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It’s April 25, 2022. We’ve spent most of the day watching Elon closely, but it seems (pending details and regulatory lapses) the deed is done. The space sausage and battery-powered car guy is now also the proud owner of a birding app. Alyssa and taylor Create a handy timeline for the entire saga Write This As A Sitcom Writer And Lose Your Job, If You’ve Lost Track Of The Venn Diagram Intersections Between Ornithology And Billionaire Drama.

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TechCrunch’s top 3

  • Elon Musk made the deal with Twitter: It’s a wrap, folks – after watching this closely for the past week, we’re now going to have to find something else to obsess over. Musk and Twitter have reached an agreement at $54.20 per share, valuing the social media giant at $44 billion. Musk continued to talk about “free speech,” which makes us wonder if a certain former president’s account will be reinstated.
  • Meta has a store, a real one: For a company trying to sell us on the Metaverse, it’s interesting to find out that Meta’s way of doing things is to get us into a store so we can try out all their gizmos and gizmos aplenty. Although, maybe we shouldn’t be so surprised. I guess their target audience is one who likes to scrutinize things from all angles. Good game!
  • Zenda digitizes school payroll in Africa: As someone preparing to send my eldest to college in two short years, I was intrigued by Annehow Zenda, based in the United Arab Emirates, is helping parents on the other side of the world, with its sights now set on Africa, to pay school fees online rather than having to provide slips bank deposit as proof of payment. The company is also looking at some financial wellness products, which, let’s face it, we all need more of.

Startups and VCs

It’s pretty awesome what you can do with big datasets, and Kyle’s article looks at how some Swiss researchers are modeling and predicting future markets and which startups will get funded.

I’ve been quite grumpy the last few days, it seems. Today I wrote about the dumbest photography product I’ve reviewed in many years, and over the weekend a feature about how scammers use expired domains to cheat Google has been published on our subscription site, TC+.

After? But yes of course :

  • Not enough humans? Make scythes: You would think that 8 billion humans would be more than enough, but technology apparently disagrees. Mike explores why we’re going to see lots of artificial humans popping up in virtually every corner of the internet, very soon indeed.
  • Pay me when, I guess: More than $15 billion in rent is paid late in the United States every month, causing all kinds of stress. Circa wants to put an end to this and has raised $2 million to help landlords who have between 1,000 and 10,000 tenants.
  • Fintech trading platform: Rooser created a seafood trading platform and raised $23 million worth of bones or clams, or whatever you call themto continue his journey.
  • From sea to shimmering sea:Presumably singing sea-shaNFTys all along, OpenSea bought Gem, shortly after one of the latter’s co-founders was thrown overboard for allegedly acting like absolute human garbage.

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Big Tech inc.

  • You can’t write about the Chevy Corvette without a Little Prince in the background. So while that’s happening, the new EV model at first sight will take you back to the days of Michael Keaton in “Batman,” the soundtrack for which, you’ll recall, heavily featured Price. Either way, the video is absolute car porn, but the technology behind it can also make you purr. General Motors’ new battery technology harnesses the car’s own heat to improve range, acceleration and efficiency. My husband asked me what kind of car I wanted next, and maybe I just found it.
  • Lots of news streaming today: it looks like Apple’s App Store and Apple Music were still having issues as we went to press. Amazon Prime is now on TikTok with a little help from Jason Derulo. lauren made a good case for why Netflix should get into live sports (we’re talking big, big, huge bucks) and Spotify launched a fund to support independent open source projects and help developers sustain them.
  • Now it looks like the Google Pixel Watch will be a thing. Like brian points out, it’s been “a long, rocky road” for this watch, but I’m excited to show off a new icing to my iPhone friends.
  • Investors are getting into “feature stores” and I’m happy Kyle is here to explain all about what these are and why they are appealing.