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Facebook is expanding Spotify partnership with new ‘Boombox’ project –

Facebook is deepening its relationship with music company Spotify and will allow users to listen to music hosted on Spotify while browsing through its apps as part of a new initiative called “Project Boombox,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Monday. Facebook is building an in-line audio player that will allow users to listen to songs […] → Read More

Facebook invests in audio with short-form Soundbites feature, podcast support, and a Clubhouse clone –

Facebook today officially announced a suite of new audio products — an indication that it’s taking the threat from Clubhouse and other audio platforms more seriously. The company is doing more than just building its own take on Clubhouse, however, it’s also announcing tools that allow podcast creators to share long-form audio, a new Spotify […] → Read More

Xbox Cloud Gaming beta starts rolling out on iOS and PC this week –

The era of cloud gaming hasn’t arrived with the intensity that may have seemed imminent a couple years ago when major tech platforms announced their plays. In 2021, the market is still pretty much non-existent despite established presences from nearly all of tech’s biggest players. Microsoft has been slow to roll out its Xbox Cloud […] → Read More

Facebook brings software subscriptions to the Oculus Quest –

Subscription pricing is landing on Facebook’s Oculus Store, giving VR developers another way to monetize content on Facebook’s Oculus Quest headset. Developers will be allowed to add premium subscriptions to paid or free apps, with Facebook assumedly dragging in their standard percentage fee at the same time. Oculus and the developers on its platform have […] → Read More

Greylock GP Mike Duboe to discuss how to scale your company at TechCrunch Early Stage in July –

While the money flowing into Silicon Valley is reaching historic heights, the competition for getting customer attention and growing businesses is still a major challenge. At TechCrunch Early Stage: Marketing & Fundraising, we’re diving into the topic of growth and scaling and bringing in experts across the startup landscape to share what they’ve learned in […] → Read More

New Quest 2 software brings wireless PC streaming, updated ‘office’ mode –

After a relatively quiet couple of months from Oculus on the software front, Facebook’s VR unit is sharing some details on new functionality coming to its Quest 2 standalone headset. The features, which include wireless Oculus Link support, “Infinite Office” functionality and upcoming 120hz support will be rolling out in the Quest 2’s upcoming v28 […] → Read More

A ‘more honest’ stock market –

Hello friends, and welcome back to Week in Review! Last week, I talked about Clubhouse’s slowing user growth. Well, this week news broke that they had been in talks with Twitter for a $4 billion acquisition, so it looks like they’re still pretty desirable. This week, I’m talking about a story I published a couple […] → Read More

The Cult of CryptoPunks –

Last month, hours before news of Beeple’s $69 million NFT sale grabbed the front pages of newspapers across the country, a pair of 24 x 24 pixel portraits of aliens wearing little hats sold separately for around $7.5 million each. The sales, which occurred within 20 hours of each other, didn’t garner the same headlines […] → Read More

Patreon triples valuation to $4 billion –

Patreon has tripled its valuation to $4 billion in a $155 million funding round led by Tiger Global, the company confirmed to the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday. The creator economy platform, which allows artists to be directly funded by their fans, received new attention amid the Covid-19 pandemic as creators were forced to push […] → Read More

Note-taking app Mem raises $5.6 million from Andreessen Horowitz –

The competition for note-taking is as fierce as it’s ever been with plenty of highly-valued productivity startups fighting for an audience it can potentially serve endless offshoots. In the past year, Notion raised at a $2 billion valuation, Coda raised at $636 million, and Roam raised at $200 million. A new competitor in the space […] → Read More

QuikNode is building a blockchain developer cloud platform to compete with AWS –

As hot as the blockchain space appears to be these days, it’s still far from simple to get a decentralized application reliably up and running. The NFT boom and rising cryptocurrency prices have brought more attention to applications running on the blockchain, but the dominant cloud service platforms aren’t quite ready to make a full-commit […] → Read More

PingPong is a video chat app for product teams working across multiple time zones –

From the earliest days of the pandemic, it was no secret that video chat was about to become a very hot space. Over the past several months investors have bankrolled a handful of video startups with specific niches, ranging from always-on office surveillance to platforms that encouraged plenty of mini calls to avoid the need […] → Read More

Lowkey raises $7 million from a16z to help game streamers capitalize on short-form video –

While the growth of game-streaming audiences have continued on desktop platforms, the streaming space has felt surprisingly stagnant at times, particularly due to the missing mobile element and a lack of startup competitors. Lowkey, a young gaming startup that builds software for game streamers, is aiming to build out opportunities in bit-sized clips. The startup […] → Read More

Microsoft wins contract worth up to $22 billion to outfit U.S. Army with 120,000 AR headsets –

The killer use case for AR/VR might just be warfare. Today, Microsoft announced that it’s won a contract to outfit the United States Army with tens of thousands of augmented reality headsets based on the company’s HoloLens tech. This contract could be worth as much as $21.88 billion over 10 years, the company says. Microsoft […] → Read More

Manticore Games raises $100 million to build a ‘creator multiverse’ –

The gaming sector has never been hotter or had higher expectations from investors who are dumping billions into upstarts that can adjust to shifting tides faster that the existing giants will. Bay Area-based Manticore Games is one of the second-layer gaming platforms looking to build on the market’s momentum. The startup tells TechCrunch they’ve closed […] → Read More

NFT art marketplace SuperRare closes $9 million Series A –

The NFT ecosystem is having an explosive moment and the startups that were ready to run with it are getting lots of cash to capture that momentum. SuperRare, an NFT art platform that has garnered tens of millions in new sales in recent weeks, has just raised millions from investors. The $9 million Series A round […] → Read More

ConsenySys launches a more energy-efficient NFT ecosystem with a project from artist Damien Hirst as its first drop –

The NFT craze has been an intriguing moment for digital artists who have seen seen great leaps in how tech has allowed them to create their work, but not as much progress in shifting how they profit off of it. Though crypto’s early adopter artists have seemed to gain the most attention thus far, more […] → Read More

Niantic CEO shares teaser image of AR glasses device –

Oh hello. What’s this then? A Niantic-branded AR headset? Perhaps? John Hanke, CEO of the Pokemon Go developer teased what could be a first-party head-mounted wearable, as the company makes a more aggressive push into augmented reality. “Exciting to see the progress we’re making to enable new kinds of devices that leverage our platform,” the […] → Read More

Rec Room raises at $1.25B valuation from Sequoia and Index as VCs push to find another Roblox –

Investor FOMO following Roblox’s blockbuster public debut is pushing venture capitalists who missed out on that gaming giant to push funding to competing platforms. Today, Rec Room announced it has raised $100 million from Sequoia and Index, with participation from Madrona Venture Group. The deal is a huge influx of capital for Rec Room, which […] → Read More

Our favorite companies from Y Combinator’s W21 Demo Day: Part 2 –

We've reached the end of Y Combinator's biggest Demo Day, which saw more than 300 companies pitching back-to-back over eight hours. → Read More