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The Top 3

  • Shake, knock down: Several US law enforcement agencies are cracking open after announcing that they were able to seize website domains believed to belong to SSNDOB, a notorious marketplace known for cashing out US social security and credit card numbers. This group had collected information on some 24 million individuals and generated $19 million in revenue.
  • Going out on a limb: Branch may have struggled to get early funding, but even as insurtech stocks have cooled down, the company is noticing the money boom is growing. Branch raised $147 million in Series C funding. The tree is so high that there is now room for a unicorn to frolic under it.
  • All iOS 16 Printable Features: We know you’ve been following Apple’s WWDC this week, but there are so many new features that Ivanour new consumer technology reporter, rounded up some you may not have heard of.

Startups and VC

NGL, we like to bask in some hearty anarchy on a Wednesday morning, and Tux has that kick. AnitaThe interview with them today is :chef’s kiss: definitely worth reading.

  • Try (with fake data) before you buy (with real money): TestBox aims to make testing software that you want to purchase easier in your own environment. In addition, it is pre-filled with synthetic data similar to yours to make that even easier, Ron explains, and he covers the $10 million seed round.
  • Om nom, and indeed, nomChristine reports how SCiFi Foods, formerly Artemys Foods, combines plant-based and cultured meat technology to create its first burger product, and its mission just got a major venture capital boost from a16z.
  • Eat healthy, stretch and watch your moneyFruitful comes from stealth with $33 million in funding and an app that aims to fuel healthy financial habits, Mary Ann reports.
  • Out of the beta and into the fire: Continual, a startup focused on simplifying operational AI on top of a modern data stack, today announced it has raised a $14.5 million Series A funding round. In addition, the company announced today that its cloud platform is now generally available Frederic
  • Take care of our damn data already: A huge treasure trove of more than 120,000 passports, driver’s licenses and identity documents uploaded by users of the bike-sharing service Mobike have been found online, Zack and Rita report.
  • Zoom! To expand! For photographers sitting on an old library of photos that leave something to be desired in terms of resolution and clarity, Picsart has just launched an AI enhancement tool that’s pretty close to magic, hi reports.

While markets fall, government spending on technology remains stable: how can investors benefit?

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Federal technology spending is expected to remain stable even as a recession looms, and investors and startups should seize this opportunity, write Hangar co-founders Josh Mendelsohn and Mike Ference.

“Current government spending, much of which won’t start moving into the states until they complete their legislative sessions this summer, means businesses have a once-in-a-decade (or more) chance of entering a funded marketplace. looking for new ideas.”

Since the infrastructure spending bill included $110 billion for more than 4,300 projects, “it’s an incredible opportunity for investors to support the next wave of innovation.”

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Big Tech Inc.

You didn’t think you’d forget the day without some Twitter and Elon Musk news, did you? Musk’s legal team asked for more transparency on spam and bot accounts earlier this week, and now there are new reports suggesting he may be getting them. However, it will not be a clear package. More like a “fire hose”, Amanda reports. Oh, and Twitter has also dropped a new teaser feature for merchants so you can let your customers set a reminder to know when a new product is on the way.

While we think about features, we have some bad news to share: GitHub has decided to send Atom to the pasture. The software development text editor had been around for years — it’s over 10 years old — and GitHub says it wants to refocus its efforts on other tools. Nevertheless, we also have good news about features. YouTube TV extends surround sound to additional devices – Meta’s Crayta game development platform now allows you to play games with friends in real time.

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