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Outdefine raises $2.5M

San Francisco, Calif.-based Outdefine has raised $2.5 million.

The investment was led by TCG Crypto and Jump Crypto, with participation from Big Brain Holdings, Formless Capital, Blocore, and Mask Eco Fund.

Outdefine is building a token-backed hiring marketplace on the Solana blockchain, according to the company.

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A comprehensive list of 2023 & 2024 tech layoffs — TC

The final total of layoffs for 2023 ended up being 262,735, according to Layoffs.fyi. Tech layoffs conducted in 2023 were 59% higher than 2022’s total.

Gradial raises $5.4M

Gradial, based in Seattle, WA, has announced a $5.4 million seed funding round. The investment is led by Madrona.

CMS awards ICF $50M in digital modernization contract extensions

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has extended two contracts with ICF for the cloud migration and digital modernization of Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) systems.

Court orders maker of Pegasus spyware to hand over code to WhatsApp — The Guardian

NSO Group, the maker of one the world’s most sophisticated cyber weapons, has been ordered by a US court to hand its code for Pegasus and other spyware products to WhatsApp as part of the company’s ongoing litigation, writes Stephanie Kirchgaessner.