Robinhood’s hangover, YC’s reduction and Uber’s return to form

Hello and welcome back to Equity, a podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. Alex, Natasha and Mary Ann got together with Maggie this week for our weekly roundup show, and per usual, there was a lot to talk about, including the fact that t…

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Digital health unicorn Truepill conducts third round of layoffs in 2022

Sources say Truepill’s entire U.K. team was laid off, as well as a large portion of the virtual pharmacy platform’s product team; the data team was also impacted

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Daily Crunch: Facebook avoids European blackout as regulators squabble over EU-US data transfers 

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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Zenno Astronautics wants to move spacecraft around using electromagnets, not fuel

It’s easy to think about satellites as a bunch of mini-moons, orbiting the Earth seamlessly and without any (noticeable) movement. But that’s not quite right: satellites and other spacecraft often require fairly continuous tweaks to their positions in orbit. Historically, the aerospace industry has…

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Empathy is essential for building a loyal team, says Kolors co-founder Anca Gardea

Kolors is following a model that it describes as “if Uber and Southwest Airlines had a baby," providing a technology layer to bus operators to help them operate more smoothly.

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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 amend terms with Microsoft, its search syndication partner, that had previously meant its mobile browsers and browser extensions were prevented from bloc…

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Amazon is buying iRobot for $1.7B

Amazon this morning announced plans to acquire iRobot for an all-cash deal valued at $1.7 billion. The home robotics firm, best known for pioneering the robotic vacuum, was founded in 1990 by  MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab members Colin Angle, Rodney Brooks and Helen Greiner. Twelve years after i…

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Startups among entities to face tougher laws as Kenya moves to protect personal data

The registration kicked off after the data protection regulations, providing guidance to be adhered by data controllers and processors, came into effect.

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India seeks antitrust scrutiny of global M&A deals

India is a key overseas market for several global tech giants including Meta and Google. Now it's gearing up to have its voice heard for global M&A deals.

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Get ready for a HBO Max – Discovery+ mashup app in 2023

The headline of Warner Bros. Discovery’s earnings call was something a lot of people dreaded: HBO Max and Discovery+ are merging into a new service. The company will roll out this new offering — which doesn’t have a name yet — for U.S.-based consumers in the summer of 2023, with LatAm e…

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Beacon Power Services raises $2.7M to improve electricity access for sub-Saharan African cities

Beacon Power Services provides data and grid management solutions to help Africa’s power sector distribute electricity more efficiently.

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