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Free the female-presenting nipple and other TC news

The TechCrunch Podcast 30 September 2022

Episode Description

This week Amanda Silberling comes on to talk about the rumor that porn may be coming back to Tumblr (spoiler alert: it’s not) and Devin Coldewey discusses if NASA’s DART spacecraft could really save us from a planet-threatening asteroid. And as always, Darrell will catch you up on the tech news you may have missed this week.

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See you in court, Google and other TC news

This week instead of a typical interview we’re going to share a bit from our friends over at the Equity who are talking about what Google's antitrust lawsuit means for startups, how the downturn impacted the way companies are hiring and why femtech stood out in 2022. But first, Darrell goes over some of the top news from the week.  Be sure to listen to Equity where ever you listen to podcasts: pod.link/equity Articles from the episode: US sues Google over ‘anticompetitive, exclusionary, and unlawful’ ad tech monopoly Startups should expect more scrutiny from VCs on their hiring plans Crypto recruiters see opportunity to snatch up talent amid Big Tech layoffs More from TechCrunch With Starship testing, SpaceX moves one step closer to making science fiction a reality Amazon launches RxPass, a $5/month Prime add-on for all-you-need generic drugs covering 80 conditions LastPass owner GoTo says hackers stole customers’ backups Credits: The TechCrunch Podcast is produced by Maggie Stamets, hosted by Darrell Etherington, and edited by Kell.

27 January 2023


Court to decide if Elon Musk is careless or criminal and other TC News

Court to decide if Elon Musk is careless or criminal and other TC News

Welcome back to the TechCrunch Podcast. This week Amanda Silberling is here to talk about how Dungeons and Dragons creators are fighting to keep their livelihoods and Rebecca Bellan comes on to talk about how a tweet has gotten Elon Musk into legal trouble…again. And as always, Darrell breaks down the biggest stories in tech. Articles from the episode: Dungeons & Dragons content creators are fighting to protect their livelihoods Musk stands to lose billions in trial over ‘funding secured’ tweet  More from TechCrunch Discord acquires Gas, a compliments-based social media app for teens Norton LifeLock says thousands of customer accounts breached Amazon fined by regulators for unsafe warehouse work conditions Boston Dynamics’ latest Atlas video demos a robot that can run, jump and now grab and throw Credits: The TechCrunch Podcast is produced by Maggie Stamets, hosted by Darrell Etherington, and edited by Kell.

20 January 2023


Bad Meta! and other TC news

Bad Meta! and other TC news

Welcome back to the TechCrunch Podcast. This week Christine Hall is here to talk about how VCs are using ChatGPT and Natasha Lomas comes on to explain why meta is in  regulatory hot water. And as always, Darrell breaks down the biggest stories in tech. Articles from the episode: Some investors are (cautiously) implementing ChatGPT in their workflows Meta’s ads being found unlawful in the EU is a warning to other ad-funded platforms More from TechCrunch OpenAI begins piloting ChatGPT Professional, a premium version of its viral chatbot A big CES 2023 trend: All battery power, everywhere, all the time Microsoft 365 Basic launches with 100 GB of storage, Outlook and more for $1.99 per month All US domestic flights grounded as key FAA system goes down Credits: The TechCrunch Podcast is produced by Maggie Stamets, hosted by Darrell Etherington, and edited by Kell.

13 January 2023


AI at CES, strollers with robot brains, and other TC news

AI at CES, strollers with robot brains, and other TC news

This week Darrell talks with Kyle Wiggers about a few interesting AI announcements from CES and Natasha Mascarenhas comes on to talk about how tech workers are handling the mass layoffs we’ve seen in the past few months. .  And as always, Darrell breaks down the biggest stories in tech. Articles from the episode:  Here’s a roundup of the top AI-powered products we saw at CES 2023 Burned by layoffs, tech workers are rethinking risk More from TechCrunch Sony and Honda reveal Afeela India set an ‘incredibly important precedent’ by banning TikTok, FCC Commissioner says There’s now an open source alternative to ChatGPT, but good luck running it Salesforce to cut workforce by 10% after hiring ‘too many people’ during the pandemic Credits: The TechCrunch Podcast is produced by Maggie Stamets, hosted by Darrell Etherington, and edited by Kell.

6 January 2023


A New Year's Mini-sode

A New Year's Mini-sode

It's that very slow week before the new year, so we're bringing you a bite-sized episode. No interviews this week, just Darrell walking you through a few of the most interesting stories from the past week  Please take a second to rate and review The TechCrunch Podcast and follow us wherever you listen to podcasts. We'll see you in 2023! Articles from the episode: Twitter suffered outage after Elon Musk made ‘significant’ backend server architecture changes LastPass says hackers stole customers’ password vaults Kickstarter shut down the campaign for AI porn group Unstable Diffusion amid changing guidelines Credits: The TechCrunch Podcast is produced by Maggie Stamets, hosted by Darrell Etherington, and edited by Kell.

