Elon’s big week – TechCrunch

Maria J. Smith


I’m Greg Kumparak.

I’ll be heading up 7 days in Evaluate for the foreseeable long term, with your former host Lucas Matney diving into cryptoland with the launch of a e-newsletter and podcast known as Chain Reaction. He’s not likely way too significantly, and I’m confident he’ll end back again in from time to time.

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the massive point

Lucas normally begun the newsletter off with the week’s “big thing”… and, properly, the big issue this week was, inarguably, Elon Musk providing $44 billion to acquire Twitter, and Twitter accepting. If you had been hunting at our checklist of most read through posts for the 7 days, you could possibly assume it was the only thing that transpired in tech this week. No joke.

I’m rather confident just about all the things that can be reported about Elon, Twitter and the blend of Elon and Twitter… has been explained. Hot usually takes, not-so-scorching takes… all will take, of all temperatures, have now been taken. I’m a believer that if you have practically nothing good to say, the smartest factor you can say is absolutely nothing.

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Thankfully, I have plenty of smart mates that have said loads of good matters!

Ron was quick out of the gate with some ideas on how Twitter has advanced because he joined in 2007, and exactly where it could go from in this article. Natasha pointed out that, with a selection of Twitter staff members quickly fewer happy and very likely extra prosperous, this could be the start of a entire new wave of startups. Devin questioned… properly, almost everything about it.

If you in some way uncover your self saying “Wait, Elon’s obtaining Twitter?”, here’s our recap of the whole wild journey.

other matters

Consider it or not, other things happened this week! Like:

PayPal confirmed it is shutting down its SF place of work: Our own Mary Ann Azevedo broke the information that PayPal is parting means with its SF office environment, with the business declaring it’s assessing its “global place of work footprint” centered on how the pandemic has modified the way we work. It sounds like SF staff members will be capable to operate nearly or commute down to the San Jose HQ.

Snap designed a selfie drone?: It’s adorable, but I’m possessing a hard time viewing how this turns into anything far more than a goofy side task for the business. “Hold on friends, never take that selfie. Enable me get out the drone. Maintain on, permit it boot up. A single sec. Wait, no drones permitted in this article? It is high-quality, we’ll be rapidly. I’m not killing the vibe! You are. Welp, battery is lifeless, gimme a minute.”

Somebody uncovered a Pixel Check out: In news that throws me again to the wild gadget blogging days of 2010*, someone located what seems to be a prototype of a Google-produced Pixel smartwatch sitting down overlooked at a cafe. Google’s massive I/O party kicks off in just a several weeks, so I’d assume to listen to extra about this then. (* “Oh no, how was the Apple iphone 4/Gizmodo issue in excess of a ten years back,” he suggests to himself as he crumbles to dust and blows absent.)

extra issues

We have a paywalled area of our web page identified as TechCrunch+. It charges a number of bucks a thirty day period and it is comprehensive of extremely very good stuff! From this 7 days, for example:

The 9 startups developing tomorrow’s batteries: From constructing smarter gadgets to battling local weather adjust, we want better batteries if we want to hold relocating ahead. But what is in fact happening in the room? TechCrunch newcomer Tim De Chant kicked issues off with a bang (zap?) with a deep dive on nine firms that have collectively lifted about $4 billion in hopes of cracking the next period of battery tech. Moreover he obtained a pun in the headline, which is a get in my ebook.

YC’s Dalton Caldwell on how to get into YC: A couple of weeks again at our TechCrunch Early Stage celebration, Y Combinator’s Dalton Caldwell led a session on what he seems to be for when a startup applies. The session and the Q&A thereafter were being full of true, actionable perception from another person who is aware of a lot more about the accelerator’s software course of action than probably any individual else, and in this write-up I have collected many of the bits that stood out to me most.

Must you place any of your 401(k) into crypto? This 7 days Fidelity declared that it will enable retirement account holders to spend up to 20% of their 401(k) into bitcoin. But should really you? The excellent Anita Ramaswamy explores the hazards and benefits.

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