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Hi people! Chromecasts have been a favorite among hackers and geeks for a moment or two, and we’re very excited to see the price (with remote!) drop to $30. By the way, hardware, Brian and Kirsten we just published our initial review of the Apple Watch Ultra, and we’re loving it, too. — Christina and He came

TechCrunch Top 3

  • Love gadgets? You will love today’s newsletter: Google’s new Chromecast is a quadruple threat: it supports 4K HDR, 10,000 apps, costs $30 and has a remote control, Ivan it says. Yes please.
  • The first cut is the deepest: When Indian hotel chain Oyo thought it was safe to go public, SoftBank slashed its valuation by 73% to $2.7 billion, Manish reports.
  • There are no opening hours here: E-commerce acquirer OpenStore defies e-commerce aggregator odds by doing well in this economy and raising funds, Christina it says. The one-year-old company, launched by Founders Fund’s Keith Rabois and Atomic’s Jack Abraham, has raised $32 million in a funding round that values ​​the company at $970 million.

Startups and VCs

Anyone who has to use a wheelchair on a regular basis is at risk of injury due to poor circulation. Kalogon believes it can alleviate this common but potentially deadly condition with a smart pad that prevents any part of the body from being pressed down for too long — and it’s already caught the attention of the VA, Devin reports.

Tracking tax compliance for cryptocurrencies can be tricky, especially since many laws are new (or not yet written). This is why Binocs was founded. Users integrate their exchanges and wallets, and Binocs provides tax reporting and other accounting details. The startup announced today that it has raised $4 million to expand, Catherine reports.

And a few more around the world (around the world):

When it comes to startup board membership, VCs and CEOs have their work cut out for them.

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“You had a job” can be fun if birthday cake decorating goes awry, but when we’re talking about executives who don’t show up for board meetings, the stakes are much higher, writes Matt Blumberg, co-founder and CEO of Reinforcement.

“Disengaged or dysfunctional boards aren’t just bad for CEOs and LPs; they’re bad for everybody,” says Blumberg, a realization that prompted him to adopt a new meeting format that includes follow-up polls.

“There are a lot of moving parts to manage, but I think it keeps the meeting fresh and in a good rhythm.”

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Big Tech Inc.

Get ready to bite into the big apple. Brian put on his reviewer hat and took a look at the AirPods Pro, which he said have “some really welcome additions to one of the best pairs of headphones on the market”. AND Brian and Kirsten tried the Apple Watch Ultra, where one of their final opinions was “Ultra is so much more than an Apple Watch dressed in a rugged case”.

Meanwhile, buy-now-pay-later giant Klarna has confirmed it has had to take a few extra bites from its workforce of around 100 people, although 500 have been warned of cuts, Connie it says.

  • Adam Levine wishes this already existed: Ivan reports that Instagram is testing a nudity protection filter for direct messages so that users of the social media app don’t have to see unsolicited nudity messages. Too bad there’s still no feature to warn you not to send certain messages…
  • don’t lock yourself up: Natasha L writes about Mozilla’s research into the ability to choose our own web browser on the devices we like to use versus being presented with pre-installed ones.
  • don’t play games: India’s Department of Telecommunications is proposing to regulate Internet communications services that would require platforms to obtain a license before they can operate in the market. Jag’s date have more.
  • Single and ready to socialize: Alibaba Cloud plans to double its cloud service offerings overseas and is ready to spend $1 billion to “upgrade the global partner ecosystem.” Rita it says.
  • It’s a big part of the “chain”: Authorities in South Korea have uncovered another $680 million in “abnormal” cryptocurrency exchange transactions, Kate reports. If you’re keeping score at home, that now totals $7.2 billion since June.

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