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LEGS: The company formerly known as Facebook held its Meta Connect conference this week, where it announced everything from a $1,500 VR headset to a work-focused partnership with Microsoft. Here’s the complete roundup of all the news. The thing Zuckerberg seemed most excited for? Its metaverse is gaining legs.

Hulu’s price hike: Another year, another Hulu price hike. This week, the ad-supported plan went from $7 to $8 per month, while the ad-free plan went from $13 to $15 per month.

Microsoft x DALL-E: Artificial intelligence tools capable of generating new images from text prompts are starting to become mainstream, with Microsoft announcing this week that it will integrate DALL-E 2 into at least two of its applications.

The OG app is knocked out: The “OG App” promised to provide an ad-free and suggestion-free Instagram experience more like the old days. Unfortunately, he didn’t have Instagram permission to do so. Instagram owner Meta quickly announced plans to take “all appropriate enforcement action” against the app, which has now been removed from Google Play and the iOS App Store.

Google’s video call booths are getting real: Last year, Google announced Project Starline, a wild and experimental “video call booth” that uses 3D images, depth sensors and bright field displays to make a video chat look more like to a face-to-face conversation. Until now, Starline booth prototypes have been hidden exclusively in Google offices; they are now expanding it to include “the offices of various enterprise partners, including Salesforce, WeWork, T-Mobile, and Hackensack Meridian Health.”

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Have you been busy, and not the kind of commute/work/chores that allows you to listen to podcasts while you do things? Here’s what you missed on TC’s podcasts this week:

  • On EquityNatasha and Alex met the incredibly insightful Sarah Guo, who recently launched a $100 million venture capital firm after being an investor/partner at Greylock for nearly a decade.
  • Darrell and Jordan were joined on Found by Attabotics founder Scott Gravelle, who explained how ant colonies inspired his approach to robotics.
  • The Chain reaction team explained why the SEC is investigating the company behind the Bored Ape Yacht Club NFT collection and what it could mean for the crypto ecosystem.

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Here’s what subscribers read the most behind the TC+ member paywall this week:

The Supliful Seed Deck“This is one of the best decks I’ve ever seen, albeit ugly and full of errors,” Haje wrote in the latest installment of his popular Pitch Deck Teardown series.

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