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1. Pixel 4 review: Google ups its camera game
Brian Heater was impressed by the improvements in Google’s latest smartphone, including camera upgrades and the Recorder app.
However, he also argued that the Pixel 4 doesn’t exactly address what Google wants the Pixel to be, moving forward, especially after the Pixel 3a it was confirmed that consumers were looking for something cheaper.
2. NordVPN confirms it was hacked
The admission comes after rumors that the company had been breached, and what first emerged was that NordVPN had left an expired internal private key exposed, potentially allowing anyone to spin out their own servers imitating NordVPN.
3. Netflix to raise $2 billion in debt to fund more content spending
Despite a relatively strong earnings report last week, Netflix isn’t out of the woods just yet. Disney+ and Apple+ launch next month, and there’s more competition on the way.
4. Commercetools raises $145M from Insight for Shopify-style e-commerce APIs for large enterprises
The funding comes at the same time as commercetools is getting spun out by REWE, a German retail and tourist services giant that acquired the startup in 2015.
5. The Surface Pro 7 is a competent upgrade with USB-C, refreshed processors, but little else that’s new
The Pro 7, which is going on sale today, is a competent upgrade that gives Surface Pro users exactly what they want — even if it sticks to a tried and tested formula.
6. IPOs are the beginning, not the end
At Disrupt SF, PagerDuty’s Jennifer Tejada argued that an IPO “is part of the beginning of a long journey for a durable company that you want to build a legacy around.” (Extra Crunch membership required.)
7. This week’s TechCrunch podcasts
The Equity team talks to Greylock’s Sarah Guo about the future of software-as-a-service products, while Original Content has a review of “El Camino,” the new “Breaking Bad” movie on Netflix.