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Intel and others commit to building open generative AI tools for the enterprise

Can generative AI designed for the enterprise (e.g. AI that autocompletes reports, spreadsheet formulas and so on) ever be interoperable? Along with a coterie of organizations including Cloudera and Intel, the Linux Foundation — the nonprofit organization that supports and maintains a growing number of open source efforts — aim to find out. The Linux […]

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A crypto wallet maker’s warning about an iMessage bug sounds like a false alarm

A crypto wallet maker claimed this week that hackers may be targeting people with an iMessage “zero-day” exploit — but all signs point to an exaggerated threat, if not a downright scam. Trust Wallet’s official X (previously Twitter) account wrote that “we have credible intel regarding a high-risk zero-day exploit targeting iMessage on the Dark […]

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Trump’s Truth Social plans to launch a live TV streaming platform

The streaming service will launch in three phases and will focus on "news networks" and "religious channels," as well as "family-friendly" offerings.

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Betaworks bets on AI agents in latest ‘Camp’ cohort

Betaworks is embracing the AI trend not with yet another LLM, but instead a clutch of agent-type models automating everyday tasks that nevertheless aren’t so simple to define. The investor’s latest “Camp” incubator trained up and funded 9 AI agent startups they hope will take on today’s more tedious tasks. The use cases for many […]

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Apple will now let users in the EU download apps through web sites, not just the App Store

Apple is opening up web distribution for iOS apps targeting users in the European Union starting Tuesday. Developers who opt in — and who meet Apple’s criteria, including app notarization requirements — will be able to offer iPhone apps for direct download to EU users from their own websites. It’s a massive change for a […]

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Bay Bridge Ventures is raising $200M for a new climate fund, filings show

Bay Bridge Ventures' fundraising efforts come at a time when venture investors appear to be increasingly bullish on climate tech.

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Evolution Equity Partners raises $1.1B for new cybersecurity and AI fund

Evolution Equity Partners, a growth capital firm based in NYC, has raised $1.1 billion for a new cyber- and AI-focused fund.

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Investors and founders can meet their match with Cherub, the ‘Raya of angel investing’

Jaclyn Johnson and Angeline Vuong were on a hike deliberating how hard it can be for people to get started in angel investing when they realized they had stumbled upon a startup idea.  Today they are the co-founders of Cherub, a marketplace that pairs angel investors with entrepreneurs. Vuong spent nearly five years working in […]

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Consumer tech investing is still hot for Maven Ventures, securing $60M for Fund IV

Overall, 16% of Maven’s portfolio companies have reached a minimum $500 million exit or valuation, which is 10x industry average, the firm said.

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TechCrunch Minute: Why Tesla’s big layoffs happened, and what comes next

Tesla’s layoffs and executive departures took a bite out its share price this week. The well-known electric vehicle company shed around 10% of its staff, impacting an estimated 14,000 staff or more. Two well-known executives also decided it was time to move on. In response to the news, shares of Tesla lost ground. The company’s […]

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Silicon Valley artist Danielle Baskin launches Moonlight, an online tarot platform

You might know Bay Area artist Danielle Baskin for her viral, immersive art installations and jokes. Her newest project, Moonlight, is certainly not a joke, but she still finds her characteristic whimsy when describing her new venture: “It’s SaaS for witches.” She’s not kidding. Moonlight is a free online tarot platform, where you can draw […]

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Substack’s Notes feature is getting more Twitter-like capabilities

Substack is adding new capabilities to its Twitter-like Notes feature that bring it more in-line with the social network now known as X. The company announced on Tuesday that users can now post videos directly to Notes in the Substack app and on the web. Users can now also embed Notes on external webpages. The […]

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WhatsApp is adding filters to easily find messages

For those who use WhatsApp more like an inbox, the app will now become more useful. WhatsApp on Tuesday announced a handful of new chat filters for the app to access certain types of messages easily: All, Unread and Groups. The “All” filter is selected by default and shows you an unfiltered version of your […]

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Loft Labs brings power of virtualization to Kubernetes clusters

It may seem like a paradox to have virtualized Kubernetes clusters. They are, after all, an abstraction in themselves of virtual machines made popular by VMware in the early 2000s. Loft Labs saw a similar problem with resource utilization in Kubernetes clusters that VMware saw with server utilization, and has built a virtualization tool to […]

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Omni Hotels says customers’ personal data stolen in ransomware attack

A ransomware gang called Daixin has taken credit for the breach, and claimed to steal millions of customer records dating back to 2017.

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Amazon brings its ‘Amazon Live’ shoppable livestreams to Prime Video and Freevee

Amazon is trying to keep live shopping relevant with the launch of an “Amazon Live” FAST (free ad-supported TV) channel on Prime Video and Freevee. Previously only available as a feature on desktop, mobile and Fire TV, the new live channel will give customers in the U.S. more ways to engage with interactive, shoppable content. […]

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Atlas shrugged: Boston Dynamics retires its hydraulic humanoid robot

Now that humanoids are all the rage in the robotics industry, Boston Dynamics on Tuesday officially retired theirs. The Hyundai-owned firm has always marched to the beat of its own drummer. Even so, it’s an odd decision as funding pours into the category by the hundreds of millions. Venturing an educated guess, I would say […]

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Amazon Music follows Spotify with an AI playlist generator of its own, Maestro

Amazon Music is now testing Maestro, an AI playlist generator, that lets U.S. customers on iOS and Android create playlists using spoken or written prompts.

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SOSV founder says climate investing is a ‘war effort’ as firm closes $306M fund

SOSV’s new fund makes it one of the largest pools of deep tech venture capital to be raised in recent years.

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GovDash aims to help businesses use AI to land government contracts

Tim Goltser and Curtis Mason have been building things together since high school, when the two were the co-captains of their school’s robotics team. In college, Goltser and Mason teamed up to create an app — Hang, for scheduling hangouts with friends — with Sean Doherty, who Mason had met while an undergrad at Boston […]

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