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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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China Roundup: Tencent’s new US gaming studio and WeChat’s new paywall

China Roundup: Tencent’s new US gaming studio and WeChat’s new paywall 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. The spotlight this week is back on Tencent, which has made […]

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Chinese podcasting and audio content app Lizhi debuts on Nasdaq

Chinese podcasting and audio content app Lizhi debuts on Nasdaq Lizhi, one of China’s biggest audio content apps, is debuting on Nasdaq today under the ticker symbol LIZI. It is the first of its major competitors, Ximalaya and Dragonfly, to go public (though Ximalaya is expected to also list in the United […]

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Joby Aviation raises $590 million led by Toyota to launch an electric air taxi service

Joby Aviation raises 0 million led by Toyota to launch an electric air taxi service Joby Aviation has raised a $590 million Series C round of funding, including $394 million from lead investor Toyota Motor Corporation, the company announced today. Joby is in the process of developing an electric air taxi service, […]

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Mobileye takes aim at Waymo

Mobileye takes aim at Waymo Mobileye has built a multi-billion-dollar business supplying automakers with computer vision technology that powers advanced driver assistance systems. It’s a business that last year generated nearly $1 billion in sales for the company. Today, 54 million vehicles on the road are using Mobileye’s computer vision technology. In […]

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US patents hit record 333,530 granted in 2019; IBM, Samsung (not the FAANGs) lead the pack

US patents hit record 333,530 granted in 2019; IBM, Samsung (not the FAANGs) lead the pack We may have moved on from a nearly-daily cycle of news involving tech giants sparring in courts over intellectual property infringement, but patents continue to be a major cornerstone of how companies and people measure their […]

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Tesla surges past $500 on back of analyst upgrade, China momentum

Tesla surges past 0 on back of analyst upgrade, China momentum Today in regular trading, shares of American electric car manufacturer Tesla surged past the $500 mark. Tesla, perhaps the most famous electric vehicle company in the world, has had tumultuous last twelve months on the public markets. The company’s shares have […]

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China Roundup: WeChat’s new focus on monetization

China Roundup: WeChat’s new focus on monetization 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. At the beginning of each year, a large crowd of developers, content creators and digitally-savvy […]

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Cross-border investments aren’t dead, they’re getting smarter

Cross-border investments aren’t dead, they’re getting smarter Yohei Nakajima Contributor Share on Twitter Yohei Nakajima is an investor at Scrum Ventures, an early-stage venture capital fund based in San Francisco, and Senior Vice President at Scrum Studio, helping global corporations connect and work with innovative startups. In recent years, the venture capital […]

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Lucky coffee, unicorn stumbles, and Sam Altman’s YC wager

Lucky coffee, unicorn stumbles, and Sam Altman’s YC wager Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week we had TechCrunch’s Alex Wilhelm and Danny Crichton on hand to dig into the news, with Chris Gates on the dials and more […]

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