30 December 2022


Equity: 2023 predictions on the future of building, crypto and AI

Equity: 2023 predictions on the future of building, crypto and AI

This week we're bringing you a very special episode from our friends over at Equity. To end the year, the Equity crew is bringing back their predictions episode: Alex, Natasha, Mary Ann, Theresa, Maggie, and Becca. Grace couldn't make the mic but we have a feeling she'd agree with at least 2% of our predictions, anyways. Let's not ruin the episode, but to give you a taste, here's what topics we based our predictions on: Startup building and culture trends M&A and the return of secondaries The future of media and how social will shift Deep tech and generative AI And, of course, crypto We end on an earnest note. Good luck to Alex as he embarks on parenthood, welcome to Becca, who will be joining Equity in the new year, and, of course, thank you to all of you for sticking by us during this rollercoaster of a year. And with that, chat in 2023! Credits: The TechCrunch Podcast is produced by Maggie Stamets, hosted by Darrell Etherington, and edited by Kell.

23 December 2022


SBF doesn't need SPF where he's going and other TC news

SBF doesn't need SPF where he's going and other TC news

This week Darrell talked with Tim De Chant about his coverage of fusion energy and what feels like a rare hopeful story in renewable energy tech. And Jacquelyn Melinek walks us through Sam Bankman-Fried’s alleged crimes and confirmed arrest.  Plus he goes over the top stories in tech from the week.  And as always, Darrell breaks down the biggest stories in tech. Articles from the episode: World-record fusion experiment produced even more energy than expected FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried has been arrested in the Bahamas US attorney says ‘we are not done’ charging individuals for FTX collapse Other news from the week: Instagram adds text updates with new Notes feature OpenAI’s attempts to watermark AI text hit limits Elon Jet, the Twitter account tracking Elon Musk’s flights, was permanently suspended Credits: The TechCrunch Podcast is produced by Maggie Stamets, hosted by Darrell Etherington, and edited by Kell.

16 December 2022


AI art? More like AI fart and other TC news

AI art? More like AI fart and other TC news

This week Darrell talks with Taylor Hatmaker on to talk about Lensa AI and the possible ramifications for artists. Then we’ll hear from some attendees at the TC sessions: Space event  And as always, Darrell breaks down the biggest stories in tech. Articles from the episode: Lensa AI, the app making ‘magic avatars,’ raises red flags for artists UPDATED: It’s way too easy to trick Lensa AI into making NSFW images Read all of the stories from TC Sessions: Space Other news from the week: Meta won’t let staff discuss topics like abortion, gun control and vaccines at work Amazon will give your overworked delivery driver $5 if you ask Alexa to say thank you Confirmed: Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield stepping down in January The FTC is suing to block Microsoft from buying Activision Credits: The TechCrunch Podcast is produced by Maggie Stamets, hosted by Darrell Etherington, and edited by Kell.

9 December 2022


Salesforce CEO succession drama and other TC news

Salesforce CEO succession drama and other TC news

This week Darrell talks with Rita Liao about the great wall of porn obscuring information about protests in china. And Ron Miller comes on to recap the AWS re:invent event and his story on Salesforce co-CEO Bret Taylor stepping down. And as always, Darrell breaks down the biggest stories in tech. Articles from the episode: Great Wall of porn obscures China protest news on Twitter  Bret Taylor steps down as co-chair and CEO of Salesforce All of TC’s AWS re:invent converage Other news from the week: Instafest app lets you create your own festival lineup from Spotify Musk at Twitter has ‘huge work’ ahead to comply with EU rules, warns bloc BeReal wins ‘app of the year’ in Apple’s annual App Store Awards in 2022 Credits: The TechCrunch Podcast is produced by Maggie Stamets, hosted by Darrell Etherington, and edited by Kell.

2 December 2022


No due diligence, just vibes (and other TC news)

No due diligence, just vibes (and other TC news)

This week Darrell was busy hosting TC Sessions: Crypto, so producer Maggie interviewed  Dom-Madori Davis  about what Dom calls Vibe Capitalists and the kind of patterns they are matching. You’ll also hear Anita Ramaswamy talk to Binance CEO CZ on FTX, building trust in crypto and revenue opportunities in a truly DeFI world. And as always, Darrell breaks down the biggest stories in tech .Articles from the episode: Long live the vibe capitalist! Binance’s CZ on FTX: ‘We were the last straw that broke the camel’s back’ Other news from the week: Is Elon Musk’s Twitter about to fall out of the GDPR’s one-stop shop? Musk poses workers with a choice: quit Twitter, or prepare to get ‘hardcore’ In his first emails to Twitter staff, Musk talks about ending remote work and battling verified spam Amazon begins layoffs as economic woes mount SBF regrets declaring FTX bankrupt Credits: The TechCrunch Podcast is produced by Maggie Stamets, hosted by Darrell Etherington, and edited by Kell.

