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Patreon lays off 17% of staff, affecting 80 employees

The creator subscription company Patreon is the latest company to be affected by a long line of tech layoffs. CEO Jack Conte wrote in a letter to staff — cross-posted to Patreon’s blog &#8

4 views on unpaid venture internships

The unpaid element kicked off commentary on the ethics of unpaid work more generally, an issue that felt all the more glaring in an investment group able to raise millions in external capital.

Nintendo announces new Zelda, Fire Emblem and Pikmin games

This morning’s Nintendo Direct was full of upcoming game announcements, but one in particular stood out to fans: the long-awaited sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is coming to t

Meta announces Discord-like ‘Community Chats’ on Messenger

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced this morning that “Community Chats” are coming to Messenger and Facebook Groups. The feature allows large Messenger groups to organize chats into categor

Don’t leave your Meta Quest Pro prototype in your hotel room

Looks like someone made a booboo. A video game streamer in Mexico, Ramiro Cardenas, claims to have found an engineering prototype of the Meta Quest Pro in a hotel room. Per Cardenas’ leaked vide

Our 10 favorite startups from YC’s S22 Demo Day: Part 2

This list is for fun, in no particular order -- just startups that stood out to TechCrunch reporters for one reason or another.

YC Demo Day did not have a very long list of creator companies, but here’s who stood out

Creator economy startups are tricky. It can be risky to ask creators to rely on a possibly precarious, pre-seed company to power an important aspect of their business — if you fail, as most star

Here are the best tweets about Apple’s ‘Far Out’ event

Pre-recorded Apple presentations are always a bit strange. These heavily produced performances feature Apple executives telling us about their newest products as they dash across scenic deserts or boa

The iPhone 14 Pro turns the infamous notch into a ‘Dynamic Island’

Whether you love it or hate it, you probably have a very strong feeling about the notch (or, that awkward little black cutout that sits at the top of your iPhone or MacBook). The notch is a necessary

The new AirPods Pro case has a built-in speaker, perfect for the ‘Find My’ app

One of the most frustrating experiences you can have with an Apple product is losing your AirPods. Apple’s products are so deeply interconnected that it doesn’t make sense why, until a few

Sony’s flopped ‘Morbius’ movie is coming to Netflix

“Morbius” was one of the most talked-about films of the summer for internet denizens, but not for the reason you’d think. Now, “Morbius” is getting its third (yes, third) act as it debuts on

Charli and Dixie D’Amelio’s TikTok famous family expands its empire

Why work with brands like Hollister and Dunkin’ Donuts when you can just sell your own clothes and coffee? For most influencers, that’s not a serious consideration — you need quite a

Instagram disabled Pornhub’s account for unknown reasons

Instagram disabled Pornhub’s account on the platform for undisclosed reasons. The NSFW website’s Instagram account had amassed 13.1 million followers and 6,200 posts. It’s not clear

AI is getting better at generating porn. We might not be prepared for the consequences.

A red-headed woman stands on the moon, her face obscured. Her naked body looks like it belongs on a poster you’d find on a hormonal teenager’s bedroom wall — that is, until you reach her tor

Police at Amazon facility threaten to arrest union leader Christian Smalls

A leader in the movement to unionize Amazon warehouse workers, Christian Smalls, was threatened with arrest yesterday while organizing at a fulfillment center bus stop near Albany, New York, where wor

Google workers protest $1.2B Project Nimbus contract with Israeli military

A group of Palestinian, Jewish, Muslim and Arab Google employees are speaking out against the tech giant’s Project Nimbus, a $1.2 billion contract involving Google, Amazon and the Israeli govern

Snap cuts 20% of staff amid major restructuring

Snap CEO Evan Spiegel announced this morning that the company behind Snapchat will reduce its staff by 20% as part of larger restructuring. Snap has struggled financially for months. In May, Spiegel w

Twitter’s attempt to monetize porn reportedly halted due to child safety warnings

Despite serving as the online watercooler for journalists, politicians and VCs, Twitter isn’t the most profitable social network on the block. Amid internal shakeups and increased pressure from

Sony Music sues Triller over copyright infringement after missing payments

Sony Music filed a lawsuit against TikTok-competitor Triller for copyright infringement, Variety reports. This lawsuit is the latest event following a troubling pattern of alleged missing payments for

Snapchat’s Dual Camera feature isn’t quite a BeReal copycat

Snapchat is bringing its “Dual Camera” feature front and center on the app’s main camera toolbar. Starting today, the feature will be available for iOS users on iPhone XS/XR or above
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