Microsoft brings Python to Excel, Cruise reduces fleet following crash, and MrBeast creates controversy

Microsoft brings Python to Excel, Cruise reduces fleet following crash, and MrBeast creates controversy

Hey, of us, and welcome to Week in Assessment (WiR), TechCrunch’s common e-newsletter that covers the largest happenings in tech over the previous few days. Haven’t been in a position to comply with the information intently? Don’t sweat it. WiR will get you in control.

On this version of WiR, we cowl Microsoft bringing Python to Excel, Cruise being compelled to scale back its robotaxi fleet following a crash, and Amazon launching its new Fireplace TV Channels app. We additionally recap Twitter competitor Bluesky buckling beneath load, influencer MrBeast’s poorly timed Olympics video, IBM constructing a code translator for COBOL, and Snapchat increasing additional into generative AI.

In case you haven’t already, join right here to get WiR in your inbox each Saturday. Now, with out additional ado, right here’s the week’s information!

Most learn

Microsoft brings Python to Excel: Microsoft this week introduced the general public preview of Python in Excel, which is able to enable superior spreadsheet customers to mix scripts within the common Python language and their ordinary Excel formulation in the identical workbook. The function will first roll out to Microsoft 365 Insiders as a part of the Excel for Home windows beta channel, Frederic studies.

Cruise instructed to scale back fleet following crash: Cruise, the self-driving automobile subsidiary of GM, has been requested by the California Division of Motor Autos to scale back its robotaxi fleet by 50% in San Francisco following a crash Thursday night time with a hearth truck.

MrBeast’s geopolitical nightmare: Billionaire creator MrBeast inadvertently stoked generations of geopolitical pressure in his newest YouTube video, by which contributors from “each nation on Earth” competed in “Squid Sport”-like elimination challenges for an opportunity to win $250,000. It was the international locations that weren’t included within the competitors, in addition to the map featured within the video, that made the stunt ripe for discourse.

IBM faucets AI to translate COBOL code: IBM this week unveiled Code Assistant for IBM Z, which makes use of a code-generating AI mannequin to translate COBOL (one of many older programming languages in use) into Java syntax. It’s doubtlessly fairly useful, contemplating there’s over 800 billion strains of COBOL in use on manufacturing programs and a powerful want amongst lots of the firms utilizing it emigrate to extra fashionable languages.

Amazon launches Fireplace TV Channels app: Amazon introduced Monday the launch of its new Fireplace TV Channels app, giving Fireplace TV clients entry to over 400 free ad-supported TV channels, together with ABC Information, CBS Sports activities, Fox Sports activities, MLB, Martha Stewart and extra.

Bluesky struggles with rising recognition: X (previously Twitter) competitor Bluesky buckled following Elon Musk’s announcement that X will now not assist blocking customers in favor of mutes solely. The corporate has usually needed to cope with an inflow of customers when Twitter declares significantly unwelcome adjustments, Sarah writes.

Snapchat provides new generative AI options: Snapchat is getting ready to additional broaden into generative AI options, after earlier launching its AI-powered chatbot My AI, which might now reply with a Snap again, not simply textual content. With the corporate’s forthcoming generative AI function referred to as “Goals,” Snap will once more experiment with AI photos — however quickly, these photos might include you and your mates in imaginative backgrounds.

Telephone hacking firm tries to maintain tech secret: For years, cops and different authorities authorities everywhere in the world have been utilizing cellphone hacking expertise supplied by Cellebrite to unlock telephones and acquire the information inside. And the corporate has been eager on retaining the usage of its expertise “hush hush,” Lorenzo studies.


Have a hankering for brand new podcast content material? You’re in luck. TechCrunch has lots on deck in your listening enjoyment.

On Fairness, the crew mentioned Nvidia’s earnings report, raises from Ramp and AI-powered writing platform Lex, Northvolt’s transfer to North America, the story behind’s IPO and startups which are actually stuffed with crap (it’ll make sense when you hear — belief me).

In the meantime, Discovered targeted on Feyi Ayodele, the co-founder and CEO of CancerIQ, a precision well being firm designed for physicians to assist their sufferers with monitoring most cancers threat and prevention. Ayodele recounted how she got here up with the startup thought whereas mountain climbing Mount Kilimanjaro along with her mom.

And on Chain Response, Erik Svenson talked about Blockstream, a bitcoin and blockchain-focused infrastructure agency that he helped co-found in 2014. Blockstream has its personal sidechain expertise, Liquid Community, in addition to bitcoin mining operations and {hardware} wallets for Bitcoin and different belongings.


TC+ subscribers get entry to in-depth commentary, evaluation and surveys — which you understand in the event you’re already a subscriber. In case you’re not, contemplate signing up. Listed below are a number of highlights from this week:

OnlyFans proves the creator economic system growth was actual: Enterprise capital funding into the creator economic system class slowed down considerably beginning within the second half of 2022. However Ron and Anna write about how OnlyFans’ profitability means that there’s juice within the sector but.

Nvidia rides the AI wave — however for the way lengthy?: When Nvidia introduced eye-popping earnings on Wednesday with three-digit year-over-year progress, it was straightforward to get caught up within the pleasure. However the lingering query is, can it stick with it?

The late-stage enterprise market is crumbling: New knowledge from CB Insights particulars that there have been sharp valuation declines throughout practically each startup stage world wide. However is {that a} motive for panic? Alex and Anna don’t suppose so — at the very least not now.

Seize your go to TC Disrupt 2023

Be a part of 10,000 startup leaders in San Francisco at TechCrunch Disrupt on September 19–21. Final-minute passes are nonetheless accessible. Save 15% with code WIR. Register now!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *