Bluesky opens to everyone, Rivian unveils its new SUV and governments exploit iPhones


Hey friends, welcome to Week in Review (WiR), TechCrunch’s regular newsletter that recaps the latest days in tech.

This week, the Bluesky social network opened up to everyone, which seems fitting here in New York, given the sunshine and unseasonably warm temperatures we’re enjoying. For those who are more inclined to spend their days indoors – and are considering purchasing Vision Pro – Brian has posted his review. Read it ; he doesn’t mince his words.

Lots of other things happened, including the reveal of a Rivian SUV, government hackers targeting iPhone owners, and Meta cutting off third-party access to Facebook groups. We cover all this and more in this edition of WiR – but first, a reminder to register to receive the WiR newsletter in your mailbox every Saturday.


Nothing but Bluesky: After almost a year as an invite-only app, Blue skya promising microblogging platform backed by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey is now open to the public.

The new Rivian ride: Rivian will unveil its next-generation vehicle – a smaller, cheaper electric SUV known as the R2 – on March 7, the company announced. announcement Monday morning.

Governments are targeting iPhones: Last year, government hackers exploited three unknown vulnerabilities in Apple’s iPhone operating system to target their victims with spyware developed by a European startup, according to Google.

Meta cuts off access to the group: Meta recently announced that it will soon be shutting down its Facebook Groups API. This is throwing some businesses and social media marketers into disarray, writes Sarah.

A return from WeWork: Adam Neumann, co-founder of flexible workspace provider WeWork in 2010 and notoriously resigned nine years later, is trying to buy the bankrupt company, according to reports.

Chinese hackers hiding inside: China-backed hackers have maintained access to US critical infrastructure for “at least five years” with the long-term aim of launching “destructive” cyberattacks, a coalition of US intelligence agencies warned on Wednesday.


Apple Vision Pro review: In his review of the Vision Pro, Brian writes that the $3,500 headset is still a work in progress – offering a glimpse into a future that will live or die by the developers.

Joe Rogan, released: Amanda writes about why it’s good for Spotify that Joe Rogan’s podcast is no longer exclusive.


On Equity, the team took an in-depth look at a number of startup fundraising rounds, including new capital for software-as-a-service, fintech, and edtech verticals; how fast SUMA Wealth is growing; and why Bluesky flies high.

In the meantime, Find featured Beatrice Dixon, co-founder of plant-based vaginal wellness brand The Honey Pot.

And on Chain reaction, Jacquelyn interviewed Devin Finzer, CEO of NFT marketplace OpenSea. He co-founded OpenSea in 2017, and it quickly became one of the most well-known and well-funded NFT marketplaces.


AI, old reliable: Alex writes that it appears the market is willing to accept that software with new AI capabilities will cost more – so software companies of all sizes will have something new to upsell their existing customers and potentially land new accounts.

Disruption of fast fashion: Fast fashion is an industry mired in labor and copyright issues, and it has a huge environmental impact due to its wastewater and carbon emissions – which is why companies venture capitalists need to reconsider, writes Rebecca.

Bonus round

A sidewalk robot success story: Curbside delivery robot services seem to be stagnating left and right. But Starship Technologies, a pioneer of the concept, says it is profitable and has now raised a round of funding to meet market demand.


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