Original Content podcast: Netflix’s ‘Mute’ is a big disappointment

Mute Mute is the latest film from Duncan Jones, the director of Moon and Source Code. He’s called it his Don Quixote, a passion project that he’s been pursuing for well over a decade. The movie goes live on Netflix today, so Jordan Crook, Darrell Etherington and Anthony Ha — your hosts on the Original Content podcast — all checked it out. We’re fans of Jones’… Read More

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Equity podcast: Uber’s losing billions, Amazon lays off hundreds and somehow Instacart gets more money

 Welcome to “Equity,” TechCrunch’s venture capital and tech business podcast. On this week, we were joined by Mike Ghaffary from Social Capital, who was the perfect guest because he used to run Eat24, when it was Yelp’s food delivery business. Food delivery is highly relevant to this week’s news. First up, we talked about Uber, which is losing lots of money in Asia… Read More

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As tech automates, Blinkist keeps its book summary service very human

 When I first heard of Blinkist, a service that breaks down recent nonfiction books to easily digestible snippets, I was afraid it would turn out to be some machine-learning-driven auto-summary thing. But in talking to co-founder Niklas Jansen, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that the company is still very much people-powered — and in fact, that may be the root of its continuing success. Read More

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‘Pod Save America’ is coming to HBO

 HBO is bringing the popular left-wing podcast Pod Save America to TV this fall with a series of hour-long specials. The podcast is hosted Jon Favreau, Dan Pfeiffer, Tommy Vietor and Jon Lovett, all alums of the Obama administration. They started out by hosting the podcast Keepin’ it 1600 for The Ringer (a site backed by HBO), before launching a new podcast in January from their new… Read More

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Original Content podcast: We revisit the crime scene of Netflix’s ‘Ozark’

Ozark Ozark launched on Netflix back in July — before we’d even started Original Content, our podcast covering the latest streaming news, shows and movies. However, TechCrunch’s Jordan Crook was a big fan, so at her urging, we all checked out the series, which stars Jason Bateman as a financial advisor who moves to the Ozarks with his family (including his wife, played by Laura… Read More

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Original Content podcast: Amazon visits the paranoid worlds of Philip K. Dick

 Amazon has already taken on Philip K. Dick with The Man In The High Castle (which is based on his award-winning alternate history novel of the same name). Now it’s using his short stories as the basis for an anthology series called Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams. On the latest episode of the Original Content podcast, TechCrunch’s Jordan Crook, Darrell Etherington and… Read More

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Original Content podcast: Looking into the dark future of Netflix’s ‘Black Mirror’

Black Mirror USS Callister Netflix has delivered another six glimpses into Black Mirror‘s often-bleak view of technology and humanity.
On the latest episode of TechCrunch’s Original Content podcast, one of your regular hosts, Anthony Ha, is joined by Jordan Crook to discuss the fourth season of the science fiction anthology series. While we liked it — in fact, we both thought it might be Black… Read More

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Podcasts are coming to Plex, followed by web series and other digital media

 This past fall, media software maker Plex expanded its service with the integration of a dedicated news hub within its app – a feature that arrived by way of its acquisition of streaming news startup, Watchup. Now the company is preparing to move into other verticals that will further complement its software for organizing home media, and streaming and recording live TV from a… Read More

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Original Content podcast: Netflix’s ‘Bright’ offers dumb fun with orcs and elves in modern LA

 Netflix’s original film Bright has been decimated by critics, but Darrell Etherington and Anthony Ha, the hosts of TechCrunch’s Original Content podcast enjoyed it — kind of? Maybe? As Darrell put it: “I don’t regret watching it.” To be clear, it’s a very silly movie, combining Lord of the Rings-style high fantasy with the kind of morally ambiguous… Read More

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A look at 42 women in tech who crushed it in 2017

 What a challenging, exhilarating year it has been for women everywhere, starting from the women’s March on Washington to former Uber engineer Susan Fowler’s eye-opening and now famous blog post to the #metoo movement that has swept the country, washing dozens of sexual predators out of their powerful roles in the process. All the while, women in tech have been driving their… Read More

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