• Space diversity initiative builds steam with new leadership and K-12 focused National Space Day
    by Devin Coldewey on April 10, 2024 at 5:55 pm

    A growing effort to attract more women and people of color into the space industry has shared some of its first results and a new occasion to rally around: National Space Day, May 3, when thousands of students will learn that not only can they do space stuff, but they really should start now. Space […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only. […]

  • A comprehensive list of 2023 & 2024 tech layoffs
    by Alyssa Stringer on April 10, 2024 at 5:30 pm

    The tech-wide reckoning that began in 2022 and ran throughout into 2023 has continued into this year. And while 2024’s losses are not at that scale, they’re still significant, driven by big names like Pixar, Google, Microsoft, Mozilla and TikTok. It remains to be seen if this year’s layoff trends follow last year’s, in which layoffs […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only. […]

  • YouTube is turning off kids’ ability to write comments (in supervised experiences)
    by Sarah Perez on April 10, 2024 at 5:21 pm

    YouTube’s comments section, historically, has had a bad reputation, but a change rolling out could prevent kids from wading into the comments cesspool. In an email to parents who supervise a child’s account, the company announced the introduction of a “read-only” comments option on their child’s supervised experience on YouTube. The feature will roll out […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only. […]

  • Checkr, the background-screening platform last valued at $5B, cuts 32% of workforce
    by Jagmeet Singh on April 10, 2024 at 5:10 pm

    Checkr, a 10-year-old startup that offers employee background checks, has laid off 382 employees — 32% of its workforce. © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only. […]

  • Y Combinator’s latest cohort had only one LatAm startup in large part because of AI
    by Anna Heim on April 10, 2024 at 4:03 pm

    Brazilian startup Salvy, a mobile carrier for businesses, was the only company based in Latin America in Y Combinator's latest batch, the accelerator confirmed to TechCrunch. © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only. […]

  • TechCrunch Minute: Google’s Gemini Code Assist wants to use AI to help developers
    by Alex Wilhelm on April 10, 2024 at 4:00 pm

    Can AI eat the jobs of the developers who are busy building AI models? The short answer is no, but the longer answer is not yet settled. © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only. […]

  • Google brings AI-powered editing tools, like Magic Editor, to all Google Photos users for free
    by Sarah Perez on April 10, 2024 at 4:00 pm

    Google Photos is getting an AI upgrade. On Wednesday, the tech giant announced that a handful of enhanced editing features previously limited to Pixel devices and paid subscribers — including its AI-powered Magic Editor — will now make their way to all Google Photos users for free. This expansion also includes Google’s Magic Eraser, which […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only. […]

  • AT&T notifies regulators after customer data breach
    by Zack Whittaker on April 10, 2024 at 3:20 pm

    The legally required disclosure came a week after AT&T confirmed a cache containing millions of customers' data that leaked online was genuine. © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only. […]

  • Meta unveils its newest custom AI chip as it races to catch up
    by Kyle Wiggers on April 10, 2024 at 3:00 pm

    Meta, hell-bent on catching up to rivals in the generative AI space, is spending billions on its own AI efforts. A portion of those billions is going toward recruiting AI researchers. But an even larger chunk is being spent developing hardware, specifically chips to run and train Meta’s AI models. Meta unveiled the newest fruit of […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only. […]

  • eBay enters trading card commercial agreement with Collectors, acquires Goldin
    by Lauren Forristal on April 10, 2024 at 2:40 pm

    As eBay continues to invest in the trading card space, the e-commerce company announced Wednesday three significant commercial transactions with Collectors, the parent company of PSA (Professional Sports Authenticator), the third-party authentication and grading provider in the collectibles industry. The transactions include a trading card commercial agreement that aims to provide trading enthusiasts a seamless […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only. […]

  • Green transition at the centre of EU-China tech rivalry
    by Ioanna Lykiardopoulou on April 10, 2024 at 3:09 pm

    With the geopolitical landscape turning more unstable by the day, EU relations with China are also becoming increasingly turbulent. At the core of the rising tensions lies the quest for tech supremacy as well as economic and national security. “In a world powered by technology, those who lead are those who control the most critical technologies, and their supply chains,” EUcompetition chief Margrethe Vestager said during a speech on Tuesday. With cleantech one of the critical technologies for the bloc, Vestager also announced a new round of investigations into Chinese producers of wind turbines destined for wind parks in Spain,…This story continues at The Next Web […]

