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  1. It's a sad reality that thousands of social media accounts get hacked daily. In fact, a recent University of Phoenix survey found that as many as two-thirds of American adults had experienced at least one of their social media accounts being hacked. Instagram is not exempt from the hacking risk. And that's where good passwords come in. Instagram suggests that you "change your password regularly" and that you make your password a strong one. The company advises using "a combination of at least six numbers, letters, and punctuation marks (like ! and &)." Instagram also recommends making sur
  2. Sean O’Sullivan, the founder of the global venture outfit SOSV, has slowly but steadily built up a sizable operation over the years. SOSV started off as a family office, investing the capital of O’Sullivan after he cofounded two companies, including MapInfo, an outfit that went public in 1994 before Pitney Bowes acquired it years later, in 2007. The seed-stage investing outfit has since raised three more funds, including a $277 million early-stage fund that it closed in 2019 and is actively investing from right now. Now, to complement those funds, the organization has raised $100 million for
  3. It can be incredibly frustrating when your AirPods run out of battery, especially if you're in the middle of listening to a really good song or podcast. Thankfully, AirPods charge their battery extremely quickly, and checking the life of your AirPods battery is very easy. With just a few simple steps, you can monitor the battery's charge on your AirPods charging case, as well as the battery of both the left and right AirPods. How to check your AirPods battery life on your iPhone or iOS device Whether you're on your iPad or your iPhone, checking the charge your AirPods have is the same, thou
  4. Teddy Beats has already released a number of songs as we still have yet to round out the first half of 2021, and they’re all absolutely solid so you have to think he’s got some powerful inspiration behind him. He’s just put out his newest song, “Alive” with Britt Lari, and it’s pure bliss. Deep synths mixed with some fiery rhythm and attitude from Britt’s vocals combine nicely to give off a multi-layered song that presents itself like fire and ice. “Britt Lari and I wanted to shake things up and show off our wild side by coming alive on this fierce, summery, slap house-inspired track while b
  5. DJ/producer and multi-instrumentalist GRiZ is on fire in 2021 — and he just dropped his latest track, “Tie-Dye Sky.” This psychedelic dubstep banger flexes GRiZ’s innovative production expertise, built with soulful vocals and melodies, as well as sounds reminiscent of dubstep’s golden age. Blindingly vibrant, pleasantly surprising, “Tie-Dye Sky” is an instant, quintessential edition to the producer’s ever-expanding catalog. Speaking on “Tie-Dye Sky,” Grant says, “To me this track is like staring up at the sky and watching it explode into a kaleidoscope of colors.” Recent productions “Astro
  6. Twelve years ago, Joby Aviation consisted of a team of seven engineers working out of founder JoeBen Bevirt’s ranch in the Santa Cruz mountains. Today, the startup has swelled to 800 people and a $6.6 billion valuation, ranking itself as the highest-valued electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) company in the industry. As in any disruptive industry, the forecast may be cloudier than the rosy picture painted by passionate founders and investors. It’s not the only air taxi company to reach unicorn status. The field is now dotted with new or soon-to-be publicly traded c
  7. Michael Brown, a longtime general partner with Battery Ventures, was just elected to the role of chairman of the National Venture Capital Association three years after joining its board of directors. Earlier this week, we caught up with Brown to ask about his new, year-long role with the 48-year-old trade group — and what issues he sees as top of mind right now for the many American VCs he is now representing. TC: VCs are always concerned about tax treatments, but these are obviously even more top of mind, given Joe Biden’s proposal last month to raise the top rate on long-term capital gains
  8. Bad news for Big Tech. Lawmakers have introduced five blockbuster pieces of legislation meant to limit the power of, and possibly even break up, large tech firms such as Facebook and Amazon. This comes after a massive investigation into the monopoly power of some Silicon Valley giants. Led by the ranking members of the antitrust subcommittee, Democrat David Cicilline and Republican Ken Buck, a bipartisan coalition in the House introduced the legislation on Friday. If passed, the bills would give the government more power to regulate Big Tech. SEE ALSO: Facebook, Amazon, Apple, and Googl
  9. To get a roundup of TechCrunch’s biggest and most important stories delivered to your inbox every day at 3 p.m. PDT, subscribe here. Hello and welcome to Daily Crunch for June 11, 2021. As a small note I am off next week, so my dear friend and TechCrunch lifer Henry Pickavet will be taking over. He’s more fun and a better writer than I am, so consider him a temporary upgrade. See you in a week or so! — Alex p.s. Cheap tickets to TC Early Stage 2021: Marketing & Fundraising are nearly gone. Flagging in case you needed a ticket and also like saving money. The TechCrunch Top 3 Techn
  10. AutoX, Momenta and WeRide took the stage at TC Sessions: Mobility 2021 to discuss the state of robotaxi startups in China and their relationships with local governments in the country. They also talked about overseas expansion — a common trajectory for China’s top autonomous vehicle startups — and shed light on the challenges and opportunities for foreign AV companies eyeing the massive Chinese market. Enterprising governments Worldwide, regulations play a great role in the development of autonomous vehicles. In China, policymaking for autonomous driving is driven from the bottom up rather
