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  • VC Trae Stephens says he has a bunker (and much more) in talk about Founders Fund and Anduril

    Last night, for an evening hosted by StrictlyVC, this editor sat down with Trae Stephens, a former government intelligence analyst turned early Palantir employee turned investor at Founders Fund, where Stephens has cofounded two companies of his own. One of these is Anduril, the buzzy defense tech company that is now valued at $8.4 billion…


  • Film cameras are back – and Pentax’s new compact could soon suck you into the analog revival

    Film cameras are back – and Pentax’s new compact could soon suck you into the analog revival

    Pentax’s new film camera will finally launch in mid-2024 It’ll be a half-frame compact with both electronic and manual controls Its lens will be based on the Ricoh Auto Half and Pentax Espio Mini  Pentax’s new film camera has taken a suitably long time to develop, with the project first announced way back in 2022.…


  • Elon Musk sues OpenAI and Sam Altman over ‘betrayal’ of non-profit AI mission

    Elon Musk sued OpenAI, its co-founders Sam Altman and Greg Brockman and affiliated entities on Thursday, alleging the ChatGPT makers have breached their original contractual agreements by pursuing profits instead of the nonprofit’s founding mission to develop AI that benefits humanity. Musk, an early backer of OpenAI, claims Altman and Brockman convinced him to help…


  • Nearly half of businesses are tracking their remote workers — but apparently it’s for your own good

    New research has found that nearly half of enterprises (44%) are tracking their employees’ home working hours, with an additional third (33%) making plans to do so in the future. Obligations to meet employee wellbeing regulations mean that 65% of businesses are having their workers install IoT devices to monitor lighting levels and air quality.…


  • Meta’s Zuckerberg woos big tech in Asia to double down on AI chips

    Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who is touring Asia countries this week, said in a meeting with South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol on Thursday that Meta wants to beef up its cooperation with Samsung Electronics for AI chips to offset geopolitical risk issue in Taiwan, where TSMC, the world’s biggest contract chip manufacturer, is headquartered.…


  • Call of Duty: Warzone Mobile is finally launching worldwide next month

    Call of Duty: Warzone Mobile is finally set to launch in full next month following the decision to delay the game late last year. A free-to-play mobile shooter, Call of Duty: Warzone Mobile is a successor to Call of Duty: Mobile that seems set to offer a portable gaming experience that is even closer to…


  • MWC 2024: Nothing enters the budget range with Phone (2a)

    Nothing isn’t one to be quiet about new releases. The London-based phone company’s media push largely relies on trickling out information about devices bit by bit. It’s been a solid strategy thus far (if a bit annoying as someone who covers this world), as so many of its announcements have been first-gen products, each generating…


  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6: latest news, rumors, and everything we know so far

    Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6: latest news, rumors, and everything we know so far

    Samsung has more or less mastered the foldable phone at this point, so much so that despite the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 being very similar to its predecessor, it still achieved a 4.5-star score in our Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 review. So it’s likely the next model – the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold…


  • MWC 2024: Motorola’s Rollable Concept phone laughs at your silly foldable

    [Cartoonishly exaggerated Crocodile Dundee accent] That’s not a foldable. This is a foldable. More specifically, it’s a foldable concept device from Lenovo/Motorola showcased on the floor at this year’s MWC. The company walked us through a demo of a device that’s another terrific example of its ability to get weird with design. The Rollable Concept…


  • MWC 2024 day two — the biggest B2B news and announcements from Mobile World Congress

    MWC 2024 day two — the biggest B2B news and announcements from Mobile World Congress

    It’s day two of Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2024, and TechRadar Pro is all set for another day of news, keynotes and announcements. After yesterday’s opening keynote, we also heard from some of the leading minds in the B2B tech space, with plenty more to come today. TechRadar Pro is also rounding up the latest…


  • Lenovo’s laptop concept is fully transparent, but the point isn’t entirely clear

    Something I’ve always admired about Lenovo is the way the Chinese tech giant really lets its freak flag fly. In fact, visiting the company’s booth nestled in the way, way back of Hall 3 has long been a highlight of MWC for me. You can always tell where the latest bit of weirdness is located…


  • Fujifilm X100VI preorders: where to buy this hugely popular camera

    Fujifilm X100VI preorders: where to buy this hugely popular camera

    We’re in the final few days of the initial Fujifilm X100VI preorders window and stock is holding out at most retailers. As expected, the latest iteration of Fuji’s much-hyped X100 series is shaping up to be the most popular camera launch of 2024, with many stores facing unprecedented demand.  As of writing, Fujifilm X100VI preorders…


  • Google releases new open LLMs, Rivian lays off staff and Signal rolls out usernames

    Welcome, folks, to Week in Review (WiR), TechCrunch’s regular newsletter covering noteworthy happenings in the tech industry. This week, Google launched two new open large language models, Gemma 2B and Gemma 7B, in its continued bid for generative AI dominance. The company, which describes the LLMs as “inspired by Gemini,” its flagship family of GenAI…


  • Quick thinking and a stroke of luck averted a moon lander disaster for Intuitive Machines

    Intuitive Machines’ spacecraft touched down yesterday on the lunar surface . . . sideways. CEO Steve Altemus confirmed during a press conference Friday that, while it wasn’t a perfect landing, it’s nothing short of a miracle the spacecraft landed intact at all. Using a small model of the lander, Altemus demonstrated how engineers believe the spacecraft, called Odysseus, made its…


