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Kanye agrees to buy Parler, Elon Musk reportedly plans mass layoffs at Twitter, and Netflix gets into cloud gaming • TechCrunch

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Hey, good friends! Welcome again to Week in Evaluate, where each and every Saturday we recap a handful of the major TechCrunch tales from the past seven days. Want it in your inbox? Get it right here!

This week marked the in-man or woman return of TechCrunch Disrupt, with our workforce using the demonstrate back into the actual world following two a long time thoroughly virtual. It was one helluva demonstrate, with appearances from men and women like tennis legend (turned trader) Serena Williams, comic (also turned investor!) Kevin Hart, Lyft co-founder John Zimmer, and Figma CEO Dylan Industry. Congrats to Minerva Lithium for profitable the Startup Battlefield level of competition!

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Google’s Ping-Pong robotic: “As if it weren’t plenty of to have AI tanning humanity’s cover (figuratively for now) at each board recreation in existence,” writes Devin, “Google AI has received just one doing work to damage us all at Ping-Pong as nicely.”

Elon expects enormous Twitter layoffs: Musk reportedly desires to slice up to 75% of Twitter’s workforce — about 5,600 work opportunities — if/when his acquisition of the firm goes as a result of. That amount appears to be quite absurd. Even much scaled-down layoffs have compounding effects on items like workforce morale and efficiency — just imagine the amount of know-how/insight that disappears if the the vast majority of a organization is enable go.

Kanye West is shopping for Parler: Effectively, which is a headline I never, ever, ever would’ve predicted. “Kanye West, the rapper who also goes by the name Ye, has attained an arrangement to buy ‘uncancelable free of charge speech platform’ Parler,” writes Manish, “in a shift [the involved parties say] will aid individuals categorical their conservative views freely.”

Balance AI raises $101 million: The company powering the AI-run picture generator Steady Diffusion and new music-generating technique Dance Diffusion has lifted $101 million at a described valuation of $1 billion.

Netflix explores cloud gaming: Just as Google offers up on its cloud gaming efforts, Netflix is diving in. At Disrupt this week, Netflix’s VP of Gaming mentioned the business is “seriously checking out a cloud gaming presenting,” expressing that Google’s shuttered effort was a “technical success” with “issues with the business design.”

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Here’s what’s up in TC podcast land this 7 days:

  • Fairness was stay and in person! After years in pandemic manner, the Equity crew (Alex, Natasha, and Mary Ann) kicked off Disrupt by recording a display confront-to-face for the initial time.
  • On Found, Darrell and Jordan caught up with Jerrica Kirkley and Matthew Wetschler and realized the story of Plume, their telehealth company that focuses on transgender treatment.


What were TC+ members reading most behind the paywall? Here’s a peek:

2023 VC predictions: Immediately after a wild several years of ups and downs, what will venture funds glance like in 2023? Opposite Funds founder Eric Tarczynski weighs in.

Ron explores Celonis and its $13 billion valuation: Celonis may well not be a title that everyone recognizes…but the 11-calendar year-aged details-processing organization has managed to raise billions of pounds in the very last handful of several years by itself. What are they executing so appropriate? Ron Miller requires us on a deep dive.

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