Another wild week for Elon Musk

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most read this week’s story has certainly been news that Elon Musk quietly gave birth to twins with “one of his top managers” last year. Musk responded to countless takes with a tweet: “Doing my best to help the low population crisis. The fall in the birth rate is the biggest danger facing civilization.”


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Elon Musk says he’s terminating his Twitter deal: Elon Musk’s legal team announced late Friday that they intend to stop the $44 billion acquisition of Twitter, citing “false and misleading statements that Mr. Musk relied on in entering into the Merger Agreement.” Twitter Chairman Bret Taylor immediately responded with a statement that “Twitter’s board intends to close the deal at the price and terms agreed with Mr. Musk and plans to take legal action to enforce the merger agreement.” It will be dirty.

Glance heading to the US: Glance is a company that puts specialized content/games (and of course ads) on the lock screen of an Android phone. After having found use in about 400 million smartphones in Asia over the past few years, the company is gearing up for a US launch “within two months,” according to our own Manish Singh.

Large and durable Apple Watch: Rumors about new Apple devices are always in the air… but when very often the right Mark Gurman says something is coming, we tend to pay attention. Gurman says Apple is building a beefed-up version of its Apple Watch for “threat-athletes” – with a larger display to make it easier to read while exercising, and a more durable design so you don’t have to worry about dings and dents.

Apple Lock Mode: This is, of course, a generalization, but the more features your phone has, the more potential attack vectors for hackers. With that in mind, Apple this week announced “Lockdown Mode” – a setting that’s coming to iOS/iPadOS/macOS that will allow you to instantly turn off a number of features – think about what files it will open, what websites it’s allowed to do, for example. who can contact you, etc. It’s intended primarily for those who “may be at risk of targeted cyberattacks,” Apple said in a press release, but will be made available to everyone later this year.

Wald presses pause: Cryptocurrency prices suffered massive crashes throughout May and June, and cryptocurrency platform/exchange Vauld said earlier this week that it was suspending “all withdrawals, trading, and deposits” as it explores “potential restructuring options.” AT series of tweetsVauld co-founder Darshan Batija noted that clients have withdrawn more than $197 million from the platform in the past few weeks alone.

Sunny Balwani found guilty: This week, after a three-month trial, former Theranos COO Sunny Balwani was found guilty of 12 criminal charges. For those who haven’t followed every step of the Theranos disaster, Amanda has an excellent overview of the case and the impact it has already had on the startup ecosystem.

Amanda interviews MKBHD: I may be half a decade older than him, but I want to be the Marquis of Brownlee when I grow up. Also known as MKBHD, he is a hugely popular tech YouTuber, an increasingly popular TikToker, a professional frisbee player (!), and a tough guy in every way. Amanda caught up with Marquez at VidCon where they talked about everything from the evolution of the lengthy content he’s known for to the pace of TikTok, his thoughts on the metaverse, and a technology he feels is not getting enough attention.

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Over the past few days, Darrell has been chatting with Amanda about her trip to VidCon on a TechCrunch podcast, Jackie and Anita have been talking about the cryptocurrency “savior” in Chain Reaction, and the Found podcast team has spoken to WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg about his 19-year leadership of the company.

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Want even more TechCrunch? Head to the aptly named TechCrunch+, where we can dive a little deeper into topics our subscribers say they care about. Some of this week’s good content includes:

What Makes Your Presentation Useless“You’ve shrugged off your Keynote skills, you’re dizzy that you can finally start paying yourself a living wage, and you’re excited to start offering your startup’s next round of funding to your investors.” writes Haje (TC Resident, Pitch Deck Expert). “Of course, these are turbulent times, but press another pedal for a second, friend, you might forget something.”

Meanwhile…: The last post was about a slide that Haye says every pitch presentation needs; it’s all about the slide he thinks is useless.

So are we in a startup recession or what?: Alex Wilhelm spends more time thinking about the intricacies of the startup economy than anyone I know, so when he starts a post with something like “I don’t know what’s going on in the startup market and it’s a bit of a pain in the ass, I continued to read.

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