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‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ and the limits of today’s game economies

‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ and the limits of today’s game economies Kaiser Hwang Contributor Share on Twitter Kaiser Hwang is a longtime member of the games community and a vice president at Forte, an organization building an open economic platform for games. “Animal Crossing: New Horizons” is a bonafide wonder. The game […]

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Google and Walmart’s PhonePe establish dominance in India’s mobile payments market as WhatsApp Pay struggles to launch

Google and Walmart’s PhonePe establish dominance in India’s mobile payments market as WhatsApp Pay struggles to launch In India, it’s Google and Walmart-owned PhonePe that are racing neck-and-neck to be the top player in the mobile payments market, while Facebook remains mired in a regulatory maze for WhatsApp Pay’s rollout. In May, […]

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Alipay owner Ant Financial takes minority stake in Klarna

Alipay owner Ant Financial takes minority stake in Klarna Some big moves in the payments platform space: Ant Financial Group, the owner of China’s Alipay payment platform has announced it’s taking a minority stake in Swedish payments platform Klarna — which has a strong European presence and a flagship product that lets […]

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Nigeria’s Paga acquires Apposit, confirms Mexico and Ethiopia expansion

Nigeria’s Paga acquires Apposit, confirms Mexico and Ethiopia expansion Nigerian digital payments startup Paga has acquired Apposit, a software development company based in Ethiopia, for an undisclosed amount. That’s just part of Paga’s news. The Lagos based startup will also launch its payment products in Mexico this year and in Ethiopia imminently, CEO […]

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African fintech firm Flutterwave raises $35M, partners with Worldpay

African fintech firm Flutterwave raises M, partners with Worldpay San Francisco and Lagos-based fintech startup Flutterwave has raised a $35 million Series B round and announced a partnership with Worldpay FIS for payments in Africa. With the funding, Flutterwave will invest in technology and business development to grow market share in existing operating countries, […]

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Jumia, DHL, and Alibaba will face off in African ecommerce 2.0

Jumia, DHL, and Alibaba will face off in African ecommerce 2.0 The business of selling consumer goods and services online is a relatively young endeavor across Africa, but ecommerce is set to boom. Over the last eight years, the sector has seen its first phase of big VC fundings, startup duels and […]

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2019 Africa Roundup: Jumia IPOs, China goes digital, Nigeria becomes fintech capital

2019 Africa Roundup: Jumia IPOs, China goes digital, Nigeria becomes fintech capital 2019 brought more global attention to Africa’s tech scene than perhaps any previous year. A high profile IPO, visits by both Jacks (Ma and Dorsey), and big Chinese startup investment energized that. The last 12 months served as a grande […]

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Who will the winners be in the future of fintech?

Who will the winners be in the future of fintech? Nik Milanovic Contributor Share on Twitter Nik Milanovic is a fintech and financial inclusion enthusiast, with a decade of work across mobile payments, online lending, credit and microfinance. More posts by this contributor Fintech’s next decade will look radically different Libra’s critics […]

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China Roundup: facial recognition lawsuit and cashless payments for foreigners

China Roundup: facial recognition lawsuit and cashless payments for foreigners Hello and welcome back to TechCrunch’s China Roundup, a digest of recent events shaping the Chinese tech landscape and what they mean to people in the rest of the world. This week, a lawsuit sparked a debate over the deployment of China’s […]

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The emergence of super apps in Latin America

The emergence of super apps in Latin America Thiago Paiva Contributor Share on Twitter Thiago Paiva is a fintech entrepreneur, writer and investor. He is the co-founder of Liquia Digital Assets, an investment platform for international investments using blockchain technology. The super apps WeChat and Alipay became an integral part of the […]

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