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The most learn story this week, by far, was information that Elon Musk quietly had twins with “one among his high executives” final 12 months. Musk responded to the myriad takes with a tweet: “Doing my finest to assist the underpopulation disaster. A collapsing beginning price is the most important hazard civilization faces by far.”
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Elon Musk says he’s killing the Twitter deal: Elon Musk’s authorized group introduced late Friday that they intend to halt the $44 billion acquisition of Twitter, citing “false and deceptive representations upon which Mr. Musk relied when getting into into the Merger Settlement.” Twitter chairman Bret Taylor instantly responded with a press release that “the Twitter Board is dedicated to closing the transaction on the value and phrases agreed upon with Mr. Musk and plans to pursue authorized motion to implement the merger settlement.” That is gonna get messy.
Look is headed for the U.S.: Look is an organization that places tailor-made content material/video games (and, after all, advertisements) on an Android cellphone’s lock display screen. After discovering its manner onto round 400 million smartphones in Asia over the previous few years, the corporate is prepping for a U.S. launch “inside two months,” in keeping with a scoop from our personal Manish Singh.
An even bigger, more durable Apple Watch: Rumors of recent Apple units are at all times within the air … however when the very-often-correct Mark Gurman says one thing is coming, we have a tendency to concentrate. Gurman says that Apple is constructing a beefed out model of its Apple Look ahead to “excessive sports activities athletes” — one with a much bigger show for simpler studying mid-workout and a more durable design so that you’ll fear much less about dings and dents.
Apple’s “Lockdown” Mode: It’s a generalization for certain, however the extra options your cellphone has, the extra potential assault vectors there are for hackers to focus on. With that in thoughts, Apple this week introduced “Lockdown Mode,” a setting coming to iOS/iPadOS/macOS that allows you to immediately disable numerous options — assume issues like what recordsdata it’ll open, what web sites are allowed to do, who can contact you, and so forth. It’s meant primarily for many who “could also be vulnerable to extremely focused cyberattacks,” an Apple press launch stated, however shall be accessible to all later this 12 months.
Vauld hits pause: Cryptocurrency costs noticed large crashes all through Might and June, and crypto lending platform/change Vauld stated early this week that it’s suspending “all withdrawals, buying and selling and deposits” because it explores “potential restructuring choices.” In a series of tweets, Vauld co-founder Darshan Bathija famous that clients had withdrawn over $197 million from the platform in the previous few weeks alone.
Sunny Balwani discovered responsible: After a 3-month trial, former Theranos COO Sunny Balwani was discovered responsible on 12 felony expenses this week. For individuals who haven’t been following each beat of the Theranos catastrophe, Amanda put collectively a wonderful, succinct overview of the case to this point — and the impression it has had on the startup ecosystem already.
Amanda interviews MKBHD: I could also be half a decade older than him, however I need to be Marques Brownlee once I develop up. In any other case referred to as MKBHD, he’s a wildly well-liked tech YouTuber, more and more well-liked TikToker, skilled final Frisbee participant (!), and an all-around-cool human. Amanda caught up with Marques at VidCon, the place they talked about all the pieces from evolving the long-form content material he’s identified for with the pacing of TikTok in thoughts, his ideas on the metaverse and the tech he thinks isn’t getting sufficient consideration.
Podcasts! You want them, we’ve acquired them.
Over the previous few days, Darrell chatted with Amanda about her journey to VidCon on The Nob6 Podcast, Jacquie and Anita talked about crypto’s “savior” on Chain Response, and the Discovered podcast group talked with WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg about his 19 years main the corporate.
You will discover all these and far, far more in our weekly podcast roundup.
Need much more Nob6? Head on over to the aptly named Nob6+, the place we get to go a bit deeper on the matters our subscribers inform us they care about. Among the good things from this week consists of:
The factor that makes your pitch deck ineffective: “You’ve disregarded your Keynote expertise, you’re giddy that you just’re lastly going to have the ability to begin paying your self a dwelling wage, and you’re excited to start out pitching your startup’s subsequent spherical of funding to your traders,” writes Haje (TC’s resident Pitch Deck professional). “It’s heady instances, for certain, however hit the opposite pedal there for a second, pal — you could be forgetting one thing.”
In the meantime…: That final put up lined the slide Haje says each pitch deck wants; this one’s all concerning the slide he thinks is ineffective.
So are we in a startup recession or what?: Alex Wilhelm spends extra time fascinated about the nitty-gritty of startup economics than simply about anybody I do know, so when he opens a put up with one thing like “I don’t know what’s going on within the startup market and it’s a little bit of a ache within the ass,” I learn on.