Microsoft Teams will be built directly into Windows 11

Happy Windows 11 day. Microsoft is giving us our best look yet at its upcoming operating system, which is due out over the holidays. Following a year when the vast majority of our interpersonal communications arrived through computer and phone screens, the company is putting its communication softw…

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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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Daily Crunch: Google and Jio Platforms unveil ‘extremely optimized Android’ phone for Indian consumers

Hello friends and welcome to Daily Crunch, bringing you the most important startup, tech and venture capital news in a single package.

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A startup’s guide to software delivery

One of the biggest factors to the success of a startup is its ability to quickly and confidently deliver software. It’s what makes or breaks a company.

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Adtech startup Tomi raises seed funding to make real estate ads perform as well as e-commerce

Industries like real estate, automotive and financial services have long and offline sales cycles and digital advertising tends not to perform well in these areas. The conversion rates are low and because the real-world assets are offline the temptation of advertisers is to buy leads and clicks, wh…

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Nvidia’s Canvas AI painting tool instantly turns blobs into realistic landscapes

AI has been filling in the gaps for illustrators and photographers for years now — literally, it intelligently fills gaps with visual content. But the latest tools are aimed at letting an AI give artists a hand from the earliest, blank-canvas stages of a piece. Nvidia’s new Canvas tool lets t…

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Fewer CEOs are serving on outside boards. That’s good (and bad)

Increased diversity on boards isn’t just a great development by itself; board experience positions members well for future leadership roles, getting more women and people of color into corner offices.

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SPAC charts are exercises in the limits of hype

Having read more SPAC investor decks in the last twelve months than I’d like to admit to, I thought I was over being irked by their bullishness. Call me conservative, but public companies shouldn’t be full of shit, and companies going public should probably aim for a similar target. Tha…

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Firebolt raises $127M more for its new approach to cheaper and more efficient Big Data analytics

Snowflake changed the conversation for many companies when it comes to the potentials of data warehousing. Now one of the startups that’s hoping to disrupt the disruptor is announcing a big round of funding to expand its own business. Firebolt, which has built a new kind of cloud data warehou…

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Visa to acquire open banking platform Tink for more than $2 billion

Visa has announced plans to acquire Tink for €1.8 billion, or $2.15 billion at today’s exchange rate. Tink has been a leading fintech startup in Europe focused on open banking application programming interfaces (APIs). Today’s move comes a few months after Visa abandoned its acquisition of Plaid, a…

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