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Spotify now lets you select which playlists you’d like to impact your recommendations less

Spotify is finally introducing a highly-requested feature. The streaming service announced today that it’s launching a new “Exclude from your Taste Profile” feature that lets you keep selected playlists from heavily influencing your personalized recommendations. For context, your taste profile is Spotify’s interpretation of your music taste based on what you listen to and is […]

Spotify now lets you select which playlists you’d like to impact your recommendations less by Aisha Malik originally published on TechCrunch

Meet the prolific Russian espionage crew hacking spymasters and lawmakers

A notorious hacking group with alleged ties to Russian intelligence services has claimed its latest victim: British lawmaker Stewart McDonald. McDonald, a Member of Parliament for his constituency in Glasgow South, told BBC News that he fears he had been the victim of a “disinformation” campaign after his personal email account was “hacked by Russia.” McDonald […]

Meet the prolific Russian espionage crew hacking spymasters and lawmakers by Carly Page originally published on TechCrunch

Planet A Ventures comes out of the door with a €160M European, science-backed climate fund

These days climate investing is hot – if you will pardon the awful pun – but the days of just raising a fund and calling it “climate focused” are well and truly over. The market is sorting out the “wheat from the chaff” and if a VC fund can’t prove that it can back-up its […]

Planet A Ventures comes out of the door with a €160M European, science-backed climate fund by Mike Butcher originally published on TechCrunch

How the NYT is building a modern tech stack to drive every part of its media biz

When the NYT hired a CTO, they chose someone with experience building infrastructure at big tech companies to help build a modern tech stack.

How the NYT is building a modern tech stack to drive every part of its media biz by Ron Miller originally published on TechCrunch

Today’s TechCrunch Live: Acquiring customers with Cube and Mayfield

Christina Ross is a CFO turned CEO, and I’m thrilled to have her and Mayfield partner Rajeev Batra on today’s TechCrunch Live. Her story is great. Prior to founding Cube, she ran finance at corporations and high-growth startups. In 2018 in a bid to provide a solution to CFOs who rely on spreadsheets but could […]

Today’s TechCrunch Live: Acquiring customers with Cube and Mayfield by Matt Burns originally published on TechCrunch

Twitter launches subscription service Blue in India, Indonesia and Brazil

Twitter has rolled out its subscription service, Twitter Blue, to users in India, Brazil and Indonesia, it said on Wednesday, tapping large key overseas markets where it has amassed over 100 million users. Elon Musk, the owner and chief executive of Twitter, had previously suggested that he will lower the price of the subscription service […]

Twitter launches subscription service Blue in India, Indonesia and Brazil by Manish Singh originally published on TechCrunch

Bing’s app sees a 10x jump in downloads after Microsoft’s AI news

This week’s news about Microsoft’s plan to add ChatGPT-like capabilities to its search engine Bing has sent its companion mobile app into the App Store’s Top Charts as of Wednesday. On the U.S. App Store, the Bing app has surged to the No. 12 spot among all free iPhone apps, while Microsoft’s Edge browser is […]

Bing’s app sees a 10x jump in downloads after Microsoft’s AI news by Sarah Perez originally published on TechCrunch

Sesame Labs raises $4.5M to help improve web3 marketing tools

Sesame Labs raised a $4.5 million seed round to help improve the web3 marketing experience with their platform

Sesame Labs raises $4.5M to help improve web3 marketing tools by Jacquelyn Melinek originally published on TechCrunch

Warner Bros. Discovery plans to keep Discovery+ as a stand-alone streaming service in the US

Discovery+ subscribers will be able to keep their subscription plan instead of paying more for the forthcoming HBO Max/Discovery+ combined streaming service. Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD) has confirmed to TechCrunch that it plans to keep the lower-priced Discovery+ plan in the U.S. alongside the new platform, set to launch in spring 2023. The Wall Street […]

Warner Bros. Discovery plans to keep Discovery+ as a stand-alone streaming service in the US by Lauren Forristal originally published on TechCrunch

Dbt Labs acquires Transform, adding semantic tools to its data analytics platform

Almost exactly a year ago, dbt Labs shined a spotlight on the opportunities in the world of developer tools for data analytics when the startup closed a Series D of $222 million at a $4.2 billion valuation. Yes, that was $2 billion lower than what it had been originally targeting, but CEO and founder Tristan […]

