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By Christine Hall

Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Today, some cybercrimes were uncovered, we found out how many of you are curious about the new season of “Black Mirror” and Elon Musk made a visit to China. This is your Daily Crunch for Wednesday. We’re halfway through the week!


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Let’s kick it off with some mobility news. One of the top stories today was about Uber switching up its ride discounts for subscribers. Find out what the new discount includes. We also learned a bit more about Volvo’s new small electric SUV and some of the ways the car maker is saving space. Speaking of small, if teeny, tiny cars are your thing, Fiat’s new electric Topolino will have you saying, “Awwwwww.” See how cute it is.

Meanwhile, many of you were eager to know why the first episode in season six of “Black Mirror” is a subscriber’s worst nightmare. We got the scoop.

Now on to the cyber beat, where we saw a few big stories come through today, including a ransomware attack on a U.S. dental insurance giant and hundreds of thousands of additional car owners had their data exposed by Toyota. Read more on that.

More layoffs: Taxfix, a German accounting startup valued at $1 billion, found itself in a funding crunch and had to cut 120 jobs. Read more.

Pack your bags: Hostaway brought in $175 million to expand its vacation rental management platform. Time to plan your next vacation.

AI images explained: In an effort to flag potential fake images, Twitter launches Community Notes. Find out more about how this will work.

Money, money, money, money, money…money!: Out of some aspects of failed fintech Wirecard comes NomuPay, which is taking on cross-border payments with $53.6 million in new funding. Read more.

Process this: NXP unveils its latest processor, the i.MX 91, during Computex. Check it out.


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Meanwhile, my teenage son was recently enamored by a video showing someone using a paper map in the car. How 1990s of them, amirite? If paper maps aren’t your thing, Atly is claiming to be the “next social paradigm for mapping and discovering places to go.” It now also has $18 million in new funding. Find out more about this company that wants to be a Reddit for real-world locations.

You can never be too healthy. The team covered some healthcare-related news today, including Strive Health, a company offering kidney care, securing a whopping $166 million. Similarly, Hyro, which has developed a healthcare-focused conversational platform — AI-powered, of course — raised $30 million. Read more.

Everyone needs a digital assistant, and Instacart wants you to have one, too. The company announced a new search experience, powered by ChatGPT, for shoppers to inquire about a host of buying-related questions. What will you ask?

U.K.-based CUR8 thinks it has the answer to helping remove 10 billion tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere by 2050. Read more.

To the moon!: Hubble Network has an ambitious goal to connect a billion devices with a space-based Bluetooth network. Find out how it plans to do that.

The Block Party’s over: Twitter’s decision to put its API access behind a paywall has another company suspending services. This time it’s Block Party, which is putting its anti-harassment tool on hiatus. Read more.

Think on it: Cortex, which began as a way to help developers organize their microservices architectures, is flush with $35 million in Series B funding to take on a new role. Get the scoop.

Always be closing: Vartana inks a $20 million investment to help salespeople close their B2B deals. Learn more about how it plans to scale.

Here are six more must-reads:

Elon Musk’s pivotal China visit: diplomacy, supply chain, and beyond

SellerX acquires US e-commerce roll-up rival Elevate Brands in an all-share deal, raises $64M+

Okay, which analyzes engineers’ productivity, sells to Stripe

Blink launches Blink Copilot to bring generative AI to security operations

Selva Ventures to invest $34M Fund II in health, wellness-focused brands

Apple touts $1.1 trillion in App Store commerce in 2022, with $104B in digital sales


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