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Good morning, you wonderful specimens of humanity! It’s Friday and I’m writing this in a hammock in my sunny garden in North Auckland, so life isn’t all that bad. (I can only assume that WFH stands for Work From Hammock).

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Take some time this weekend to apply for Startup Battlefield 200. This gives you the chance to submit your startup to TechCrunch Disrupt in October for free and win a $100,000 prize. Applications close on August 5th, so get started hacking!

Have fun and see you next week! — Hadje

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It all goes, goes, goes in the world of insurance. Mary Ann reports that Lemonade acquired Metromile and immediately fired about 20% of its staff. Of course, this makes sense in a world where the administrative and operational functions of the two companies probably overlap a lot, but it’s always sad to say goodbye to your beloved colleagues.

And don’t miss Ariaarticle on how Exploration company develops groundbreaking reusable orbital spacecraft. ” [space] The exploration ecosystem will change dramatically, probably in the next 10 to 15 years,” explained co-founder and CEO Helen Hubi. “If you do that, you have a huge advantage of being one of the first to market.”

A few more nuggets to get you through the weekend:

All my monkeys are gone: legal disputes at the intersection of IP and NFT

Missing illustration of bored monkeys;  IP and NFT Law

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When Andy Warhol appropriated images of Campbell’s soup in 1962, he was lucky: for a variety of reasons, the company decided not to sue him for trademark infringement.

However, one wonders how the situation would have turned out 60 years later if Warhol had minted a series of NFTs with iconic soup labels.

In her latest post on TC+, CORPlaw founder Kristen Korpion addressed “the most interesting and important IP legal issues currently affecting the creation, transfer and use of NFTs”, including trademark infringement, the first sale doctrine, and why Seth Green ended up paid a $100,000 Bounty for the ransom of his stolen Bored Ape.

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Big Tech Inc.

It will never leave you. He will make an effort to never let you down. He probably won’t run and leave you. But TikTok may be considering a music servicereport Aisha as well as Ivan in an article that, unfortunately, does not meet the mandatory quota of musical puns. Don’t worry guys, I’ll talk to her about it.

Meanwhile, Annie reports that Kenya is considering hitting Facebook with a ban hammer after the national commission for cohesion and integration finds that social media platform not doing enough to clean up hate speech.

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