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our Most Read The story this week was about stable spread“A new open source AI image generator capable of producing realistic images from any vector text” is quickly finding its way into more projects. But, as Kyle Wiggers notes, “the unfiltered nature of the system meant that not all use was completely above the board.”
T-Mobile + Starlink: Can Elon’s Starlink satellites keep your phone connected even when there’s no cell tower around? This is the idea behind a new alliance between SpaceX and T-Mobile. If successful, T-Mobile phones should be able to send messages (but likely not calls) over the Starlink network in a jiffy, albeit with a delay of up to 30 minutes.
Google AI Noise Reduction: Smartphones are getting better and better at low-light photos, but at some point, the hurdle to making more improvements is…well, the physics. Is an algorithm that uses “the magic of artificial intelligence” (as Hajj describes it) to eliminate visual noise and “discovers which shots” should “look like” the only answer in the end? No idea, but the examples are pretty cool.
DoorDash hacked: to remember Twilio . hack A few weeks ago? The effects of ripple persist. DoorDash revealed this week that hackers gained access to DoorDash’s internal tools, gaining access to “the names, email addresses, delivery addresses, and phone numbers of DoorDash customers.”
new meta accounts: If you have a Quest VR headset and don’t want to link it to your Facebook or Instagram account, this will be the way to go. If you are still using an old Meta Oculus account previously, know that support for these accounts ends on the first day of 2023.
eBay buys TCGplayer: If you’re a collector of any trading card games – think Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh! Magic and so on — you’ve probably heard of TCGplayer, which eBay is buying “in a deal worth up to $295 million.” We’ll talk with Core Contributor Program writer Aisha Malik about the deal (and why eBay wants it) in the writer’s spotlight below. .
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Mansion AlarmCan the Inflation Reduction Act and Lucrative Tax Credits Help “Turn the United States into Battery Power”? Tim de Chant explores the possibilities.
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Writer’s Spotlight: Aisha Malik
As we noted last week, we’re experimenting with the idea of featuring a TechCrunch writer in each newsletter to find out a little about them and what’s been on their minds lately. This time we join the pioneer Aisha Malik, almost one year since she wrote Her first participation in the main contributors program.
Who is Aisha Malik? What do you do at TechCrunch?
Hello, I am a senior consumer news writer and the second Canadian on the TechCrunch team! I write about the latest changes to platforms and applications, and how they affect the average consumer. My team and I have also revealed the upcoming features of the app before it’s officially released. I also had the opportunity to chat with the founders about their app launches and the latest funding rounds.
What’s so interesting about your rhythm now? Which trends should we know about?
One thing we see and will likely continue to see is the number of times apps copy each other. Just this week, we found out that Instagram is in testing BeReal clone feature Which challenges people to post candid photos within two minutes. Over the past year, we’ve seen Instagram clone many of the TikTok features, we’ve seen TikTok clone Snapchat with its Stories feature, and we’ve also seen Twitter clone Instagram with the Circle feature for its close friends.
There are countless similar examples. It will be interesting to see how this trend progresses. People are already calling Instagram back to its roots, so what happens when every app tries to be like another? At some point, these apps will be overcrowded with features, and that may not be something consumers want.
the correct?! It’s absurd. And who wants to build the next great thing when the giants of the app world clone your key features once they start proving their popularity?
Since you are a member of the Consumer/Apps team: What is the most used app on your phone that doesn’t come pre-installed? What eats up your battery every day?
I have no shame in admitting this (okay, maybe a little bit) but the answer is TikTok.
I find myself opening the app when I want to take a quick break or when I’d rather not commit to watching a movie or episode of a TV show, but still want some kind of entertainment. I know people who haven’t downloaded the app claim that it’s full of dance videos, but the truth is that you’ll only watch the dance videos if it’s something you’re actually interested in. TikTok crafts their “for you” page in a way based on your interests, so I see it as a great way to discover and engage with content you’re interested in. As someone who enjoys baking and reading, the majority of the content I see on TikTok is about baking recipes and book recommendations.
I also think TikTok has a clear impact on culture, whether it’s memes, music, or political movements; There is a possibility that it will appear on TikTok first. I see the app as a fun and easy way to stay up to date with all kinds of trends.
I get it. I had to delete TikTok from my phone – every time I open it my eyes would go all the way to Hypnotoad and I’m gone, only after 20 minutes/100 videos. The algorithm is very Good. It feels like the last boss of the internet. The algorithm in its most advanced and efficient form. I’m probably getting a little too bogged down in the weeds here. Back to the questions!
One of the most read stories this week was your post on eBay The acquisition of TCGplayer. What is TCGplayer, and why does eBay want it?
TCGplayer is one of the largest online marketplace for collectible trading card games. The acquisition essentially represents eBay’s latest boost in the trading card market, which has seen a massive boom during the pandemic. eBay says trading cards are currently showing significant growth.
To put things into perspective, eBay says the trading card category is growing faster than its overall market and that this category saw $2 billion in transactions in the first half of 2021. Given that eBay has long been a destination for trading card enthusiasts to buy and sell, The acquisition of one of its largest competitors further cements the company’s position as a market to move into these acquisitions.
It’s kind of crazy how collectibles have seen a massive boom during the pandemic — something, perhaps, about a lot of people spending so much time at home around their own stuff. Collectibles-focused companies like Whatnot It exploded in popularity, starting with Pre-Seed Round To valuation in billions in Two years. Are you a collector of anything, trading cards, etc?
Do rocks count? [Laughs]
I have a small collection of rocks and stones that I’ve collected from beaches and forests I’ve visited in Canada and the United States and I don’t know much about the different types of rocks, so the ones in my collection aren’t exceptional or anything. I just think collecting them is a nice way to feel connected to specific sites I enjoyed visiting!
Nice. Thanks Aisha!