Monthly Archives: October 2022

CDC director’s COVID returns as study finds such rebounds shockingly common

Enlarge / Rochelle Walensky, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), adjusts her protective mask during a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing in Washington, DC. (credit: Getty | Bloomberg) Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has experienced a COVID-19 rebound—a return of mild […]

Uber tests push notifications, a feature literally no one wants

Uber recently launched its new advertising division and in-app ads. Apparently, those ads aren’t staying within the app. Instead, ads from other companies are being sent out as push notifications, much to the chagrin of some Uber users. Over the weekend, people turned to Twitter to complain about the notifications, sharing screenshots of ads, including […]

Russian soldiers in Kharkiv region couldn’t immediately launch drones during Ukrainian counter-offensive because of a software installation

The Ukrainian army liberated the town of Balakliya in the southeastern Kharkiv Oblast, Ukraine, on September 11, 2022. Metin Aktas/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images A new Reuters investigation highlights the dysfunction in Russia’s military occupation of Kharkiv. Notes from soldiers to superiors show them begging for non-military-grade drones. Once received, the drones were not ready […]

Top 5 Things You Didn’t Know About William Shakespeare

Playwright William Shakespeare holds a place of honor in the world’s literature. For centuries, his uniquely powerful and innovative language has moved a vast audience of readers and theater audiences, most of whom know very little about the author’s life and milieu. There are still many pages missing from Shakespeare’s own history, but the bard […]

Europe’s big new Digital Markets Act could help hold tech giants accountable

Tomorrow, the European Union’s Digital Markets Act (DMA) comes into force. It aims to put an end to unfair practices by “gatekeepers in the online platform economy.” Over the next year it will likely force large US tech companies—like Google, Meta, and Amazon—to change how they operate in Europe. It’s the latest in a large […]

Daily Crunch: SpaceX set to launch two spacecraft tomorrow aboard Falcon Heavy rocket

To get a roundup of TechCrunch’s biggest and most important stories delivered to your inbox every day at 3 p.m. PDT, subscribe here. Last week was a hell of a week in startup news, and Henry wrote a particularly good summary of everything that went down, including Elon Musk’s Twitter purchase, Meta’s troubles, and a […]

The best early Black Friday kitchen deals include air fryers, coffee makers, and KitchenAid mixers galore

UPDATE: Oct. 31, 2022, 6:00 p.m. EDT This story has been updated to reflect the latest pricing and availability from early Black Friday sales. Don’t have time to check out all the best Black Friday kitchen deals? Here are some of our top picks: The KitchenAid Professional five-quart stand mixer is a classic stand mixer […]