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Health, Covid and Vacation: Cancel culture strikes again - FML

Today, I was supposed to leave for Disney. Our trip was cancelled last year because of the pandemic. This morning, we found out my sister’s boyfriend, who was a last-minute add-on to the trip, has COVID. Cancelled again. Maybe next year. FML

Apple now lets you review more default apps like Phone, Messages, Photos and Safari
Sarah Perez

Apple finally put itself on equal footing with rivals by allowing users to rate and review its own, first-party apps for the first time this fall, amid increased regulatory pressure ahead of a likely antitrust investigation. Although some of Apple’s apps had been available to download separately, they had never been able to be reviewed. […]

Daring Foods bites into third round in 12 months as plant-based chicken product enters Walmart
Christine Hall

The company saw 900% growth over the past 12 months and will be using the new funding to support that growth and new innovation.

Rent the Runway’s IPO pricing indicates bullish market for unicorns of all stripes
Alex Wilhelm

We can't help but read Rent the Runway's IPO pricing as not only good news for unicorns, but also for tech-enabled unicorns.

Bowery Farming is forcing us all to look up at the future of vertical agriculture
Brian Heater

Food is the very nourishment of life, but it’s becoming increasingly challenging to grow at scale. A combination of explosive population growth, climate change and depleting sources of water is…

Can LEDs ultimately replace the sun?
Brian Heater

For Bowery Farming, no technology is too small to optimize, and no data is too insignificant to track. Combined together, the startup hopes to orchestrate the future of farming and build a moat.

Instagram now lets all users share links in Stories via Link Stickers
Aisha Malik

Instagram announced on Wednesday that all users now have access to its Link Sticker feature in Instagram Stories. The expansion comes as the company recently ditched the “swipe-up” link in Instagram Stories in favor of the new Link Stickers. Both the previous “swipe-up” link and new Link Stickers have been historically limited to businesses and […]

Love, Fat, Tinder, Relatable and Awkward: Fuck those dudes - FML

Today, my Tinder date said it wasn’t gonna work, all because, I “need to lose some extra pounds.” Last week, I'd had another Tinder date and he told me he’d continue seeing me if I dropped at least 30 pounds. I think I get the hint now. FML

Paytm seeks $20 billion valuation in India’s biggest IPO
Manish Singh

Paytm, one of India’s most valuable startups, is seeking to raise as much as $2.4 billion in what is shaping up to be the biggest initial public offering in the country at a valuation of $20 billion, according to two people familiar with the matter and internal documents seen by TechCrunch. Paytm filed the paperwork […]

Divining the future of VC, saying goodbye to Danny
Alex Wilhelm

Hello and welcome back to Equity. This is a special, if somewhat bittersweet episode. It marks the final official podcast with our own Danny Crichton, who is off to other pastures in short order. Danny stepped in when we lost a host a few years back, and has been both a staple and a pillar […]

Puffco keeps innovating dabbing
Matt Burns

Puffco is announcing a new upgrade to its over-the-top Peak Pro vaporizer that increases the smoking experience and improves battery life. This upgrade requires users to swap the cooking chamber of their Peak Pro, but a sleek design makes this easy. The new chamber comes just after Puffco announced a clever battery-powered hot knife that […]

Nubank files to go public
Mary Ann Azevedo

This morning Brazilian neobank Nu, better known as Nubank, announced that it has filed to go public. Today its S-1 filing remains private, but the announcement of its existence implies that Nu is on track to go public soon, perhaps inside of 2021. The company filed with both the American Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) […]

Hinge launches a new ‘Voice Prompts’ feature to give users a new way to interact
Aisha Malik

Hinge is rolling out a new ‘Voice Prompts’ feature to give its users a new way to connect with their matches. Voice Prompts will allow users to answer a prompt through a 30-second voice recording. The new feature is rolling out globally starting today. Hinge says the new feature allows people to give others a […]

TikTok brings its Video Kit to desktop, web and consoles
Sarah Perez

TikTok announced today it’s expanding its Video Kit offering for developers to include those building apps for the web, desktop, and consoles, in addition to its previous support for mobile platforms. Alongside the news, the company unveiled a host of new third-party apps that would now integrate with TikTok, including Clipchamp, Combo, Grabyo, Kapwing, Mobcrush, […]

Health and Medication: Unnerving - FML

Today, I went to the emergency room. A medicine I'm on for my nerve disease is causing me to have stomach pains. If I get off the medicine though, the nerve disease can get worse. If I stay on the medicine, I can continue to have stomach pains and vomit. FML

QOA brings in seed round to do for chocolate what Oatly did for milk
Christine Hall

Its proprietary fermentation process will enable QOA to scale production by 2035 and be able to price its "chocolate" products the same or below the cost of traditional chocolate.

