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Square is changing its name to Block: Amanda Silberling



The FinTech giant Square is changing its name to Block, effective December 10. The name change, which has been in the works for over a year, is intended to house the company’s various products — including music streaming service TIDAL, Cash App, TBD, and of c…

Gift Guide: The smarter home: Darrell Etherington



If you’re just starting to build out a smart home, look no further than Zack Whittaker’s excellent starter kit guide, which should lay the groundwork for a connected home experience. But if you’ve already taken the plunge and find yourself with the key ingred…

DAOs as the future? Hard pass, thanks: Bob Greenlee



While the problems DAOs might solve are real, DAO proponents misunderstand the nature of these problems and offer a tool that creates more harm than benefit.

American Express taps Opy for its first third-party BNPL offering: Anita Ramaswamy



Credit card companies are seeking to push further into the “buy now, pay later” (BNPL) market. American Express (Amex) announced today that it plans to partner with Opy, the U.S. subsidiary of Australian fintech Openpay, to allow all of its U.S. cardmembers t…

Ahead of public market debut, Better.com lays off 9% of its staff: Mary Ann Azevedo



One day after announcing an amendment to its SPAC agreement, digital mortgage lender Better.com confirmed today that it is laying off roughly 9% of its nearly 10,000 person staff. Doing the math, that amounts to about 900 people. The company declined to comme…

How to execute an amplified marketing strategy: Lindsay Tjepkema



Marketers need a new plan of action that puts creativity before quantity, audience before engine, and sets connection as the top priority. They need an amplified marketing strategy.

Amazon Lex brings automated call transcript review to chatbot building: Ron Miller



Today, at AWS re:Invent in Las Vegas, the company announced Amazon Lex in preview, a new tool that simplifies the chatbot training and design process by bringing a level of automation to it. “We are excited to announce the Amazon Lex automated chat bot builde…

T-minus three days left to save on passes to TC Sessions: Space 2021: Lauren Simonds



Countdowns aren’t just for space launches, you know. They’re also for serious savings on passes to the all-virtual TechCrunch Sessions: Space event which, no spoiler alert here, also includes expert presentations on the business of space launches. Right now, …

AWS launches new SageMaker features to make scaling machine learning easier: Aisha Malik



At its annual re:Invent conference, AWS today rolled out a slew of new features for SageMaker, the company’s managed service for building, training and deploying machine learning (ML) models. Swami Sivasubramanian, the vice president of machine learning at Am…

3D printing company Essentium set to go public via SPAC: Brian Heater



The world of additive manufacturing is not immune from the SPAC craze. Desktop Metal, Shapeways, Markforged and Velo3D have all either completed or announced plans to go public through the process. Austin-based Essentium this week highlighted plans to add its…



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