Hey, friends – you’ve come to the end of the week. congratulations! I say this is an achievement worth celebrating. And what better way to connect on the weekend than to sum up the week in tech? This is Week in Review (WiR), TechCrunch’s weekly news roundup, where we highlight the top, most impactful stories that have caught the eye of the past days. We get it – you’re busy. Hence, a summary highlighting all the major events.
Before we get to the good stuff, a reminder that on May 17, TechCrunch Live, TC’s Virtual Speaker Series, will be showcasing Mark Rostec and Garima Kapoor of Intel Capital – founders of MinIO, a startup building an enterprise-class, but open source, object storage solution. On the other horizon is TC City Spotlight: Atlanta on June 7, which will host a pitch competition, panel discussion on investing in the Atlanta ecosystem and more. Last but not least is Disrupt in San Francisco (September 19-21), a conference packed with expert-led sessions and interviews with movers and tech insiders. Mark the dates!
Now, with that out of the way, here are the top headlines.
Google I/O conference, recap: On the main day of Google I/O, the online search and advertising giant put out a torrent of announcements during its developer conference — including revealing several recent AI-related things it’s been working on. If you didn’t have time to watch a two-hour presentation, the TechCrunch team took it up and provided story-by-story about new products and features — plus quick hits on top stories in an easy-to-understand, easy-to-understand manner. list-skim.
The disinfection continues: Twitter is removing inactive accounts on its platform, which could free up a number of long-coveted usernames, according to owner Elon Musk’s recent tweets. Although Twitter has promised for years to put more usernames back into rotation, it has made no large-scale effort to do so, although there have been Inactive account policy It indicates that Twitter users must log in at least every 30 days to prevent accounts from being permanently removed.
Twitter’s new CEO: In other Twitter news, Elon Musk says he has found a new CEO for Twitter. Musk didn’t initially specify who would take the job, though the Wall Street Journal is now reporting that NBC’s global advertising chief, Linda Iaccarino, is “in active talks” for the position. in TweetMusk announced that he will move from his position as CEO of the company to the position of CEO and Chief Technology Officer. The new CEO is expected to start within six weeks, according to Musk.
Leaked health records: NextGen Healthcare, a US-based company that provides electronic health record software, He admitted that hackers breached his systems and stole the personal data of more than a million patients. In a data breach notice filed with the Maine Attorney General’s office, NextGen Healthcare confirmed that hackers accessed the personal data of 1.05 million patients, including about 4,000 Maine residents.
Rapid layoffs: Rapid, formerly RapidAPI, a startup that created a $1 billion API market last year, has lost 70 more employees less than two weeks after leaving 50% of its staff, TechCrunch has learned. An affected employee who wished to remain anonymous told TC that only 42 people remain at the company — down from 230 in April — reflecting an 82% drop in headcount.
Meta contractors protest: Content moderators under Sama, Meta’s content review subcontractor in Africa, were earlier this week at the company’s headquarters in Kenya to claim their April salary. And 184 moderators have sued Sama for allegedly unlawfully firing it, after Meta shut down its content review arm in March, and Majorelle, the social media giant’s new partner based in Africa, for blacklisting it on Meta’s instructions.
From Pokemon to Aquamarine: From the makers of Pokémon Go comes another mobile game that brings cute little creatures to our fingertips: aquamarine. Like a Tamagotchi from the ’90s, Peridot is a pet simulator, but it takes place entirely indoors augmented reality. You can feed, play with, walk, reproduce and socialize with your Aquamarine, but don’t worry – if you take a break from the game, your creatures won’t poop on the screen and/or die.
Texting, but it’s different: “The medium is the message” is the catchphrase, but entrepreneur Alexis Traina thinks the messages themselves — text messages, to be exact — deserve attention, too. Traina is the CEO and co-founder of HiNOTE, an app that helps people create messages, which are layered atop personalized backgrounds of anything from an upturned wine glass to a branded notebook page. The idea, she said in an interview with TechCrunch, is that she won’t wake up every day and put on green, blue, and gray — so why do our text messages stick to those colors?
Need listening material to commute during the week — or take a shower, for that matter? TechCrunch has you covered. On Equity, the crew immersed themselves in a range of new Mayfield funds, as well as how Wellthy is helping caregivers feel less overwhelmed and slowing tech companies’ growth. The team at Found, spoke with the founders of Juliet, who are reimagining bottled wine. The Chain Reaction team released an additional episode of Fireside Conversation with Nadya Tolokonnikova, creator of the protest art group Pussy Riot, at NFT NYC in April 2023. The TechCrunch Podcast covered Google I/O, including tech, attending talks and demos. To round things out, TechCrunch Live talked about developing anti-aging therapies with James Peyer, co-founder of Cambrian BioPharma, and Marianna Sayenko, co-founder and partner at Future Ventures.
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Visions of a colorful future: How far has the narcotics industry come in the past 12 months? Well, that depends on where you look. A recent survey suggests that rather than simply looking for attractive opportunities, investors and founders are increasingly setting their minds to building the foundations of an industry that can use the power of psychedelics to transform lives.
Find eating in AI: The news from this week’s AI-soaked Google developer event shows that we’re on the cusp of a new era of search. After Microsoft forged OpenAI technology into Bing, Google is experimenting with its own AI technology and opening up new ways to use search. We’re clearly about to see the first major market fixes for finding information on the Internet in a really long time.
Salesforce embraces generative AI: Salesforce is increasingly investing in generative AI as it becomes evident that the technology has the potential to change how we interact with software – allowing us to prescribe what we want instead of clicking or tapping.
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