Hello all! Welcome back to Week in Review, the newsletter where we quickly list some of the most-read TechCrunch stories from the past seven days. The target? Even if you’re swamped, a quick look at WiR on Saturday morning should give you a pretty good understanding of what’s been happening in the tech field this week.
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- The lyrics of Elon: As part of the ongoing Musk vs. Twitter trial has made a large number of Twitter-related texts between Elon and various key figures/executives/celebrities publicly available. Amanda and Taylor look at some of the most interesting bits, with appearances from the likes of Gayle King, Joe Rogan and Twitter founder Jack Dorsey (or, as he seems to be called in Elon’s contacts, “jack jack”.)
- Instagram bans PornHub’s account“After a weeks-long suspension,” Amanda writes, “Pornhub’s account has been permanently deleted from Instagram.” Why? PH says they don’t know, as they insist that everything they put on Instagram was completely “PG”, while calling for “complete transparency and clear explanation”.
- Interpol issues red notice to Terra . founder“Interpol has issued a red alert to Do Kwon,” Manish and Kate write, “calling law enforcement agencies around the world to locate and arrest the Terraform Labs founder whose blockchain startup collapsed earlier this year.”
- New features of Google Maps: There’s a lot of new stuff coming to Google Maps and Aisha has the summary. There’s a new rendering style designed to help you “immersive” yourself in a city before visiting, a “Neighborhood Vibe” feature that aims to capture the highlights of an area, and augmented reality features that use your camera’s image to show exactly where ATMs and coffee shops are.
- Meta’s staff shutdown: The era of explosive hiring at Meta/Facebook is over, it seems. The company will freeze hires and “restructure some groups internally,” Zuckerberg announced at an internal meeting this week.
- Hacker hits Fast Company and sends terrible push notifications: If you got a particularly vulgar push notification from Fast Company via Apple News this week, it’s because a hacker managed to breach the outlet’s content management system. The hacker also apparently published a (now pulled) message on Fast Company detailing how they got in.
- NASA hits an asteroid: If we had to hit an asteroid millions of miles away — for example, to change its course and send it away from Earth — could we do it? NASA proved they could do just that this week by slamming a purpose-built spacecraft traveling at 14,700 mph onto an asteroid. The asteroid in question was never considered a threat to Earth, but this is the kind of thing you want to test before they are needed.
- Microsoft confirms vulnerabilities in Exchange“Microsoft has confirmed that two unpatched zero-day vulnerabilities of Exchange Server are being exploited by cybercriminals in real-world attacks,” writes Carly. Even worse? There is no patch yet, although MSFT says one has been put on an “accelerated timeline” and is offering temporary mitigation measures in the meantime.
Didn’t have time to tune in to all of TechCrunch’s podcasts this week? Here’s what you may have missed:
- Evernote and mmhmm co-founder Phil Libin joined us at Found it to share what he’s learned about remote working and why he’s “never going to work in the metaverse”.
- The chain reaction crew went deep into why crypto exchange FTX was bidding billions on the assets of a bankrupt company.
- Amanda joined Darrell on the TechCrunch podcast to investigate whether Tumblr overturned its controversial porn ban (spoiler: no), and Devin stepped forward to tell all about NASA’s wild anti-asteroid test mission.
What’s behind the TechCrunch+ paywall? Lots of really great stuff! Here we can step away from the relentless news cycle and dig a little deeper into the things you tell us you like the most. The most read TC+ stuff this week?
- Is Silicon Valley Really Losing Its Crown?: A provocative question, one that has been asked all the more after COVID flipped the switch to widespread remote working pretty much overnight. Alex dives into the investor data to see where the money is going and if that has changed.
- Investors are slowing down productivity software: It’s a double play from Alex Wilhelm this week! After a few quarters of consistent investment growth, investor interest in productivity tools appears to be waning. Why? Alex looks at why/how investment in the vertical sector has shifted.