Dbt Labs acquires Transform, adding semantic tools to its data analytics platform by Ingrid Lunden originally published on TechCrunch

TikTok adds new targeting and boosting features to its Promote advertising tool

TikTok is adding new targeting and boosting features for its Promote advertising tool, the company announced on Wednesday. Promote first launched in 2021 as a way for creators to turn vertical videos into ads. The company is now introducing more ways to make it easier for creators and small businesses to target their desired communities […]

TikTok adds new targeting and boosting features to its Promote advertising tool by Aisha Malik originally published on TechCrunch

Here’s when Tesla CEO Elon Musk will finally reveal his Master Plan 3

Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted Wednesday that he will present the long-awaited and often teased Master Plan 3 during the company’s investor day March 1. Tesla’s investor day will be held at the company’s Gigafactory Texas located near Austin. The event will be live streamed. Some of the company’s institutional and retail investors will be […]

Here’s when Tesla CEO Elon Musk will finally reveal his Master Plan 3 by Kirsten Korosec originally published on TechCrunch

Announcing the first group of speakers for TC Early Stage

TechCrunch Early Stage is the place to be for the founder who is just getting started. On April 20, we’re excited to bring our show to Boston, Massachusetts. We’re bringing together experts from the Northeast and Silicon Valley to chat through myriad startup core competencies — from fundraising to operations to marketing — and outline […]

Announcing the first group of speakers for TC Early Stage by Darrell Etherington originally published on TechCrunch

Instagram expands access to Reels-focused tipping feature, Gifts

Instagram announced today it’s expanding access to a new monetization feature called Gifts to more creators across the U.S. The feature, which first began testing last year, allows fans to provide a favorite creator with direct monetary support in the form of themed virtual gifts. The gifts are purchased in the Instagram app using the […]

Instagram expands access to Reels-focused tipping feature, Gifts by Sarah Perez originally published on TechCrunch

The individual mistake that tech startups are collectively making

Hello and welcome back to Equity, a podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. This is our Wednesday show, where we niche down to a single person, think about their work and unpack the rest. This week, Natasha interviewed Cleo’s chief business officer and former CEO, SJ […]

The individual mistake that tech startups are collectively making by Natasha Mascarenhas originally published on TechCrunch

Former Gemini CTO launches Fierce, a high-yield finance super app

The finance super app is bringing together what founder and CEO Robert Cornish calls “the best of fintech for the customer.” 

Former Gemini CTO launches Fierce, a high-yield finance super app by Christine Hall originally published on TechCrunch

AI is the next frontier — but for whom?

Ethics is often a separate conversation from AI building, but they should be one and the same. Bias is dangerous, especially as AI continues spreading.

AI is the next frontier — but for whom? by Dominic-Madori Davis originally published on TechCrunch

Macro raises $9.3M to layer intelligence on top of digital documents

Jacob Beckerman, a former investment logic engineer at Bridgewater Associates, grew frustrated using standard document apps like Acrobat and Microsoft Office to print out and mark up documents. He wondered why there wasn’t a way to read and write on a PC that felt as fluid as paper, which led him to experiment with PDF […]

Macro raises $9.3M to layer intelligence on top of digital documents by Kyle Wiggers originally published on TechCrunch

Giannis, Doja Cat and Amy Schumer will peddle Google’s Pixel during the Super Bowl

Super Bowl ads make strange bedfellows. Half a week out from The Big Game™, Google just dropped their spot. This time out, the company’s Pixel 7 is in the spotlight — specifically the smartphone’s impressive AI imaging features. Legally, one can’t have a Super Bowl spot without enlisting celebrities, so the company hired musician Doja […]

Giannis, Doja Cat and Amy Schumer will peddle Google’s Pixel during the Super Bowl by Brian Heater originally published on TechCrunch

Google intros new features for EVs with Maps built in

Google is rolling out new features for electric vehicles with Google Maps built in, the company said at its Live from Paris event Wednesday. The features, iterations of which were introduced in November to the Maps smartphone app, aim to alleviate the symptoms of range anxiety for EV drivers. Drivers using Maps on their car’s […]

Google intros new features for EVs with Maps built in by Rebecca Bellan originally published on TechCrunch

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