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Max Q: A Very Virginia Affair

In this issue: Rocket Lab enters a new era with Virginia launch; SpaceX moves closer to Starship's first orbital flight test; news from Quindar, AstroForge and more
Max Q: A very Virginia affair by Aria Alamalhodaei originally published on TechCrunch

Russia Is Blocking Encrypted Email Startup Skiff

The Russian government has blocked another encrypted email provider, according to a Russian digital rights organization and the email provider. Last Wednesday, Roskomsvoboda, which describes itself as “the first Russian public organization active in the field of protecting digital rights and expanding digital opportunities,” reported that an unknown Russian state organization ordered the block of […]
Russia is blocking encrypted email startup Skiff by Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai originally published on TechCrunch

Amid Growing Competition, Paramount+ And Showtime Are Combining In The US

Nearly a year after ViacomCBS announced its rebrand to become Paramount, the company is now making a major change to its portfolio with today’s news that it will be fully integrating Showtime into Paramount+ — the streamer known in previous years as CBS All Access. The integration will include both streaming and linear platforms, the company […]
Amid growing competition, Paramount+ and Showtime are combining in the US by Sarah Perez originally published on TechCrunch

Rewind’s New App Lets You ‘time Travel’ Through Music From Decades Past

A new app called Rewind wants to make it easier for music fans to explore the top songs of decades past. Hoping to cater to consumer demand for nostalgic music experiences, Rewind allows users to “time travel” through the music charts from 1960 through 2010 to learn about how older songs have influenced today’s hits. […]
Rewind’s new app lets you ‘time travel’ through music from decades past by Sarah Perez originally published on TechCrunch

If, And Only If, McDonald’s Had An Appetite For Acquisitions

Welcome back to Equity, the podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. I’m back, I’m drinking an iced Americano maybe because I miss Alex, maybe because I just feel different today, and I’m ready to start our week together. Here’s what I got into on today’s Equity […]
If, and only if, McDonald’s had an appetite for acquisitions by Natasha Mascarenhas originally published on TechCrunch

Like Me, Loona The Petbot Is Dumb But Lovable

I have wanted a robot pet at least since Sony introduced the original Aibo in 1999 – probably earlier, but Aibo made it seem tangible. Since the, there’s been a steady stream of attempts at making robot pets a reality that matches what we often see in futuristic science fiction – including a recent Aibo […]
Like me, Loona the Petbot is dumb but lovable by Darrell Etherington originally published on TechCrunch

Netflix’s ‘Kids Mystery Box’ Feature Now Available On Android Devices

After eight months, Netflix’s Kids Mystery Box feature has officially rolled out to Android devices today. Android users worldwide can now discover new children’s shows and TV characters by clicking on the “Mystery Box” in the “Favorites Row” at the top of the Netflix homepage. The company today updated its previous announcement post from May, […]
Netflix’s ‘Kids Mystery Box’ feature now available on Android devices by Lauren Forristal originally published on TechCrunch

Instagram’s Text Update Notes Feature Is Expanding To Europe And Japan

Instagram head Adam Mosseri announced today that the social network is launching its text update Notes feature across Europe and Japan. Notes are short posts of up to 60 characters that include just text and emojis, and appear above your profile photo. Prior to this expansion, Notes was already accessible everywhere Instagram is available beyond […]
Instagram’s text update Notes feature is expanding to Europe and Japan by Aisha Malik originally published on TechCrunch

Is Venture Funding Already Back?

Despite continuing talk about a possible recession, slumping tech stocks and a slowdown in the world of startup investing, the business of funding was positively humming last week.
Is venture funding already back? by Connie Loizos originally published on TechCrunch

Three Months Ago, He Was Laid Off From Twitter. Now, His Competing App Spill Is Funded.

“I can’t explain it. It’s weird,” Alphonzo “Phonz” Terrell said. After losing his job at Twitter when Elon Musk took over, the former global head of Social & Editorial didn’t want to rest — he wanted to build. “Coming straight out of it, I was just like, ‘Oh, it’s time. It’s time to build, whether […]
Three months ago, he was laid off from Twitter. Now, his competing app Spill is funded. by Amanda Silberling originally published on TechCrunch

EV Company Arrival To Cut Workforce By 50% In Third Restructuring Effort

Arrival is going through another restructuring — this time led by a newly appointed CEO — that will slash its workforce by about 50% as the U.K.-based commercial EV company attempts to reduce operating costs and preserve cash. The company said Monday that Igor Torgov, former executive VP of digital at the company, has been […]
EV company Arrival to cut workforce by 50% in third restructuring effort by Kirsten Korosec originally published on TechCrunch

