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The TechCrunch Top 3

  • Shedding event: Twilio announced it was laying off 11% of its workforce. CEO Jeff Lawson said the layoffs were “wise and necessary” for the company as it walked the path to profitability. Kyle has more.
  • Biting into the Apple iPhone 14: It’s rare that we get a Panzer story, so we were delighted to see it do so well. Perhaps you Daily Crunch fans were also excited to see his name grace a story, or because you were eager to hear a review about the iPhone 14. Don’t worry, if it is the latter, we won’t tell.
  • This “island” is not tropical: iPhone fanatics may have doubted the usefulness of “the notch” on the iPhone X, but Ivan writes that the new “Dynamic Island” feature for iPhone 14 is anything but.

Startups and VC

Somehow, ’twas the season for audio companies raising money, as we have a stereo pair of stories today: Romain reports that high-end speaker manufacturer Devialet raised $50 million, and Brian and Haje report that Nomono, maker of the $3,000 podcast mic array, raised $3.6 million.

Things come in pairs in the transportation industry as well, it appears. Rebecca reports that TruckSmarter comes out of stealth with a free load board for truckers, and Kyle has a story that Nyshex loads $25 million into its bank account to match shippers with ocean carriers.

In non-sound and non-shipping startup news:

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Big Tech Inc.

It was a busy news day for our big tech companies. We start with some lights, camera, action…uh, action from Haje, who writes on DJI’s new Osmo Action 3 camera. Presenting your new best friend for taking underwater photos down to 16 meters in depth.

Some news out of South Korea: Both Google and Meta were collectively fined $71.8 million by the country’s authorities for allegedly violating South Korea’s privacy law, Kate reports. In addition, Manish writes about Terraform Labs founder Do Kwon having an arrest warrant out for him regarding the company’s two tokens losing $40 billion in value in a span of days earlier this year. As a result of that news, the price of Luna, the new token of the revived ecosystem, dropped to $2.23 apiece.

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