December 3, 2023


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Kanye agrees to buy Parler, Elon Musk reportedly plans mass layoffs at Twitter, and Netflix gets into cloud gaming • TechCrunch

Kanye agrees to buy Parler, Elon Musk reportedly plans mass layoffs at Twitter, and Netflix gets into cloud gaming • TechCrunch

Hey, mates! Welcome again to Week in Review, where by each and every Saturday we recap a handful of the best TechCrunch stories from the previous seven times. Want it in your inbox? Get it in this article!

This 7 days marked the in-person return of TechCrunch Disrupt, with our group using the clearly show again into the authentic entire world following two decades absolutely digital. It was a person helluva demonstrate, with appearances from people like tennis legend (turned investor) Serena Williams, comic (also turned trader!) Kevin Hart, Lyft co-founder John Zimmer, and Figma CEO Dylan Discipline. Congrats to Minerva Lithium for successful the Startup Battlefield opposition!

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Google’s Ping-Pong robot: “As if it weren’t ample to have AI tanning humanity’s cover (figuratively for now) at each and every board sport in existence,” writes Devin, “Google AI has got one doing work to wipe out us all at Ping-Pong as nicely.”

Elon expects huge Twitter layoffs: Musk reportedly wishes to slash up to 75% of Twitter’s workforce — about 5,600 jobs — if/when his acquisition of the business goes by means of. That selection appears very absurd. Even substantially smaller layoffs have compounding effects on things like team morale and efficiency — just imagine the quantity of understanding/perception that disappears if the the greater part of a organization is permit go.

Kanye West is obtaining Parler: Very well, which is a headline I hardly ever, at any time, at any time would’ve predicted. “Kanye West, the rapper who also goes by the identify Ye, has arrived at an agreement to buy ‘uncancelable free of charge speech platform’ Parler,” writes Manish, “in a go [the involved parties say] will support folks specific their conservative viewpoints freely.”

Steadiness AI raises $101 million: The enterprise at the rear of the AI-driven graphic generator Secure Diffusion and songs-building procedure Dance Diffusion has lifted $101 million at a noted valuation of $1 billion.

Netflix explores cloud gaming: Just as Google provides up on its cloud gaming initiatives, Netflix is diving in. At Disrupt this 7 days, Netflix’s VP of Gaming claimed the organization is “seriously discovering a cloud gaming supplying,” declaring that Google’s shuttered exertion was a “technical success” with “issues with the business enterprise product.”

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Here’s what’s up in TC podcast land this 7 days:

  • Equity was reside and in person! Soon after many years in pandemic mode, the Equity crew (Alex, Natasha, and Mary Ann) kicked off Disrupt by recording a exhibit deal with-to-confront for the initially time.
  • On Uncovered, Darrell and Jordan caught up with Jerrica Kirkley and Matthew Wetschler and discovered the story of Plume, their telehealth corporation that focuses on transgender care.


What were TC+ members looking through most at the rear of the paywall? Here’s a peek:

2023 VC predictions: After a wild few decades of ups and downs, what will enterprise funds glimpse like in 2023? Contrary Money founder Eric Tarczynski weighs in.

Ron explores Celonis and its $13 billion valuation: Celonis may possibly not be a identify that everyone recognizes…but the 11-yr-outdated data-processing firm has managed to increase billions of bucks in the previous few several years on your own. What are they performing so suitable? Ron Miller will take us on a deep dive.