Hacker Finds Bug That Allowed Anyone To Bypass Facebook 2FA

A bug in a new centralized system that Meta created for users to manage their logins for Facebook and Instagram could have allowed malicious hackers to switch off an account’s two-factor protections just by knowing their phone number. Gtm Mänôz, a security researcher from Nepal, realized that Meta did not set up a limit of […]
Hacker finds bug that allowed anyone to bypass Facebook 2FA by Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai originally published on TechCrunch

Meta Is Killing Move, Another Experimental Social App From Its In-house Incubator NPE Team

Meta is killing off yet another project from its in-house R&D group, the NPE Team, following the company’s sizable layoffs announced in November, impacting 13% of its workforce. The latest experiment to be wound down is the social to-do list app called Move, launched last spring, which allowed users to earn points for completing tasks […]
Meta is killing Move, another experimental social app from its in-house incubator NPE Team by Sarah Perez originally published on TechCrunch

‘One Piece’ Live-action Series Set To Arrive On Netflix This Year

Netflix announced today that its “One Piece” live-action series would be available to stream sometime in 2023. The company tweeted the announcement alongside a new poster of the upcoming series. The poster shows the main character, Monkey D. Luffy (played by Iñaki Godoy), with his back turned. Adventure is on the horizon! One Piece sets […]
‘One Piece’ live-action series set to arrive on Netflix this year by Lauren Forristal originally published on TechCrunch

Ford Discounts Its All-electric Mustang Mach-E In Response To Tesla’s EV Price War

Ford said Monday it has increased production and cut the price of its all-electric Mustang Mach-E crossover, the latest automaker to join an EV price war started by Tesla. Ford Mustang Mach-E vehicles are now between about 1% to 8.8% lower, depending on the trim level, according to the company, which emphasized that the discounts […]
Ford discounts its all-electric Mustang Mach-E in response to Tesla’s EV price war by Kirsten Korosec originally published on TechCrunch

It’s Time To Cast Your Votes For TC Early Stage Audience Choice

A not-so-humble brag here, so brace yourself. The programming at TechCrunch Early Stage — April 20 in Boston, Massachusetts — is gonna be off the proverbial hook. How do we know? We read hundreds of applications from experienced founders and startup ecosystem experts eager to participate in Audience Choice for a chance to present at […]
It’s time to cast your votes for TC Early Stage Audience Choice by Lauren Simonds originally published on TechCrunch

Jump On Our Limited Two-for-one Disrupt 2023 Presale Offer

Nothing wrong with your calendar, folks — it’s the end of January. Although TechCrunch Disrupt 2023 takes place months from now — on September 19–21 in San Francisco — we believe in two things: planning ahead and rewarding those who do. Right now — and for a limited time only — take advantage of our […]
Jump on our limited two-for-one Disrupt 2023 presale offer by Lauren Simonds originally published on TechCrunch

What Are Large Language Models Used For?

AI applications are summarizing articles, writing stories and engaging in long conversations — and large language models are doing the heavy lifting. A large language model, or LLM, is a deep learning algorithm that can recognize, summarize, translate, predict and generate text and other content based on knowledge gained from massive datasets. Large language models Read article >

DLSS 3 Delivers Ultimate Boost In Latest Game Updates On GeForce NOW

GeForce NOW RTX 4080 SuperPODs are rolling out now, bringing RTX 4080-class performance and features to Ultimate members — including support for NVIDIA Ada Lovelace GPU architecture technologies like NVIDIA DLSS 3.  This GFN Thursday brings updates to some of GeForce NOW’s hottest games that take advantage of these amazing technologies, all from the cloud. Read article >

Supersizing AI: Sweden Turbocharges Its Innovation Engine

Sweden is outfitting its AI supercomputer for a journey to the cutting edge of machine learning, robotics and healthcare. It couldn’t ask for a better guide than Anders Ynnerman (above). His signature blue suit, black spectacles and gentle voice act as calm camouflage for a pioneering spirit. Early on, he showed a deep interest in Read article >

Fresh AI On Security: Digital Fingerprinting Deters Identity Attacks

Add AI to the list of defenses against identity attacks, one of the most common and hardest breach to prevent. More than 40% of all data compromises involved stolen credentials, according to the 2022 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report. And a whopping 80% of all web application breaches involved credential abuse. “Credentials are the favorite Read article >

What Is AI Computing?

