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Today is Monday, June 6, 2022, and in case you didn’t know, it’s also Apple’s WWDC conference, which is what haje and our other co-workers are focusing on today, so you’re soloing me. See all the treats and tricks from these excellent writers below. Also, Lucas‘the sand AnitaThe “arrest heard in the crypto world” newsletter is the one you need to check out. Finally, we give you five reasons why you won’t want to miss the TC:Climate sessions, which kick off next week, so buy your ticket today. Christina
TechCrunch’s top 3
- Everything about Apple: As mentioned, this week our team will bring you all things WWDC, from the livestreamed keynote to unveilings like the M2 silicon chip to the redesigned MacBook Air to the new macOS name (Ventura, “Mace Ventura”) and all the new features you can stomach. Alright, we even have a special WWDC 2022 page where you can access all of Apple’s perks throughout the week.
- Elon Musk is not happy: When we’re not writing about Apple, we’re writing about our favorite billionaire’s journey to buying Twitter. Today, Musk’s legal team filed a filing with the SEC stating that Musk is not happy that Twitter is not complying with its request for data regarding the number of “spam and fake accounts” it has. the social media giant, and if it doesn’t get those numbers, it’s going to grab its toys and go home, figuratively speaking.
- Unicorns might lose their magic: In this episode of “The Exchange”, alexander debate over glut versus jam and why the past 2 years have been something of a “bargain unicorn”.
Startups and VCs
Not a day goes by that we don’t hear about a new threat or hack, so it’s no surprise that companies like AppOmni continue to raise big bucks to help fix the problem – in this case, vulnerabilities in SaaS application stacks.
Another company evoking capital is Magical, which wants to prove that robotic process automation is not ready for consolidationand there are still a few rabbits to come out of his hat.
More in the software, alexander writes that software startups have reason to be happyeven in this downturn in venture capital.
Would you like a little more? Happy to Comply:
- The order counts: When haje doesn’t write about Apple, it helps startups understand the best slide order for their pitch decks.
- Catching up with the credit craze: based in Nigeria Indicina doesn’t let Africa’s poor credit infrastructure stand in the way to create technology to record credit transactions across the continent.
- An apple for the teacher: Ingrid reports that Go1, an enterprise learning company, has seized $100 million to give it a $2 billion valuation.
- Money Conscious Coupling: Mixing your money with a significant other can end badly, but as Natasha writing, Ivella grossed $3.5 million to make it so fun and flexible.
- Serving on-chip radar: Vayyar has raised $108m in Series E funding towards “introducing a “family” of machine learning-based sensor solutions for robotics, retail, public safety and “smart” building products, Kyle writing.
- Discovering drugs with robots: Creating new drugs is a long and expensive endeavor, but the Hong Kong-based company Insilico made $50 million leveraging artificial intelligence and a robotics lab to hopefully speed things up in a more cost-conscious way.
- Middle East gets a Bolt through a Fenix: The Abu Dhabi-based mobility startup is harnessing the “superpower of micromobility” not only to ensure that your groceries reach you within 10 minutes, but also to provide you with other services that you might be interested in trying.
Fighting the stigma of “copycats” in SaaS: three tips that work
In a world where ideas are cheap, it’s not hard to be called a “copycat” if your product is even within a mile of your competitor’s domain, no matter what value you provide.
“It always hurts to hear a prospect say, ‘Oh, you’re like a cheaper/newer version of [your biggest competitor].’ It stings even more when you know you have a superior product,” writes Sachin Gupta, CEO and co-founder of HackerEarth.
Drawing on his own experience, Gupta explains three ways founders can differentiate their company and their product:
- Exploit and enhance your data.
- Double your product.
- Revisit and reinvent your marketing.
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Big Tech inc.
- Lots of great news in our newsletters, from Mary Annthe story of Affirm and Stripe working together to give US Stripe consumers a way to pay in installments for Kirstenabout Ford’s new sales process and Sarah‘s looks at the number of downloads on the App Store and Google Play.
- Etsy is investing $25 million in a new purchase protection program for buyers and sellers that will hit the online marketplace on August 1. At its core, the new program means shoppers can get a full refund if items “do not match the item description”. , arrive damaged or do not arrive at all.” We don’t think sellers are maliciously trying to pull the wool over anyone’s eyes, but it looks like sellers will have to be careful what they post.
- IBM announced the acquisition of Randori, an offensive security startup. Carly called the move “yet another sign of the company’s continued shift away from its legacy business into AI-based cloud software and cybersecurity services, which it recently bolstered with its buyout of the platform. -form of security of ReaQTA terminals”.
- It may be Apple’s big day, but as brian put it, “a drop in Google Pixel functionality awaits no one.” Some of the phone’s new features include the ability to add a shortcut from the homepage to a shot card screenshot and talk mode for Google’s sound amplifier.