LastPass hacked, OpenAI opens entry to ChatGPT, and Kanye will get suspended from Twitter (once more) • TechCrunch
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Instafest goes instaviral: You’ve most likely been to a fantastic music competition earlier than. However have you ever been to 1 made only for you? In all probability not. Instafest, an online app that went tremendous viral this week, helps you daydream about what that competition may appear like. Check in along with your Spotify credentials and it’ll generate a promo poster for a fake competition primarily based in your listening habits.
LastPass breached (once more): “Password supervisor LastPass mentioned it’s investigating a safety incident after its programs have been compromised for the second time this 12 months,” writes Zack Whittaker. Investigations are nonetheless underway, which sadly means it’s not tremendous clear what (and whose) knowledge may’ve been accessed.
ChatGPT opens up: This week, OpenAI broadly opened up entry to ChatGPT, which helps you to work together with their new language-generation AI by way of a easy chat-style interface. In different phrases, it allows you to generate (typically scarily well-written) passages of textual content by chatting with a robotic. Darrell used it to immediately write the Pokémon cheat sheet he’s all the time wished.
AWS re:Invents: This week, Amazon Net Providers hosted its annual re:Invent convention, the place the corporate exhibits off what’s subsequent for the cloud computing platform that powers an enormous chunk of the web. This 12 months’s highlights? A low-code device for serverless apps, a pledge to present AWS prospects management over the place on the earth their knowledge is saved (to assist navigate more and more difficult authorities insurance policies), and a device to run “city-sized simulations” within the cloud.
Twitter suspends Kanye (once more): “Elon Musk has suspended Kanye West’s (aka Ye) Twitter account after the latter posted antisemitic tweets and violated the platform’s guidelines,” writes Ivan Mehta.
Spotify Wraps it up: Every year in December, Spotify ships “Wrapped” — an interactive function that takes your Spotify listening knowledge for the 12 months and presents it in an excellent visible approach. This 12 months it’s obtained the easy stuff like what number of minutes you streamed, nevertheless it’s additionally branching out with concepts like “listening personalities” — a Myers-Briggs-inspired system that places every person into considered one of 16 camps, like “the Adventurer” or “the Replayer.”
DoorDash layoffs: I hoped to go every week with no layoffs story cracking the record. Alas, DoorDash confirmed this week that it’s shedding 1,250 individuals, with CEO Tony Xu explaining that they employed too shortly through the pandemic.
Salesforce co-CEO steps down: “In a single week final December, [Bret Taylor] was named board chair at Twitter and co-CEO at Salesforce,” writes Ron Miller. “One 12 months later, he doesn’t have both job.” Taylor says he has “determined to return to [his] entrepreneurial roots.”
I anticipated issues to be a little quiet in TC Podcast land final week due to the vacation, however we by some means nonetheless had nice exhibits! Ron Miller and Rita Liao joined Darrell Etherington on The TechCrunch Podcast to speak concerning the departure of Salesforce’s co-CEO and China’s “nice wall of porn”; Staff Chain Response shared an interview with Nikil Viswanathan, CEO of web3 growth platform Alchemy; and the ever-lovely Fairness crew talked about the whole lot from Sam Bankman-Fried’s wild interview at DealBook to why all three of the co-founders at financing startup Pipe stepped down concurrently.
What lies behind the TC+ members-only paywall? Right here’s what TC+ members have been studying most this week:
Classes for elevating $10M with out giving up a board seat: Reclaim.ai has raised $10 million during the last two years, all “with out giving up a single board seat.” How? Reclaim.ai co-founder Henry Shapiro shares his insights.
Consultants are the brand new nontraditional VC: “Why are so many consultant-led enterprise capital funds launching now?” asks Rebecca Szkutak.
Fundraising in occasions of better VC scrutiny: “Founders could also be discouraged on this surroundings, however they should do not forget that they’ve ‘foreign money,’ too,” writes DocSend co-founder and former CEO Russ Heddleston.