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Netflix co-CEO says he
Netflix co-CEO says he 'screwed up' communication over Dave Chappelle special

Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos has said he "screwed up" communication with employees following a backlash over Dave Chappelle's 'The Closer.'

Alibaba Group Kicks Off 2021 11.11 Global Shopping Festival
Alibaba Group Kicks Off 2021 11.11 Global Shopping Festival

SHANGHAI, October 20, 2021--Alibaba Group today kicked off its 2021 11.11 Global Shopping Festival.

Netflix says 142 million households watched Korean series
Netflix says 142 million households watched Korean series 'Squid Game'

Squid Game was watched by around 142 million households worldwide.

Facebook reportedly plans to change its name to focus on the metaverse
Facebook reportedly plans to change its name to focus on the metaverse

Facebook is planning to rebrand the company with a new name to focus on building the metaverse, according to a report by The Verge. CEO Mark Zuckerberg will unveil its new name at the annual Connect conference on October 28, but it could announce the new name earlier, as reported by The Verge. Facebook, which has the ambition to be known for more than social media, announced Sunday that it plans to recruit 10,000 jobs in Europe for the next five years to help build the metaverse the company sees as a key component of its future.

Facebook is reportedly changing its name
Facebook is reportedly changing its name

Facebook is rebranding and changing its company name as soon as next week, according to The Verge.

Bitcoin sits below all-time high after U.S. ETF debut
Bitcoin sits below all-time high after U.S. ETF debut

Bitcoin hovered below record levels on Wednesday, the day after the first U.S. bitcoin futures-based exchange-traded fund (ETF) began trading, a development ...

3 Sony E Mount Lenses That Survived the Great Outdoors
3 Sony E Mount Lenses That Survived the Great Outdoors

The great outdoors are a fantastic place for you to clear your mind. Bring a camera with you. Distract yourself with your passion. And better yet, don't give yourself anything to worry about later. By that, we mean that you don't need to break the bank. We dove into our reviews index to find some of the best Sony E-mount lenses to survive the great outdoors. Companies like Tamron make fantastic ones that don't really give you any compromise. Check out what we've tested!

Roland
Roland's free mobile studio app helps you record fresh ideas

Roland has launched a free mobile app, Zentracker, that helps you record ideas when they're still hot.

Kaitlyn Bristowe, Tayshia Adams, and the Richest Members of
Kaitlyn Bristowe, Tayshia Adams, and the Richest Members of 'Bachelor Nation'

Michelle Young makes her debut Oct. 19 as the lead of "The Bachelorette," and by the time the season finale airs, the Minnesota elementary school teacher...

'Flight Simulator: GOTY Edition' adds new aircraft and locations on November 18th

Microsoft is launching 'Flight Simulator: Game of the Year Edition' on November 18th with new aircraft, locations and feature upgrades.

Daily Crunch: Google
Daily Crunch: Google's new Pixel Pass subscription bundles phones and services

In other TechCrunch news, we have a huge dive into Automattic, the company behind WordPress that also owns Tumblr, which our former parent company (Verizon Media) used to own before our parent company's parent company (Verizon) sold us and we became Yahoo. Google drops new hardware, software: On the heels of Apple's event yesterday, Google got in on the hardware action today. Chinese venture capital posts epic quarter: In light of regulatory tumult as the Chinese government makes strident changes to its technology landscape, economy and culture, you would have been forgiven for expecting venture investors to slow their roll when it came to startups in the country.

Former head of Facebook app Fidji Simo defends company following whistleblower testimony
Former head of Facebook app Fidji Simo defends company following whistleblower testimony

The former head of the Facebook app, who reported directly to CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Fidji Simo, defended the social network at the start of an interview at the WSJ Tech Live event this afternoon. The exec was there to discuss her new role as Instacart CEO and her vision for the future of food delivery, but was asked to comment on the recent Facebook whistleblower's testimony and the attention it has since raised. Simo said she understood the scrutiny given Facebook's impact on people's lives.

