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WhatsApp may soon let you hide your online status
WhatsApp may soon let you hide your online status

WhatsApp is developing a feature that would allow users to hide their online status.

'Genshin Impact' Summer Fantasia update arrives on July 13th

Hoyoverse will release Genshin Impact's next major content update on July 13th.

A housing bubble requires 3 elements. The 2022 housing market has hit 2
A housing bubble requires 3 elements. The 2022 housing market has hit 2

To better understand the ongoing housing cycle, let's take a closer look at how it does-and doesn't-look like a housing bubble.

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Meta's Novi cryptocurrency wallet is shutting down

Meta is shutting down Novi, its short-lived cryptocurrency digital wallet.

NASA targets late August to early September launch for Artemis 1 Moon mission
NASA targets late August to early September launch for Artemis 1 Moon mission

NASA has set an aggressive launch for its Artemis 1 Moon mission following the successful June 20th "wet dress rehearsal" fueling test of the SLS rocket that will carry the flight to space.

Ring ring ring ring Solanaphone
Ring ring ring ring Solanaphone

Last week, we talked about the NFT community being down bad but still down to party. If you want to get this in your inbox every Thursday, you can subscribe on TechCrunch's newsletter page. There are few consumer companies with a better reputation among users than Apple, there are also few "web2" companies that are more despised by crypto startups than Apple.

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Twitch's latest test lets you preview channels without watching ads

It will give you one-minute previews of random channels.

Recommended Reading: Google
Recommended Reading: Google's biggest hardware flop

Recommended Reading highlights the week's best writing on technology and more.

Only a few people are allowed in this locked vault deep within a mountain, where seed samples of around 6,000 different species are safeguarded - see inside the highly restricted space
Only a few people are allowed in this locked vault deep within a mountain, where seed samples of around 6,000 different species are safeguarded - see inside the highly restricted space

If climate change wipes out most of life on the planet, there's still a place where we've got genetic copies of hundreds of thousands of crops.

How Many Hours Can You Work and Still Collect Social Security?
How Many Hours Can You Work and Still Collect Social Security?

As the name would imply, Social Security retirement benefits were meant to be paid out to beneficiaries after they stop working. Discover: 20 Best Places To ...

Some Americans are getting up to $1,000 cash as White House remains silent on new stimulus checks - here
Some Americans are getting up to $1,000 cash as White House remains silent on new stimulus checks - here's every state sending relief

Several states have approved bills that will see money coming to residents while some have pending legislation to keep an eye on.

Heading outdoors? Apps like LeafSnap and Picture Insect can help identify plants and animals.
Heading outdoors? Apps like LeafSnap and Picture Insect can help identify plants and animals.

Can't tell poison ivy from a maple leaf? Afraid that tick is carrying some disease? These smartphone apps will come in handy when you're outdoors.

'Recession is inevitable': Elon Musk now thinks there's a greater than 50-50 chance that the economy will decline. Here are 3 simple ways to protect your money

Tough times are coming. Prep your portfolio.

$10,000 offers to get off a plane, CEO apologies and free pizza: Here
$10,000 offers to get off a plane, CEO apologies and free pizza: Here's how a massive labor shortage and pent-up demand helped create a chaotic summer for airlines

"The pilot shortage for the industry is real"

The Dutch company building Jeff Bezos
The Dutch company building Jeff Bezos' megayacht scrapped its request to take apart a historic bridge following public outcry and threats to egg the ship

Shipyard employees felt threatened, and the company worried locals would vandalize the ship, a Dutch newspaper reported.

How Netflix grew from DVD service to a Hollywood disruptor with over 200 million subscribers - that is now losing customers
How Netflix grew from DVD service to a Hollywood disruptor with over 200 million subscribers - that is now losing customers

Netflix is still the top streaming service with 220 million subscribers worldwide, but it's facing slowing growth and stiff competition.

Switzerland is pretty pricey, but not the most pricey. These are the 10 most expensive cities to work abroad in 2022
Switzerland is pretty pricey, but not the most pricey. These are the 10 most expensive cities to work abroad in 2022

Inflation has made remote employees worried about their purchasing power.

Airbus sells 292 A320 aircraft to four Chinese airlines in a blow to Boeing, as US-China tension tips balance in European maker
Airbus sells 292 A320 aircraft to four Chinese airlines in a blow to Boeing, as US-China tension tips balance in European maker's favour

Airbus has secured a bulk order for 292 of its A320 single-aisle aircraft from four Chinese airlines, as deteriorating US-China relations tipped the balance ...

China is doubling down on its bid to challenge the dollar
China is doubling down on its bid to challenge the dollar's global dominance. Analysts lay out why it's unlikely to succeed.

"I'd rather be paid in US dollars than rand, real, rubles, rupees or yuans," Oanda analyst Jeff Halley told Insider in a recent interview.

Musk breaks silence on Twitter, posts a picture with the pope
Musk breaks silence on Twitter, posts a picture with the pope

The world's richest person tweeted a picture where he can be seen standing next to the pope, captioning it: "Honored to meet @pontifex yesterday." Musk's...

