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  • It’s official: Evernote will restrict free users to 50 notes
    by Ivan Mehta on November 30, 2023 at 6:39 am

    Days after Evernote started testing a free plan with access to only one notebook and 50 notes with limited users, the company has now made this its new default free plan. The notetaking app said that this change will be applicable for all new and existing free users starting December 4. In a post on […] © 2023 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only. […]

  • Robinhood brings its stock-trading platform to the U.K., its first international market
    by Paul Sawers on November 30, 2023 at 6:00 am

    We knew it was coming, but stock-trading platform Robinhood is finally open for business in the U.K. — its first international market since debuting in the U.S. more than a decade ago. Robinhood is granting early access to the app starting today for those who join the waitlist, with things gradually opening up to everyone […] © 2023 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only. […]

  • European consumer groups band together to fight Meta’s self-serving ad-free sub — branding it ‘unfair’ and ‘illegal’
    by Natasha Lomas on November 30, 2023 at 5:00 am

    Days after a privacy complaint was lodged against Meta in the European Union over its latest controversial shift of legal basis claimed for processing people’s data for ads, consumer groups across the region are filing their own complaints about what the tracking giant is up to. A coalition of almost 20 consumer protection organizations is united […] © 2023 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only. […]

  • Apple and Google avoid naming ChatGPT as their ‘app of the year,’ picking AllTrails and Imprint instead
    by Sarah Perez on November 30, 2023 at 4:00 am

    Both Apple and Google today announced their best apps and games of the year, with the hiking and biking companion AllTrails winning as Apple’s iPhone App of the Year in 2023, while the educational app Imprint: Learn Visually won as Google Play’s best app. Meanwhile, Apple and Google agreed on their Game of the Year, […] © 2023 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only. […]

  • A timeline of Sam Altman’s firing from OpenAI — and the fallout
    by Kyle Wiggers on November 30, 2023 at 2:16 am

    In a dramatic turn of events late Friday, ex-Y Combinator president Sam Altman was fired as CEO of AI startup OpenAI, the company behind viral AI hits like ChatGPT, GPT-4 and DALL-E 3, by OpenAI’s board of directors. Then, the company’s longtime president and co-founder, Greg Brockman, resigned — as did three senior OpenAI researchers. […] © 2023 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only. […]

  • Sam Altman’s officially back at OpenAI, and the board gains a Microsoft observer
    by Kyle Wiggers on November 30, 2023 at 1:51 am

    Sam Altman is officially back as OpenAI’s CEO after a tumultuous week and change. And OpenAI officially has a new board of directors, replacing most of the board that attempted to oust Altman in the days leading up to Thanksgiving. In a letter circulated internally at OpenAI and subsequently published to the OpenAI blog, Altman […] © 2023 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only. […]

  • Elon Musk says ‘go f*ck yourself’ to advertisers leaving X
    by Amanda Silberling on November 30, 2023 at 12:02 am

    Your move, Linda. Elon Musk said “go fuck yourself” to advertisers who recently paused spending on X after he endorsed an antisemitic conspiracy theory on the platform. Onstage at the DealBook conference, Andrew Ross Sorkin asked the X owner about these pauses in advertising. Musk replied, “Don’t advertise.” “You don’t want them to advertise?” Sorkin […] © 2023 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only. […]

  • Backed by East Ventures, Fr8Labs aims to digitize Asia’s logistics industry
    by Catherine Shu on November 30, 2023 at 12:00 am

    In Western markets, freight forwarders are well into digitizing their operations, but the same doesn’t hold true in Southeast Asia, say the founders of Fr8Labs. The reasons for that include the lack of localized software and a more fragmented logistics industry where SMBs dominate. Fr8Labs wants to digitize Asia’s logistics industry with its SaaS operating […] © 2023 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only. […]

  • SpaceX acquires parachute company for $2.2M, because it turns out space-rated parachutes are very hard
    by Aria Alamalhodaei on November 29, 2023 at 11:57 pm

    SpaceX is known for its vertical integration, but one component it’s been outsourcing is parachutes — until earlier this month, when the company quietly acquired parachute vendor Pioneer Aerospace after its parent company went bankrupt. The Information first reported the news. This is the second known acquisition for SpaceX, which acquired small satellite startup Swarm […] © 2023 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only. […]

  • AWS re:Invent: Everything Amazon’s announced, from new AI tools to LLM updates and more
    by Christine Hall on November 29, 2023 at 9:50 pm

    We will deliver quick hits of the biggest news from AWS re:Invent as they are announced. © 2023 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only. […]

  • Can you ‘deGoogle’ a phone? Murena tried — and added a kill switch
    by Thomas Macaulay on November 30, 2023 at 6:00 am

