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Pied Piper‘s decentralized internet is planned for Dubai, courtesy of startup Moeco

We‘re slowly moving from the Big Data era to the OMG HOW MUCH DATA?!, to use the technical term. But, all joking aside, it‘s getting bigger, or worse, depending on your point of view. By some estimates over 2.5 Quintillion (yes, that‘s a thing) bytes of data are now generated by us daily and this is increasing exponentially monthly. Of course, most of that data Read More

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Uber Eats couriers in Europe to be offered free accident and sickness insurance

Uber has announced it‘s launching a free insurance package for independent couriers delivering food for its Uber Eats business in nine European markets. It says all couriers with an active account in the covered markets will be able to take up the product free of charge. Read More

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Australia‘s Airwallex raises 6M to grow its cross-border payment business

Airwallex, an Australia-based fintech startup that helps banks and businesses handle cross-border transactions at scale, has closed a 6 million investment ahead of a planned Series B next year. The new funding comes fromSquare Peg a VC firm located in Melbourne, the same city as Airwallex HQ which joinsTencent,MasterCard, Gobi Ventures and Sequoia China as backers of Read More

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Loot, the digital current account aimed at students and millennials, banks 2.2M Series A

There are two types of competition for us at Loot: the banks and the money management apps, Loot founder Ollie Purdue tells me. The U.K. startup, founded in 2014 while now 24 year old Purdue was finishing up university, offers a digital-only current account aimed at students and millennials. It comes with a Mastercard and mobile app, with a particular focus on spending insights Read More

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Google is using light beam tech to connect rural India to the internet

Google is preparing to use light beams to bring rural areas of the planet online after it announced to a planned rollout in India. The firm is working with a telecom operator in Indian stateAndhra Pradesh, home to over 50 million people, to useFree Space Optical Communications (FSOC), a technology that uses beams of light to deliver high-speed, high-capacity connectivity over long Read More

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Go-Jek buys three startups to advance its mobile payment business

Go-Jek, the company leading Uber and Grab in Southeast Asia‘s largest market, has bagged a hattrick of deals to advance its mobile payment strategy. Indonesia-based Go-Jek revealed it has acquired offline payment firmKartuku, payment gatewayMidtrans and payment and lending networkMapan for undisclosed sums. The company started out in 2015 offering a ride-hailing service for Read More

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Crunch Report | FCC Kills Net Neutrality

The FCC kills net neutrality, Snapchat launches Lens Studio and Squarespace reportedly raises 200 million. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

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The difference between good and bad Facebooking

Social media is a clumsy term that entangles enriching social interaction with mindless media consumption. It‘s a double-edged sword whose sides aren‘t properly distinguished. Taken as a whole, we can‘t decide if it brings the world closer together like Facebook‘s new mission statement says, or leaves us depressed and isolated. Read More

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With just one day left in open enrollment, companies turn to Stride Health for help

The compressed timelines of this year‘s open enrollment period for government-mandated healthcare have left some companies in the lurch, and as the final hours to enroll tick by, they‘ve turned to the startup company Stride Health for help. Stride manages a number of different tax and healthcare-related information for customers. Read More

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Ex-Zynga execs raise 15 million for their new gaming studio, Manticore Games

In the eight years since Frederic Descamps and Jordan Maynard launched their last gaming startup, the industry they helped shape now brings in more than 100 billion in revenues globally. There‘s been a resurgence in gaming on PCs. User-generated content has produced a string of wildly popular hits. Those trends are exactly what the two are hoping to harness with Manticore Games. Read More

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What telecoms and tech companies are saying about the FCC‘s net neutrality decision

The FCC just voted to eliminate the net neutrality rules established by 2015‘s Open Internet Order. The blowback has been predictably sudden from many prominent internet companies that are decrying the commission‘s decision. Just as pronounced, however, has been the support from prominent telecoms which expressed enthusiasm for the FCC‘s vote today‘s. Here‘s what Read More

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Uber investor Shervin Pishevar resigns from Sherpa Capital

Hyperloop One co-founder and early Uber investor Shervin Pishevar has announced his resignation from Sherpa Capital, the venture capital firm he co-founded, following sexual misconduct allegations. I have decided on my own accord to end my association with Sherpa Capital, effective immediately, Pishevar tweeted, as part of a lengthy statement. I have only admiration and affection Read More

