $1.3 billion, or $7.50 per share in cash. The deal, expected to close in the ...

Yuga Labs’ Nicole Muniz to talk about NFTs and Bored Apes at TC Sessions: Crypto

As the NFT ecosystem continues to waver, superfans and blue-chip holders are still holding on strong. But how can the digital asset sector reignite growth and appeal to new audiences? The number of NFT sales is down almost 90% ...

3 VCs explain how founders can stand out when pitching

Venture capitalists get flooded with startup pitches, which can make it difficult for founders, especially those building in crowded categories, to stand out. And while every investor is looking for something different, there are ways founders can improve their ...

5 tips for launching in a crowded web3 gaming market

Leverage experience in the traditional gaming studio sphere Develop a clear, straightforward monetization strategy Corey Wilton Contributor Share on Twitter Corey Wilton is the co-founder and CEO of Mirai Labs, the gaming studio behind Pegaxy. The first wave of ...

Persona expands beyond identity verification with new suite of services

Persona, a four year old identity startup, has done pretty well for itself with its original identity verification idea, an API that lets companies capture various documents like a driver’s license or passport to prove who you are online. ...

Elon Musk tells advertisers that Twitter cannot become “a free-for-all hellscape”

Elon Musk published a note addressed to Twitter advertisers on his account this morning, the day before his court-ordered deadline to close his $44 billion acquisition of the social media platform. In the short address, Musk — who is ...

New York Post says its site was hacked after posting offensive tweets

The New York Post, one of the biggest New York City daily newspapers, said it was hacked on Thursday after several offensive articles and tweets were published to the newspaper’s website and Twitter account. The articles and tweets, which ...

Countdown to compliance as EU’s Digital Services Act published

The European Union’s flagship reboot of long-standing ecommerce rules — aka the Digital Services Act (DSA) — has now been published in the bloc’s Official Journal. You can find the full (and final) text of DSA here. Tech firms’ ...

Neoplants bioengineers houseplants to use them as air purifiers

Meet Neoplants, a French startup that is designing genetically modified houseplants so that they can absorb air pollutants. The startup’s first plant, the Neo P1, works hand in hand with the company’s own microbiome located in the soil near the ...

The lack of VC funding to women is a Western societal shortfall

The issue of women startup founders not receiving equitable venture funding is a shortfall of the West: It’s here, everywhere in the U.S., and over there, all throughout Europe. It’s hard to say that some of these metrics represent ...

SGNL.ai secures $12M to expand its enterprise authorization platform

SGNL.ai, a company developing enterprise authorization software, today announced that it raised $12 million in seed funding led by Costanoa Ventures with participation from Fika Ventures, Moonshots Capital and Resolute Ventures. CEO Scott Kriz said the proceeds will be used ...

Solo GP secures $140M for fifth seed, third opportunity funds

Streamlined Ventures, led by Ullas Naik, secured $140 million in new capital commitments for its two newest funds. This brings the total funds managed to eight with the assets under management reaching about $325 million. Institutional investors, family offices ...

Personal carbon-cutting app Joro raises $10M Series A from Sequoia, Jay-Z’s Arrive

Cutting your own carbon footprint isn’t easy, even for the most motivated person. Tracking, tallying, investigating, researching. For Sanchali Pal, though, that was part of the fun. Pal, who had been working in international development, wanted to start trimming her ...

English-learning startup ELSA launches Speech Analyzer to help people gain conversational confidence

ELSA, the English-language learning app known for its speech recognition technology, is launching a new product called the Speech Analyzer. The assessment platform plugs into communication tools like Zoom and analyzes conversational speech to suggest areas for improvement, including ...

Navina secures $22M to process and summarize medical data for clinicians

Navina, a company developing AI-powered assistant software for physicians, today announced that it raised $22 million in Series B funding led by ALIVE with participation from Grove Ventures, Vertex Ventures Israel and Schusterman Family Investments. Bringing the startup’s total raised ...

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