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Welcome, pals, to Week in Overview (WiR), TechCrunch’s common publication masking the main occasions in tech over the previous few days. Haven’t had your eyes glued to the headlines? To not fear. That’s our job, and we’ve compiled them within the nifty little digest that’s WiR.

On this week’s version of WiR, we cowl a $70 machine that may spoof an Apple machine, hackers stealing People’ well being information from an IBM system, and Elon Musk pledging to combat Mark Zuckerberg in a correct cage match. Elsewhere, we highlight X, the social community previously often known as Twitter, slowing down entry to rival web sites; Higher.com going public; and TC’s impressions of Baldur’s Gate 3.

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An affordable Apple spoofer: Attendees at Def Con, one of many world’s largest hacking conferences, noticed that their iPhones had been exhibiting pop-up messages prompting them to attach their Apple ID or share a password with a close-by Apple TV. Seems it was part of a analysis venture — a $70 machine that may spoof an Apple machine and trick unsuspecting customers into sharing their password.

People’ well being data stolen: Hundreds of thousands of People had their delicate medical and well being info stolen after hackers exploited a zero-day vulnerability within the broadly used MOVEit file switch software program raided techniques operated by tech big IBM. The Colorado Division of Well being Care Coverage and Financing, which is liable for administering Colorado’s Medicaid program, confirmed on Friday that it had fallen sufferer to the MOVEit mass hacks, exposing the info of greater than 4 million sufferers.

Musk versus Zuckerberg: In June, X CEO Elon Musk challenged Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, a practitioner of Brazilian jiujitsu, to a cage combat — for charity. After repeated delays on Musk’s finish, final week, Musk promised that the combat was nonetheless taking place. However shortly afterward, Zuckerberg stated that he and Musk couldn’t comply with phrases, together with a venue and date, and that it was time to “transfer on.”

X slows down entry: X was discovered to have throttled visitors to web sites that the social community’s proprietor, Elon Musk, publicly dislikes. The platform slowed down the pace it takes when accessing hyperlinks to a handful of internet sites, together with The New York Instances, Instagram, Fb, Bluesky, Threads, Reuters and Substack.

Higher.com goes public: Digital mortgage lender Higher.com’s proposal to mix with Aurora Acquisition Corp. through a SPAC (particular objective acquisition) has been authorised by shareholders. The corporate had initially begun planning to go public in Could 2021 however was plagued with layoffshigh-profile govt resignations, a housing market slowdown and unfavourable publicity that compelled it to push again its IPO.

Baldur’s Gate 3, reviewed:  Baldur’s Gate 3 is a Dungeons & Dragons recreation via and thru, Taylor studies in her first impressions piece, however you needn’t be conversant in that world or these techniques to get pleasure from it. Whether or not you wish to smooch vampires or watch the world burn, the sport’s a role-playing expertise like no different, she writes.

A sensible ring to compete with Oura: Indian health and vitamin monitoring startup Ultrahuman has fast-followed its debut sensible ring final yr with a second technology of the machine, which formally launched in June. Natasha, who reviewed it for TC, discovered it to be an enchancment upon the unique in a number of methods, together with (very importantly) within the form-factor division.

An EV battery with higher vary: CATL, the Chinese language battery big and a significant provider to Tesla, has unveiled its newest product that goals to resolve electrical autos’ charging and vary limitations. Dubbed Shenxing, or “god-like motion,” the battery is ready to refuel as much as 400 kilometers (250 miles) of vary in 10 minutes.


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On Fairness, the crew kicked off with an replace on former FTX exec Sam Bankman-Fried heading to jail, then acquired into Higher.com going public, Monday.com’s development, Vinfast including to the SPAC listing, the Inflation Discount Act’s anniversary and two vibrant spots in 2023’s enterprise panorama.

In the meantime, Discovered spotlighted Marco Zappacosta, the co-founder and CEO of Thumbtack, a startup that runs a market for dwelling companies and past. Zappacosta talked about his uncommon path to entrepreneurship, which included nearly getting a level in neuroscience earlier than deciding to begin an organization with out having an present concept.

And Chain Response spoke with Eric Balchunas, senior ETF analyst at Bloomberg, alongside TechCrunch+ editor in chief Alex Wilhelm. Amongst different issues, they dove into what’s occurring with the bitcoin spot ETFs within the U.S., why it issues and the chances of the SEC approving one within the close to future.


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A surprisingly robust jobs market: After the massive firms carried out mega layoffs in the beginning of this yr, it will be pure to suppose that the tech unemployment price would skyrocket. However Ron writes about how — if we take into consideration tech jobs as comprising purely IT, engineering and developer sorts of roles — then these jobs are positively nonetheless in demand and fewer affected than you may think.

What do CTOs do, precisely?: Haje writes about how technical blind spots imply buyers are guiding founders within the flawed path. Untimely optimization isn’t useful to anybody. However having a CTO with the suitable expertise, data and experience for the stage an organization is at seems to be examined solely not often within the funding course of.

A room-temperature superconductor? Not so quick: If there was any hope remaining that LK-99 could be a room-temperature superconductor, it’s just about useless now. Tim writes that dozens of research revealed within the final week or two have coalesced round this conclusion, lower than a month after a sensational preprint paper was revealed by a group on the Quantum Vitality Analysis Centre.

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