Institutional trust is the real meme

By |January 31st, 2021|

Hello friends, this is Week in Review. Last week, I dove into the AR maneuverings of Apple and Facebook and what that means for the future of the web. This week, I’m aiming to touch the meme stock phenomenon that dominated American news cycles this week and see if there’s anything worth learning from it, --> READ MORE

Original Content podcast: Netflix’s ‘White Tiger’ tells a bloody capitalist fable

By |January 31st, 2021|

The new Netflix film “The White Tiger” tells the story of Balram, who is born to a poor family in the Indian village of Laxmangarh and escapes by using his intelligence and determination, ultimately becoming a successful entrepreneur in Bangalore. Viewers knows this from the start, as Balram (played by Adarsh Gourav) narrates his life --> READ MORE

Stonks, flying burritos and my boss’s boss’s boss’s boss

By |January 30th, 2021|

Welcome back to The TechCrunch Exchange, a weekly startups-and-markets newsletter. It’s broadly based on the daily column that appears on Extra Crunch, but free, and made for your weekend reading. Want it in your inbox every Saturday morning? Sign up here. What a week. What a month. Are you doing all right? It’s okay if --> READ MORE

Gillmor Gang: Back Then Now

By |January 30th, 2021|

Still figuring out what this newsletter is, I’m torn between aggregation and writing. The inputs vary from blog posts, Twitter threads, and the occasional video. Podcasting seems oddly muzzled by the acceleration of streaming. Blog posts are a misnomer; professional blogs represent the bulk of news and media citations, not usually the single voices of --> READ MORE

Reddit co-founder on GameStop: ‘The collective public cannot unsee this’

By |January 30th, 2021|

When Robinhood, a startup that promises to make finance accessible for all, temporarily limited trading on GameStop, AMC, and other memestocks, many retail investors were pissed that the fintech darling suddenly didn’t live up to its name. The specific reasons may have been short-term and technical, but the choice looked corrupt to the average person. --> READ MORE

This Week in Apps: GameStop madness hits trading apps, Apple privacy changes, Clubhouse becomes a unicorn

By |January 30th, 2021|

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 continues to grow, 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 --> READ MORE

India plans to introduce law to ban Bitcoin, other private cryptocurrencies

By |January 30th, 2021|

India plans to introduce a law to ban private cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin in the country and provide a framework for the creation of an official digital currency during the current budget session of parliament. In the agenda (PDF) published on the lower house website, the legislation seeks to “prohibit all private cryptocurrencies in India,” --> READ MORE

Despite Brexit and COVID-19, Irish investors remain bullish

By |January 30th, 2021|

Ireland’s technology scene has come in leaps and bounds in the last decade, with a growing VC scene, plenty of startups and tech giants attracted by the nation’s favorable tax incentives and talent pool. Google, Facebook, Slack, Microsoft and Dropbox each have a European headquarters sited in Dublin. As the EU’s only remaining English-language speaking --> READ MORE

The biggest exit for this L.A. venture firm may wind up being . . . canned water

By |January 30th, 2021|

Earlier this week, Science Inc, the 10-year-old, L.A.-based incubator and venture firm, rolled out a blank-check company onto the Nasdaq, raising $310.5 million for what firm founders Peter Pham and Mike Jones say will be used to take public a company in the mobile, entertainment or direct-to-consumer service space. If they have one of their --> READ MORE

Daily Crunch: Robinhood raises $1B

By |January 29th, 2021|

Robinhood caps a wild week for new funding, Coinbase is going public and Johnson & Johnson reveals new vaccine trial data. This is your Daily Crunch for January 29, 2021. The big story: Robinhood raises $1B I know the newsletter has been dominated by Robinhood and stock market news for the past few days but, --> READ MORE