18 November 2022


Crypto’s white knight was a black hat all along and other TC news

Crypto’s white knight was a black hat all along and other TC news

This week Darrell talks with Dom-Madori Davis about the coalition of VCs that are standing for reproductive rights. And Jacquelyn Melinek comes on the break down the FTX- Binance saga that’s unfolded over the past week. And as always, Darrell breaks down the biggest stories in tech. Articles from the episode: More than 100 VC firms join VCs for Repro coalition to support reproductive rights Here’s the rundown on the Binance and FTX fiasco  Binance’s plan to acquire FTX is ‘real-life Game of Thrones’ as crypto winter winds blow Binance backs out of deal to buy FTX Crypto giant Binance agrees to buy rival FTX amid ‘liquidity crunch’ Other news from the week: All of the Elon Musk and Twitter news here US DOJ announces seizure of $3.36B in cryptocurrency Meta confirms 11,000 layoffs, amounting to 13% of its workforce Salesforce confirms it has laid off hundreds of employees Credits: The TechCrunch Podcast is produced by Maggie Stamets, hosted by Darrell Etherington, and edited by Kell.

11 November 2022


Buying your own identity on Elon’s Twitter and other news

Buying your own identity on Elon’s Twitter and other news

This week Amanda Silberling and DarrellI went live on LinkedIn and Twitter Spaces to talk about Elon Musk’s questionable plans for blue checks on Twitter. Then he talks with Natasha Mascarenhas about a new startup, Rewind, that wants to help humans have perfect memory. And as always, we break down the biggest stories in tech. Articles from the episode: Elon Musk’s plan to charge for Twitter verification will be a misinformation nightmare Elon Musk’s Twitter already looks grim for the LGBTQ community Rewind wants to revamp how you remember, with millions from a16z Other news from the week: Watch SpaceX launch a Falcon Heavy for the first time in three years Amazon Prime now comes with a full music catalog of 100 million songs and ad-free podcasts Google puts an end to Google Hangouts once and for all Credits: The TechCrunch Podcast is produced by Maggie Stamets, hosted by Darrell Etherington, and edited by Kell.

4 November 2022


Elon Musk and Twitter Close Deal: Hot Takes (Bonus Episode)

Elon Musk and Twitter Close Deal: Hot Takes (Bonus Episode)

It's official - Elon Musk has sealed the deal on Twitter, and we're bringing you a bonus episode to talk through it all. In case you missed it, Alex took to Twitter Spaces with Darrell Etherington, Amanda Silberling, Anita Ramaswamy, and Taylor Hatmaker to process some of what’s gone done, and what comes next on a special joint Equity/TechCrunch Podcast episode, so have a listen and be sure to read all about the Elon era at Twitter on TechCrunch. TechCrunch also has a great show on crypto, a show that interviews founders, and one that dives into the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. Credits: The TechCrunch Podcast is produced by Maggie Stamets, hosted by Darrell Etherington, and edited by Kell.

29 October 2022


The TwitterMusking and other news

The TwitterMusking and other news

This week Darrell talks with Taylor Hatmaker about Elon Musk officially buying Twitter. He also talks with Amanda Silberling about Youtuber MrBeast’s business and why a billion-dollar-plus valuation for it makes us nervous. Plus he chats about the scoop of the week with Kirsten Korosec who broke the news that Argo is shutting down. And as always, he breaks down the biggest news in tech this week. Articles from the episode: Is MrBeast actually worth $1.5 billion? Ford, VW-backed Argo AI is shutting down Elon Musk owns Twitter: The story so far Read all of TC’s coverage on Mosk buying Twitter here Other news from the week: WhatsApp back after massive global outage that lasted for two hours Tesla said to face criminal investigation by the Department of Justice over self-driving claims Credits: The TechCrunch Podcast is produced by Maggie Stamets, hosted by Darrell Etherington, and edited by Kell.

28 October 2022


Serena Williams talks about the one investment that got away and other TC news

Serena Williams talks about the one investment that got away and other TC news

This week was TechCrunch Disrupt and the whole team zeroed in on the event so we have a bite-sized episode. Darrell is talking with Jordan Crook about her TechCrunch Disrupt interview with tennis GOAT and investor Serena Williams. And as always, Darrell will catch you up on the tech news you may have missed this week. Articles from the episode: Check out all of our coverage of TechCrunch Disrupt  Watch Serena Williams talk about the biggest investment she missed out on and more How Serena Williams brings her killer instinct to early-stage investing Other news from the week: Kanye West to acquire ‘uncancelable’ social media platform Parler Kanye West and Elon Musk provide a new exit path: The billionaire tantrum Netflix launches new ‘Profile Transfer’ feature to help monetize account sharing Watch Google’s Ping-Pong robot pull off a 340-hit rally Credits: The TechCrunch Podcast is produced by Maggie Stamets, hosted by Darrell Etherington, and edited by Kell.

