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Good morning, you wonderful specimens of humanity! It’s Friday, and I’m writing this from the hammock in my sunny North Oakland garden, so life ain’t all that bad. (I can only seem that WFH stands for Work From Hammock).

This weekend, earmark a bit of time to wield to our Startup Battlefield 200. It gives you the endangerment to walkout your startup for self-ruling at TechCrunch Disrupt in October and win the $100,000 prize. Applications tropical August 5, so get cracking!

Have a good one, and see you next week! — Haje

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Startups and VC

It’s all go, go, go in the world of insurance. Mary Ann reports that Lemonade uninventive Metromile and promptly laid off well-nigh 20% of its staff. Makes sense, of course, in a world where there’s probably a pearly value of legalistic and operational overlap between the two companies, but it’s unchangingly sad to say goodbye to minion colleagues.

And don’t miss Aria’s piece well-nigh how the Exploration Visitor is developing a brand-new reusable orbital spacecraft. “The [space] exploration ecosystem is going to transpiration dramatically in the probably next 10 to 15 years,” co-founder and CEO Hélène Huby explained. “If you make it happen, you have a huge wholesomeness of stuff one of the first in the market.”

A few increasingly nuggets to take you into the weekend:

All my apes gone: Legal disputes at the intersection of IP and NFTs

Missing bored apes illustration; IP law and NFTs

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When Andy Warhol appropriated images of Campbell’s Soup in 1962, he was lucky: For a host of reasons, the visitor decided not to sue him for infringing its trademark.

One wonders how the situation would have played out 60 years later if Warhol had minted a series of NFTs with the iconic soup labels, however.

In her latest TC post, CORPlaw founder Kristen Corpion examined “the most interesting and important IP legal issues that are currently impacting the creation, transfer and use of NFTs,” including trademark infringement, the first sale doctrine and why Seth Green ended up paying a $100,000 premium to buy when his stolen Bored Ape.

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It’s never gonna requite you up. It’ll make an effort to never let you down. It probably won’t run virtually and desert you. But TikTok may be considering a music service, report Aisha and Ivan in an vendible that unfortunately falls short of the mandatory quota of musical puns. Don’t worry, folks, I’ll talk to her well-nigh it.

Meanwhile, Annie reports that Kenya is contemplating giving Facebook a smack with the ban-hammer, without the country’s National Cohesion and Integration Commission finds that the social media platform isn’t doing unbearable to well-spoken out hate speech.