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5 lessons from ‘Star Wars’ that can transform startup managers’ strategies and tactics
Walter Thompson

'I have a bad feeling about this' are words leaders should live by, because the joke shows awareness and proactivity

Sensible Weather is building an ‘oh no, it’s raining while I’m on holiday’ insurance product
Haje Jan Kamps

You save for months to be able to go on a fun holiday, and then you spend nine days stuck in your Airbnb hoping the little umbrella on your drink will help against the rain falling from the heavens. Sound familiarly disappointing and disappointingly familiar? Sensible Weather just raised $12 million to build a product […]

Anchor expands Record With Friends to make remote podcasting easier across devices
Brian Heater

Admit it, even if you’ve never thought about starting a podcast in your life, these last few weeks of isolation have made you consider the possibility. One of the least harmful knock on effects of the COVID-19 pandemic is undoubtedly going to be the launch of A LOT of podcasts. People are bored, stuck at […]

Adobe delivers native Photoshop for Apple Silicon Macs and a way to enlarge images without losing detail
Darrell Etherington

Adobe has been moving quickly to update its imaging software to work natively on Apple’s new in-house processors for Macs, starting with the M1-based MacBook Pro and MacBook Air released late last year. After shipping native versions of Lightroom and Camera Raw, it’s now releasing an Apple Silicon-optimized version of Photoshop, which delivers big performance […]

Riverside.fm launches its video podcasting platform
Anthony Ha

Riverside.fm is a new startup with an easy-to-use platform for recording professional-quality video podcasts. In fact, although the company only recently came out of stealth, it already has a number of high-profile customers including TechCrunch’s parent company Verizon Media and Hillary Clinton, who’s using Riverside.fm to record her new podcast “You and Me Both With […]

Artiphon raises $2M round led by Warner Music
Anthony Ha

Artiphon, the startup behind the electronic instrument that it’s dubbed the Instrument 1, has raised $2 million in seed funding. We previously described the Instrument 1 as a symphony, rock band and DJ that you can hold in your hand. It’s a device that allows you to create the sounds of a guitar, violin, bass, […]

SiriusXM partners with TikTok on a new music channel, Pandora Playlists, and more
Sarah Perez

SiriusXM is leaning into TikTok. The satellite radio company and Pandora parent today announced a partnership with the social video platform to power several new initiatives, including a TikTok channel on SiriusXM, hosted TikTok playlists on Pandora, and re-airings of Pandora LIVE events on TikTok. The hosted playlists on Pandora are the first of the […]

Orbacam adds music video-making tools to its palm-size musical sequencer
Haje Jan Kamps

Not content with setting your feet a-tapping with its intuitive music sequencer aimed at amateur music makers, Artiphon today announced an app that adds video-making prowess to the Orba’s already impressive feature set. Appealing to your inner Video Jockey, the Orbacam demo video makes it look easy, adding video filters and effects to your visual […]

Love, Embarrassing and Awkward: Classic - FML

Today, my boyfriend introduced me as a friend to one of his friends. FML

Music licensing marketplace Songtradr raises $50M
Brian Heater

Music licensing marketplace Songtradr this morning announced a $50 million Series D. The oversubscribed round — which features Regal, Aware Super, Perennial, Argo and Greencape — follows a $30 million raise last August, bringing the Los Angeles company’s total funding to north of $100 million. The platform licenses music to high-profile names for advertising, films, […]

Spotify buying podcast hosting and ad company Megaphone for $235M
Brian Heater

Spotify has come under fire of late over questions around musician compensation, but when it comes to podcasting, it has money to burn. This morning, the streaming service confirmed its acquisition of Megaphone for a reported $235 million. Launched by The Slate Group in February 2015 as Panopoly, it rebranded as Megaphone in 2019. In […]

Monday.com’s earnings are a vibe check for unicorns
Alex Wilhelm

Monday.com is a good example of how SaaS companies are being graded along a much steeper curve than they once were.

Interior design startup Havenly introduces IRL services
Lauren Forristal

A digital interior design startup that’s been offering online services is bringing its interior design expertise into the real world. Havenly, a Denver, Colorado-based company, founded in 2014, is today launching “Havenly At Home” — an at-home offering that allows clients to work with their chosen interior designer in person. Lee Mayer, Co-Founder and CEO […]

The Loupedeck CT is a fantastic, flexible editing console for Mac and PC
Darrell Etherington

For photographers and videographers spending a lot less time on location and a lot more time at the desk right now, one great use of time is going back through archives and backlogs to find hidden gems, and hone those edit skills. One recently-released device called the Loupedeck CT can make that an even more […]

Twitter’s POTUS account will reportedly be reset to zero followers when Biden takes over
Brian Heater

In this country, we have a longstanding peaceful transfer of power for the executive office, even in the wake of the hardest-fought elections. Certain circumstances have led many to question whether the tradition will continue come January 20. Despite his very vocal protestations, however, the current president has agreed to step aside, should all of […]

Tonight, on Grey's Anatomy… - FML

Today, my wife wasn't feeling well. She called her doctor, who isn't seeing patients due to COVID. Had to take her to the ER. After numerous tests, they told her that her potassium levels were low. Diagnosis: eat a banana. When we get the bill(s) from the hospital, this will be the most expensive banana ever. FML

Gift guide: Photography accessories for the shutterbug in your life
Devin Coldewey

Looking for some gift ideas for the photographer in your life? Look no further. Though shooters amateur and professional tend to take care of their own needs pretty well, there are plenty of things you can given them that they’ll appreciate. But you might have to be ready to spend a bit — people don’t […]

Canon takes on Fuji with new instant-print CLIQ cameras
Devin Coldewey

Instant print cameras have been popular for a long, long time, but they're seeing a renaissance now — led by Fujifilm, whose Instax mini-films and cameras lead the pack. But Canon wants in, and has debuted a pair of new cameras to challenge Fuji's dominance — but their reliance on digital printing may hold them back.

Health, Doctor, Embarrassing, Awkward and Dad jokes: Dads gonna dad - FML

Today, I had to ask my dad to drop me off at my doctor's appointment. He insisted on coming up to the waiting room with me. When my doctor came out, he greeted her with, "Hi, I'm the dad, but I won't sit in because she's a 'big girl now'." I'm 21, and I was at my gyno check-up. FML

Amazon Music brings synced transcripts to select podcasts
Amanda Silberling

Starting today, Amazon Music is launching auto-generated, synchronized transcripts on select podcasts for users in the United States. Rolling out for the latest version of the Amazon Music app on iOS and Android, these transcripts will be available for recent episodes of select podcasts by Amazon Originals and Wondery, a network owned by Amazon. Transcripts […]

Disney+ is launching a special IMAX format for 13 Marvel movies
Aisha Malik

Disney+ is bringing IMAX’s Expanded Aspect Ratio across 13 Marvel movies on its platform on November 12. The new format means that viewers will see smaller black bars in certain scenes. The company says IMAX’s Expanded Aspect Ratio is 1:90:1 and offers up to 26% more picture for select sequences. It’s also closer to the […]

Trump says he won’t return to Twitter if his account is reinstated
Aisha Malik

Former President Donald Trump said on Monday that he will not be returning to Twitter if his account is reinstated, according to a statement he provided to Fox News. Trump’s comments about Twitter come on the same day that the company has announced that it accepted Elon Musk’s offer to acquire the publicly traded company […]

WarnerMedia’s Andy Forssell discusses a fascinating first year for HBO Max
Brian Heater

Andy Forssell, HBO Max’s head of business operations, joined us on TechCrunch Disrupt 2021 this week to discuss the fascinating 17.5 months of the streaming service's life so far.

Netflix to start cancelling inactive accounts
Manish Singh

Netflix said Thursday it will ask users who have not watched anything on the on-demand video streaming service in a year or more if they wish to maintain their subscription — and will cancel the subscription if it does not receive a confirmation. The company said it has started to notify customers who have’t watched […]

Sony’s new A9 II mirrorless full-frame camera has the speed sports photographers need
Darrell Etherington

Sony today announced a successor to its popular A9 mirrorless interchangeable lens full-frame camera. The A9 II carries over some of the specs and stats of its predecessor, like the 24.2 megapixel stacked imaging sensor, but adds an upgraded BIONZ X image processor, which powers the much more powerful autofocus capabilities in the new camera. […]

Love, Embarrassing and Awkward: Classic mistake - FML

Today, I waved at my crush, but he waved at someone behind me. FML

Filipino live streaming app Kumu raises $5 million Series A led by Openspace Ventures
Catherine Shu

Kumu Holdings, a live streaming startup based in the Philippines, announced today it has raised about $5 million in Series A funding, earmarked for new features and growing its operations. The round was led by Openspace Ventures, an early investor in Go-Jek, with participation from Kickstart Ventures, media conglomerate ABS-CBN, Gobi-Core Philippine Fund, and returning […]

If the $40B Nvidia-Arm deal is dead, what does it mean to big tech M&A?
Ron Miller

News reports surfaced over the past 24 hours that the $40 billion Nvidia-Arm deal, which ranks among the most expensive tech deals ever, is in peril. Nvidia is reportedly ready to walk away due to regulatory pressure. The question is, what does it mean for tech M&A if this deal falls apart? Let’s not forget […]

YouTube removes ads from, but won’t pull, ‘Trump Won’ video following backlash
Brian Heater

This year’s presidential election has already proven to be a considerable test of the U.S. democratic system. It’s also been doing a fine job testing the systems behind leading social networks four years after a rather disinformation-ridden election. Twitter today has proven to be reasonably swift — if not entirely proactive — in its push […]

Netflix to release 41 original Indian shows and movies this year
Manish Singh

Netflix said on Wednesday it will roll out 41 Indian films and shows this year, its biggest annual roster of Indian content to date, as the American giant makes further push to win subscribers in the world’s second largest internet market. The streaming giant, which committed to spending about $420 million on locally produced Indian […]