Credo AI launches backed by $5.5 million to help companies with
Credo AI launches backed by $5.5 million to help companies with 'ethical AI'

Microsoft's mishap is but one of a long string of examples of AI gone wrong. Different organizations see different impacts from their models, and even within so-called industry verticals, individual companies often have different objectives.

Facebook announces
Facebook announces 'small pilot' to test cryptocurrency wallet Novi

Facebook is finally testing Novi, the digital wallet it's been teasing for more than two years. Lawmakers have already asked the company to end the pilot.

NASA and Boeing confirm Starliner won
NASA and Boeing confirm Starliner won't fly until first half of 2022 as valve investigation continues

NASA and Boeing provided an update on the beleaguered Starliner capsule Tuesday, confirming that the earliest the spacecraft will fly will be sometime during the first half of next year. Starliner was ground in August, after an issue with the oxidizer valves was discovered roughly four-and-a-half hours before launch. The launch was part of an uncrewed test flight, dubbed Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2), the second for Starliner.

Google makes calling businesses less painful with features for seeing wait times, phone tree options and more
Google makes calling businesses less painful with features for seeing wait times, phone tree options and more

Alongside today's release of the new Pixel 6 smartphones, Google has again upgraded one of the device's most basic -- but often overlooked -- functions: the ability to make phone calls. In previous years, Google Assistant learned to screen your calls and make your reservations by phone via a technology called Duplex. Today, Google is expanding some of these existing features and adding new ones -- including a tool that shows you the best time to call a business and a new Duplex-powered feature for navigating businesses' phone trees.

White House and Democrats nearing deal on reconciliation package - sources
White House and Democrats nearing deal on reconciliation package - sources

The White House and Democratic lawmakers are nearing deal on a framework for a major package of legislation on social programs and climate change that could ...

Facebook settles with Justice Department over H-1B hiring practices
Facebook settles with Justice Department over H-1B hiring practices

Facebook has reached separate settlements with the Department of Justice and Department of Labor over its hiring practices related to foreign workers.

Even more reasons you need to be at TC Sessions: SaaS 2021
Even more reasons you need to be at TC Sessions: SaaS 2021

Here are a few more excellent reasons you need to go to TC Sessions: SaaS 2021. Future Forward: How Machine Learning and Human-in-the-Loop Approaches are Expanding the Capabilities of Automation, presented by AKASA.

A massive
A massive 'stalkerware' leak puts the phone data of thousands at risk

The private phone data of hundreds of thousands of people are at risk. Call records, text messages, photos, browsing history, precise geolocations and call recordings can all be pulled from a person's phone because of a security issue in widely used consumer-grade spyware. TechCrunch repeatedly emailed the developer, whose identity is well hidden, through all known and non-public email addresses, but lines of inquiry to disclose the issue went cold.

Auto sector blasts Mexico
Auto sector blasts Mexico's move to legalize imported used cars

Mexico has published a decree to legalize millions of imported used cars, mainly from the United States, a move that was criticized by the country's powerful...

Auto sector blasts Mexico
Auto sector blasts Mexico's move to legalize imported used cars

Mexico has published a decree to legalize millions of imported used cars, mainly from the United States, a move that was criticized by the country's powerful...

Volvo
Volvo's new in-car app squeezes every last mile out of your EV's battery

Volvo and Polestar EVs are getting an app that optimizes range - it'll even adjust the climate control automatically.

Here
Here's everything Google announced at its Pixel 6 event

We take a look back at everything Google announced its Pixel 6 event on Tuesday.

Plaid overhauls Plaid Link SDK with simplicity in mind
Plaid overhauls Plaid Link SDK with simplicity in mind

Since 2015, Plaid has helped developers connect users to banking information using an SDK (software development kit) called Plaid Link. As Plaid describes it in its SDK documentation, "The Plaid Link SDK is a quick and secure way to link bank accounts to Plaid in your ... app." Last year, the company decided there had to be a better, more user-friendly way and began releasing an overhauled version of the SDK to parts of its user base, beginning in February, that enabled developers to update once and apply it across the various supported application development platforms.

