Tinder goes ultra-premium, Amazon invests in Anthropic and Apple explains its new AirPods

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It’s that clip of the week again, folks — clip for Week successful Review (WiR), TechCrunch’s newsletter that recaps the past fewer days successful tech. The quality rhythm ne'er sleeps, and it’s exhausting — this newsman knows each excessively well. But fortunately, neither does WiR. Our curated database of the apical stories this week volition get you up to velocity successful nary time.

On the docket for this blustery, fall-vibes variation of WiR (it’s truly starting to consciousness similar autumn connected the East Coast), we person Tinder’s wildly costly ($499 per month) caller premium tier, Amazon investing up to $4 cardinal successful AI startup Anthropic, and Apple executives breaking down the AirPods’ caller features. Elsewhere, we screen Reddit starting to wage users existent wealth for high-quality posts; OpenAI raising superior and giving ChatGPT a “voice”; Telegram’s metamorphosis into a ace app, and Uber becoming tighter with taxi companies.

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Tinder goes ultra-premium: Tinder has rolled retired a pricey $499-per-month subscription dubbed “Tinder Select,” which includes unsocial perks similar the quality to beryllium seen by much users, including Tinder’s “most sought-after profiles,” and the enactment to nonstop connection others without archetypal matching with them. As Sarah writes, these capabilities unsocial aren’t what volition merchantability Tinder Select needfully —it’s the exclusivity. Tinder says that little than 1% of users volition beryllium allowed to summation entree to the premium tier.

Amazon invests successful Anthropic: Amazon has agreed to put up to $4 cardinal successful the AI startup Anthropic, the 2 firms said, arsenic the e-commerce radical steps up its rivalry against Microsoft, Meta, Google and Nvidia successful the fast-growing generative AI sector. Amazon volition initially put $1.25 cardinal for a number involvement successful Anthropic, which similar Google’s Bard and Microsoft-backed OpenAI operates an AI-powered, text-analyzing-and-generating bot.

Apple explains its caller AirPods: In a sit-down with Brian, Apple executives Ron Huang (VP of sensing and connectivity) and Eric Treski (product selling director) discussed the caller features of Apple’s latest-generation AirPods, including adaptive audio, personalized volume, conversational consciousness and AirPods Pro 2’s Vision Pro connectivity.

Reddit starts paying users — successful cash: Reddit connected Monday announced a contributor programme that’ll grant users actual, existent wealth for their fake net points. Amanda reports that now, eligible users — those residing successful the U.S. who are implicit the property of 18 and tin verify their identity, and who’ve had an relationship for much than 30 days — volition beryllium capable to person the Reddit golden and karma they’ve earned from safe-for-work posts into fiat currency (no, not crypto), to beryllium disbursed erstwhile per month.

OpenAI looks to rise much cash: OpenAI is successful discussions to perchance merchantability shares successful a determination that would boost the company’s valuation to determination betwixt $80 cardinal and $90 billion. It comes conscionable aft OpenAI picked up a small implicit $300 million successful backing from backers specified arsenic Sequoia Capital, Andreessen Horowitz, Thrive and K2 Global astatine a valuation of $29 cardinal — abstracted from a large concern (~$10 billion) from Microsoft announced earlier this year, which closed successful January.

ChatGPT gains a dependable — and different features: ChatGPT is evolving into overmuch much than a text-based hunt engine, with OpenAI announcing this week that it’s adding caller voice- and image-based smarts to the mix. Users tin verbally inquire ChatGPT to marque up a bedtime communicative connected the spot and person ChatGPT work it backmost successful 1 of 5 voices. Or they tin hunt for answers successful an uploaded representation — for example, asking ChatGPT to supply instructions for completing a task oregon explicate what’s successful the photo.

Telegram expands its reach: Telegram, the fashionable messaging app with 800 cardinal monthly progressive users worldwide, is inching person to adopting an ecosystem strategy that’s reminiscent of WeChat’s ace app approach. Rita writes that the institution has been moving connected a level wherever third-party developers, from games to restaurants, tin physique mini apps to interact with users.

Uber gets choky with taxis: Uber — which hasn’t historically been particularly affable toward the taxi manufacture — announced Tuesday a multiyear concern with Los Angeles Yellow Cab and its 5 spouse taxi fleets successful Southern California. Under the arrangement, taxi drivers volition person entree to Uber travel referrals successful Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego Counties. And the concern covers a batch of ground; six taxi fleets with astir 1,200 vehicles autumn nether the deal.

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This week connected Equity, the unit talked with Nathan Baschez, the CEO and laminitis of Lex, an AI-infused online penning tool. Baschez spoke astir however galore AI-powered tools the marketplace tin perchance support, what the generative AI question could look similar successful the coming months and however to terms an AI-powered service.

On Found, which was recorded unrecorded astatine TechCrunch Disrupt 2023 past week, Dominic-Madori and Becca sat down with Window Snyder, a trailblazer successful the cybersecurity manufacture who’s dedicated her decades-long vocation to ensuring the net — and the devices connected to it — are secure. Snyder talked astir why, aft years of moving astatine companies similar Apple, Microsoft, Fastly and Square, present was the close clip to motorboat her startup, Thistle, which looks to physique the information infrastructure needed to support internet-connected astute devices safe.

And implicit astatine Chain Reaction, Jacquelyn interviewed Tiago Sada, caput of merchandise for Tools for Humanity and halfway contributor to Worldcoin. Tools for Humanity, which has raised hundreds of millions of dollars from investors specified arsenic Andreessen Horowitz and Blockchain Global, was co-founded by OpenAI CEO Sam Altman with a three-part ngo to make a planetary ID, a planetary currency and an app that enables payments, purchases and transfers with its token. 

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TC+ subscribers get entree to in-depth commentary, investigation and surveys — which you cognize if you’re already a subscriber. If you’re not, consider signing up. Here are a fewer highlights from this week:

Amazon, the FTC and VCs: Alex and Dominic-Madori sermon whether VCs should backmost the FTC suit against Amazon. In lawsuit you hadn’t heard, this week the FTC alleged that Amazon engaged successful a “pattern of amerciable conduct” that “blocks competition” and allows the institution to “wield monopoly powerfulness to inflate prices, degrade quality, and stifle innovation for consumers and businesses.”

Generative AI and operating systems: Alex writes astir however generative AI could marque the OS chill again, pointing to however Microsoft is embedding the tech passim the latest mentation of Windows.

Salvation for Bird: Rebecca muses aloud whether Bird’s Spin acquisition could springiness it the assistance it needs aft being delisted from the New York Stock Exchange. It’s a messy situation, to beryllium definite — and investors are understandably wary.

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