Health, Gross, Weird and Relatable: Belly bounce - FML

Today, I learned that a innie belly button does not clean itself. I can't begin to describe the horrors I found, after using tweezers to get thirty years worth of "contents" out from inside me. FML

Intimacy, Sex and Covid: Service my dong - FML

Today, I'm on day 11 of having COVID. My husband said to me, "I hope you get better soon so we can finally have sex again." Thanks for being concerned about MY health and wellbeing. FML

Health, Cars and Awkward: Tunnel vision - FML

Today, after years of being an avid knitter and typing for a living, I got carpal tunnel syndrome… from my wrists flopping around too much while I'm driving. I live half an hour away from the nearest city. FML

A rotten ….

Can you complete this English expression? It means “a bad person”. A rotten …… a) pear b) banana c) orange d) egg The answer is below!↓ Answer: d) egg A rotten egg! By I Talk You Talk Press – Easy English Reading

Love and Confused: Decisions, decisions - FML

Today, my long-term partner and I decided we still love each other and want to try to salvage our relationship. Also today, a long-lost crush reconnected with me out of nowhere. The chemistry between us is insane and I can't stop thinking about him. Maybe it's a sign? FML

Apple News is expanding its local coverage to three more U.S. cities
Aisha Malik

Apple News is expanding its local news coverage to Charlotte, Miami and Washington, D.C. Local news coverage will give users access to numerous publications such as Axios Charlotte, the Charlotte Observer, Eater Miami, the Miami Herald, DCist, Washingtonian, the Washington Post and more. Each local news experience is curated by Apple News editors and features coverage […]

Family and Funerals: What an asshole - FML

Today, after I found out my uncle took me off my grandma's funeral program, I had to fight to speak. He spent the week taking out his jealousy and anger on me and my sister for being included in her funeral. To everyone else he's played the saint, and the whole family has no idea. FML

DeHaat raises $115 million in the largest agritech round in India
Manish Singh

DeHaat, an online platform that offers full-stack agricultural services to farmers in India, has raised $115 million in what is the largest funding round for an agritech startup in India, where farm produce yields two-thirds of the country’s $1 trillion in annual retail spending. Sofina and Lightrock co-led the 10-year-old startup’s Series D financing round. […]

Kids, Parenting and Relatable: Not everyone's cup of tea - FML

Today, I’ve noticed that my boyfriend gets progressively more short-tempered and grumpy as time goes on, until we get to the Friday before we drop my kids off at their dad's house, then for that weekend he’s downright happy, until we have to pick them up Sunday night then he starts getting grumpy again. FML

Apple One’s Premier subscription tier is rolling out in 17 new countries on November 3
Aisha Malik

Apple is expanding its all-in-one Apple One Premier subscription bundle to 17 new countries on November 3rd. The service will be available in Brazil, Colombia, France, Germany, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Arab Emirates. In these countries, Apple One Premier will include Apple Music, […]

Sex, Pregnancy, Weird and Cheating: Cheeky - FML

Today, I realized why my boyfriend drove me to his “favorite” hospital about one agonizing hour away while I was in labor. His friend who's a nurse worked there. Or should I say, his side chick. He made out with her in the room while I was “sleeping” after giving birth to our first child. FML

Amazon’s Clubhouse competitor may let you DJ your own radio show
Darrell Etherington

Amazon is said to be working on a live audio app that sounds like it will let anyone be the DJ of their own radio show — including music. It's called 'Project Mic,' and will be U.S-focused at first.

Apple launches Fitness+ group workouts powered by SharePlay
Aisha Malik

Apple has launched a new way for Fitness+ users to work out or meditate with people in other locations through group workouts powered by SharePlay. The tech giant first teased the feature at its September 14th virtual event. Fitness+ subscribers can use SharePlay to start a group workout or meditation session with up to 32 […]

Piiano raises $9M to help businesses protect their PII
Frederic Lardinois

Tel Aviv-based Piiano wants businesses to keep their customers’ data private. The company is coming out of stealth today and announcing a $9 million funding round led by YL Ventures, together with a group of angel investors that include Snyk founder Danny Grander, Armis co-founder Nadir Izrael, Papaya Global co-founder and CEO Eynat Guez, Wiz […]