FDA proposes rule for over-the-counter hearing aids
FDA proposes rule for over-the-counter hearing aids

When it's finalized, the measure should make it easier for people to access affordable hearing aids.

China Sells $4 Billion Dollar Bond as Evergrande Woes Fester
China Sells $4 Billion Dollar Bond as Evergrande Woes Fester

(Bloomberg) -- China sold a U.S. dollar bond in Hong Kong for the fifth straight year, even as strains emerge in the credit market amid deepening concerns...

TechCrunch+ roundup: Automattic TC-1, federal startup grants,
TechCrunch+ roundup: Automattic TC-1, federal startup grants, 'getting s*** done day'

If you're interested in writing a post for TechCrunch or TechCrunch+, please join the Twitter Space I'm hosting today at 3 p.m. PDT/6 p.m. EDT. With budgets that go into the millions, video games are no small business.

Biden
Biden's QSBS tax plan would have unintended consequences for startups

Buried deep in President Joe Biden's 2021 tax plan are new amendments to the United States' Qualified Small Business Stock (QSBS) program, which, if passed, will directly impact early-stage startup employees, founders and investors. The engineer exercises their stock options early, while the company has raised less than $50 million in venture capital.

A nurse made his entire day
A nurse made his entire day's wages trading crypto on his lunch break, so he quit his day job and now makes 7 figures

Since quitting, 31-year-old Josh Dorgan now spends more time with his newborn, Bloomberg Businessweek reported.

Ethereum: Last Chance for a Low-Risk Buying Opportunity Should Be Around the Corner
Ethereum: Last Chance for a Low-Risk Buying Opportunity Should Be Around the Corner

As long as ETH can stay above the September lows, the pullback will, IMHO, be the last low-risk buying opportunity before it rallies to $7500 and ultimately ...

Drenching Rain Set to Bring California Fire Season Closer to End
Drenching Rain Set to Bring California Fire Season Closer to End

(Bloomberg) -- A river from the sky is about to wash over California and the Pacific Northwest and it could bring some relief from the fire season that has...

Google
Google's Pixel 6 can translate text as you type

Live Translate is one of many AI features powered by the new Tensor chip.

MLB is in talks to end local blackouts for streaming games
MLB is in talks to end local blackouts for streaming games

MLB is reportedly in talks to launch a service that lets you watch home games without a cable TV subscription.

With Real Tone, Pixel 6 aims to improve your portraits, whatever your skin tone
With Real Tone, Pixel 6 aims to improve your portraits, whatever your skin tone

It makes sense that phone manufacturers are paying extra attention to how faces show up in photos, and the new Pixel 6, announced by Google today, introduces a suite of new AI-powered tools to make humans show up better than ever. The two highlights are Face Unblur -- which helps reduce blur on moving faces -- and Real Tone. The latter is some AI-powered post-processing magic - powered by Google's brand new Tensor chip -  aiming to make faces with all skin tones show up as well as possible.

Google
Google's Pixel 6 camera smartens up snapshots with AI tools

Google's latest flagship phones have an impressive set of automated, AI-powered tools to help make your photos look better, with smart blurs, object removal, and skin tone exposure. If it works anywhere near as well you will probably want to use it all the time.

How to pre-order the Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro
How to pre-order the Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro

Here's how to pre-order the Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro smartphones. The Pixel 6 starts at $599 and the Pixel 6 Pro costs $899.

Google introduces Pixel Pass, an all-in-one subscription combining phones and premium services
Google introduces Pixel Pass, an all-in-one subscription combining phones and premium services

Alongside the launch of the new Google Pixel 6 smartphones, the company also introduced a new way to purchase them: Pixel Pass. This all-in-one subscription service allows consumers to purchase a Pixel phone for a low monthly price, rather than paying for it all upfront. Also included with the subscription are Google's services, like storage, music, YouTube Premium, and free apps and games.