21 October 2022


Meta's Metaverse isn't bad, it's just boring and other TC news

Meta's Metaverse isn't bad, it's just boring and other TC news

This week Darrell talks with Taylor Hatmaker about her adventure into the metaverse at the Meta Connect event. And Haje Jan Kamps comes back to take the guest seat and talk about a Dutch Court’s ruling that employee productivity monitoring using webcams is a human rights violation. And as always, Darrell will catch you up on the tech news you may have missed this week. Articles from the episode:  My virtual torso went to Meta Connect 2022  Here’s what you missed at Meta Connect 2022  It’s painful how hellbent Mark Zuckerberg is on convincing us that VR is a thing  Meta announces legs  Meta’s vision for the future of VR is a worse version of the past  Other news from the week: Microsoft brings DALL-E 2 to the masses with Designer and Image Creator Netflix’s ad supported tier is coming November 3 Federal gig worker proposal tanks Uber, Lyft and DoorDash stocks Credits: The TechCrunch Podcast is produced by Maggie Stamets, hosted by Darrell Etherington, and edited by Kell.

14 October 2022


Elon and Twitter’s will-they, won’t-they and other TC news

Elon and Twitter’s will-they, won’t-they and other TC news

This week Haje Jan Kamps, stepping in for Darrell, talks with Dominic-Madori Davis about how conservative VCs are shaping the startup landscape and, by extension, the world. He also talked with Taylor Hatmaker about all things Elon, from his cringey tweets to his most recent flip-flopping on will-he-or-won’t he buy Twitter. And as always, we’ll catch you up on the tech news you may have missed this week. TechCrunch Disrupt is coming up on October 18-20, live in San Francisco. We’ll be hearing from guests like Dylan Field, Serena Williams, and Kevin Hart. Use code TCPOD all one word to get 15% Off Passes.  Articles from the episode: It’s official, Elon Musk is buying Twitter Here are some of the cringiest revelations in the Elon Musk text dump Just before Musk backtracked, a judge said Twitter could hunt for secret chats with whistleblower Conservative capitalists are funding their vision of the future  Other news from the week: Let’s not defend Kim Kardashian for shilling crypto Kim Kardashian charged by SEC for pushing crypto, reaches $1.26M settlement Tesla’s robot is a real robot now, not just a guy in a suit Spotify cancels 11 original podcasts, lays off under 5% of podcast staff Credits: The TechCrunch Podcast is produced by Maggie Stamets, hosted by Darrell Etherington, and edited by Kell.

7 October 2022


It's been a really good week for one teen hacker and other TC news

It's been a really good week for one teen hacker and other TC news

This week is all about hacks. First, Carly Page comes on to talk about the “completely compromising” Uber hack and then we’re joined by Jordan Crook to go over what we know about the Grand Theft Auto 6 video leak. And as always, Darrell will catch you up on the tech news you may have missed this week. Articles from the episode: Massive GTA 6 gameplay video leak depicts male and female playable characters Rockstar Games confirms GTA 6 footage leak Uber investigating cybersecurity incident after hacker breaches its internal network How do you stop another Uber hack? Other news from the week: Google’s new Chromecast costs $30 — and it has a remote Revolut confirms cyberattack exposed personal data of tens of thousands of users Kitty Hawk, the electric aircraft moonshot backed by Larry Page, is shutting down Kia, Hyundai sued after viral TikTok causes rise in thefts Apple Watch Ultra first impressions Credits: The TechCrunch Podcast is produced by Maggie Stamets, hosted by Darrell Etherington, and edited by Kell.

24 September 2022


Stranded on Apple’s new iPhone island and other TC news

Stranded on Apple’s new iPhone island and other TC news

This week Matthew Panzarino tells us about his week on the dynamic island with the new iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro. We’re also joined by Becca Szkutak talking about the unpredictable state of VC as we enter the fall. And as always, Darrell will catch you up on the tech news you may have missed this week. Articles from the episode: Review of Apple’s iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro: They’re leaning into it VC fundraising gets weird as autumn nears Other news from the week:   Adobe snaps up Figma for $20B, taking out one of its biggest rivals in digital design Ethereum switches to proof-of-stake consensus after completing The Merge Google cancels half the projects at its internal R&D group Area 120 Uber investigating cybersecurity incident after hacker breaches its internal network Now that the Ethereum Merge is behind us, what’s next? Credits: The TechCrunch Podcast is produced by Maggie Stamets, hosted by Darrell Etherington, and edited by Kell.

17 September 2022


The Merge is upon us and other TC news

The Merge is upon us and other TC news

Welcome Back to the TechCrunch Podcast! This week we have an extra special guest host, Haje Jan Kamps walking us through the top TC stories of the week and talking to the writers who wrote them. He talks with Natasha Mascarenhas about YC demo day, executive changes, and the shrinking diversity in the accelerator’s cohort. He’s also joined by Anita Ramaswamy to talk about Ethereum’s impending Merge and what it means for its users and the world of blockchains at large.  And of course, Haje will catch you up on the tech news you may have missed this week. Articles from the episode: Garry Tan’s return is a full circle moment for Y Combinator Delving into YC’s diversity data following a category shakeup Catch up on all of TechCrunch’s YC demo day coverage here. How the upcoming Ethereum Merge could change crypto’s rewards, costs and reputation Other news from the week: Check out all the TechCrunch coverage of the Apple iPhone event here Juul agrees to pay $438.5M in a record settlement, while a newer vape maker gains steam Elon Musk can lean on the Twitter whistleblower but he can’t push the trial date back Credits: The TechCrunch Podcast is produced by Maggie Stamets, hosted by Darrell Etherington, and edited by Kell.

