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Google: Stadia is “alive and well,” though evidence suggests otherwise

A hot potato: Remember when Google introduced Stadia back in 2019, and there was talk of this revolutionary service making gaming PCs and consoles obsolete? Things haven't exactly turned out that way. But a company executive insists Stadia is far from struggling. In fact, it's "alive and well." There was plenty of hype surrounding Stadia…

What was the first FIFA World Cup to be fully filmed...

Choose your answer and the correct choice will be revealed. The 2018 FIFA World Cup marked the first time all 64 matches were recorded and produced in 4K UHD with HDR (High Dynamic Range). FIFA came out with all guns blazing for Russia 2018 where every match was covered by a whooping 37 cameras. The…

HBO Max gets in on UFO frenzy with movie based on...

HBO Max will soon be home to a movie based on the hit non-fiction book UFOs: Generals, Pilots, and Government Officials Go on the Record by Leslie Kean. The project comes amid a growing number of reports and renewed public interest in the topic of UFOs, which are now popularly referred to as ‘UAPs’ by…

Twitter paid subscription name, price, and premium features leak

We’ve known for some time now that Twitter plans to launch a paid subscription service that will give users access to premium features unavailable to free users. The company has given some indications about what these features may be, but has generally remained vague and many details remain unknown. That may have changed with a…

Waymo autonomous taxi freaks out in construction zone and blocks traffic

Autonomous vehicles have come a long way in the last several years, but every now and then, something pops up showing they have a way to go. A YouTuber called “JJRicks Studios” has been making videos of his rides using the Waymo autonomous taxi service in Chandler, Arizona, since it’s been available. Those who don’t…

James Webb Space Telescope launch may be delayed

A new report has been published that suggests the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope will be delayed. The delay has nothing to do with the telescope itself, which is apparently 100 percent ready to go. However, an anomaly has been identified in the Ariane 5 launch vehicle that will push the telescope into…

Perseverance rover finally gets to work on the Red Planet

NASA’s Perseverance rover has been on Mars for several months, and so far, it’s been busy but hasn’t gotten down to any of its real scientific work. The rover has been serving as a communications base station for the spectacularly successful Ingenuity Mars Helicopter and documenting test flights. NASA has let Perseverance conduct some basic…

Dear Startups: Don’t repaint, reinvent

I feel hungover. No, not in the traditional sense, but in the dizzying way you feel when half of your world is celebrating double vaccinations and no masks, and the other half, across the world, is mourning death and not a shred of light at the end of the tunnel. The privilege of watching this…

Maybe SPACs were a bad idea after all

Welcome back to The TechCrunch Exchange, a weekly startups-and-markets newsletter. It’s broadly based on the daily column that appears on Extra Crunch, but free, and made for your weekend reading. Want it in your inbox every Saturday? Sign up here. Ready? Let’s talk money, startups and spicy IPO rumors. Hello friends, I was out yesterday…

Leveling the playing field

Williesha Morris Contributor Williesha Morris has been a journalist and freelancer off-and-on for over a decade. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, playing video games or chatting about the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In 2011, a product developer named Fred Davison read an article about inventor Ken Yankelevitz and his QuadControl video game controller for quadriplegics. At…

This Week in Apps: Apple talks App Store fraud, responds to...

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. The app industry continues to grow, with a record 218 billion downloads and $143 billion in global consumer spend in 2020. Consumers last year also spent 3.5 trillion minutes using apps on Android devices…

Rocket Lab’s 20th Electron launch ends in failure with the loss...

Rocket Lab flew its 20th Electron mission on Saturday morning, but the launch ran into a significant issue just after its second stage engine ignited. The engine appeared to shut down just after the ignition, which is not what it’s supposed to do, and which is likely the result of an automated emergency shutdown process…