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I know we try to be grateful every day, but here in the States it’s Thanksgiving tomorrow, and we thank you both for keeping up with our crazy adventure through the murky world of technology this year. We are also grateful for a long weekend. No newsletter for a few days, so we’ll see you all on Monday! – Christina and haje
TechCrunch’s top 3
- Exposed!: If there was ever a time for our governments to update old energy grid software, maybe it’s now. Carly reports a new report from Microsoft which indicates that attackers have discovered vulnerable web servers with very old software and are using them to hack into energy networks.
- Scanning CPGs with certain MDCs to earn lots of GMV: Tanzanian company Ramani has raised $32m developing financial services designed to digitize consumer packaged goods supply chains and lend to resellers. Anne see you.
- Well it picked up speed quickly.: The first COVID stories of people stuck on cruise ships with sick travelers are happening a bit in China this week, and it’s causing headaches for Apple, Rita reports. After a virus outbreak at Foxconn, where they make the iPhone, protesters took to the streets to oppose being forced to work and live in close quarters with contagious colleagues.
Startups and VCs
Harvey, a startup building what it describes as a “copilot for lawyers,” emerged today from stealth with $5 million in funding led by the OpenAI Startup Fundthe tranche by which OpenAI and its partners invest in early-stage AI companies that tackle major problems, Kyle reports.
And here are five more to keep you going until Monday:
4 Ways to Use Ecommerce Data to Optimize LTV Before and After the Holidays
E-commerce startups make up to a fifth of their annual revenue within two months of Black Friday/Cyber Monday. But how can brands convert shoppers who respond to a holiday promotion into loyal customers throughout the year?
Dan LeBlanc, CEO and Co-Founder of Data and Analytics Daasity, has written a step-by-step strategy guide to help marketers increase ROI and create cohort analysis that tracks lifetime value versus cost customer acquisition.
“Consumer brands that know how to use their data to maximize LTV will win the holidays and grow their brand into the new year.”
Three others from the TC+ team:
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Big Tech inc.
Tomorrow being a holiday in the United States, most of us will be at home in food comas, so let’s talk about what to watch on TV and listen to, shall we? If you’re dying to see if the new “Star Wars” story, “Andor“, is for you, but you’re not sure you want to go green for Mickey’s streaming app, Hulu has you covered – you can stream the first two episodes, lauren writing. Now, if you’re a big fan of “Severance” and anticipating Season 2, you’ve probably wondered what music your “innie” and “outie” could listen to. Lauren also wrote on the online store Mondo having exclusive “Severance” vinyl records on saleone for each of you.
And now we have four more for you: