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1. Joi Ito resigns as MIT Media Lab head in wake of Jeffrey Epstein reporting
Joi Ito and the MIT Media Lab had been already dealing with criticism for the funding they’d acquired from disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, and the criticism intensified after a New Yorker piece reported that Ito and others on the media lab labored to hide Epstein’s contributions.
In an e-mail to the college administration, Ito wrote, “After giving the matter an excessive amount of thought over the previous a number of days and weeks, I believe that it’s best that I resign as director of the media lab and as a professor and worker of the Institute, efficient instantly.”
2. Fitbit Versa 2 evaluate
The Versa gave Fitbit a manner ahead past easy health trackers, and Brian Heater says the brand new smartwatch is a worthy replace.
3. The Vivaldi browser lands on Android
Vivaldi for Android retains the desktop browser’s look, really feel and pace with out getting slowed down attempting to carry all of its options to cell.
4. Prime VCs say the panorama for enterprise startups is altering
We sat down with Jason Inexperienced of Emergence Capital, Rebecca Lynn of Canvas Ventures and Maha Ibrahim of Canaan Companions, who stated that startups shouldn’t count on a giant M&A occasion proper now. (Further Crunch membership required.)
5. AppZen nabs $50M to construct AI instruments for bills and different finance group work
Up to now, AppZen’s largest product has been a service that mechanically audits bills — evaluating, for instance, an worker’s prices with the journey they’ve undertaken.
6. Pagerduty’s Jennifer Tejada and Field’s Aaron Levie will discuss IPOs at TC Disrupt SF
Tejada and Levie each guided their firms to profitable IPOs, with Field going public in 2015 and Pagerduty itemizing its shares just a few months in the past.
7. This week’s TechCrunch podcasts
Talking of Field, the most recent version of Fairness features a dialogue of why the content material administration firm is underappreciated, whereas the Authentic Content material group critiques the Amazon collection “Carnival Row.”