The Pixel 6 Pro vs. the competition: Telephoto, Tensor and more
The Pixel 6 Pro vs. the competition: Telephoto, Tensor and more

Google's Tensor chip makes its debut in the latest pair of Pixel phones.

The Pixel 6 vs. the competition: The Tensor chip goes up to bat
The Pixel 6 vs. the competition: The Tensor chip goes up to bat

The new Pixel 6 steps up its game with a Google-made CPU and a security coprocessor, but how do its other specs compare to leading flagship handsets from Apple and Samsung?

The Pixel 6
The Pixel 6's camera will feature larger image sensors and smarter photo editing AI

On Tuesday, Google executives explained what sorts of cameras and image capture systems the new handsets will offer when they go on sale October 28th.

Facebook to pay up to $14.25 million to settle U.S. employment discrimination claims
Facebook to pay up to $14.25 million to settle U.S. employment discrimination claims

Facebook Inc has agreed to pay up to $14.25 million to settle civil claims by the U.S. government that the social media company discriminated against...

Is Zillow
Is Zillow's plunging stock price a warning about the housing market?

And what does it means for the future of the housing market?

Yellen says Democrats raise proposed IRS bank reporting threshold to $10,000
Yellen says Democrats raise proposed IRS bank reporting threshold to $10,000

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said on Tuesday she welcomed a revised proposal from congressional Democrats to raise a bank account tax reporting threshold to $10,000 in annual transactions from a proposed $600 level, with an exemption for wage earners. The change was made after major opposition https://www.reuters.com/business/finance/us-banking-lobby-groups-oppose-proposed-tax-reporting-law-2021-09-17 from banking and other lobbying groups who charged that initial proposal would raise financial privacy concerns by requiring financial firms to track and submit to the Internal Revenue Service data on aggregate inflows and outflows from every bank account above...

U.S. FCC commissioner wants new restrictions review for Chinese dronemaker DJI
U.S. FCC commissioner wants new restrictions review for Chinese dronemaker DJI

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -A Republican member of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Tuesday said he wants the U.S. telecommunications regulator to...

Warren Buffett is holding these stocks for monstrous free cash flow - why you should too
Warren Buffett is holding these stocks for monstrous free cash flow - why you should too

These companies produce the only thing that matters.

Retirement age should rise by two years, says OECD
Retirement age should rise by two years, says OECD

Britain's state pension age must increase further to avoid a debt crisis, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has warned.

Cramer Says These Cloud Stocks Are Ready To Rally
Cramer Says These Cloud Stocks Are Ready To Rally

On CNBC's "Mad Money," Jim Cramer said some of the fast-growing cloud stocks seemed "ready to roar." Analyzing charts based on technical analysis by Tim Collins, Cramer said ServiceNow Inc (NYSE: NOW) and Snowflake Inc (NYSE: SNOW) seemed to be "primed for a breakout," He added that this makes sense because these companies were labor-saving and could continue to work even if other technology companies start feeling the pressure due to accelerating inflation. America's annual inflation rate edged

Billionaire investor Carl Icahn warns a market crisis is brewing, says bitcoin may be an inflation hedge, and reflects on his Apple and Netflix bets in a new interview. Here are the 7 best quotes.
Billionaire investor Carl Icahn warns a market crisis is brewing, says bitcoin may be an inflation hedge, and reflects on his Apple and Netflix bets in a new interview. Here are the 7 best quotes.

Icahn reacted to an Insider report that he missed out on $40 billion by selling Apple and Netflix stock, saying he always cashes out early.

Amazon Music Unlimited users can now stream spatial audio on any pair of headphones
Amazon Music Unlimited users can now stream spatial audio on any pair of headphones

Amazon announced that starting today, Amazon Music Unlimited subscribers can stream spatial audio with their current headphones on its Android and iOS apps. The company currently supports two forms of spatial audio: Sony's Reality Audio and Dolby Atmos. Amazon first introduced spatial audio in 2019, but it was limited to a small number of devices.


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