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Instagram tests ditching video posts in favor of Reels

Instagram is testing a change that turns video posts into Reels, the company confirmed to TechCrunch. The company says the change, which is currently being tested with select users around the world, is part of Instagram’s plan to simplify video on the app. “We’re testing this feature as part of our efforts to simplify and …

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Cruise robotaxis blocked traffic for hours on this San Francisco street

More than a half dozen Cruise robotaxis stopped operating and sat in a street in San Francisco late Tuesday night, blocking traffic for a couple of hours until employees arrived and manually moved the autonomous vehicles. The cars appear to have been stalled at the intersection of Gough and Fulton Streets. “The first thing I …

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Here’s Carta’s response to venture becoming more global

The acquisition, closed today, is yet another example of the expanding competitive surface area between Carta and AngelList, two platforms that are racing to build a software suite that solves some of venture capital-backed startups’ key pain points. Now, Carta is biting back against the competition; the platform appears to be eyeing AngelList Venture’s investor-focused …

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Google launches Advanced API Security to protect APIs from growing threats

Google today announced a preview of Advanced API Security, a new product headed to Google Cloud that’s designed to detect security threats as they relate to APIs. Built on Apigee, Google’s platform for API management, the company says that customers can request access starting today. Advanced API Security specializes in two tasks: identifying API misconfigurations …

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Dear Sophie: Will a doctor get a green card faster than an engineer?

Here’s another edition of “Dear Sophie,” the advice column that answers immigration-related questions about working at technology companies. Dear Sophie, My wife and I are from India. I’m a software engineer and have an H-1B visa. My wife has a dependent H-4 visa. The company that sponsored me for the H-1B also sponsored me for …

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Google and the Internet Archive are the first customers to gain commercial access to Wikipedia content

Various tech companies large and small have also relied on Wikipedia data to enhance their own products and services. The Wikimedia Enterprise service has been live for a year, servicing commercial customers on an opt-in basis. However, it hadn’t announced its first customers until now. With Wikimedia Enterprise, customers of any size gain access to …

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Y Combinator announces Launch YC, a way for its portfolio to shout to the public

In a blog post announcing the news, Y Combinator said that the program has existed for years but only internally for YC founders. Y Combinator is using Launch to target founders, developers, investors and job-seekers looking for the “Stripes and Airbnbs of the future.” Y Combinator founders, meanwhile, can launch on any day at any …

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