    My ancient Samsung Galaxy is ready for retirement. Cracks expand across the screen, photos are hazy blurs, and the battery barely survives a day. It’s time to buy a replacement. The initial contenders for my cash were the usual mix: Androids and iPhones with old names, incremental upgrades, and eye-watering price tags. While mulling over the options, a serendipitous email arrived in my inbox. A budding phonemaker called Murena was building a new handset with a bullish promise: “the ultimate pro-privacy smartphone.”  To substantiate the slogan, the company flaunted two compelling features: a physical “kill switch” to disconnect the device…This story continues at The Next Web […]

  • Planet-hunting spacecraft discovers rare star system
    by Thomas Macaulay on November 29, 2023 at 4:00 pm

    A European spacecraft has revealed the secrets of a star system that has puzzled researchers for years. The rare six sextuplet of planets was found thanks to data collected by Cheops — the CHaracterising ExOPlanets Satellite. Cheops is a European Space Agency (ESA) mission to study known exoplanets, which are any planets beyond our solar system. Its latest discovery emerged from confusion surrounding a star called HD110067. The star lies around 100 light-years away, in the northern constellation of Coma Berenices. Dips in its brightness suggested that planets were passing in front of the star, but scientists couldn’t identify them.…This story continues at The Next Web […]

  • Research shows job seekers really do care about a CEO’s ethics and values
    by The Conversation on November 29, 2023 at 3:30 pm

    In today’s job market, where highly skilled workers are scarce and specialized skills are in high demand, employers are facing the challenge of filling job positions. This situation has sparked intense competition — often referred to as the “war for talent” — among companies to attract and keep the best employees. To stand out in this battle for new talent, organizations have to appeal to job seekers. One way of doing this is for employers to effectively communicate their ethical values to outsiders. This is key because the younger generation of workers values social responsibility, transparency and ethical behaviour from…This story continues at The Next Web […]

  • First transatlantic flight with 100% ‘sustainable’ fuel is greenwashing, critics say
    by Thomas Macaulay on November 29, 2023 at 11:25 am

    The world’s first transatlantic flight with 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) has been attacked as “greenwashing” by critics. The Tuesday trip from London to New York on a Vrigin Atlantic 787 has been celebrated by airlines and politicians as a “milestone” in the journey to net zero. Scientists and climate campaigners, however, have poured scorn on these claims. Opinions are divided over the potential of SAFs, which derive from various alternatives to fossil fuels. For Tuesday’s flight, the SAF was made primarily from waste fats and plant sugars, according to a Virgin Atlantic factsheet [PDF] shared with TNW. The airline…This story continues at The Next Web […]

  • Vegan ribs with edible bones: This could be the future of BBQ
    by Siôn Geschwindt on November 29, 2023 at 4:00 am

    Hailing from South Africa, I like to think of myself as a bit of a barbecue virtuoso. Come rain or shine, most weekends I’ll be out in my backyard, tongs in hand, manning the grill like a meat-addicted maniac (guilty as charged).  So when someone suggested I try the world’s first plant-based ribs, adorned with edible vegan bones, you can imagine I was more than a little sceptical.   The ‘ribs’ in question were made by Slovenian food tech startup Juicy Marbles. The company says it wants to recreate the “shared sense of nostalgia” and “primal joys” of eating ribs —…This story continues at The Next Web […]

  • Tesla to get number plates back in blow to Swedish union workers
    by Siôn Geschwindt on November 28, 2023 at 9:58 am

    Tesla sued the Swedish Transport Agency and the country’s postal service yesterday in an attempt to squash the biggest strike the American carmaker has ever faced anywhere in the world.  Just hours after the lawsuits were filed, a court in Norrköping, where one of Tesla’s service centers is based, ruled in favour of Elon Musk’s car company — the latest twist in the month-long union action.  But first, a bit of context.  Postal workers across Sweden are currently refusing to handle Tesla-related mail and deliveries in a show of solidarity with mechanics who are seeking more security in their employment…This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Tesla […]

  • Europe has more AI talent than US, study finds
    by Thomas Macaulay on November 28, 2023 at 5:00 am

    European tech is starting to bounce back — and AI is turbocharging the recovery. The continent is now home to more highly skilled professionals in the field than the US, according to new research by Atomico, a VC firm headquartered in the UK. This overtaking follows a decade of rapid progress. Over the past 10 years, the number of people working in artificial intelligence across Europe has increased by a whopping 1,000%. This talent pipeline is now flowing into some impressive startups. In 2023, AI companies raised 11 of Europe’s 36 mega-rounds of $100mn or more. They include France’s Mistral…This story continues at The Next Web […]

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