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Apple launches its podcast analytics service into beta

At WWDC this year, Apple announced it would soon offer its own podcast analytics service for show creators who publish on iTunes. Today, that service has launched into beta, offering podcasters the ability to track unique devices and playback metrics for their podcasts, including when listeners drop off in the middle of a show. This sort of client-side data is something podcasters have wanted Read More

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Shervin Pishevar resigns from Sherpa Capital

Hyperloop One co-founder and early Uber investor Shervin Pishevar has announced his resignation from Sherpa Capital, the venture capital firm he co-founded, following sexual misconduct allegations. I have decided on my own accord to end my association with Sherpa Capital, effective immediately, he tweeted. The full statement is here: I just made the following announcement. Read More

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Y Combinator is zeroing in on bigger, breakaway companies with a new growth-stage program

Y Combinator famously funds a lot of companies, but there‘s always more it could be doing, said its president, Sam Altman, in an interview with TechCrunch this fall. I do think startups are a super important vehicle to make things happen in the world today and I think we are nowhere near the limit of how many we can help. Altman had added that YC is always Read More

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A timeline of the FCC‘s quest to destroy net neutrality

The FCC voted today to roll back the strong net neutrality rules established under the Obama administration in 2015. It‘s distressing but at this point no longer surprising FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and his partisan pals have been working essentially since the election to accomplish this dubious goal. Here‘s how it all went down over the last year. Read More

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Edge Mobile Payments buys what‘s left of Plastc in hopes that there‘s still life left in smart cards

The death of Plastc back in April looked to many like the final nail in the smart card coffin. After all, the news came only a few months after the space‘s other big player, Coin, called it quits. Of course, the loss of Coin wasn‘t totally in vain the company was ultimately purchased by Fitbit. Now Plastc is getting a second lease on life of sorts. Read More

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Apple Maps gets indoor mapping for more than 30 airports

As of this morning, Apple Maps has expanded to include indoor layouts of 30 airports across the globe. The company has primarily hit American cities thus far, covering what looks to be most of the big cities across the contiguous U.S. There are some key international airports, as well, including Hong Kong, Amsterdam, Geneva, London, Berlin and a handful of Canadian locations. Read More

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Chromecast is back on Amazon

Amazon will once again allow sales of Apple TV and Google Chromecast on its site, after banning them two years ago in an effort to promote its own Fire TV hardware to online shoppers. The addition of Apple TV is not surprising - Amazon and Apple came to an agreement earlier this year that included the launch of the Amazon Prime Video app for Apple TV, and the return of the Apple TV to Read More

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New York Attorney General announces a multi-state lawsuit challenging the net neutrality vote

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, a leading voice in the fight against the FCC‘s net neutrality rules repeal, has stepped forward with one of the first legal challenges to the commission‘s controversial vote. Citing his investigation into the FCC‘s public comments process preceding the vote, Schneiderman declared his office‘s intention to sue to stop Read More

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Taylor Swift‘s new app, The Swift Life, is out now

In the midst of an reputational makeover, Taylor Swift is debuting a brand new app called The Swift Life. The app is a dedicated social network for Swift‘s fans, letting them communicate with each other as well as get exclusive pictures, video, news and more direct from T-Swift herself. And they can communicate with Swift, too. Using an extremely rare and valuable Taymoji’ Read More

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FCC votes to repeal net neutrality

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The FCC just repealed net neutrality. What happens next?

The FCC voted this morning 3:2 to nullify 2015‘s Open Internet Order and its strong net neutrality rules, substituting a flimsy replacement with a deeply (and deliberately) incorrect technical justification. The battle is lost. What of the war? Here‘s what happens next, and what you can do to help. Read More

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Google AI helped find the first solar system outside our own with 8 planets

Google and NASA today announced the discovery of a new planet in solar system Kepler 90, achieved using machine learning. By applying neural networking to Kepler data, scientists have found, for the first time, an eighth planet in the Kepler-90 system - this ties the Kepler-90 system with our own system for the most planets in any known system. Kepler-90 i is the new planet discovered Read More

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