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Helloooo! While we are highlighting some of the most notable stories, there is a good chance that we will miss one you would love to read. Take a look at our homepage to find what interests you. Christine and Haje

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Tim Cook and green bubbles. Christine is an Android user. Her iPhone-using friends often talk about “green bubbles,” which she didn’t know was a problem until now. Christine’s text bubbles are all different colors. They even indicate who is “speaking” in groups. But she discovered that her iPhone-using friends hate her green bubbles. Ivan writes that Tim Cook is there for them.
Ambient Mesh is Google’s and Solo.ios new Istio service mesh. Frederic will explain all that to us.
Electric vroom: Jeep now has three, three new electric cars, ah, ah, ah! They are poised to hit the market starting in 2023, Jaclyn’s reports.

Startups and VC

It’s day 2 in the Y Combinator-vaganza. This means that we have lots of news for our visitors. It’s assumed that news comes in buckets. But, that’s another conversation.

Tage reported that YC’s most recent batch reduced African startup presence by more then half. Anna, Alex, and Tage are interested in where Y Combinator is currently startup-hunting for startups in 2022.. Kyle examined 7 AI startups that stood out from the YC hopefuls. A bunch of TechCrunch writers also selected our 11 favorites companies from Day 1 & Day 2.

Whew. We covered a lot of the Apple event yesterday in addition to YC. Christine has all the details in the Big Tech section.

Here are a few more:

We have our eyes on you: Ingrid writes of FocalPoint grabbing $17 millions and its mission to fix everything wrong with GPS.
Natasha L explores how to get farmers to see the green. She focuses on Klim, which raised $6.6million to support farmers’ adoption of regenerative practices.
Data is like a weed. More data equals more storage. Catalog partners with Seagate to offer a unique approach to data storage that uses DNA technology. Kate writes.
Aspiration to education: Tage takes a look at Nexford. This online university raised $8 million “to fill affordability and relevant gaps in education.”
Lucidity raises $5.3 million to develop tools to help you keep your cloud storage “neat” and tidy, Catherine writes.

5 metrics Series A investors look for at dev-tools startups

The median Series A for developers-tooling companies dropped to $47.5million in Q3 2022,, “the lowest it’s been since the start of 2021,”,” writes Rak Garg (principal at Bain Capital).

Garg met with hundreds of companies during the downturn and has now created a guide to fundraising for seed-stage founders looking to get to the next level.

” I’ve noticed one common trait among founders who have raised successful Series-A rounds: They are great at telling the stories of their companies,” Garg says.

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Big Tech Inc.

So much Apple in so little time. For the second day, the Apple iPhone 14 Event dominated the news cycle, particularly this Greg article, which we believe summarised everything from the event. You can read all the details at the Apple fall event hub.

Speaking of things to drool about, Christine wrote a short piece about Bloomingdale’s new virtual store. It looks like it will give purse envy.

Deadline dilemma: Byju Online Learning Company has missed its financial audit deadlines so many times that even legislators are now asking what is up. Manish reports.
An EV for everyone: We’ve run our fair share of electric vehicles with some pricey price tags associated with them, so it was only fitting that we highlight what General Motors is doing with its $30,000 all-electric Chevrolet Equinox SUV. Kirsten has more.
No cap: Annie writes about Uber’s quest to have a Kenyan Court invalidate the country’s new law that caps rail-hailing fees at 18%.
Point of order: Vista Equity Partners announced in August that it had reached a deal with Avalara. Altair US, the family office that is Avalara’s largest shareholder, has announced it will vote against the sale. Paul has more information.