Microsoft layoffs, Airlift closure and Lofi Girl’s unplanned hiatus

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The most read story on the site this week is again, unfortunately, about layoffs – this time at Microsoft. While the company plans to increase headcount in the coming months, it is cutting “less than 1%” of its workforce of 180,000 for now as it focuses on “redefining business groups and roles.” “Less than 1%” may not seem like much, but 1% of 180,000 is still almost 2000 jobs

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Lofi Girl Picked Up: Youtube Still didn’t sort out my problems with spurious DMCA deletions. This week’s ridiculously cool music stream on YouTube Lofi Girl received a false DMCA claim. The channel is a favorite among students/programmers/anyone looking for quiet beats to focus on, so the complaints have been loud and loud. everywhere. YouTube acknowledged and fixed the error, but not before breaking the channel’s two-year streaming streak.

TikTok is eating… what?: After years of incredible growth, you would probably expect TikTok to take over much of its user activity from competing social networks like Facebook, Snapchat, etc. But can you bet it has had an impact on… say, Google Maps? The senior vice president of Google says it is.

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Air transport closes: Airlift, one of the leading start-ups in Pakistan, closed abruptly this week. On Tuesday, employees were told the on-demand delivery service would end the day after a crucial fundraising round failed.

DoorDash wants more orders: Do you often use the DashPass service from DoorDash? The bad news. The “running minimum” of your orders—essentially the amount you have to order before DashPass actually does anything—is likely to increase in the coming weeks. The company says the previously hard-coded amount was $12 for food or $35 for grocery orders. The new minimum will “depend on the store, city and time of day.” In other words: algorithms.

Tesla loses top artificial intelligence manager: When it was announced in March that Tesla’s AI director Andrei Karpathy was going on sabbatical, there were rumors that it was only the first step towards his more formal departure from the company. And indeed: the Karpaty announced on Wednesday that they had dropped out. Karpathy says he has “no concrete plans” for what to do next.

Nothing officialA: A few years ago, OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei left the company to start a new hardware venture called Nothing. This week, after months of derision/rumors/hype, the company announced its first phone, aptly named Phone (1). Brian Heater spent some time with the phone and shared his thoughts on it – and the wild LEDs on the back – Right here.

nothing smartphone

Image credits: Brian Heater

audio materials

Have you ever wondered what your favorite TechCrunch author sounds like? Probably no! But if you have… check out our podcasts! This week:

  • On the Equity podcast, Alex/Natasha/Mary Ann talked about how the repeal of Roe v. Wade could impact how and where companies are built.
  • In Chain Reaction, Lucas and Anita discussed the latest twists and turns on the roller coaster that is cryptocurrency, including GameStop launching the NFT marketplace.
  • Bowery Farming founder Irving Fane joined Darrell and Jordan on the Found podcast to talk about vertical farming and why it matters.

extra things

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Pricing strategy for your startup: Product pricing can decide the fate of a company, but the right price today is not necessarily the right price tomorrow. How do you adjust prices “not to look like a parasite”? How do you price something in a “brand new category”? Michael Perez, director of business development at young venture capital firm M13, goes into detail on all this and more.

Here’s how to protect your capital if you get fired: If you get fired… what happens to the capital you received as part of your compensation package? The answer isn’t always very clear, unfortunately, but Compound’s Adam Keesling has a breakdown of what you need to think about in order to keep what you’ve earned.

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