A newly tech-skeptical FTC will reportedly review Amazon’s acquisition of MGM

Amazon’s purchase of MGM must pass the scrutiny of the FTC, newly chaired by prominent Amazon critic Lina Khan, The Wall Street Journal has reported. While the $8.45 million merger is not likely to be stopped, it may provide early indicators of how the agency is revising its approach to mega-…

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YC makes a Product Hunt, Product Hunt makes an a16z, a16z makes a YC

Tech innovation is a cycle, especially in the main character-driven world of early-stage venture capital and copycat nature of startups.

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When do layoffs matter? Trick question — always

Equity is the TechCrunch podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines.

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Merlyn Mind emerges from stealth with $29M and a hardware and software solution to help teachers with tech

We’ve chronicled, in great detail, the many layers of technology, services and solutions that have been wrapped around the world of education in recent years — and especially in the last year, which became a high watermark for digital learning tools because of COVID-19. Today, a startup…

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Airbank centralizes all your business bank accounts and financial data

Meet Airbank, a startup that is taking advantage of open banking regulation and related APIs to aggregate all your bank accounts. Focused on startups and small and medium companies, the company wants to build an all-in-one banking interface to access financial data, initiate payments, manage cash f…

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To sustain diversity, investors must tune into their unconscious biases

Most of the time, investors don’t even know they are acting on these biases. They don’t realize they may have already written you off, which is part of the problem.

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Oyster, an HR platform for distributed workforces, snaps up $50M on a $475M valuation

The future of work is long on long-distance, and today a startup that’s built a platform to help organizations hire global talent and build out those remote workforces is announcing a round of funding on the heels of strong growth. Oyster — which provides tools to help with hiring, onbo…

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India orders antitrust investigation against Google over smart TV market

Indian antitrust watchdog has ordered a probe into allegations that Google has abused the dominant position of Android in the country’s smart TV market.

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Inspired by founder’s childhood asthma, NuvoAir raises $12M to tackle respiratory illnesses

You might well have a sleep app that tracks your sleep. I use Sleep Cycle, and have found it has started to even tell me when I cough during the night. It turns out you can run machine learning over how you might cough in the night to detect changes in the way you cough. […]

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Facebook adds Shops to WhatsApp, among other e-commerce updates

Facebook is making it even easier to buy stuff while you scroll past photos of your high school lab partner’s dog. Yes, Instagram Shops and Facebook Marketplace are already displayed prominently on the apps’ bottom navigation tabs. But now, you can shop on WhatsApp too, along with other…

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Mitiga raises $25M Series A to help organizations respond to cyberattacks

The funding comes less than a year after its $7M seed round.

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