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Google I/O will return virtually next month – TechCrunch


Google announces its I/O plans, Facebook tests an audio Q&A feature, and Patreon triples its valuation. This is your Daily Crunch for April 7, 2021.

The big story: Google I/O will return virtually next month

Google canceled its giant developer conference last year during the pandemic. This year, the show will return virtually from May 18 to May 20. It will be free and open to all. Google is following the lead of companies like Apple (holding a virtual WWDC in June) and Microsoft (which will have a virtual Build from May 25 to 27).

The tech giants

Facebook tests Hotline, a Q&A product that’s a mashup of Clubhouse and Instagram Live — Unlike Clubhouse, creators can turn their cameras on for the event instead of being audio-only.

Twitch expands its rules against hate and abuse to include behavior off the platform. The news comes as Twitch grapples with reports of abusive behavior and sexual harassment, both on the platform and within the company.

E-bikes and earbuds are among the first third-party hardware to support Apple’s Find My tracking — VanMoof’s S3 and X3 e-bikes will sport tracking functionality, along with a “Locate with Apple Find My” logo located on the bottom side of the crossbar.

Startups, funding, and venture capital

Patreon triples valuation to $4 billion in new raise — This was in a $155 million funding round led by Tiger Global.

Plaid raises $425M Series D from Altimeter as it charts a post-Visa future — After its $5.3 billion sales to Visa fell through this January, it became clear that Plaid would chart its destiny.

Authentic Artists is building virtual, AI-powered musicians — These musicians will perform their concerts initially on Twitch and respond to audience requests.


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