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What to expect from Apple’s iPhone event: Apple events tend to suck all the air out of the room in the days leading up to them because…well, nobody wants to announce a big new thing just to have it immediately overshadowed by the iPhone 37. Our most read post this week, by far, was Brian’s summary of what we may/probably/definitely will see announced at Apple’s September 7 event.
Rogan interviews Zuck: If you’re on the internet in 2022, you probably know who Joe Rogan and Mark Zuckerberg are. Does a three hour conversation between them sound like your kind of thing? If so, check out Zuck’s appearance on the Joe Rogan Experience. If not, but still want the highlights, check out Devin’s on-the-fly recap of Zuck’s thoughts on art, the evolution of social media, and why waking up every day gives life. feeling “punched in the stomach”.
WhatsApp gets integrated grocery ordering in India: Half a billion people use WhatsApp in India every month, and those people can now use the platform to order groceries thanks to a new venture between Meta, Jio Platforms and India’s largest retailer, Reliance Retail .
Twitter stops trying to monetize porn: Twitter reportedly wanted to integrate something from a competitor OnlyFans into its platform, but has held back so far. “Twitter apparently put this project on hold,” writes Amanda, “after an 84-employee ‘Red Team’, set up to test the product for security vulnerabilities, discovered that Twitter cannot detect hardware. Sexual Abuse of Children (CSAM) and Non-Consensual Nudity Scaled.
Royal Caribbean + SpaceX: Just days after announcing a partnership to bring Starlink to T-Mobile phones, SpaceX’s satellite internet business has another big new customer: Royal Caribbean. The cruise line announced this week that it is adding Starlink connectivity to its entire fleet. It will only work near shore at first, but they expect it to work in the middle of the ocean in the next few years.
Picture credits: Royal Caribbean
What’s up this week in the land of TC podcasts? Darrell and Jordan sat down with the Abridge founder on Found to learn more about the company’s efforts to help patients better understand their often jargon-filled doctor appointments, the Chain reaction The team spent time digging into the maze that is Ethereum’s big “Merge” network upgrade, and Matt Burns learned all about how to launch a Series A (and how the process differs of the lifting of a starting tower) on TechCrunch Live.
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Why Most Early-Stage Venture Capital Deals Fail: What do investors look for in the due diligence stage? Haje spoke with a few early stage investors to better understand the process and the main reasons why deals tend to fail.
Investors detail their red (and green) flags: Meanwhile, Rebecca met with another group of investors to find out what made them flee – or hopefully flee towards — a potential investment.