Money, Awkward and Capitalism: Laissez-faire capitalism - FML

Today, my Facebook account is deactivated and I don't think they are going to give me my account balance of $855 on Marketplace. So, I'm out my items, shipping costs and the profit I would have made. Facebook Marketplace is a scam. I'm so depressed. FML

Outdoor startups see supercharged growth during COVID-19 era
Ram Iyer

After months of shelter-in-place orders, widespread shutdowns and physical distancing, outdoors became the only location for safe socializing.

This Week in Apps: A surprising report on App Tracking, Apple event predictions, Instagram for kids
Sarah Perez

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. The app industry is as hot as ever, with a record 218 billion downloads and $143 billion in global consumer spend in 2020. Consumers last year also spent 3.5 trillion minutes using apps on Android […]

Clothes, Awkward and Narcissistic parents: Narcissists of the world, unite - FML

Today, it was my stepmother’s birthday. She yelled at me in front of everyone for "upstaging" her by looking better than her. When I explained that I had only put the minimum amount of effort into my appearance, she said, "Next time, don’t shower or brush your teeth." FML

Quick as a …..

Can you complete this English expression? It means “very fast”. Quick as a …… a) flash b) chicken c) plane d) star The answer is below!↓ Answer: a) flash Quick as a flash! By I Talk You Talk Press – Easy English Reading

Relationships, Singing, Marriage and Overreaction: No Ragrets - FML

Today, my wife made me sleep on the couch because I ate the last Magnum Ice Cream bar. Last week, she bitched me out for singing too loud in the shower. I strongly regret leaving my ex-girlfriend of 5 years for this woman. FML

Love, Relationships, Family and Relatable: Emotional support - FML

Today, I was complaining to my nana about why I can’t get a date. She proceeded to point out my appearance, lack of brains, abrasive personality, poor clothing choices, tacky tattoos, and so on. Thanks nana. FML

Love, Health and Break-ups: Skinny Love - FML

Today, my girlfriend of 5 years dumped me because she got tired of me being thinner than her and, in her own words, making her look bad. FML

Love, Friends and LGBTQi: Not coming out yet, sorry - FML

Today, a "friend" of mine told everyone that I had a crush on a girl I used to be really good friends with 2 years ago. I never liked her that way, and had said that only to hide the fact that I'm gay and don't feel safe with boys. Her current boyfriend is seriously annoyed with me. FML

Intimacy, Sex and Roommate: Sounds like a keeper, actually - FML

Today, my roommate walked in on me going down on my girlfriend in our shared living area. She was embarrassed for about 20 seconds, then pushed my head back down and told me to keep going until he comes back. FML

Money: Return to sender - FML

Today, I was notified by my bank that the government stimulus check I had deposited last week had been returned. FML

Extra Crunch roundup: UiPath’s IPO filing, predicting revenue, how to pivot properly, much more
Walter Thompson

Thanks again to Bryce Durbin for creating my favorite TechCrunch illustration of all time.

AI-driven audio cloning startup gives voice to Einstein chatbot
Natasha Lomas

You’ll need to prick up your ears for this slice of deepfakery emerging from the wacky world of synthesized media: A digital version of Albert Einstein — with a synthesized voice that’s been (re)created using AI voice cloning technology drawing on audio recordings of the famous scientist’s actual voice. The startup behind the “uncanny valley” […]

Data scientists: Bring the narrative to the forefront
Ram Iyer

Data alone doesn’t spur innovation — rather, it’s data-driven storytelling that helps uncover hidden trends, powers personalization, and streamlines processes.

Squarespace files for a direct listing on the NYSE
Alex Wilhelm

Today Squarespace, a well-known software-and-hosting provider for SMB websites, released its S-1 filing. The company is pursuing a direct listing on the New York Stock Exchange, or NYSE. It will trade under the ticker symbol “SQSP.” The company’s financial results paint the picture of a rapidly-growing company that has a history of profitability. Squarespace also […]

Friends, Jewelry, Mysterious and Disappearance: Vanishing trick - FML

Today, I borrowed my friend’s bracelet, and because I let it out of my sight for two seconds, it vanished. I never even left the house with it. FML

