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a16z backs WeWork founder’s new thing: When a company thrashes so loudly that it Inspires a mini-seriesWill anyone support the founders again? Looks like it didn’t disappoint a16z, which recently put its biggest check on WeWork founder Adam Newman’s Next Thing.

Black Girls Code founder fired by board: “Kimberly Bryant is officially out of Black Girls Code, eight months after being indefinitely suspended from the organization she founded,” write Natasha Mascarenhas and Dominic-Madori Davis. Bryant has filed a lawsuit in response to the dismissal, alleging “wrongful suspension and conflict of interest.”

Google discontinues IoT CoreGoogle’s IoT Core is a service that helps device makers build Internet-connected gadgets that connect to the Google Cloud. This week, Google announced they were shutting it down, giving those device makers a year to figure out another solution.

Apple’s big security bugTime to update your Apple devices! This week the company sent out critical patches that fix two (!) security issues that attackers are already actively exploiting. The bugs involve Safari’s WebKit engine and could lead to an attacker who has, essentially, full access to your device – so, really, update.

HBO Max removing titles: HBO Max is merging with Discovery+, and for some reason that means booting up a bunch of titles — and fast. I was going to tell everyone to speed-binge their way through before going through the incredible “Summer Camp Island” series, but apparently it already deleted, Find the full list of titles that are gone/soon to be gone here.

TC fights stalkerware: Back in February, TechCrunch’s Jack Whitaker pulled back the curtain on a network of “stalkerware” apps meant to silently capture a victim’s private text messages, photos, browsing history, etc. This week Jack launched a tool to help people determine if their Android phone – and thus, their personal data – was affected. We’ll get to know more about this new tool from Jack below.

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What’s going on in the TechCrunch podcast world? This week Equity Crew talked about why we “officially need to stop comparing Adam Newman and Elizabeth Holmes,” and Bernsey spoke with Athena co-founder Roxanne Petraeus and Homebrew’s Hunter Walke about how the “vision have to sell, not the business”. TechCrunch Live. Feather,

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What’s Behind the TC+ Paywall? Some really great stuff! Here’s a taste:

How does venture capital work?: This sounds like a basic question, but it gets us… With his rare overlapping outlook as a reporter and pitch coach and former director at the VC Fund, Haje just broke it down as best he could.

Planning to use your startup equity as collateral? you have success: After years of work, you’ve managed to build a ton of equity in the private company you helped build. Can you really use it as collateral for anything? Compound’s Max Brenner walks us through the challenges.

Author Spotlight: Jack Whitaker

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This week we’re experimenting with a new segment where we catch up with a writer at TechCrunch quickly to hear more about him and what’s on his mind this week. from the beginning? incredible, unique Jack Whitaker,

Who is Jack Whitaker? What do you do at TechCrunch?

Hi, I’m the security editor here, aka TechCrunch’s Barrier of Bad News, and I oversee the security desk. We uncover and report on the big cyber security news of the day – hacks, data breaches, nation-state attacks, surveillance and national security – and how it affects you, and the broader tech scene.

If you could snap your fingers and tell everyone in the world about your beat, what would it be?

Think of cyber security as an investment in something you hope will never happen, like a breach of your personal data. It is better to go ahead now. Nowadays it’s easier than ever – and it’s never too late to start. Spend a little time on the three simple steps that make it so hard for hackers to break into your accounts or steal your data: Use a password manager, set up two-factor authentication everywhere, and keep your apps and devices up-to-date. until.

Tell me about this anti-stalkerware tool you launched this week

Back in February, TechCrunch revealed that a network of nearly identical “stalkerware” apps share the same general security bug, spreading the private phone data of hundreds of thousands of Android device owners around the world. These malicious apps are planted by someone with access to your phone and are designed to remain hidden, but silently steal a victim’s phone data, such as messages, photos, call logs, location, and more. Months later, we found a leaked list of every single device that had been compromised by these apps. The data didn’t contain enough information for us to identify or notify victims, so we built this lookup tool to allow anyone to check if their device had been compromised – and spyware. How to remove it, if it is safe to do so.

uh. Well. So someone grabs your phone, installs one of these sketchy apps while you’re not paying attention, snatches up your private data for the app installer… Meanwhile, the app leaks a bunch of data. Who knows where to look. Does it look like the people behind stalkerware apps have any intention of stopping?

not at all. The group of Vietnam-based developers behind the stalkerware network made great efforts (but not well enough) to keep their identities hidden. The number of compromised devices was increasing daily, but with no hope of recovery, we published our investigation to help alert victims to the dangers of this spyware. No one in civil society should be subject to such aggressive surveillance without their knowledge or consent.

Besides this tool (which is excellent!), what’s your favorite post you’ve written or done with TC?

I’m here in four years? This is difficult! One I still often wonder about is how two British security researchers in their early 20s helped save the internet in 2017 from the fast-spreading WannaCry ransomware malware that spread around the world, shutting down computers in NHS hospitals. done. shipping giants, and transport hubs, causing billions of dollars in losses. But when one of them found and registered a certain domain name in the malware code, the attack stopped in its tracks. He got the kill switch of the malware, making him an overnight “accidental” hero. But the only thing stopping another WannaCry outbreak was to keep the kill switch domain alive in its hands, despite efforts by bad actors to force it to take it offline with no internet traffic. “To be responsible for this thing that is moving the NHS? Fucking horrible,” one of the researchers told me at the time.

Apple patches nasty security bugs, HBO Max suddenly removes content, and a16z backs Neumann’s next thing

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