Audi to join Formula 1 with German-built hybrid power unit

Audi said Friday it will join Formula 1 for the 2026 season, competing alongside rival sportscar makers such as Aston Martin and Mercedes-Benz as the series shifts its focus to electrified race cars. The FIA Formula 1 World Championship series, which plans to go...

German startups could use more venture capital, but Germany’s government has a plan

Welcome to The TechCrunch Exchange, a weekly startups-and-markets newsletter. It’s inspired by the daily TechCrunch+ column where it gets its name. Want it in your inbox every Saturday? Sign up here. Reading recently about Germany’s €30 billion plan for its...

Is the future of the microchip industry going to be Made in America?

Welcome to The TechCrunch Exchange, a weekly startups-and-markets newsletter. It’s inspired by the daily TechCrunch+ column where it gets its name. Want it in your inbox every Saturday? Sign up here. With all eyes on Taiwan and worries mounting around semiconductor...

Wire grabs fresh funding for secure messaging tech that’s big with G7 governments

More funding for European end-to-end encrypted messaging app, Wire: The enterprise-focused messaging platform told TechCrunch it closed a €24 million Series C round of funding led by growth equity firm Cipio Partners and Iconical, the investment vehicle of Skype...