  11. Facebook has bought several virtual reality game studios over the past couple of years, and they added one more to their portfolio Friday with the acquisition of Seattle-based BigBox VR. The studio’s major title, “Population: One,” was one of the big post-launch releases for Facebook’s Oculus Quest 2 headset and is a pretty direct Fortnite clone, copying a number of key gameplay techniques while adapting them for the movements unique to virtual reality and bringing in their own lore and art style. As has been the case for most of these studio acquisitions, terms weren’t disclosed. BigBox rai
  12. In August 2020, Google decided to hide all parts of a web address in Chrome except for the domain name. However, less than a year on, the so-called "simplified domain experiment" is coming to an end. As Android Police reports, the experiment was implemented in spite of protest from users because Google genuinely believed it would help with security and cut down on successful phishing campaigns and other social engineering techniques used to trick users. But ultimately, Google has admitted defeat on this front. In a post on the Chromium bug tracker, software engineer and Google Chrome manager
  13. This morning, Anna Heim and Alex Wilhelm dug into the EU insurtech market, interviewing European VCs and collating the biggest recent rounds to take the temperature of the waters across the pond: Alex Timm, CEO, Root Dan Preston, CEO, MetroMile Luca Bocchio, partner, Accel Florian Graillot, investor, Astorya.vc Stephen Brittain, director and founder, Insurtech Gateway Several European-based insurtech startups entered unicorn territory this year, such as Bought By Many, which offers pet insurance; London-based Zego; and Alan, a French startup that raised a $220 million round. According to B
  14. From the Nigerian artist’s forthcoming debut album View the full article
  15. “‘Outta Sight’ is about a person you can’t stop thinking about even after they’re no longer in your life” View the full article
  16. “Adore You” is the third offering from the Brooklyn-bred rapper’s Same Energy View the full article
  17. DeMarco, through a torrent of Auto-Tune, sings about fusilli and ravioli at the producer’s studio View the full article
  18. Jamie Viggiano Contributor Share on Twitter Jamie Viggiano is the chief marketing officer at Fuel Capital, an early-stage venture capital firm investing in consumer, SaaS and infrastructure businesses. “Who should my first marketing hire be?” This is (by far) the most common question I’ve received since starting as Fuel’s CMO, and for good reason. Your first marketer will have an outsized impact on team dynamics as well as the overall strategic direction of the brand, product and company. The nature of the marketing function has expanded
  19. Have you heard that new Lorde song? What do you think? I like it. Sure, it's a little different than what we've come to expect from her, but I enjoyed it. Really looking forward to the whole album dropping. Anyway, yep, another week in the books. It's Friday, baby. So why don't you queue up "Solar Power," crack your knuckles, and read some good tweets we rounded up. After all, the weekend is coming and we all deserve a nice laugh. So here they are, our 22 favorite tweets of the week. 1. Love a meat cube park it’s supposedly rose quartz but all I see is a meat cube garden pic.twitter.com/A
  20. Mate Rimac, the founder and CEO of Croatian electric hypercar and components developer Rimac Automobili, started a separate company nearly three years ago to work on electric robotaxis. Little is known about the company, which still operates in stealth. Rimac told TechCrunch this week at TC Sessions: Mobility 2021 he hopes to keep this separate company under wraps until the team is ready to showcase what it has been working on. Rimac did provide some details on what he described as an electric robotaxi company. He said the company has offices in Croatia and the U.K. and could expand to other
  21. NASA said Friday it was seeking proposals from commercial companies for two new private crewed missions to the International Space Station. The first mission would likely take place between fall of 2022 and mid-2023. The second one would follow sometime between mid-2023 and the end of 2023. Private astronaut missions are a relatively recent initiative from NASA, part of its Commercial low Earth Orbit (LEO) Development program. For most of humanity’s history in space, trips to the ISS were reserved for astronauts from countries’ respective space agencies. Houston-based startup Axiom Space was
  22. From the R&B group’s new project The Juicebox, which has additional contributions from Yendry, Channel Tres, Biig Piig, and more View the full article
  23. It’s been four years since Skrillex and Poo Bear teamed up for “Would You Ever,” but the pair have obviously kept in touch ever since. Now, they’re together again on Poo Bear’s new single, “The Day You Left.” Skrillex lends his hand at production, along with Sasha Sirota, on the pensive and melancholy single. Little elements from Skrillex’s noticeable production techniques permeate the single, like the recognizable vocal chops and even some of the drum processing. But it’s certainly a very different vibe that Skrillex’s other latest release yesterday. Check out the single below! This arti
  24. Drove just dropped his new EP, Dawn, on Martin Garrix’s STMPD RCRDS, the follow up to his Dusk EP earlier this year. On one of the new singles, he teams up with Dillon Francis once again for “Together.” “We already had a collaboration with Dillon on our previous EP ‘Dusk’ which hit 3M + streams,” says Drove. “When we told Dillon about a sequel to ‘Dusk’ he wanted to join immediately. This time choosing for a more darker themed production, resulting into our brand new song, Together.” As Drove says, “Together” is definitely a darker production that teeters on the edge of deep house, vastly di
  25. Speaking with Zane Lowe on Apple Music, Lorde also acknowledged her single’s similarity to Primal Scream’s “Loaded” View the full article
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