Welcome to TechCrunch’s Week in Review (WiR), where we recap the week’s top tech news in bullet-point form. If you’re a busy person, this is the perfect way to catch up on what’s happened. Don’t forget to subscribe to WiR so you never miss an edition, and check out our upcoming events, including Early Stage in Boston on April 20 and Disrupt in San Francisco on September 19–21.
Here are the top stories of the week:
– Bob Lee, creator of Cash App and former CTO of Square, was killed in a fatal stabbing in San Francisco.
– Twitter added the symbol for cryptocurrency dogecoin to a place of prominence on Twitter.com, sending the value of dogecoin skyrocketing.
– More and more Gen Z users are turning to Fanfix, a Patreon competitor that only allows clean content and enables influencers to earn money directly from their followers.
– Startup Virtuix has finally begun shipping a home version of its mass-market omnidirectional treadmill.
– Data storage giant Western Digital confirmed that hackers recently exfiltrated data from its systems during a “network security incident.”
– Google announced a new account deletion policy for Android apps, providing apps that offer account creation an easy way to delete the account as well.
– Post, a Twitter alternative of sorts that’s rethinking how publishers should engage with social media, has opened its doors to the public.
– The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released an air traffic advisory identifying April 10 as a primary launch date for SpaceX’s ultra-heavy launch system Starship.
TechCrunch is not just a wellspring of well-reported written pieces, but also a podcasting machine. This week, Equity talked about Y Combinator’s demo day and venture activity in Latin America. TC’s Found podcast highlighted The Nudge, a text-based app that helps users make the best plans in their city. Chain Reaction interviewed Arianna Simpson, general partner at Andreessen Horowitz, about the firm’s focus on crypto investments. And TechCrunch Live dove deep into Oma Fertility, a company that’s raised over $70 million to radically improve in vitro fertilization.
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That’s all for this week’s WiR. Stay tuned for next week’s recap.