Google improves search, marketing and maps with more data, AR and accessibility • TechCrunch

To get TechCrunch’s biggest and most important stories delivered to your inbox every day at 3pm PDT; Register here. Hello! You have one more day before I take my well-deserved Friday off Kyle It’s filling, so I decided to make an extra-large version of the daily crunch. We hope many of you are hanging out with the Crypto Gang in Miami for TC Sessions: Crypto. As you can see, quite a few stories have come out of it and I’m sure there will be more to come. Oh, and if…

TL Capital’s Jack Selby is using a new VC fund to invest in Arizona startups • TechCrunch

Jack Selby, a former PayPal executive and longtime manager of TL Capital, has a new $110 million fund that’s gotten some attention for his small-key venture. Selby has lived since 2002. The company’s first vehicle, called AZ-VC, is backed by several real estate outfits in Arizona, along with a major local utility company. Notably, TL is not an investor, nor is it one of TL Capital’s many institutional backers. To find out more why, we spoke earlier with Selby, who called a meeting from the Milken Institute in Abu Dhabi…

Can Gaming Revive the NFT Market? OpenSea thinks • TechCrunch

Today at TechCrunch’s crypto-focused event in Miami, OpenSea CEO Devin Finzer discussed their business and the future market for non-foreign tokens. The digital asset, abbreviated as NFT, has seen its shares soar during the 2021 crypto boom. NFTs became synonymous with the emergence of the neo-wealth blockchain economy, as several image collections employing the digital asset format reached pop-culture status and eye-watering value. However, as TechCrunch reports, the booming market for crypto-related activities and products is currently in decline. NFT trading volume is depressed compared to a year ago, and…

Meet Unstable Diffusion, the group trying to monetize AI porn generators • TechCrunch

When Stable Diffusion, the text-to-image AI developed by startup Stability AI, was open sourced earlier this year, it didn’t take long for the internet to wield it for porn-creating purposes. Communities across Reddit and 4chan tapped the AI system to generate realistic and anime-style images of nude characters, mostly women, as well as non-consensual fake nude imagery of celebrities. But while Reddit quickly shut down many of the subreddits dedicated to AI porn, and communities like NewGrounds, which allows some forms of adult art, banned AI-generated artwork altogether, new forums…

Bahamas Homes Acquired by FTX Corporate Fund • TechCrunch.

New bankruptcy filings, first reported by CNBC, show that FTX Corp. funds were used to buy homes in the Bahamas, among other personal items. The details come less than a week after the now-popular crypto exchange filed for bankruptcy — a decision founder and former CEO Sam Bankman-Fried says he regrets. FTX’s new CEO, John J. Ray III, a veteran of the downwind Enron, said in the filing that he had “never seen such a complete failure of corporate control and such a complete lack of reliable financial information as…

Satellite’s $11.4M Series A deck • TechCrunch

you know Does it really hurt? Your IoT devices can’t call home. It’s not much of a problem when you’re in the middle of a well-populated city center with cell towers, but think about the temperature of water floating in the Atlantic Ocean, a drone flying over a rainforest, or measuring the thickness of a glacier. Sonde high in the mountains. The reality is that 90% of the planet has no cell coverage, and the satellite has raised 10 million euros ($11.4 million) in funding to change that. The company…

Plaid names former Meta exec as new head of payments • TechCrunch

Plaid announced today that it has named Meta veteran John Anderson as its new Head of Payments. The fintech startup is expanding its offerings beyond its core account linking product. It entered at the beginning of this year Identity and income verification. Payments seem to be a natural evolution of the business. In an interview with TechCrunch, Anderson Plaid explained that while it will facilitate payments privately through its transfer offering, it will continue to work with a number of its payment partners, including Square, Stripe, Marketa, Gusto and Silicon…

With $8.6M in seed funding, Nx wants to take monorepos mainstream • TechCrunch

Narwhal, the company behind the popular monorepo-based open source Nx build system for JavaScript code, has announced that it has raised $8.6 million in seed funding co-led by Nexus Venture Partners and Andreesen Horowitz. Several angel investors participated in this round, including GitHub founder Tom Preston-Werner. Founded by two former Google employees in the Angular team, Jeff Cross (CEO) and Viktor Savkin (CTO), it began as an Angular consulting shop, helping large banks, airlines, and other enterprises — companies that typically use Angular. . Cross told me, it’s working with…

Ways To Make Your Vacation Rental More Appealing

Ways To Make Your Vacation Rental More Appealing

After investing in a vacation rental property, the list of to-dos grows by the day to ensure it is appealing to guests. With the primary goal of earning a passive income, you need to consider all the little things that will contribute to overall guest satisfaction and book rates. This article discusses some of the key things to consider for maximizing your profits and reaping the benefits. Stock the Kitchen Stocking the kitchen with the necessary utensils and cookware can help guests cook meals and entertain more comfortably. You can…

Maybe FTX was the real poster child for 2021 startup profits • TechCrunch

If someone presents A seat on a rocket, you don’t ask which seat. So it’s one of Silicon Valley’s favorite platitudes, with (at least) former Google CEO Eric Schmidt and former Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. If the idea gives you a shot at working on something new and big, just say yes and figure out where you fit in the organization later. The chest can be used in other situations. For example, if I’m building a really cool company that’s poised to take off and become the next big thing,…