  • Max Planck spinout nets €20M to build ‘stellarator’ fusion machine
    by Siôn Geschwindt on April 10, 2024 at 11:56 am

    A German startup has secured new funding for a peculiar twisted-looking reactor that could prove a quicker path to clean, virtually limitless fusion energy.  Proxima Fusion has raised €20mn as it looks to bring its designs for the so-called stellarator fusion reactor to life.  “We are working to deliver a demonstrator of net-energy production in continuous operation by 2031, and a first-of-a-kind power plant in the mid-2030s,” Dr Francesco Sciortino, CEO and co-founder of Proxima Fusion, told TNW via email. Much like the more well-known tokamak, a stellarator confines plasma using giant magnets. But instead of generating electric currents inside…This story continues at The Next Web […]

  • Meta’s AI chief: LLMs will never reach human-level intelligence
    by Thomas Macaulay on April 10, 2024 at 10:10 am

    There’s no escaping the hype around artificial general intelligence. Barely a day passes without a new headline about the concept, which envisions computer systems outperforming humans at various cognitive tasks. In the last month alone, a trio of tech luminaries have added fresh proclamations. Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang suggested AGI would arrive within five years. Ben “father of AGI” Goertzel forecasted a mere three. Elon Musk typically made the boldest prediction for the tipping point: the end of 2025. Still, not everyone is so bullish. One notable sceptic is Yann LeCun, Meta’s chief AI scientist and a winner of the prestigious Turing…This story continues at The Next Web […]

  • TNW Podcast: Jean-David Malo on EU money for startups; quantum without noise
    by Andrii Degeler on April 10, 2024 at 9:45 am

     Welcome to the new episode of the TNW Podcast — the show where we discuss the latest developments in the European technology ecosystem and feature interviews with some of the most interesting people in the industry. In today’s episode, Linnea and Andrii talk about a promising quantum breakthrough, a public funding disaster in Poland, the first Macintosh in Europe, and much more. The guest of the show is Jean-David Malo, Director of the Executive Agency for EIC and SMEs (EISMEA). It’s a long title — but you’ll understand every bit of it if you listen to the conversation. Here are…This story continues at The Next Web […]

  • Italy sets up €1B AI fund, mulls new penalties for the tech’s misuse
    by Ioanna Lykiardopoulou on April 9, 2024 at 3:54 pm

    Backed by state lender Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (CDP), Italy is committing €1bn to AI development over the course of the next five years. Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni first announced the plan for a dedicated AI fund last month. “The purpose of this mechanism is clearly to act as a multiplier and serve to attract further investment,” Meloni said in a video message. CDP’s venture capital arm will provide the capital, divided into three areas. Some €580mn will be invested in startups, while €300mn will go to more mature companies that are ready to scale abroad. The remaining €120mn will…This story continues at The Next Web […]

  • Autonomous vertical farming startup to grow crops in space in 2026
    by Siôn Geschwindt on April 9, 2024 at 2:24 pm

    A vertical farming startup from the UK is taking its technology to new heights.   The UK Space Agency has awarded Vertical Future £1.5mn to build an autonomous farm in orbit. The high-tech veggie garden will be installed on the world’s first commercial space station.  Currently being constructed by US-based Axiom Space, the station is due to open its doors to eager astronauts in 2026. Space stations are an ideal testing ground for growing fruit, veggies, and even pharmaceuticals in microgravity. The lessons learnt here will likely be critical to feeding hungry humans once (if?) we set up shop on the…This story continues at The Next Web […]

  • Ukraine launches defence tech accelerator amid sector-wide boom
    by Ioanna Lykiardopoulou on April 9, 2024 at 1:34 pm

    Ukraine has launched a defence tech accelerator programme for new startups aiming to deliver innovative solutions for military applications. The Defence Builder Accelerator is a four-month-long training programme, which will provide full-cycle support for product development. This includes 100 hours of online lectures and eight 1:1 meetings with mentors. As part of the programme, startups will also receive introductions to investors and further fundraising assistance. In addition, they will get access to testing their products on the battlefield. The accelerator’s first cohort will comprise 15 startups in total, which will develop technologies in the following fields: avionics; cybersecurity; unmanned aerial…This story continues at The Next Web […]

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