10 September 2022


Deepfake free for all and other TC news

Deepfake free for all and other TC news

This week we’re talking to  Kyle Wiggers is back to talk about Stable Diffusion, a new open source AI generator that allows for unfiltered creation and has led to a deepfake free for all. Brian Heater also comes on to talk about what we can expect from Apple’s iPhone event and what we know so far about the reported antitrust lawsuit against Apple . And as always, Darrell will catch you up on the tech news you may have missed this week. Articles from the episode: Deepfakes for all: Uncensored AI art model prompts ethics questions  What we expect from Apple’s iPhone 14 event Justice Department in early stages of filing an antitrust lawsuit against Apple, says report Other news from the week: Twitter’s attempt to monetize porn reportedly halted due to child safety warnings Royal Caribbean will equip all its cruise ships with Starlink internet Snap cuts 20% of staff amid major restructuring Credits: The TechCrunch Podcast is produced by Maggie Stamets, hosted by Darrell Etherington, and edited by Kell.

3 September 2022


Twitter. Whistle. Blown. (and other TC news)

Twitter. Whistle. Blown. (and other TC news)

This week on the TechCrunch Podcast we’re talking to Zack Whittaker about TechCrunch’s new spyware lookup tool and a whistleblower complaint against Twitter alleging massive security issues. Tim De Chant also comes on to explain how the Inflation Reduction Act could make EVs more available and affordable. And as always, Darrell will catch you up on the tech news you may have missed this week. Articles from the episode: TechCrunch launches TheTruthSpy spyware lookup tool Manchin’s ultimatum may turn the US into a battery powerhouse Ex-security chief accuses Twitter of cybersecurity mismanagement in an explosive whistleblower complaint Other news from the week: Meta officially rolls out its new metaverse ID system Deepfakes for all: Uncensored AI art model prompts ethics questions Oracle’s ‘surveillance machine’ targeted in US privacy class action T-Mobile phones will connect to Starlink for free starting next year Credits: The TechCrunch Podcast is produced by Maggie Stamets, hosted by Darrell Etherington, and edited by Kell.

27 August 2022


Is Adam Neumann a new man? and other TC news

Is Adam Neumann a new man? and other TC news

This week on the TechCrunch Podcast Anita Ramaswamy is back to talk about Adam Neumann’s latest Andreessen Horowitz-backed startup and Amanda Silberling joins us to talk about teens flocking away from Facebook. And as always, Darrell will catch you up on the tech news you may have missed this week. Articles from the episode: a16z says ‘WeBack’ to WeWork’s Neumann with its biggest check ever U.S. teens have abandoned Facebook, Pew study says Other news from the week: HBO Max is removing 36 titles and creators are not happy Shopify launches Collabs, a new way for creators to earn revenue on the platform Meta invests in Take App, a Singaporean startup that helps merchants sell via WhatsApp American Airlines to buy 20 jets from Boom Supersonic Credits: The TechCrunch Podcast is produced by Maggie Stamets, hosted by Darrell Etherington, and edited by Kell.

20 August 2022


The phishing catch of the day is Twillio and other TC news

The phishing catch of the day is Twillio and other TC news

This week on the TechCrunch Podcast Natasha Mascarenhas is back to talk about VC-backed aperitif company Haus being forced to sell. Then we’re joined by Carly page to talk about a recent phishing campaign that targeted Twilio and many other internet companies. And as always, Darrell will catch you up on the tech news you may have missed this week. Articles from the episode: Haus, a VC-backed aperitif startup, is up for sale after Series A falls through Twilio hacked by phishing campaign targeting internet companies Other news from the week: SoftBank cautions longer startup winter because unicorn founders are unwilling to cut valuations Coinbase’s earnings fall short of expectations as crypto winter rages Facebook helps cops prosecute 17-year-old for abortion Credits: The TechCrunch Podcast is produced by Maggie Stamets, hosted by Darrell Etherington, and edited by Kell.