  • You’ve probably missed Silo on Apple TV Plus – but it’s must-watch sci-fi

    You’ve probably missed Silo on Apple TV Plus – but it’s must-watch sci-fi

    February can be a miserable month in my native UK. It’s awash with rain one day and icy cold the other. And while the days gradually get longer here, there never seems to be enough sunlight to drive away the winter blues. So it’s been a good time for me to stay inside and get…


  • Hackers are exploiting ConnectWise flaws to deploy LockBit ransomware, security experts warn

    Security experts are warning that a pair of high-risk flaws in a popular remote access tool are being exploited by hackers to deploy LockBit ransomware — days after authorities announced that they had disrupted the notorious Russia-linked cybercrime gang. Researchers at cybersecurity companies Huntress and Sophos told TechCrunch on Thursday that both had observed LockBit…


  • Consolidation continues in micromobility as Cooltra snaps up Cityscoot

    Paris’ commercial court has accepted Cooltra’s offer to acquire Cityscoot. These two companies provide shared electric mopeds that you can unlock and ride to go from one place to another. Cityscoot had been placed under court-ordered receivership several months ago. As interest rates hovered around 0% in Europe, micromobility startups thrived. Europe became the perfect…


  • Six things we learned from the LockBit takedown

    A sweeping law enforcement operation led by the U.K.’s National Crime Agency this week took down LockBit, the notorious Russia-linked ransomware gang that has for years wreaked havoc on businesses, hospitals, and governments around the world. The action saw LockBit’s leak site downed, its servers seized, multiple arrests made, and U.S. government sanctions applied in…


  • Microsoft is experimenting with an old idea for its Edge browser that you’ll either love or hate

    Microsoft Edge might be getting a search bar that will sit alongside the main URL bar where you type in website addresses in the browser. So, instead of a long URL bar at the top of the web browser, you’ll have a somewhat shorter address bar with a compact search bar nestling right next to…


  • PhonePe aims to be a top Google Play alternative in India — but it has a challenging road ahead

    Walmart-backed PhonePe is set to launch its Android app store this week with zero commission for in-app purchases for developers. The app store is based on Indus OS’ tech, a company that PhonePe acquired in 2021. In this story, we are going to take a look at why developers are pushing for an alternative store…


  • Partech closes its second Africa fund at $300M+ to invest from seed to Series C

    Partech has closed its second Africa fund, Partech Africa II, at €280 million ($300 million+), just one year after reaching its first close. At that size, Partech Africa, which originally targeted €230 million before its fundraising efforts started, solidifies its position as the largest fund dedicated to African startups.  Amidst a backdrop of global VCs…


  • The Umbrella Academy season 4: Netflix release date, confirmed cast, plot rumors, and more

    The Umbrella Academy season 4: Netflix release date, confirmed cast, plot rumors, and more

    The Umbrella Academy season 4: key information – Based on the graphic novel series of the same name – Will be the popular series’ final season – Release date announced – Shorter season comprising six episodes only – No trailer yet, but first clip revealed in early February – Main cast all set to return…


  • Dutch startup Monumental is using robots to lay bricks

    Few categories are as ripe for automation-fueled disruption as construction. The industry is valued at around $2 trillion a year, in the U.S. alone. Much of that work is strenuous, repetitive and sometimes dangerous — precisely the sorts of problems industrial robotics are built to solve. The other thing construction brings is a wide range…


  • VC Trae Stephens says he has a bunker (and much more) in talk about Founders Fund and Anduril

    Last night, for an evening hosted by StrictlyVC, this editor sat down with Trae Stephens, a former government intelligence analyst turned early Palantir employee turned investor at Founders Fund, where Stephens has cofounded two companies of his own. One of these is Anduril, the buzzy defense tech company that is now valued at $8.4 billion…


  • Film cameras are back – and Pentax’s new compact could soon suck you into the analog revival

    Pentax’s new film camera will finally launch in mid-2024 It’ll be a half-frame compact with both electronic and manual controls Its lens will be based on the Ricoh Auto Half and Pentax Espio Mini  Pentax’s new film camera has taken a suitably long time to develop, with the project first announced way back in 2022.…


  • Elon Musk sues OpenAI and Sam Altman over ‘betrayal’ of non-profit AI mission

    Elon Musk sued OpenAI, its co-founders Sam Altman and Greg Brockman and affiliated entities on Thursday, alleging the ChatGPT makers have breached their original contractual agreements by pursuing profits instead of the nonprofit’s founding mission to develop AI that benefits humanity. Musk, an early backer of OpenAI, claims Altman and Brockman convinced him to help…


  • Nearly half of businesses are tracking their remote workers — but apparently it’s for your own good

    New research has found that nearly half of enterprises (44%) are tracking their employees’ home working hours, with an additional third (33%) making plans to do so in the future. Obligations to meet employee wellbeing regulations mean that 65% of businesses are having their workers install IoT devices to monitor lighting levels and air quality.…


  • Meta’s Zuckerberg woos big tech in Asia to double down on AI chips

    Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who is touring Asia countries this week, said in a meeting with South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol on Thursday that Meta wants to beef up its cooperation with Samsung Electronics for AI chips to offset geopolitical risk issue in Taiwan, where TSMC, the world’s biggest contract chip manufacturer, is headquartered.…


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