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most read this week’s story was about Battlegrounds Mobile India, a popular battle royale game that has found an audience of tens of millions in India. Players woke up to find that the game was suddenly banned from both Google Play and the Apple App Store by order of the Government of India. Why? It’s… not quite clear yet, but Manish has a breakdown everything we know so far.
New Gmail for everyone: Use Gmail? Don’t be surprised if it looks different soon. The company announced this week that the updated “Material You” interface it was testing will be available to all users in the coming weeks. Don’t like the new style? For now, at least, you can find a toggle hidden in the settings menu to toggle it back.
Bad move by Instagram: As everyone knows, TikTok seems to be eating Instagram lunch. Is the answer for Instagram to become more like TikTok? Recent updates — like the emphasis on full-screen video and more content from people you don’t follow — have made Insta’s interface look more and more like TikTok… and, well, the complaints have been loud. However, Instagram is at least pretending to be listening and saying it will be. going back many of the above changes. May be.
Rivian layoffs: Earlier this month, there were rumors that layoffs were looming at Rivian; indeed, the company confirmed this week that it is laying off about 6% of its workforce as part of a “restructuring plan.”
Pennies for your tips?: OpenAI’s DALL-E 2 can generate incredible art seemingly out of thin air, but sometimes it can take some… dexterity to get the exact results you want. This startup wants to “sell strings of words that produce predictable results” in DALL-E 2 and other similar systems. An interesting story made even better by its oh-so-Seussian opening image, which I note was created by a real person (and Darling wherein).
Meta blinds Tuned: Did you know that Meta has a social app for couples? Probably no! Called Tuned, it was part of Meta’s effort to experiment with new products, and it looks like that particular experiment is over. Meta announced this week that Tuned will cease to exist on September 19th. The app was supposed to help couples communicate and “create a shared album” of photos, videos, etc. It doesn’t help that it was launched at the very beginning of the pandemic, when many couples probably had no problems keeping in touch, because that they probably didn’t go anywhere anyway.
Is cutting your company’s internal valuation a good thing? Natasha and Anita focused on this issue on Wednesday. episode of justice. Meanwhile, about a chain reactionLucas and Anita chatted about Minecraft, saying “fuck no thanks” NFT and Lauren jumped on TechCrunch Podcast to explain to us why (as we learned last week) Netflix is losing customers.
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3 opinions on Amazon’s acquisition of One MedicalA: Like it or not, Amazon is buying One Medical. A good thing? Badly? Alex Wilhelm, Walter Thompson and Miranda Halpern give their opinion.
8 fintech venture capitalists on how to promote them: What are fintech investors looking for now? Mary Ann Azevedo contacted eight leading investors in the field.
Could the Chip Act spark a new startup renaissance in the US?: US Senate clearly wants more semiconductor manufacturing in the US, but chip production is wildly expensive. Is this “potential cash injection” an opportunity for new startups to change how it’s done? As Haizé put it: “Those weird theories you studied as part of your doctoral dissertation? It’s time to dust them off.
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