13 August 2022


Bolt Mobility bolted (and left cities with a mess) and other TC news

Bolt Mobility bolted (and left cities with a mess) and other TC news

This week on the TechCrunch Podcast we’re talking to Natasha Mascarenhas about YC’s decision to shrink their startup cohort and the recent layoffs at On Deck. Then we’re joined by Rebecca Bellan to talk about the disappearance of Bolt Mobility. And as always, Darrell will catch you up on the tech news you may have missed this week. Articles from the episode: Y Combinator narrows current cohort size by 40%, citing downturn and funding environment On Deck lays off a third of staff after cutting a quarter just months prior Bolt Mobility has vanished, leaving e-bikes, unanswered calls behind in several US cities Other news from the week: Robinhood lays off 23% of staff, CEO Vlad Tenev says, ‘This is on me’ Hackers stole passwords for accessing 140,000 payment terminals Sheryl Sandberg officially stepped down as Meta COO on August 1, filing shows Amazon is buying iRobot for $1.7B Credits: The TechCrunch Podcast is produced by Maggie Stamets, hosted by Darrell Etherington, and edited by Kell.

6 August 2022


Instagram is being Myspaced by TikTok and other TC news

Instagram is being Myspaced by TikTok and other TC news

This week on the TechCrunch Podcast, Becca Szkutak comes on to talk about the fraught state of extension rounds for many early-stage startups and Devin Coldewey about upcoming changes to Instagram that a lot of users agree will make the app much worse. And as always, Darrell will catch you up on the tech news you may have missed this week. Articles from the episode: Instagram to walk back full-screen home feed and temporarily reduce recommended posts Instagram gets worse with dark patterns lifted from TikTok Every startup wants an extension round, but there aren’t enough to go around Other news from the week: Meta posts its first ever quarterly revenue decline Amazon’s shares rise on earnings beat, despite $2B loss iPhone revenue up slightly for Q3, as other hardware categories lose steam Rivian begins laying off 6% of workforce T-Mobile will pay out $350M to customers in data breach settlement Credits: The TechCrunch Podcast is produced by Maggie Stamets, hosted by Darrell Etherington, and edited by Kell.

30 July 2022


Finally time to take out the crypto trash and other TC news

Finally time to take out the crypto trash and other TC news

This week on the TechCrunch Podcast, TC crypto reporter Anita Ramaswamy comes on to discuss how regulators are thinking of tackling crypto and Lauren Forristal who covers streaming at TC talked about how Netflix is combatting massive subscriber losses. And as always, Darrell will catch you up on the tech news you may have missed this week. Articles from the episode: Regulators should address crypto ‘garbage’ first, former SEC Chairman Clayton says Netflix loses 970,000 subscribers, its largest quarterly loss ever Other news from the week: Amazon is buying primary care tech provider One Medical for $3.9B Tesla dumped 75% of its Bitcoin holdings GM unveils Chevy Blazer EV to challenge Tesla Model Y New documents reveal ‘huge’ scale of US government’s cell phone location data tracking Credits: The TechCrunch Podcast is produced by Maggie Stamets, hosted by Darrell Etherington, and edited by Kell.

23 July 2022


Bonus Episode: Building the future of robotics

Bonus Episode: Building the future of robotics

TC Sessions: Robotics 2022 is happening on July 21 (aka tomorrow!) it's virtual and free so RSVP at techcrunch.com/events. For this bonus episode our colleague from Equity, Alex Wilhelm, sat down with Brian Heater,TechCrunch hardware editor and mastermind behind the upcoming robotics event. Enjoy this bonus episode! Equity posts every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and we'll be back with a regular TechCrunch Podcast on Saturday. If you want to come hang at the TC Sessions: Robotics 2022, you can sign up here for free. See you there! Credits: The TechCrunch Podcast is produced by Maggie Stamets, hosted by Darrell Etherington, and edited by Kell.

20 July 2022


Tesla's solar roofs have stayed mostly in the dark and other TC news

Tesla's solar roofs have stayed mostly in the dark and other TC news

This week on the TechCrunch Podcast, TC climate writer Harri Weber comes on to talk about Tesla’s underperforming solar roofing business and new TC reporter, Kyle Wiggins, does a deep dive into Butler Hospitality’s recent layoffs and how they are a cautionary tale for other food and hospitality tech businesses. And of course, Darrell gives you a rundown of biggest stories in tech this week Articles from the episode: Sure, Tesla, a solar trailer Tesla reportedly nowhere near goal of installing 1,000 solar roofs a week Butler shows hundreds of employees the door after raising $50M for room service delivery Other news from the week: Microsoft lays off a portion of its workforce as part of a ‘realignment’ Twitter sues Elon Musk to force him to seal the deal Twitter v. Elon brings us a meme-driven lawsuit for the books Uber facing lawsuit from dozens of women over sexual assaults by drivers YouTube ends Lofi Girl’s two-year-long music stream over bogus DMCA warning Credits: The TechCrunch Podcast is produced by Maggie Stamets, hosted by Darrell Etherington, and edited by Kell.

