Hey, people, welcome to Week in Review (WiR), TechCrunch’s common publication overlaying the previous week in happenings across the tech sphere. Winter’s lastly arrived, judging by the NYC climate exterior my window — and a winter of a type is perhaps descending on the tech business, too, because it sadly seems.
This version of WiR covers tech layoffs coming again with a vengeance, internet entry in Gaza collapsing, all the things introduced throughout Apple’s Halloween event and CCleaner’s buyer database getting hacked. Also on the roster is WeWork submitting for chapter, Anthropic elevating $2 billion from Google, Costco promoting surveillance gear and X’s (i.e., Twitter’s) valuation plummeting by 56%.
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Layoffs are back: For his column this week, Haje writes that, regardless of indicators of financial restoration and predictions of avoiding a recession, tech firms proceed to put off workers. Experts recommend that whereas the macroeconomics are enhancing, the restoration course of stays sluggish — main many firms to brace for what they anticipate can be a lengthy interval of sluggishness.
Gaza internet collapses: As the battle between Israel and Hamas continues, infrastructure is crumbling in Gaza. Last Friday, internet monitoring agency NetBlocks wrote on X, previously Twitter, that the Palestinian internet service and telecommunications suppliers NetStream and Paltel had collapsed, leading to a “total or near-total” internet blackout within the area.
Apple event recap: In lighter information, Apple introduced a slew of latest merchandise throughout its Halloween event this week, together with an up to date MacBook Pro, iMac and the M3, its newest in-house chip household. Among different gadgets of observe, Apple did away with the Touch Bar on the brand new 14-inch MacBook Pro and upgraded the iMac’s display screen with a 4.5K retina show and a six-speaker system supporting each Dolby Atmos and Spatial Audio.
CCleaner hacked: The maker of the favored desktop optimization app CCleaner has confirmed that hackers stole a trove of private data, together with names and contact data, about its paying prospects following a knowledge breach in May. In an e mail despatched to prospects, Gen Digital, the multinational software program firm that owns CCleaner, stated that the hackers exploited a vulnerability within the extensively used MOVEit file switch instrument.
WeWork bankruptcy imminent: WeWork is on the verge of submitting for Chapter 11 chapter in New Jersey, in accordance with sources cited by The Wall Street Journal. If WeWork does certainly file, it shouldn’t come as a shock to shut followers of the versatile workspace supplier, Mary Ann writes — WeWork warned in August in its second-quarter earnings that “substantial doubt exists about the company’s ability to continue as a going concern.”
Anthropic raises billions more: Google has reportedly invested $2 billion in Anthropic, the AI startup based by ex-OpenAI execs, in accordance with The Wall Street Journal. The deal comes shortly after Amazon dedicated to as a lot as $4 billion in Anthropic. As Devin experiences, that is simply the most recent in a creating proxy struggle between rival tech giants with a restricted variety of AI champions to again.
Costco keeps selling spy cameras: Two U.S. lawmakers this week requested retail big Costco why it continues to promote surveillance gear made by Lorex — regardless of warnings of cybersecurity dangers and hyperlinks to human rights abuses. The bipartisan letter dated October 31, despatched by Rep. Christopher Smith (R-NJ, 4th) and Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), stated Costco’s continued sale of Lorex merchandise is “all the more puzzling” given a number of of its retail rivals have lengthy discontinued promoting the expertise.
X’s valuation nosedives: X, the corporate previously generally known as Twitter, is valuing itself at $19 billion, per inside paperwork obtained by Fortune. When Elon Musk purchased the corporate one year ago this week, he paid about $44 billion — or $54.20 per share — for the microblogging platform. Amanda notes that the interior valuation marks about a 56% lower in X’s worth during the last 12 months, which for sure doesn’t look too good.
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Equity this week featured Marisa Warren, the co-founder and managing companion at Aliavia Ventures, which invests in startups primarily based within the U.S. and Australia which have not less than one feminine founder and helps their portfolio firms deal with new markets.
On Found, the crew spoke with Abhi Ramesh, the CEO and founding father of Misfits Market, a grocery startup that sells surplus and undesirable produce on to customers who don’t thoughts funny-looking meals. They talked about how Ramesh began the corporate in his house, dealing with each side from personally shopping for the undesirable produce from the farms to storing the meals to packaging and delivery — all whereas working the web site and making an attempt to fundraise.
And Chain Reaction recapped the top of the trial for Sam Bankman-Fried, former CEO of FTX, who’s dealing with seven prices associated to fraud and cash laundering.
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“Unicorns” come full circle: Alex writes about how, roughly ten years in the past, Cowboy Ventures’ Aileen Lee penned a column for TechCrunch that introduced the time period “unicorn” into the world. Lee’s column helped the world categorize startups in a new method — however it was additionally a signal of the occasions to return.
Making wind power cheaper: Tim experiences on AirLoom, a startup that goals to halve the price of wind energy with a novel turbine design that’s vertically oriented versus horizontal.
A sports accelerator: Ron covers Comcast’s comparatively new sports-startup-focused accelerator, the Comcast NBCUniversal Sports activitiesTech Accelerator, which finds startups that may convey innovation to Comcast’s sports activities league companions whereas giving the younger companies entry to Comcast’s media sources — and the sports activities leagues themselves.