Game environments can be very relaxing, and two, from Halo and Sea of Thieves are coming to the meditation app Calm.The latest Tweet by TechCrunch states, ‘Halo and Sea of Thieves ambience tracks come to Calm meditation app . ‘ 📲 Halo and Sea of Thieves Ambience Tracks Come to Calm Meditation App – Latest Tweet by TechCrunch.Winamp version 5.9.1 is here, rejoice! The venerable — nay, aged — but reliable media player has been receiving sporadic updates over the last couple decades, but little truly new functionality has appeared (and that’s just fine by us users).
As electric vehicles begin to take some market share, the nation’s charging infrastructure is playing catch-up. The Department of Energy says there are now around 50,000 charging stations in the U.S., and the Biden administration wants to see 10 times as many operating by 2030. GM said last year that it would install as many as 40,000 level 2 chargers in communities across the U.S. and Canada.Space is packed with human-made objects, and will likely only get more crowded with the continued growth of the space industry. Spacecraft operators have surprisingly little real-time data about where things actually are in orbit, especially in relation to each other. Enter Slingshot Aerospace.Back in 2009, Apple’s Phil Schiller stood onstage and unveiled the iPhone 3GS with a brief and somewhat surprising aside: the buttonless, glass-fronted device would work even if you couldn’t see it. Schiller was referring to Apple’s not-yet-announced plan to bring VoiceOver, the assistive tool known as a “screen reader,” to the iPhone, a move that over the next decade would become the industry standard for non-visual interaction with a smartphone. Tomorrow at the third annual Sight Tech Global event, which is a free, virtual event focused on AI and assistive technology for the blind and visually impaired, we will feature a conversation about VoiceOver between TechCrunch Editor-in-Chief Matthew Panzarino and Apple’s accessibility product manager Areeba Kamal and accessibility evangelist Dean Hudson.Uber and Motional, the Hyundai-Aptiv joint venture focused on commercializing self-driving technology, have launched a robotaxi service in Las Vegas — the first step in the companies’ 10-year plan to co-scale across major North American cities, which was announced in October. While Motional has already launched similar services in Las Vegas on both the Lyft and Via networks, this is Uber’s first time offering autonomous rides to the public. Los Angeles will be Uber and Motional’s second launch city “at a later date,” according to Motional.
With Pickme, your neighbor can receive your packages for you
French startup Pickme has raised a $3.7 million (€3.5 million) funding round to build a new network of pick-up and drop-off points for e-commerce retailers and logistics companies. With Pickme, a customer can order something and let their neighbor receive the package directly. Customers can then collect the package later when they have time.The Discovery+ app is getting one of the most anticipated features — and frankly, a must-have feature for today’s streaming apps — offline viewing. The company announced Monday that users of the ad-free plan in the U.S. will be able to download content for offline viewing on the service’s iOS and Android apps.Auditing firm Mazars has released a report about Binance’s BTC reserves. The auditing firm has reached the same conclusion as Binance itself. As of November 22 at 23:59 UTC, Binance held enough bitcoins and wrapped bitcoins to cover all users’s balances on the exchange.Snapchat announced today that it’s partnering with Adidas to launch a new Bitmoji Fashion Drop, giving users access to exclusive merchandise for a limited time. The partnership will allow users to use Snap Tokens to purchase an exclusive Adidas track jacket for their Bitmoji. Snap Tokens, which were introduced in 2020, can be purchased within the Snapchat app by clicking on your profile icon and scrolling down to “My Snap Tokens.”.
If you haven’t gotten your fill yet of tech egos, you’ll want to tune into today’s Equity podcast, where Natasha M and Alex talk about how ego brought both Sam Bankman-Fried and Elizabeth Holmes to where they are today. More layoffs: I hate that layoffs have become a regular player in this newsletter, but today, Mary Ann writes about fintech company Plaid laying off 20% of its staff, with CEO Zach Perret telling employees that the motivation for the cuts came from “hiring and investing ahead of revenue growth.” Bucking the VC trend: Security compliance and automation will never go out of style, and Drata is proving that this sector is still attractive to investors.Today, Warner Bros. Discovery and Amazon announced that HBO Max is back on Prime Video Channels in the United States after it left as an Amazon offering in 2021. Prime subscribers can sign up for HBO Max for $14.99 per month via the Prime Video app or at amazon.com/channels/hbomax. The companies also noted in an announcement that customers would have access to the upcoming “enhanced” streaming service when it launches in 2023, which will combine HBO Max and Discovery+ content.African credit-led neobank Finclusion Group has raised an additional $2 million in equity financing as it officially rebrands to Fin, the company said in a statement shared with TechCrunch. The news follows a January announcement that the fintech, which uses AI algorithms to provide financial services to African customers via an array of credit-centric products, raised $20 million in debt and equity pre-Series A financing. Fin also raised a $20 million debt facility from emerging markets debt provider Lendable in September 2021, bringing its total capital secured in equity and debt to $42 million.Time flies when you’re reading crypto news, am I right? Feels like every day something is going down in the crypto world and this week continued to prove that. On Wednesday, FTX’s former CEO Sam Bankman-Fried spoke at The New York Times’ annual DealBook summit in an interview with Andrew Ross Sorkin.
Californians have voted against a proposal on the midterm election ballot that would have taxed the wealthiest Californians to help pay for electric vehicle tax incentives and EV charging infrastructure in the state. Proposition 30 lost 59.1% to 40.9%, according to California’s Secretary of State. California is already a leader in promoting a shift to electric cars and was the first state to ban the sale of gas-powered cars by 2035.If you’re a student with your head in the stars — whether you want to build the tech or fund those who do — TC Sessions: Space, which takes place on December 6 in Los Angeles, will help you move closer to your dream. Students looking to work in this challenging, rapidly evolving industry — across public, private or defense domains — buy your $45 pass today, join us in L.A., and get your career track flying at warp speed.The funding winter for the startup ecosystem may continue for another 12 to 18 months and the industry might have to grapple with a “lot of turmoil and volatility,” e-commerce giant Flipkart chief executive Kalyan Krishnamurthy has warned executives. Typically a reserved and soft-spoken executive, Krishnamurthy told hundreds of attendees that startup founders should embrace a down round and restructure their firms. Many startup founders are not willing to take a haircut on their previous valuations in new funding deliberations, investors say.Oh, and if you have 30 minutes of downtime, I think you’ll enjoy Alex’s interview with some corporate comms experts on the ins and outs of working with startups and public companies. Feature dump: For those of you who love to use Google Maps, Google Search and Google Shopping, boy, does the company have some new features for you. Putting money where your mouth is: Index Ventures is betting that the economic downturn will inspire the creation of more startups and is putting $300 million on that horse to win, Mike writes.
Instagram’s new transparency tools will tell you if your content is ineligible to be recommended
Instagram announced today that it’s introducing new transparency tools so you can see whether your photos and videos are recommended in the app. The social network is expanding its Account Status hub to make it easier for users with professional accounts, like businesses and creators, to understand if their content is eligible to be recommended to non-followers in places like Explore, Reels and Feed Recommendations or if their content violates the company’s Recommendations Guidelines. Instagram launched Accounts Status last year as a place where you can find out if your account is in good standing.Life360 sees the potential in tying Tile’s trackers to its broader family locator service as the small trackers are often used by families.