16 July 2022


Will Mars be ruled by Elon Musks' ever-growing brood? And other TC news

Will Mars be ruled by Elon Musks' ever-growing brood? And other TC news

This week on the TechCrunch Podcast Managing Editor Darrell Etherington gives you a rundown of the biggest stories in tech this week and sits down with TC writers for a deep dive into a few of them. In this episode, he talks with Zack Whittaker about Apple’s latest security feature, lockdown mode and Amanda Silberling about the end of former Theranos exec Sunny Balwani’s trial. Please note, we recorded with episode before news of Elon’s attempt to terminate his deal to acquire Twitter broke. Read Taylor Hatmaker’s coverage here to stay up to date. Articles from the episode: Apple says Lockdown Mode in iOS 16 will help block government spyware attacks Former Theranos exec Sunny Balwani is found guilty Other news from the week: Elon Musk tells Twitter he is killing the deal Things get messy for Elon Musk with report about new twins he shares with Neuralink exec A huge data leak of 1 billion records exposes China’s vast surveillance state Hotel giant Marriott confirms yet another data breach Apple reportedly plans to launch an ‘extreme sports’ Apple Watch with a larger screen and metal casing Credits: The TechCrunch Podcast is produced by Maggie Stamets, hosted by Darrell Etherington, and edited by Kell.

9 July 2022


Rocket Lab rockets to the Moon and other TC news

Rocket Lab rockets to the Moon and other TC news

This week on the TechCrunch Podcast our host, Managing Editor Darrell Etherington talks with TC’s Amanda Silberling about VidCon and the creator economy coming of age. He also speaks to Aria Alamalhodaei about NASA and Rocket Lab launching a scouting mission for a future orbital Moon base. And as always, you’ll get a rundown of the week’s top news on TechCrunch. Articles from the episode: MrBeast explains YouTube’s algorithm Rocket Lab’s CAPSTONE mission to the moon is key to establishing a lunar space station Other news from the week: OK, whose rocket just hit the moon? Get hype for the first images from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope Snapchat officially introduces its paid subscription at $3.99 per month Tesla lays off nearly 200 Autopilot workers, shutters San Mateo office Credits: The TechCrunch Podcast is produced by Maggie Stamets, hosted by Darrell Etherington, and edited by Kell.

2 July 2022


Crypto community or crumbling cult? And other TC news

Crypto community or crumbling cult? And other TC news

This week on the TechCrunch Podcast our host, Managing Editor Darrell Etherington talks with Jacquelyn Melinek about the power and pitfalls of crypto communities and Devin Coldewey about why Pornhub’s COO and CEO have unceremoniously stepped down. And as always, you’ll get a rundown of the week’s top news on TechCrunch.  Articles from the episode: Crypto’s emphasis on community could lead followers off a cliff CEO and COO of Pornhub parent company MindGeek abruptly resign Other news from the week: Twitter to expand into long-form content with upcoming Twitter Notes feature  FDA orders Juul to stop selling its vaping products in the US Meta to roll out new monetization tools on Instagram and Facebook, including a creator marketplace Credits: The TechCrunch Podcast is produced by Maggie Stamets, hosted by Darrell Etherington, and edited by Kell.

25 June 2022


Bill Gates doesn’t know how Elon Musk finds the time and other TC news

Bill Gates doesn’t know how Elon Musk finds the time and other TC news

This week on the TechCrunch Podcast our host, Managing Editor Darrell Etherington talks with Bill Gates (yes, that Bill Gates) about whether we can still avoid climate disaster, the importance of crypto, and Elon Musk’s time management skills. He also talks with TC writer Ingrid Owen about Spotify’s acquisition of the Voice AI startup Sonatic. And as always, you’ll get a rundown of the week’s top news on TechCrunch.  Articles from the episode: Bill Gates on economic turbulence, crypto and whether we can still avoid climate disaster Spotify is acquiring Sonantic, the AI voice platform used to simulate Val Kilmer’s voice in Top Gun Maverick Other news from the week: The Google engineer who thinks the company’s AI has come to life Elon Musk tells Twitter employees he wants to be involved in product SpaceX internal open letter seeks condemnation of Elon Musk’s tweets Coinbase CEO says it is laying off 18% of its workers SpaceX said to have fired employees behind company-wide letter criticizing Elon Musk Credits: The TechCrunch Podcast is produced by Maggie Stamets, hosted by Darrell Etherington, and edited by Kell.

18 June 2022


WWDC stands for wow what dank continuity and other TC news

WWDC stands for wow what dank continuity and other TC news

Welcome back to The TechCrunch Podcast where you’ll hear everything you need to know about the week’s top stories in tech from the people who wrote them. This week our host, Managing Editor Darrell Etherington, mixes it up and talks with Kurt Knight who isn’t a TC writer but is the  Senior Director of Platform Product Marketing at Apple who comes on to talk about WWDC and updates to Apple's Continuity. We also talk with Lucas Matney about the former OpenSea exec whose arrest has the crypto world worried. And as always, you’ll get a rundown of the week’s top news on TechCrunch.  Articles from the episode: Apple’s Continuity Camera lets you use your iPhone as a webcam The arrest heard ’round the crypto world’ by Lucas and Anita Ramaswamy Other news from the week: Proposed bipartisan US crypto bill could be ‘sigh of relief’ for the industry Tesla accuses civil rights agency of unlawfully suing for racial discrimination Here’s everything Apple just announced at the WWDC 2022 keynote MIT researchers uncover ‘unpatchable’ flaw in Apple M1 chips Credits: The TechCrunch Podcast is produced by Maggie Stamets, hosted by Darrell Etherington, and edited by Kell.

