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Europe remains hard to crack for North American GPs

A few years ago, setting up shop in Europe was the soup du jour for North American VCs. From OMERs and Lightspeed to Bessemer Venture Partners, the market attracted firms of all sizes, and the Spotify IPO seemed to wake up North American VCs to Europe’s potential to create outsized exits. VCs wanted to make sure they didn’t miss out on the next wave. But it’s unclear that they were able to catch it. Trends haven’t fully reversed since the happy days of 2021, but they’ve come pretty close. Still, the European startup…

Some Apple Vision Pro units reportedly developed a similar hairline crack on the front glass

Picture the scene: you've had an enjoyable day of playing around in mixed reality using headset. Once you're done for the night, you carefully pack the Vision Pro away while leaving the battery pack connected and soft front cover attached. But when you wake up to begin a new day of work while wearing the $3,500 headset, you spot a problem: a hairline crack has formed on the front cover glass.That's a problem that at least a few users have encountered, according to a . It's unclear how many units have been affected,…

Meta Will Crack Down on AI-Generated Fakes—but Leave Plenty Undetected

Meta, like other leading tech companies, has spent the past year promising to speed up deployment of generative artificial intelligence. Today it acknowledged it must also respond to the technology’s hazards, announcing an expanded policy of tagging AI-generated images posted to Facebook, Instagram, and Threads with warning labels to inform people of their artificial origins.Yet much of the synthetic media likely to appear on Meta’s platforms is unlikely to be covered by the new policy, leaving many gaps through which…

Hulu is the latest streaming service to crack down on password sharing

The days of sharing a account with friends and family are numbered. Like and sibling service before it, Hulu is clamping down on password sharing outside the account holder's "primary personal residence" per an . That is unless the practice is "permitted by your service tier," indicating that users may be able to pay extra to share their membership outside of their household.Hulu has started telling users that they'll need to comply with the new rules by March 14, as reports. The service has been informing subscribers…

Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ Set to Crack Down on Password Sharing

Time to alert your friends and family members who have access to your Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ accounts. The House of Mouse is officially putting those dastardly U.S.-based customers who dare share their passwords on notice. Netflix already started cracking down on password sharing last year, so it was only a matter of time before other streaming services followed suit. If you’re paying monthly for the privilege of watching all your favorite Pixar movies or the latest season of The Bear, then by March 14, Disney will…

Astrophysicists Crack the Code of Star Birth and Aging

Image of the Rho Ophiuchi cloud complex, the closest star-forming region to Earth. This study reveals that the newly born stars in Rho Ophiuchi have not yet begun to drift apart and that the progenitor cloud is still holding them together. Credit: NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI, Klaus Pontoppidan (STScI)A newly developed technique for estimating age reveals surprising findings about the formation and drifting apart of young stars.A team of astrophysicists led by Núria Miret-Roig from the University of Vienna found that two methods…

Humans Crack the Chicken Clucking Code

Researchers at the University of Queensland have discovered that people can understand chickens’ emotional states from their clucking sounds. This ability, unaffected by prior experience with chickens, has significant implications for improving poultry welfare and could aid in developing AI-based monitoring systems. Credit: SciTechDaily.comA study reveals that humans can accurately discern chickens’ emotions from their clucks, a finding that could enhance chicken welfare and inform consumer choices.A University of…

Equity Down Under: How Australian startups can crack the US market

Listen here or wherever you get your podcasts. Hello and welcome back to Equity, a podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. This is our interview show where we sit down with a guest, think about their work and unpack the rest.  Today, we’re spinning the globe with not one but two interviews thanks to Rebecca Bellan, who’s been in Auckland, New Zealand, for the past three years. She recently hopped across the Tasman Sea to Australia to report on the startup…

Newsom vows to crack down on drug known as ‘tranq’

Amid a growing drug overdose crisis and debate over how the state should respond, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday announced he will sponsor legislation to increase penalties for the trafficking of xylazine, the deadly and flesh-rotting animal tranquilizer drug known as “tranq.” Newsom administration officials provided few details on what the bill might include other than it would classify xylazine as a controlled substance and increase criminal penalties for illegal trafficking of the drug. Veterinary use would still be…