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February 24, 2024

Google court filing reveals new business details of DuckDuckGo and Neeva TechCrunch Sarah Perez on February 23, 2024 at 10:02 pm

A court filing in the U.S. Department of Justice’s case against Google over its alleged monopoly in the search market has revealed a few notable tidbits about the state of the search market competition, including the inner workings, revenue, and, in some cases, exit prices of would-be Google competitors, like DuckDuckGo and Neeva, the latter […]

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Techstars CEO defends changes, says physical presence in a city is not necessary for investment TechCrunch Mary Ann Azevedo on February 23, 2024 at 10:23 pm

Earlier this week, accelerator group Techstars announced changes to its operations. But what was planned internally to be an exciting new chapter for the organization ended up being somewhat of a PR nightmare.  Techstars found itself facing criticism for some of its decisions and execution after announcing it would shut down its Boulder and Seattle […]

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As Techstars retools, some former staffers say it lost focus on what made it successful TechCrunch Alex Wilhelm on February 23, 2024 at 10:52 pm

Well-known accelerator group Techstars announced a slew of changes to its operations this week, including the shuttering of some of its city-based programs. 

Criticism from former members of its decisions lit social media channels who argued that the famed startup accelerator has lost focus on the very thing that historically made it so successful.

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Quick thinking and a stroke of luck averted a moon lander disaster for Intuitive Machines TechCrunch Aria Alamalhodaei on February 24, 2024 at 12:32 am

Intuitive Machines’ spacecraft touched down yesterday on the lunar surface . . . sideways. CEO Steve Altemus confirmed during a press conference Friday that, while it wasn’t a perfect landing, it’s nothing short of a miracle the spacecraft landed intact at all. Using a small model of the lander, Altemus demonstrated how engineers believe the spacecraft, called Odysseus, made its […]

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FTC cracks down on H&R Block for deleting tax data when users want to downgrade

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The Federal Trade Commission is taking action against tax prep company H&R Block for allegedly wasting consumers’ time and money. The company deceptively marketed its services and made them difficult to downgrade, the FTC claims in an administrative complaint issued Friday.

“H&R Block designed its online products to present an obstacle course of tedious challenges to consumers, pressuring them into overpaying for its products,” FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection director Samuel Levine said in a statement.

The administrative complaint is similar to a lawsuit but results in proceedings before the FTC’s in-house administrative law judge. Findings can ultimately be appealed to a federal court.

The agency alleges that H&R Block steered…

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