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Review: PlayStation VR2 is a huge leap that still can’t escape its niche

The PlayStation VR2 is a simultaneously exciting and disappointing development in the virtual reality space. Well-specced, easy to set up, and reasonably light and comfortable, Sony’s latest sti

Ford Lightning production to remain halted for another week

Ford has extended a production shutdown of its all-electric Ford Lightning pickup truck by another week. Ford initially paused production and shipments of the Ford Lightning on February due to a poten

Sono Motors has killed off its Sion EV in a pivot to solar tech business

Sono Motors is ending its long-awaited electric car program and instead pivoting to a business that aims to sell its solar vehicle technology to other companies. The German-based company, which went p

TechCrunch+ roundup: Finding the right LPs, ocean conservation, inside Uber’s pre-seed deck

Startups often lack a deep bench of managerial talent, which means layoffs are usually handled with little empathy and poor communication.

Can AI really be protected from text-based attacks?

When Microsoft released Bing Chat, an AI-powered chatbot co-developed with OpenAI, it didn’t take long before users found creative ways to break it. Using carefully tailored inputs, users were a

How are global chipmakers preparing for the US-China chip war?

It appears the U.S. isn’t content to wager that small actions can achieve the wide-ranging impacts necessary to gain an edge over China in the development of AI and machine learning technologies.

Modernizing 911 calls with Michael Chime from Found

Welcome back to Found, where we get the stories behind the startups. This week Darrell and Becca are joined by Michael Chime, the co-founder and CEO of Prepared, a startup that allows 911 callers to s

Warner Bros. Discovery continues to lose money despite success of ‘The Last of Us’ and ‘Hogwarts Legacy’

Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD) reported underwhelming Q4 results yesterday, revealing a net loss of another $2.1 billion, including $217 million from its streaming division. This is despite the company

Hear from Oort and .406 Ventures on why cybersecurity companies thrive in Boston

Did you hear? The TechCrunch Live crew is taking a virtual trip to the Northeast. On Monday, February 27 (that’s in a couple days!), we’re hosting a special, extended TechCrunch Live event

When do we reach the unicorn death cliff?

Recent data from SVB indicates that quite a lot of unicorns still have plenty of runway.

DOJ suit could represent significant stumbling block for $20B Adobe-Figma deal

The DOJ is reportedly getting ready to file suit to block the $20 billion Adobe-Figma deal announced last year on the grounds it is anti-competitive. Bloomberg first reported the story yesterday after

Telecom giant Airtel eyes a stake in Paytm

Airtel is engaging with Paytm to explore sale of the Airtel Payments Bank business in exchange for shares in the younger financial services firm, according to two people familiar with the matter, in a

Hacker group defaces Russian websites to display the Kremlin on fire

A hacker group that goes by CH01 defaced a series of Russian websites on the anniversary of the invasion of Ukraine. The hackers replaced the sites’ content with a video showing the Kremlin on fire,

Rebuy is out to change the customer buying experience, one personalization at a time

Merchants can use Rebuy to create personalized shopping experiences for their customers through upsells, cross-sells and post-purchase follow-ups.

Alchemy launches tool that allows devs to start building dApps within 4 minutes

Alchemy, a web3 development platform, is releasing a new tool to help developers create web3 applications faster, the company exclusively told TechCrunch. The tool, “create-web3-dapp,” will help b

Scooters and social media companies are surprising IPO candidates

Hello and welcome back to Equity, a podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. This week Natasha Mascarenhas, Mary Ann Azevedo and Rebecca Sz

Announcing the startups pitching at TechCrunch Live’s (virtual) Boston event!

I’m thrilled to announce the three startups to pitch at TechCrunch Live’s special event in Boston. This virtual event start at 2:00 pm EST/11:00 am PST on Monday, February 27 and is free t

Voicemod tools up with $14.5M to ride the generative AI (sonic)boom

The first thing we ask Voicemod‘s CEO and co-founder, Jamie Bosch, when he picks up the phone to talk about a new funding round is not something we’re accustomed to asking — but our

Xiaomi’s short-video app Zili is shutting down next month

Xiaomi’s India business has faced some significant knocks in the last year, and in the latest development, the handset giant is killing off Zili, one of its popular consumer apps. The short-form

5 questions emerging managers should ask before selecting LPs

Between accounting, deal sourcing, due diligence, fundraising and recruiting, starting your own fund can be a huge endeavor.
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