Soona raises $10.2M to make remote photo and video shoots easy
Anthony Ha

Soona, a startup aiming to satisfy the growing content needs of the e-commerce ecosystem, is announcing that it has raised $10.2 million in Series A funding led by Union Square Ventures. When I wrote about Soona in 2019, the model focused on staging shoots that can deliver videos and photos in 24 hours or less. […]

Nelo raises $3M to grow ‘buy now, pay later’ in Mexico
Mary Ann Azevedo

Buy now, pay later is a way of paying for purchases via installment loans that generally have no interest. The concept has grown in popularity in recent years, especially in markets such as the United States, Europe and Australia. Numerous players abound, all fighting for market share — from Affirm to Klarna to Afterpay, among […]

Intimacy and Sex: Couldn't have been that great - FML

Today, I woke up naked in my best friend's roommate's bed. We had sex and I puked on the bed. My first sex in over a year and I don't remember a thing. FML

The IPO market is sending us mixed messages
Alex Wilhelm

If you only stayed up to date with the Coinbase direct listing this week, you’re forgiven. It was, after all, one heck of a flotation. But underneath the cryptocurrency exchange’s public debut, other IPO news that matters did happen this week. And the news adds up to a somewhat muddled picture of the current IPO […]

What we all missed in UiPath’s latest IPO filing
Alex Wilhelm

Robotic process automation platform UiPath filed its first S-1/A this week, setting an initial price range for its shares. The numbers were impressive, if slightly disappointing because what UiPath indicated in terms of its potential IPO value was a lower valuation than it earned during its final private fundraising. It’s hard to say that a company […]

Level raises $27M from Khosla, Lightspeed ‘to rebuild insurance from the ground up’
Mary Ann Azevedo

Level, a startup that aims to give companies a more flexible way to offer benefits to employees, has raised $27 million in a Series A funding round led by Khosla Ventures and Lightspeed Venture Partners. Operator Collective and leading angels also participated in the financing, along with previous backers First Round Capital and Homebrew. The […]

Do you need a SPAC therapist?
Natasha Mascarenhas

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. Natasha and Danny and Alex and Grace were all here to chat through the week’s biggest tech happenings. It was yet another busy week, but that just means we had a great time putting the show together and recording it. Honestly we have a […]

1Doc3, a Colombian telemedicine startup, raises $3 million
Marcella McCarthy

The pandemic has made telemedicine video visits in the U.S. almost commonplace, but in Latin America, where broadband isn’t widely available, 1Doc3 is using text and chat to provide access to care. Today, the Colombia-based company announced a $3 million pre-Series A led by MatterScale Ventures and Kayyak Ventures. “I’m on a nice MacBook for […]

Kids and Pregnancy: Empathy - FML

Today, I had a miscarriage. My partner doesn't understand why I'm upset, saying, "It wasn't even a real baby yet." FML

Health, Sleep and Wake up: Check yourself - FML

Today, I was told I’d have to get up early tomorrow. When I complained, my mother responded with some sarcasm about me being a spoiled little princess who needs her sleep. Never mind that when I have to wake up early, I hallucinate and vomit. FML

Relationships, Weird, Relatable and Awkward: Joke detection fail - FML

Today, my friend told me that his girlfriend is so mad at me for being friends with him that she's going to kill me with a weapon. I called the cops, because I didn’t feel safe. Later, my friend called me to tell me he was joking, and that I was stupid for believing him. FML

Mental health, Depression, Sadness and Comments: Need help - FML

Today, I have been crying uncontrollably for a week straight. Why? Someone posted a mean comment about me on the internet a week ago. No matter how much I try to think about something else, I can’t. What is wrong with me? FML

……. with fire

Can you complete this English expression? It means “to do something risky”. ……… with fire a) handle b) play c) risk d) touch The answer is below!↓ Answer: b) play Play with fire! By I Talk You Talk Press – Easy English Reading

Intimacy, Sex and Frustration: Frustrating! - FML

Today, we’ve been unable to have sex for months due to my boyfriend’s health issues. I would never EVER cheat on him; however my unconscious mind has other ideas. I’ve dreamt of kinky sex with everyone from the maintenance man to gettin' freaky with detective Stabler. I’m so horny I’m gonna burst. FML