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Another wild week for Elon Musk – TechCrunch

Hello friends! Welcome back to week in review, where we quickly round up the most read stories on TechCrunch over the last 7 days. The Goal: If you’ve had a busy week, you should be able to skim WiR and still have a pretty good sense of what happened in the tech. Want it in your inbox? Sign up here.

Many, many thanks to Henry Pickavet for putting WiR together while I was taking a few weeks off. I wish I could say it was a wonderfully relaxing couple of weeks off but I was traveling with a back injury and my 3 year old… well, yes no. I had a great time but I’m glad to be back home and putting words to the internet!

That mostly read History this week was by far News that Elon Musk secretly had twins with “one of his top executives” last year. Musk responded to the countless takes with a tweet: “I’m doing my best to help the underpopulation crisis. A collapsing birth rate is by far the greatest danger facing civilization.”

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other things:

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Elon Musk Says He’s Destroying the Twitter Deal: Elon Musk’s legal team announced late Friday that it intends to halt Twitter’s $44 billion acquisition, citing “false and misleading representations relied on by Mr. Musk to complete the merger deal” . Twitter Chairman Bret Taylor immediately responded with a statement that “Twitter’s board is committed to completing the transaction at the price and terms agreed with Mr. Musk and plans to take legal action to enforce the merger agreement.” .” This is going to be messy.

Glance is on his way to the USA: Glance is a company that places custom content/games (and of course ads) on the lock screen of an Android phone. Having found its way onto around 400 million smartphones in Asia in recent years, the company is preparing for a US launch “within two months”, according to information from our own Manish Singh.

A bigger, sturdier Apple Watch: Rumors about new Apple devices are always in the air… but when the very often correct Mark Gurman says something’s coming, we tend to pay attention. According to Gurman, Apple is building an improved version of its Apple Watch for “extreme athletes” — one with a larger display for easier reading during workouts and a sturdier design so you don’t have to worry about bumps and dings.

Apple’s “lockdown” mode: It’s certainly a generalization, but the more features your phone has, the more potential attack vectors there are for hackers. With that in mind, Apple this week announced “Lockdown Mode,” a setting for iOS/iPadOS/macOS that lets you instantly disable a range of features — like what files are allowed to open, what websites are allowed to do, who you It’s primarily intended for those who “could be at risk of highly targeted cyberattacks,” according to a press release from Apple, but will be available to everyone later this year.

Vauld takes a break: Cryptocurrency prices saw massive falls in May and June, and crypto lending platform/exchange Vauld said earlier this week that it was suspending “all withdrawals, trading and deposits” while reviewing “potential restructuring options.” in one series of tweetsVauld co-founder Darshan Bathija noted that customers had withdrawn over $197 million from the platform in just the past few weeks.

Sunny Balwani found guilty: After a 3-month trial, former Theranos COO Sunny Balwani was found guilty on 12 counts this week. For those who haven’t followed every beat of the Theranos disaster, Amanda has put together an excellent, concise overview of the case so far — and the impact it’s already had on the startup ecosystem.

Amanda interviews MKBHD: I may be half a decade older than him, but I want to be Marques Brownlee when I grow up. Also known as MKBHD, he’s a hugely popular tech YouTuber, an increasingly popular TikToker, a professional ultimate Frisbee player (!) and an all-around cool guy. Amanda caught up with Marques at VidCon, where they talked about everything from developing the long-form content he’s known for to taking into account the pace of TikTok, his thoughts on the metaverse, and technology he doesn’t think is gets enough attention.

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For the past few days, Darrell chatted with Amanda about her journey to VidCon on The TechCrunch Podcast, Jacquie and Anita talked about Krypto’s “saviors” in Chain Reaction, and the Found podcast team spoke with WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg about his 19 years the top society.

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Want even more TechCrunch? Move on to the aptly named TechCrunch+, where we dig a little deeper into the topics our subscribers tell us that interest them. This week’s goodies include:

The thing that makes your pitch deck useless: “You’ve shed your keynote skills, you’re giddy that you can finally start paying yourself a living wage, and you’re excited to pitch your startup’s next round of funding to your investors,” writes Haje (TC’s resident pitch deck expert). “These are heady times for sure, but push the other pedal there for a moment, my friend – you may be forgetting something.”

In the meantime…: This last post covered the slide Haje says every pitch deck needs; this is all about the foil, which he deems useless.

So are we in a startup recession or what?: Alex Wilhelm spends more time thinking about the fundamentals of startup economics than anyone I know — a pain in the ass,” I read on.

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