A new supersonic jet, Notion launches a calendar app, and is pursuing CES sex tech

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Welcome to TechCrunch's Week in Review (WiR), a digest of the past few days in tech events.

As I write this, snow is gracing New York City – it has become a rare commodity due to our changing climate. And this seems appropriate considering the impending launch of the Apple Vision Pro. After all, one promise of headsets like the Vision Pro is that they transport the wearer away from the stresses of everyday life into more optimistic realities — at least for a spell.

Brian caught up with Vision Pro this week. Its effects? It's transportable, okay – but very expensive.

There's a good chunk of news to recap this week, so let's get to it. But first, a reminder to sign up here to get WiR in your inbox every Saturday if you haven't already done so.

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“Quiet Supersonic” Jet: NASA and Lockheed Martin have finally taken the wraps off the X-59, an aircraft that could shape the future of both military and civilian air travel, writes Devlin.

Byju's valuation cut: BlackRock has cut the value of its stake in Byju's, reducing the Indian startup's implied valuation from $22 billion to about $1 billion by early 2022.

Notion launches a calendar app: Notion, the incredibly popular note-taking and project management service, has launched a stand-alone calendar service. Frederick has the whole story.

Samsung's Galaxy S24: Samsung held a press conference this week where it announced its latest flagship phones – all powered by AI in some form or another.

Sorting on Google: After laying off more than 1,000 employees across multiple divisions and cutting 100 jobs at YouTube last week, Google CEO Sundar Pichai sent a memo to his employees warning that more layoffs are expected this year.

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CES chases sex technology: Despite being an industry that caters to the universal human experience, sex technology has always had an uneasy relationship with CES, Hayes writes. And this year, the conference effectively managed to banish the sex tech industry from its show floor – for better or for worse.

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But equityAlex and Mary Ann chew over the abundant funding rounds from Pomelo, Tandem, and Brick — and also discuss how C-suite executives feel about AI and enterprise.

found Displayed Gabby Lewis, Co-Founder and CEO of Magic Spoon. Magic Spoon creates cereal flavors that refresh our nostalgia for Froot Loops and Cocoa Puffs with a high-protein twist.

and on chain reactionJacqueline interviews Monica Long, President of Ripple, a blockchain-based digital payments network and protocol.

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TC+ subscribers get access to in-depth commentary, analysis and surveys – which you know about if you're already a subscriber. If you haven't, consider signing up. Here are some of the highlights from this week:

Unicorn Club: Cowboy Ventures founder Aileen Lee wrote a long-awaited follow-up to her original 2013 article in which she coined the term “unicorn.”

Private Equity in 2024: Alex and Anna write about how PE firms can be the last resort for startups struggling to get out.

Reddit, IPOing: Reddit may finally go public this year. Alex examines what this could mean for the company – and others attempting an IPO this year.

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Changing Gas Cars: Hertz is selling a third of its electric vehicle fleet, made up primarily of Teslas, and will buy gas cars with some of the money from the sale, Shawn writes.