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of Read more This week’s story was about Battlegrounds Mobile India, a popular battle royale title that has reached an audience of tens of millions in India. When the players woke up, the game was suddenly banned from both Google Play and the Apple App Store by order of the Indian government. why? That… isn’t exactly clear yet, but Manish has a list of everything we know so far.
New Gmail for everyoneUse Gmail? Don’t be surprised if it looks different soon. The company has announced that the “Material You” interface update it has been testing this week will be rolling out to all users in the coming weeks. Don’t like the new styling? For now, at least, you can find a hidden toggle in the settings menu to toggle it back.
Instagram Bad Activity(s): As far as anyone can tell, TikTok seems to be eating Instagram’s lunch. Will the answer to Instagram be more like TikTok? Recent updates — like a focus on full-screen video and more content from people you don’t follow — have made Insta’s interface feel more and more TikTok-y… and, well, the complaints have been loud. Instagram is at least pretending to listen, though, and has said it will back off on many of the proposed changes. Maybe.
Rivian dismissalEarlier this month, rumors swirled that Rivian was about to be fired; Sure enough, the company confirmed this week that it is cutting 6 percent of its workforce as part of a “restructuring plan.”
A penny for your questions?OpenAI’s DALL-E 2 can generate amazing art seemingly out of thin air, but sometimes getting the exact results you’re looking for can require some…good stuff. This startup wants to “sell a net string of words with predictable results” on DALL-E 2 and similar systems. An interesting story made even better by the oh-so-Seussian opening image, The Man I Notice was created (and published) Favorite with that).
Fixed meta closures.Did you know Meta had a social app for couples? Probably not! The so-called fix, was part of Meta’s new product testing efforts, and this particular test seems to have ended. Meta announced this week that Tuned will be discontinued on September 19th. The app was designed to help couples communicate and “create a joint diary” of photos/videos/etc. When the outbreak starts, many couples probably won’t be going anywhere, so it doesn’t help to start right away when they probably haven’t had trouble meeting.
Is downsizing your company a good thing? Natasha and Anita focused on that question in Wednesday’s Equality class. Meanwhile, in Chain Reaction, Lucas and Anita chat about Minecraft, say “thank you” to NFTs, and Lauren goes on The TechCrunch Podcast to discuss why (as we learned last week) Netflix is bleeding customers.
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3 views on Amazon One Medical purchase: Love it or hate it, Amazon is buying a med. Good thing? Bad thing? Alex Wilhelm, Walter Thompson and Miranda Halpern weigh in with their views.
8 How to install fintech VCsWhat are fintech investors looking for now? Mary Ann Azevedo confirms eight of the top investors in the space.
Could the CHIPS Act spark another American startup renaissance?The US Senate apparently wants more semiconductor production stateside — but chip manufacturing is expensive. Is this “potential cash injection” an opportunity for new startups to change their ways? Haje said: “Those weird theories you studied as part of your PhD thesis? Time to dust it off.