11 June 2022


The battle for BNPL buyers and other TC news

The battle for BNPL buyers and other TC news

Welcome back to The TechCrunch Podcast where you’ll hear everything you need to know about the week’s top stories in tech from the people who wrote them. This week our host, Managing Editor Darrell Etherington, talks with Mary Ann Azevedo  about two fintech giants, Affirm and Stripe, partnering up and what that means for competitors and Brian Heater comes on to preview next week’s Apple Worldwide Developer Conference. And as always, you’ll get a rundown of the week’s top news on TechCrunch.  Articles from the episode: Affirm teams up with Stripe as the BNPL wars intensify What to expect from Apple’s WWDC 2022 keynote Other news from the week: Sheryl Sandberg will step down as Meta COO Former OpenSea exec arrested and charged with insider trading of NFTs a16z-backed Loom lays off 14% of staff, one year after becoming a unicorn SWVL plans to lay off 32% of its team two months after going public Tech layoffs top 15K in a brutal May Credits: The TechCrunch Podcast is produced by Maggie Stamets, hosted by Darrell Etherington, and edited by Kell.

4 June 2022


Why do people keep giving Adam Neumann money? And other TechCrunch news

Why do people keep giving Adam Neumann money? And other TechCrunch news

Welcome back to The TechCrunch Podcast where you’ll hear everything you need to know about the week’s top stories in tech from the people who wrote them. This week our host, Managing Editor Darrell Etherington, talks with Natasha Mascarenhas about the ongoing tech layoffs, Anita Ramaswamy about WeWork founder Adam Neumann moving into the crypto space with backing from a16z, And Devin Caldewey about AI-generated images.  Plus a rundown of the week’s top news on TechCrunch.  Articles from the episode: A third straight week of tech layoffs in the books Latch, a proptech meets SaaS play, conducts two consecutive weeks of layoffs Adam Neumann’s blockchain-based redemption story now sponsored by a16z OpenAI: Look at our awesome image generator! Google: Hold my Shiba Inu Other news from the week:   It’s official: Broadcom to acquire VMware in massive $61B deal Jack Dorsey steps down from Twitter’s board Twitter investors sue Elon Musk over acquisition shenanigans Extras: Hana Mohan’s Twitter thread on the YC advice to founders Hana Mohan’s episode of Found Equity’s episode: We think founders need a quick Heart to Heart about the market Credits: The TechCrunch Podcast is produced by Maggie Stamets, hosted by Darrell Etherington, and edited by Kell.

28 May 2022


Don't call them UFOs and other news from TechCrunch

Don't call them UFOs and other news from TechCrunch

Welcome to the first episode of TheTechCrunch Podcast where you’ll hear everything you need to know about the week’s top stories in tech from the people who wrote them. This week our host, Managing Editor Darrell Etherington, talks with Taylor Hatmaker about the congressional hearing about UFOs in which pentagon experts say definitively UFOs are real and that sightings reports are way up. And Kirsten Korosec joins us to talk about all the news that came out of the TC Sessions: Mobility. Plus a rundown of the week’s top news on TechCrunch.  Articles from the episode: At the first UFO hearing in 50 years, the Pentagon says unexplained reports are way up Top three takeaways from Nuro’s session at TC Sessions: Mobility Arrival unveils prototype of dedicated ride-hail vehicle at TC Sessions: Mobility Luminar’s Austin Russell: ‘We probably shouldn’t have existed’ but lidar will drive next-gen safety anyway Other news from the week: Buffalo shooter invited others to his private Discord ‘diary’ 30 minutes before attack NY AG is investigating Twitch, Discord and 4chan for their role in the Buffalo mass shooting Twitter CEO and Elon Musk clash over bot-battling metrics Musk says Twitter deal is dead unless CEO can prove spam stats Three senior Twitter employees leave amid potential Musk takeover Watch Boeing’s make it or break it Starliner launch today YC advises founders to ‘plan for the worst’ amid market teardown Credits: The TechCrunch Podcast is produced by Maggie Stamets, hosted by Darrell Etherington, and edited by Kell.

21 May 2022


Introducing The TechCrunch Podcast

Introducing The TechCrunch Podcast

Introducing The TechCrunch Podcast where you’ll hear everything you need to know about the week’s top stories in tech from the people who wrote them.  Each week, Managing Editor Darrell Etherington will go in-depth on two or three of the week’s top stories from in and around the startup ecosystem, and he’ll be joined by the TechCrunch writers who wrote those stories. They’ll tell us why the stories are so important, and what they think the most important takeaways are for each, for both the general public and our venture industry insider audience. Credits: The TechCrunch Podcast is produced by Maggie Stamets, hosted by Darrell Etherington, and edited by Kell.

16 May 2022

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