Aaaaand we are back! With a small Thanksgiving break behind us, it’s time for another version of Weekly Review — a newsletter where we quickly summarize the most read stories on TechCrunch over the past seven(ish) days. No matter how busy you are, it should give you a pretty good idea of what everyone is talking about in tech this week.
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Instafest go instavirus: Perhaps you’ve attended a great music festival before. But have you ever been to a place? just for you? Sure is not. Instafest, a web app that went super viral this week, helps you daydream about what that festival will look like. Sign in with your Spotify credentials and the app will generate posters for a hypothetical festival based on your music habits.
LastPass breached (again): “LastPass Password Manager says it is investigating a security incident after its system was breached for the second time this year,” wrote Zack Whittaker. Investigations are still underway, which unfortunately means it’s unclear what data (and by whom) may have been accessed.
ChatGPT opens: This week, OpenAI expanded access to ChatGPT, allowing you to interact with their new language generation AI through a simple chat-style interface. In other words, it allows you to create (sometimes beautifully written) pieces of text by talking to the robot. Darrell used it to instantly write the Pokémon cheat sheet he’d always wanted.
AWS re:Invention: This week, Amazon Web Services hosted its annual reinvention conference, where the company presented what’s next for the cloud computing platform that powers a massive amount of the internet. Highlights of this year? One low-code engine for serverless applicationsone promise to give AWS customers control over where in the world their data is stored (to help navigate increasingly complex government policies) and tools to run “city-scale simulations” in the cloud.
Twitter suspends Kanye (again): “Elon Musk has suspended Kanye West’s (aka Ye) Twitter account after it posted objectionable tweets and violated the platform’s rules,” wrote Ivan Mehta.
Spotify ends it: Every year in December, Spotify sends out “Wrapped” — an interactive feature that takes your Spotify listening data for the year and presents it in a super-visual way. This year, it’s got stuff as simple as how many minutes you’re live, but it’s also branched out with ideas like “listening personality” — a Myers-Briggs-inspired system that brings each user into one of 16 factions, like “Adventurers” or “Replayers.”
Fire DoorDash: I was hoping to get through a week without a layoff story breaking the list. Alas, DoorDash confirmed this week that it would be laying off 1,250 people, with CEO Tony Xu explaining that it was hiring too quickly during the pandemic.
Salesforce co-CEO resigns: “In the last week of December, [Bret Taylor] writes Ron Miller. “A year later, he has no job.” Taylor says he has “decided to come back” [his] business origins.”
I expect everything to be one small TC Podcast land was quiet last week because of the holiday season, but somehow we still have great shows! Ron Miller and Rita Liao join Darrell Etherington on Podcasts TechCrunch to talk about the departure of the Salesforce co-CEO and China’s “great porn wall”; Team Chain reaction shared an interview with Nikil Viswanathan, CEO of web development platform Alchemy; and forever lovely Equity The crew talked about everything from Sam Bankman-Fried’s wild interview at DealBook to why all three co-founders at the startup that funded Pipe all resigned in unison.
What’s behind the TC+ members-only fee wall? Here’s what TC+ members read the most this week:
Lessons to raise $10 million without giving up a board seat: Reclaim.ai has raised $10 million over the past two years, all “without giving up a seat on the board.” How? Reclaim.ai co-founder Henry Shapiro shares his insights.
Consulting is the new non-traditional VC: “Why are there so many advisor-led venture capital funds launched now?” Rebecca Szkutak asked.
Fundraising during times of closer VC supervision: “Founders can get frustrated in this environment, but they need to remember that they also have ‘currency,’” DocSend co-founder and former CEO Russ Heddleston writes.