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In leaked memo, Aurora CEO weighs spinouts, layoffs and acquisitions against sale to big tech

Aurora has a "cash runway" that will allow it to continue operations through mid-2024, according to its second-quarter letter to...

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Netflix’s cheaper ad tier could arrive earlier than expected

Netflix’s cheaper ad tier could come earlier than expected; Netflix execs told ad buyers the launch date would now be November 1, 2022.

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UK closely probing four tech firms over kids’ privacy code breaches

The UK could be gearing up to hit a handful of tech firms with enforcement orders (and potentially fines) related to a children’s online...

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UK dials up scrutiny of Microsoft’s $68.7BN Activision deal over antitrust concerns

Microsoft’s $68.7 billion all-cash deal to bag gaming giant Activision Blizzard faces closer antitrust scrutiny in the UK where the...

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Studio Ghibli films just became available to rent on major digital platforms Apple TV, Amazon, and more

It’s an exciting day for Studio Ghibli fans—fans in the United States and Canada, that is. The majority of Studio Ghibli’s film catalog has...

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Key issues you should consider before signing an international merger deal

By understanding the key issues in cross-border tech M&A, an international acquirer can close a successful transaction and achieve its commercial...

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Microsoft launches Arm-based Azure VMs powered by Ampere chips

Microsoft has launched Arm-based VMs powered by hardware from Ampere, a startup developing data center chips to rival Intel's offerings.

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Ravel emerges from stealth with privacy-first data tools based on scalable homomorphic encryption

The world has gotten a lot more serious about privacy and data protection, but in many cases business models that rely on personalization of one kind...

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Otter.ai challenger Airgram raises $10M to transcribe and time your video calls

There’re plenty of tools out there competing to help people make their video calls breezier. Some, like voice transcription service Otter.ai,...

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Venue raises $4M from Accel and the CEOs of Slack, Remote and SquareSpace to give teamwide video meetings a new breath of life

Zoom has in many ways “won” the mindshare game when it comes to video conferencing: Whether you’re actually using Zoom or another...

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Announcing the first tranche of Startup Battlefield judges

The Startup Battlefield at TechCrunch Disrupt on October 18–20 is set to be our most epic yet. This year’s competitors, selected from our...

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The subscription pie is getting bigger: How to leverage usage-based billing

Subscriptions are not dying; they are just evolving.

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Luta Security and Emsisoft discuss how to fight ransomware at Disrupt

Ransomware is an exponentially growing global threat. Here are just a few examples from 2022: Costa Rica declared a national emergency after a $20...

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SaaS startup Stimulus closes oversubscribed $2.5 million seed round

Her product is a hit with investors, the most notable of which include Morgan Stanley, The BFM Fund, and Northwestern Mutual Futures Ventures.

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Microsoft makes further cuts focused on consumer R&D group

Microsoft has laid off employees at Modern Life Experiences, one of its consumer-focused R&D groups, according to social media posts by current...

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AppLovin wants to buy video game maker Unity for $20 billion

A year after going public, app growth and monetization agency AppLovin submitted an unsolicited proposal today to buy the game engine Unity in a deal...

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Bluechip, an African systems integrator with partners like Microsoft and Oracle, is expanding to Europe

It’s not often you hear about African tech companies expanding into Europe. Some examples include fintechs Lidya and Korapay in Eastern Europe...

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DuckDuckGo removes carve-out for Microsoft tracking scripts after securing policy change

A few months on from a tracking controversy hitting privacy-centric search veteran, DuckDuckGo, the company has announced it’s been able to...

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Tutanota cries antitrust foul over Microsoft Teams blocking sign-ups for its email users

Microsoft is being called out for blocking users of the end-to-end encrypted email service, Tutanota, from registering an account with its...

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Will a weaker euro lead to greater US investment in European startups?

A strong dollar makes deals in Europe potentially cheaper for American investors, and could make selling abroad more attractive to euro-denominated...

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U.K provisionally approves $8.1B NortonLifeLock-Avast merger, citing competition from Microsoft

The U.K.’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has provisionally greenlighted the proposed $8.1 billion merger of cybersecurity companies...

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How a Romanian MedTech startup helped US doctors treat refugee Ukrainian cancer patients

An innovative new medical startup in Romania helped doctors from three countries collaborate to treat Ukrainian cancer patients made refugees after...

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Getting acquired is a legitimate strategy for building your business

While the IPO is characterized as the pinnacle for venture-backed startups, far more companies see successful exits via an M&A process than by...

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Human cyborgs, passion economy and more — check out these Disrupt roundtable winners

Roundtable discussions are a huge and popular part of TechCrunch Disrupt, and this year, we asked you to vote for the topics you want to learn about...

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Microsoft puts its RiskIQ acquisition to work

Microsoft today added two new features to its Microsoft Defender security platform: Microsoft Defender Threat Intelligence and Microsoft Defender...

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Microsoft launches Outlook Lite for low-powered Android phones

Microsoft has launched its lightweight Outlook Lite Android app, which is suitable for low-end Android devices and regions with data connectivity...

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Public tech’s espresso shot is quite literally the Cloud

Hello and welcome back to Equity, a podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. Last week...

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The biggest story from Big Tech earnings is the sheer growth power of public cloud

When the Big 3 cloud infrastructure vendors — Amazon, Microsoft and Google — reported their earnings this week, it was clear that the cloud is...

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