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Stadia’s death: Devin denied Stadia’s recent shutdown, saying the game service’s staggering demise was the fault of one alone: Google. He wrote: “No one trusts Google. It has shown a lack of understanding of what people want, need and will pay for at the moment, people are wary of investing in its even more popular products. “
This week in Elon Musk: He first stepped into it when he got involved in the Russo-Ukrainian war with his version of a peace plan that Connie characterized by not being well received. And then finally he said that he would buy Twitter after all. Twitter told us that “Musk parties” sent them a letter expressing the billionaire’s intentions for the acquisition, provided that the trial between the two is scheduled to begin on May 17. 10, will not take place. However, as Taylor and Harri said in their story, “given Musk’s chaotic nature, maybe another wrench could be thrown into the construction.”
Fizz to the “next Mark Zuckerberg”: An app created by Stanford alumni to limit social isolation on a college campus received $4.5 million this week. The founder, a Stanford dropout, “started building a college student app, for college students, that sought to help his classmates feel less alone and into meaningful connections on campus.”
Google on your lock screen: iOS 16 users aren’t just limited to Apple widgets on their new Lock Screen. Google has made good on its promise of providing its apps as widgets for quick access. Gmail, Google News, Drive and Chrome are now available with Search and Apps.
Search in fashion: South Korean search company Naver says it plans to buy apparel marketplace Poshmark for $1.2 billion in cash.
Education violation: In what appears to be the largest education breach in a while, hackers have released a cache of data stolen in a cyberattack against the Los Angeles Unified School District.
No time to adjust it all TechCrunch’s podcasts this week? Here’s what you might have missed:
- Because Find This week, we re-released an episode about providing remote abortion care with Kiki Freedman from Hey Jane. She also tells us about how her experience at Uber informed her founder mentality and how the startup hopes to change the healthcare industry.
- Chain reaction connected with Edward Saatchi, an expert in the web3 space and founder of The Culture DAO and Fable, who discussed how emerging technologies can enable new forms of storytelling and how the domains like cryptocurrencies and AI are changing the form of the metaverse.
- Amanda joined Alex this week on the fourth episode of Equity to talk about the creative economy.
- Above Podcasts TC, Haje Jan Kamps, joins Darrell Etherington, talks with Dominic-Madori Davis about how conservative VCs are shaping the startup landscape and, by extension, the world. He also talked to Taylor Hatmaker about all things Elon.
- And check TechCrunch Live podcast, is the audio version of our weekly TechCrunch Live show. This week, hear how Mammoth Biosciences Trevor Martin attracted the best partners to start the company, including Mayfield partner Ursheet Parikh, who wrote an early funding check. Step one? It starts with the vision and mission.
What’s hiding behind TechCrunch + fee wall? Lots of really great stuff! That’s where we can break out of the constant news cycle and dive a little deeper into the things you tell us you like best. The most read TC+ content this week?
Five Important IP Considerations for AI Startups: Early-stage startups are creating new AI-based solutions but may not know if the technology can be protected and the best way to do it. IP partner at law firm Foley & Lardner LLPand Senior lawyer and IP lawyer at law firm Foley & Lardner LLPprovides guidance to young companies.
Vori’s pitch deck: Haje brings you another tear of the stage deck, this time from Vori, raised to Series A $10 million. Want your pitch to be on TC+? Here is more information. Also, check out all our tips on Pitch Deck Teardown and other pitch tips, all collected in one handy place for you! In this?