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:next month
during the pandemic. , the show will return virtually from May 18 to May 20. It will be free and open to all. (holding a virtual WWDC in June) and Microsoft (which will have a virtual Build from May 25 to 27).
Facebook tests Hotline, a Q&A product that’s a mashup of— 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. The news comes as Twitch grapples with reports of abusive behavior and , 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.
Plaid raises $425M Series D from Altimeter as it charts a post-Visa futureto 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.
Advice and analysis from Extra Crunch
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