The abacus, sextant, slide rule and computer. Mathematical instruments mark the history of human progress. They’ve enabled trade and helped navigate oceans, and advanced understanding and quality of life. The latest tool propelling science and industry is AI computing. AI Computing Defined AI computing is the math-intensive process of calculating machine learning algorithms, typically using Read article >

AI’s Leg Up: Startup Accelerates Robotics Simulation For $8 Trillion Food Market

Robots are finally getting a grip. Developers have been striving to close the gap on robotic gripping for the past several years, pursuing applications for multibillion-dollar industries. Securely gripping and transferring fast-moving items on conveyor belts holds vast promise for businesses. Soft Robotics, a Bedford, Mass., startup, is harnessing NVIDIA Isaac Sim to help close Read article >

The Ultimate Upgrade: GeForce RTX 4080 SuperPOD Rollout Begins Today

The Ultimate upgrade begins today: GeForce NOW RTX 4080 SuperPODs are now rolling out, bringing a new level of high-performance gaming to the cloud. Ultimate members will start to see RTX 4080 performance in their region soon, and experience titles like  Warhammer 40,000: Darktide, Cyberpunk 2077, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and more at ultimate Read article >

Sequoia Capital’s Pat Grady And Sonya Huang On Generative AI

For insights into the future of generative AI, check out the latest episode of the NVIDIA AI Podcast. Host Noah Kravitz is joined by Pat Grady and Sonya Huang, partners at Sequoia Capital, to discuss their recent essay, “Generative AI: A Creative New World.” The authors delve into the potential of generative AI to enable Read article >

Roll Model: Smart Stroller Pushes Its Way To The Top At CES 2023

As any new mom or dad can tell you, parenting can be a challenge — packed with big worries and small hassles. But it may be about to get a little bit easier thanks to Glüxkind Technologies and their smart stroller, Ella. The company has just been named a CES 2023 Innovation Awards Honoree for Read article >

NVIDIA And Dell Technologies Expand AI Portfolio

In their largest-ever joint AI initiative, NVIDIA and Dell Technologies today launched a wave of Dell PowerEdge systems available with NVIDIA acceleration, enabling enterprises to efficiently transform their businesses with AI. A total of 15 next-generation Dell PowerEdge systems can draw from NVIDIA’s full AI stack — including GPUs, DPUs and the NVIDIA AI Enterprise Read article >

NVIDIA, Evozyne Create Generative AI Model For Proteins

Using a pretrained AI model from NVIDIA, startup Evozyne created two proteins with significant potential in healthcare and clean energy. A joint paper released today describes the process and the biological building blocks it produced. One aims to cure a congenital disease, another is designed to consume carbon dioxide to reduce global warming. Initial results show Read article >

GFN Thursday Adds New Titles From THQ Nordic To GeForce NOW

GFN Thursday kicks each weekend off with new games and updates straight from the cloud. This week adds more games from publisher THQ Nordic to the GeForce NOW library, as part seven total additions. Members can gear up to play these new titles the ultimate way with the upcoming release of the new Ultimate membership, Read article >

NVIDIA Helps Retail Industry Tackle Its $100 Billion Shrink Problem

The global retail industry has a $100 billion problem. “Shrinkage” — the loss of goods due to theft, damage and misplacement — significantly crimps retailers’ profits. An estimated 65% of shrinkage is due to theft, according to the National Retail Federation’s 2022 Retail Security Survey, conducted in partnership with the Loss Prevention Research Council. And Read article >

Thunderbird Android Update: K-9 Mail 6.400 Adds Customizable Swipe Actions

The path to bringing you a great email experience on Android devices begins with K-9 Mail, which joined the Thunderbird product family earlier this year. As we work towards a modern redesign of desktop Thunderbird, we're also working towards improving K-9 Mail as it begins its transition to Thunderbird mobile!
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Important: Thunderbird 102.7.0 And Microsoft 365 Enterprise Users

In Thunderbird 102.7.0, we will be making some changes to the way we handle OAuth2 authorization with Microsoft accounts, and this may involve some extra work for users currently using Microsoft-hosted accounts through their employer or educational institution.
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Thunderbird Supernova Preview: The New Calendar Design

Life gets busy. That's why the new calendar in Thunderbird Supernova is being designed to look and feel comfortable. It will help you more efficiently sift, sort, and digest all the crucial details of your day.
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