Hey, folks, welcome to Week in Review (WiR), TechCrunch's regular newsletter that recaps the week in tech. And, boy, has it been a week. A lot has happened — let's dig in.
As layoffs in tech mount, the Vision Pro, Apple's foray into an AR headset, launched with hundreds of apps right out of the gate. Taylor Swift fans are backlash after the superstar's apparent deepfakes flooded X on the platform formerly known as Twitter. And Pokemon company Palworld said it was investigating the viral video game hit, potential plagiarism and uncanny similarity to its IP.
Tech Takedowns Jump: Tech redundancies hit a three-quarter high as firms shed workers in droves. This week, Okta laid off 400 employees; Block fired nearly 1,000; And PayPal laid off “thousands” of staff. As Alex and Anna write for TechCrunch+, yes, tech layoffs are accelerating — and it's affecting companies big and small.
iOS 18: Apple's upcoming iOS 18 software update is “the biggest” in the company's history, writes Aisha. It will support – among other things – a revamped Siri, improved autocomplete in messages and possibly RCS.
Apple Vision Pro: Apple's first “spatial computing” device comes with ~600 apps and games. Brian is giving it a good spin this week — be sure to read his initial thoughts and impressions. And if you're looking to pick one up yourself, here's what to expect.
Swifties unite: Taylor Swift's non-consensual deepfake porn went viral on X last week. Instead of meaningful action from a platform beyond basic keyword filtering, Taylor Swift fans have come together to make the musician's deepfakes as difficult as possible.
Paulworld under fire: The Pokémon Company has told “another company” — referring to viral new game Palworld-developer PocketPair — to use Pokémon IP or assets and “intends to investigate and take appropriate action” against the fast-growing survival game. operator.
Sauce Revolution: Writing for TC+, Julian Codornio, a SaaS investor at Felix Capital, says he sees an opportunity for savvy software entrepreneurs to create a Microsoft or Salesforce in the world of frontline workers.
Pi EquityAlex spoke with Anshu Sharma, CEO of data privacy company Skyflow, who weighed in on interest rates, business cycles, and Vision Pro — as well as how Vision Pro fares against the theory Sharma recently blogged for TechCrunch+.
On the other hand, found Carly Jackin and Danielle Weisberg present, co-founders and co-CEOs of Skim, a digital media company dedicated to providing women with the information they need to make confident decisions at a glance.
And more A chain reaction, Jacqueline interviews Chris Dixon, general partner at VC firm Andreessen Horowitz. Dixon has been with the firm since 2012 and founded and leads a16z's crypto team investing in the web3 world through four mega-funds with over $7 billion under management.
Justice and Equality: Rebecca writes about how pitch competitions can help level the playing field for underrepresented entrepreneurs – but that's not enough.
Ethereum returns: Ethereum developer interest hits new all-time highs in 2023 despite bear market, Jacqueline reports. Solana, Polygon, Optimism and other blockchains have also seen an uptick in dev activity.
“Die Slow Motherf*kers”: Y Combinator president Gary Tan published a scathing tweet — a dubious lyrical reference to famed West Coast rapper Tupac Shakur — before deleting it and later apologizing.