A huge content suggestion merger falls apart, Microsoft reveals the release date and pricing for its flagship video game console and Alexa allows call for AT&T consumers. This is your Daily Crunch for September 9, 2020.

The big story: Taboola and Outbrain cancel their merger

Looks like the 2 greatest business in the content suggestion market won’t be teaming up after all.

Taboola and Outbrain revealed an $850 million merger in 2015, however obviously a “tough cultural fit” and the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the digital advertisement business have actually scuttled the deal. There’s been no official statement yet, but TechCrunch’s Ingrid Lunden has actually verified the news with both companies.

“We’ve seen changing conditions in the market due to COVID-19, and we chose to terminate the offer,” an anonymous source told us.

The tech giants

Microsoft confirms $499 Xbox Series X gets here November 10, pre-orders start September 22— We mentioned a brand-new, scaled-down Xbox yesterday, however Microsoft revealed today that the flagship Xbox Series X is showing up on November 10.

AT&T customers can now make and get calls via Alexa— As soon as allowed, clients with supported gadgets will be able to speak with the Alexa digital assistant to start a phone call or respond to an incoming call.

Snapchat’s brand-new Lens commemorates tomorrow’s NFL kickoff— Snap and the NFL just recently announced a multi-year extension to their content collaboration.

Start-ups, financing and equity capital

Yubico reveals its latest YubiKey 5C NFC security key, priced at $55— The company says this new security secret provides the strongest defenses against some of the most common cyberattacks.

Xometry raises $75M Series E to expand custom-made production market— The company has actually constructed an online market where companies can discover manufacturers throughout the world with excess capacity to develop whatever they require.

Rick Moranis breaks acting hiatus for 30 seconds to release Mint’s $30 a month unlimited strategy— Why? Who understands!

Advice and analysis from Extra Crunch

As direct listing looms, Palantir insiders are accelerating stock sales— Danny Crichton analyzes how experts perceive Palantir’s worth.

Shift’s George Arison shares 6 pointers for taking your company public by means of a SPAC— Shift has actually nearly finished the SPAC process.

Slack’s revenues information how COVID-19 is both a limitation and an assistance to cloud development— Alex Wilhelm takes a look at Slack’s latest numbers.

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Everything else

Watch the very first trailer for the remarkably star-studded ‘Dune’— Sandworms, ahoy!

Find out how to develop a service market from the CTOs of Peloton and DoorDash at Disrupt— The connected fitness platform and food delivery app have both developed huge service organizations that touch countless consumers.

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Article curated by RJ Shara from Source. RJ Shara is a Bay Area Radio Host (Radio Jockey) who talks about the startup ecosystem – entrepreneurs, investments, policies and more on her show The Silicon Dreams. The show streams on Radio Zindagi 1170AM on Mondays from 3.30 PM to 4 PM.