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- Zenly doesn’t want you to miss another event: Do you remember the big map that used to be in the back pocket on the passenger side of your parents’ car? I loved plotting different routes and looking at the image at the top showing how many miles there were between cities. Oh, that was me alone? Well, anyway, if Romain say it today, Zenly makes “social cards cool again”. The kind where you find out what’s happening nearby and which of your friends will be there. The app owned by Snap is undergoing its major redesign, getting a sleeker look with a black background and features to make the app easier to navigate.
- Amazon has set its sights on social: At least that’s what we’re thinking with his latest move to acquire India-based social trading company GlowRoad. The deal comes as other major retail names, such as Walmart and YouTube, are investing in the social commerce space. Amazon also announced the first five startups to be part of its $1 billion industrial innovation fund focused on logistics, the supply chain and customer fulfillment, all of which are currently facing a bottleneck.
- Unicorns can check out whenever they want, but they can never leave: That seems to be the sentiment behind global companies reaching $1 billion worth but not going public. But in Asia, Anna found that was no problem — nine of the top 10 IPOs in the first quarter came from the region — and with nearly 100 deals closed in that time, dare we say it’s becoming “a haven for public exits”?
Startups and VC
One of the things often described as the upside of web3 startups is also its downfall, Connie suggests: Yes, it’s neat that everything is decentralized, but if something goes sideways, there’s no safety net.
Who cares, check out the rest of the startup tech on deck*:
- And they pant and they blow and they turn on noise canceling: I’ve taken a closer look at the latest Sennheiser earbuds that muffle training noises while you work up a sweat. In audio news, I’ve also reviewed the curious DJI Mic product – a maker wireless microphone set that falls a little under par for the price, IMO.
- They have 99 problems, but the kitchen is not one† Catherine explores how MadEats is a full-stack delivery startup, not just a haunted kitchen.
- Make a stove, not war: Luke Hutchinson went from five years as an infantry officer to launching a restaurant booking platform, raising $3.6 million.
- It gets knocked down, but it rises again: Bipedal robots are a little scary if you ask me, but Amazon, DCVC and Playground just put $150 million into Agility to bring them to a warehouse near you. not to reduce Brian‘s eloquent words, but it is worth watching the article just for the video.
- YC or a16z… Who would win in a karaoke battle? I’d pay real money not to have to listen to one of their investment teams sing, don’t lie – but thankfully that’s not the subject of the latest episode of Equity. Instead, Alex, Natasha and Mary Ann wonder who gives the best throttle as a16z joins the fray and takes on YC on its own turf.
4 questions every CISO should ask about the metaverse
The metaverse is still taking shape, but is already a headache for cybersecurity professionals.
Technology that puts users in virtual, immersive environments where they can transact could deliver unprecedented benefits, but it will certainly create a threat attack surface of gargantuan proportions. In preparation, CSO/CISO David Fairman says organizations should be able to answer the following questions:
- Can we protect PII (and other sensitive data) in the metaverse?
- How can I authenticate users?
- Can we protect users from bullying, harassment and exploitation?
- Can we manage this kind of fast-growing attack surface?
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Big Tech Inc.
- Brian Armstrong is waging a bit of a war with Apple, saying the tech giant’s App Store rules mean some features will be banned from Coinbase. In general, Armstrong claims that Apple is not very nice to the crypto world. Meanwhile, Stripe has no issues with crypto and is adding payouts to Connect, with Twitter being the first platform to use it.
- We were pleased to learn that former President Barack Obama is reading MovieUpdates and taking over misinformation.
- We hope you’re not tired of the social media news as there was a lot going on today. Here’s what we gathered: Consumers are picky creatures and we’re constantly demanding new features, so Instagram is testing something called “Templates,” which allows Reels creators to use the same format as other videos. Next, Twitter wants to win back developers with some new tools and test status updates. Subsequently, TikTok rolled out an in-feed advertising feature for interactive add-ons. And finally, Snapchat tests ads on Spotlight.
- Meanwhile, if you’re also trying to remember if Snapchat was still a thing, the first quarter earnings show that’s quite a lot. And just in case there’s any doubt, Snap and Disney are teaming up to create an augmented reality Cinderella castle mural at Disney World. Bibbidi-bobbidi boo!