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Lumen raises $62M for its handheld weight loss hardware

Losing weight sucks. It’s a deeply invidualized experience that’s bogged down by all sorts of societal expectations and fly-by-night promises. Many have amassed fortunes promising silver bullet so

5 methods for leveraging digital advertising during a downturn

For the remainder of 2022 and beyond, the decision is not whether to advertise, but where, how much and how to augment performance.

On-demand car rental company Kyte is now offering car subscriptions

Car rental delivery startup Kyte said it’s on a mission to disrupt the auto industry by making people think twice about buying a car. Starting Wednesday, Kyte will now offer a car subscription s

Shield, a communication compliance platform for financial institutions, raises $20M

Two months ago, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said it had fined 16 Wall Street firms more than $1.1 billion for “widespread recordkeeping failures” regarding maintaining ele

Web3 developer platform Fleek raises $25M led by Polychain Capital

Web3 developer platform Fleek has raised $25 million in Series A funding led by Polychain Capital, the company shared exclusively with TechCrunch. Additional investors in the round include Coinbase Ve

Zoe, which went viral with its Covid-reporting app, raises $30M to track nutrition and health

Zoe, a startup founded by doctors and researchers out of London and Boston, made its name during the pandemic with a popular — dare we say viral? — self-reporting Covid-19 app. Embraced bo

Was Sam Bankman-Fried’s appearance a performance?

FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried talked from an undisclosed location in the Bahamas today with reporter Andrew Ross Sorkin for a DealBook event, a discussion that his legal team “very much” d

Smartphone re-commerce startup Badili raises $2.1M pre-seed funding

Badili, a Kenya-based smartphone re-commerce startup, has raised $2.1 million pre-seed funding to scale its operations within Africa; one of the fastest-growing mobile phone market in the world. The V

Plant-based food brand Huel valued at $560M following Idris Elba-backed round

Much of the company’s sales are outside the UK today, with U.S. “Hueligans,” the company’s loyal fans, representing Huel’s second-biggest market.

Twitter is going to show you more tweets from people you don’t follow

As new Twitter owner Elon Musk tinkers around with the social network’s feature set, more algorithmic recommendations are apparently on the way. Twitter’s support account tweeted about the

Indian agritech DeHaat tops $700 million valuation in $60 million funding

DeHaat, a startup that offers a wide-range of agricultural services to farmers in India, has raised $60 million in a new funding round as it looks to deepen its penetration in the country and reach br

LastPass says it was breached — again

Password manager LassPass said it’s investigating a security incident after its systems were compromised for the second time this year. LastPass chief executive Karim Toubba said in a blog post

SBF says journalists are good, actually

“I’ve had a bad month,” Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF) said onstage. The crowd instantly broke out in laughter. The former CEO and founder of disgraced crypto exchange FTX, SBF’s mont

SBF claims massive ignorance on obvious conflicts in FTX downfall

“I didn’t ever try to commit fraud on anyone, I was shocked by what happened this month,” Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF), the founder and former chief executive of the fallen FTX, said at The New York

Daily Crunch: Music fans revisit their year in music with Spotify Wrapped 2022

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Stability AI doubles down on AWS

Microsoft may have long had OpenAI as its trusty partner (after its sizable investment), but AWS today announced that Stability AI, one of the hottest new upstarts in the generative AI space and the c

Musk at Twitter has ‘huge work’ ahead to comply with EU rules, warns bloc

European Union regulators have fired another warning shot at Elon Musk over his erratic piloting of Twitter since his takeover last month — saying he has “huge work” ahead if the soc

YouTube acknowledges its iOS app is crashing, says it’s working on a fix

YouTube’s mobile app on iOS devices is currently down for some users. The crashes began on Wednesday afternoon as thousands of iOS users reported the app would close shortly after opening it. Users

9 suitcase-friendly gifts for frequent flyers

Once upon a time, I used to write TechCrunch’s travel gifts roundup. It was a fun story to piece together, and I was more than happy to do the honors — and play around with some fun gadgets in

Bret Taylor steps down as co-chair and CEO of Salesforce

It’s been quite a roller coaster ride for Bret Taylor over the last year. In one week last December, he was named board chair at Twitter and co-CEO at Salesforce. One year later, he doesn’
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