Bossip|電盈斷油 蒲台島快將燈滅|Louise
Bossip|電盈斷油 蒲台島快將燈滅|Louise

香港最南端島嶼有「香港南極」之美譽的蒲台島,今年底亦將面臨斷電,行山友要注意入黑冇燈呀!島上嘅路燈一直靠柴油發電機發電來照明,居民則透過駁線上路燈來取電用,過去十年電訊盈科(008)向蒲台島贊助柴油來發電,不過慈善係有限期嘅,已通知村公所主席今年底就會「斷油」喇。

摩通:油價恐飆至災難性的每桶380美元
摩通:油價恐飆至災難性的每桶380美元

摩根大通週五 (1 日) 發布一份報告警示,7 大工業國集團 (G7) 若對俄國石油價格設置上限,恐引發俄羅斯報復性減產,最壞的情況可能讓國際油價飆升到每桶 380 美元。

Missing cryptoqueen: Is Dr Ruja Ignatova the biggest Bitcoin holder?
Missing cryptoqueen: Is Dr Ruja Ignatova the biggest Bitcoin holder?

As the FBI adds Ruja Ignatova to its most wanted list, new findings suggest she amassed billions in Bitcoin.

Google will automatically delete records of abortion clinic visits
Google will automatically delete records of abortion clinic visits

Google will automatically delete records of abortion clinics visits following the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Google will start erasing location data for abortion clinic visits
Google will start erasing location data for abortion clinic visits

In the aftermath of the Supreme Court's decision to strip federal abortion rights in the U.S., many people are questioning how the apps they use every day might suddenly be turned against them. As concerns mount over the endless well of data that tech companies built an entire industry around, Google is taking at least one step to mitigate some potential harm related to location tracking. The company announced Friday in a blog post that it would remove location history data about some "particularly personal" places from a Google account shortly after someone visits.

Crypto mega hedge fund Three Arrows Capital reportedly files for bankruptcy in New York
Crypto mega hedge fund Three Arrows Capital reportedly files for bankruptcy in New York

Crypto hedge fund Three Arrows Capital (3AC) has filed for Chapter 15 bankruptcy in New York, according to a report in Bloomberg. The mega fund, founded by Credit Suisse traders Zhu Su and Kyle Davies, at one time managed an estimated $10 billion in assets and was a linchpin among crypto finance players. Chapter 15 bankruptcy will allow the foreign firm to protect its stateside assets while the liquidation is carried out in the British Virgin Islands following a court order this week after 3AC defaulted on a $660 million loan to Voyager Digital.

Google will start removing abortion clinic visits from users
Google will start removing abortion clinic visits from users' location history

Google says it will remove abortion clinics and other facilities from users' location history amid renewed concerns about data privacy following the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

How to block - or blur - your location from your smartphone's apps

The Supreme Court's overturning of Roe v. Wade has experts warning about how smartphone data could track women seeking abortions

FIFA OKs sensor ball and semi-automatic offside tracking for the 2022 World Cup
FIFA OKs sensor ball and semi-automatic offside tracking for the 2022 World Cup

The new technology uses a series of 12 cameras that track the positions of both the ball and players.

Samsung
Samsung's cloud gaming hub brings Xbox, Twitch and more to newest smart TVs

Samsung announced yesterday that it is bridging its hardware and software for a better gaming experience, bringing the Samsung Gaming Hub to its 2022 lineup of smart TVs and monitors. Twitch has also been added, and Amazon Luna will be available soon. The company is rolling out its gaming hub on Samsung TVs like the 2022 Neo QLED 8K, Neo QLED 4K and 2022 Smart Monitor Series.

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A 'Doom' mobile game from 2005 is now playable on Windows

Fans have rescued 'Doom RPG' from the landfill of gaming history.

I want to forget Elon
I want to forget Elon's dumb $420 tweet, but y'all won't let me

Elon Musk hasn't tweeted in 10 days, but his Twitter account is once again news because time is a flat circle. On that fateful day, Musk said he was "considering taking Tesla private at $420" per share and had secured funding to do so. Only, he apparently hadn't, so the SEC hit Musk with fraud charges over "false and misleading" tweets.

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Mexico's Largest Refinery Is Now Open. It's Just Not Making Any Fuel

(Bloomberg) -- The site of Mexico's newest oil refinery looks more like a tech campus than a place where dirty crude is processed into gasoline and diesel...

Sequoia Capital reportedly raising two funds, and despite slower VC environment, it
Sequoia Capital reportedly raising two funds, and despite slower VC environment, it's not alone

Venture capital investments may be slower, but that seems to be giving venture capital firms some time to go out and raise funds of their own. Sequoia Capital is the latest to reportedly be raising two new U.S.-focused funds, valued at up to $2.25 billion, The Information reported earlier this week. The publication reported that Menlo Park-based Sequoia is looking at $1.5 billion for a U.S. growth fund focused on later-stage companies and a $750 million fund targeting earlier-stage startups.

Minecraft sensation Technoblade dies of cancer at 23, says goodbye in final YouTube video
Minecraft sensation Technoblade dies of cancer at 23, says goodbye in final YouTube video

An influential Minecraft player and YouTube streamer known as Technoblade had died of cancer at age 23. His final video has 27 million views.

