Andreessen Horowitz supports Synonym’s development of “fermentation farms”

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  • What is another word for synonym?: Have you ever heard of a “fermentation farm”? Well now you have. Christina covered Synonym Biotechnologies’ pre-seed cycle, with strong support from Andreessen Horowitz, in which the company plans to build giant fermentation farms so non-pharmaceutical companies can mass-produce bio-products like dairy proteins.
  • A rose by any other name: “Advertisement”, “Sponsored”, whatever you call it, Google makes sure that when you do a mobile search, you’ll definitely know if it’s sponsored content or a search result organic. Ivan see you.
  • A little more legless: We were promised legs, but now Ivan writes that it could be another year before any avatar equipped with a Meta leg appears in Horizon Worlds.

Startups and VCs

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  • More layoffs: Jagmeet has more information on Momentive Global’s announcement to lay off 11% of its workforce. If you’re thinking, “Who?” it would be the parent company of SurveyMonkey. Real estate valuation tech firm Clear Capital is also cutting staff by 27%, reports Andrew.
  • Prepare the popcorn: Peacock makes the “Real Housewives” franchise its guinea pig by testing new interactive features that will give viewers long clips and interviews, lauren reports.
  • Don’t @me: Meanwhile, on Twitter, the company is developing a way for users to control who can mention them, writes Aisha.
  • He puts the lotion on his robotic skin: brian reports that Touchlab, which won the TC Sessions: Robotics pitch-off event a few months ago, has begun piloting its robotic skin sensors in hospital settings.
  • Time, time, time, look what I’ve become: The owner of fashion e-commerce site Shein was fined $1.9 million for failing to properly handle a 2018 data breach that compromised the information of millions of users, Rita writing.

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