FCC clears SpaceX to put its Starlink satellite WiFi in vehicles
FCC clears SpaceX to put its Starlink satellite WiFi in vehicles

SpaceX's satellite internet service is officially going mobile after the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday authorized the company to provide its Starlink WiFi service to vehicles.

TikTok tells senators how it plans to beef up data security for American users
TikTok tells senators how it plans to beef up data security for American users

A Republican FCC commissioner recently called on the service to be removed from US app stores.

The end of a second straight month of layoffs in tech
The end of a second straight month of layoffs in tech

June brought another wave of layoffs in tech, with cuts impacting roughly the same number of employees as May: 16,000 employees, according to tracker layoffs.fyi. Another layoff aggregator from TrueUp paints a more dire picture, counting 26,000 impacted employees this month, up from about 20,000 last month. The end of a second straight month of nearly daily layoffs shows how every startup sector, from mobility to fintech, is impacted by the downturn. When Niantic released Pokémon Go in 2016, the company put itself firmly on the map as an AR and mobile gaming company to watch out for.

20 best back to school gifts for college students to shop right now
20 best back to school gifts for college students to shop right now

From late night studying to having a social life, these are the gifts that college students will use during the school year like laptops and luggage.

TikTok is sued over deaths of two young girls in viral
TikTok is sued over deaths of two young girls in viral 'blackout challenge'

Lawsuits filed in L.A. Superior Court against TikTok allege two young girls died after watching videos on the app that encouraged self-strangulation.

Watch: Brittney Griner Arrives at Russian Court
Watch: Brittney Griner Arrives at Russian Court

U.S. women's basketball star Brittney Griner appeared in a Moscow-area court on Friday in a drug case that could carry as much as 10 years in prison for a...

Unplug These Appliances That Hike Up Your Electricity Bill
Unplug These Appliances That Hike Up Your Electricity Bill

Hold on to your wallet. Due to inflation and prices surging for natural gas, heating oil and other fuels, you will see a significant rise in your utility...

Delta gave passengers pizza after delaying their flight as all airlines struggle with massive staffing shortages
Delta gave passengers pizza after delaying their flight as all airlines struggle with massive staffing shortages

A TikTok from Elizabeth Ochoa went viral showing the snacks after her flight to Rome was delayed.

YouTuber name not sticking? Here is how to change your YouTube channel name
YouTuber name not sticking? Here is how to change your YouTube channel name

YouTube channel doing poorly? It might be time for name change. 1. Click the "Customization" tab in YouTube Studio. 2. Click the "Basic info" tab.

Spotify partners with Netflix to curate a personalized
Spotify partners with Netflix to curate a personalized 'Stranger Things' playlist for fans

Which song will save you from Vecna? In partnership with Netflix, Spotify has launched a personalized "Stranger Things" playlist dedicated to Season 4 Volume 2, which premieres this Friday, July 1. The Upside Down playlist, as it's called, blends music from a listener's own selection with a handful of "Stranger Things" classics from the newest season.

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China's new Mars images show off the country's robust (but secretive) space program

With a $24 billion budget and dozens of active, high-profile missions, it's not surprising that NASA is the most visible of the dozens of government space agencies in the world. Just this week, the China National Space Administration (CNSA) released a series of high-resolution images of Mars taken by its Tianwen-1 spacecraft, which arrived at the Red Planet in February 2021 and has been orbiting it ever since. Over the course of more than 1,300 orbits, Tianwen-1 has photographed the entire planet in extreme detail, from the icy south pole to the 2,485-mile-long Valles Marineris canyon to the 59,055-foot-tall shield volcano Ascraeus Mons.

Toyota Runs Out of US Tax Credits for EVs, Joining Tesla and GM
Toyota Runs Out of US Tax Credits for EVs, Joining Tesla and GM

(Bloomberg) -- Toyota Motor Corp. has used up a key US tax credit for hybrid and electric vehicles, a milestone that the automaker says will raise its costs ...

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FDA won't require lengthy clinical trials for COVID-19 boosters

Future COVID-19 vaccine boosters won't have to go through a traditional, lengthy clinical trial process to attain emergency use authorization in the U.S., according to a report in Reuters. An agency official, speaking to the publication today, said that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will instead rely on data from trials on shots developed earlier in the pandemic to combat specific virus variants as well as manufacturing data in considering whether to clear boosters for administration. Preclinical animal study and safety data might also be used, the official said.

Hydra aims to be the open cloud data warehouse alternative to Snowflake
Hydra aims to be the open cloud data warehouse alternative to Snowflake

Hydra, a member of the Y Combinator winter 2022 class, has a broad ambition. It is building an open source cloud data warehouse and hopes to eventually compete with Snowflake. The data warehouse concept has existed since the 80s as a large storehouse for structured data.

GM Holds ~95,000 Vehicles Manufactured Without Certain Components - Here
GM Holds ~95,000 Vehicles Manufactured Without Certain Components - Here's Why

General Motors Co (NYSE: GM) provided a business update for 2Q22 and said its vehicle wholesale volumes were impacted by the timing of certain semiconductor ...


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