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Startups Weekly: Chinese investors double down on African startups

Startups Weekly: Chinese investors double down on African startups Hello and welcome back to Startups Weekly, a weekend newsletter that dives into the week’s noteworthy startups and venture capital news. Before I jump into today’s topic, let’s catch up a bit. Last week, I wrote about Airbnb’s issues. Before that, I noted […]

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China Roundup: Alibaba’s Hong Kong listing and Tencent’s new fuel

China Roundup: Alibaba’s Hong Kong listing and Tencent’s new fuel 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 earnings season is here. This week, long-time archrivals in the Chinese […]

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PalmPay launches in Nigeria on $40M round led by China’s Transsion

PalmPay launches in Nigeria on M round led by China’s Transsion Africa focused payment startup PalmPay has launched in Nigeria after raising a $40 million seed-round led by Chinese mobile-phone maker Transsion. The investment came via Transsion’s Tecno subsidiary, with participation from China’s NetEase and Taiwanese wireless comms hardware firm Mediatek — […]

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China Roundup: Xi’s power on bitcoin, the rise of Alibaba’s new rival

China Roundup: Xi’s power on bitcoin, the rise of Alibaba’s new rival Welcome back to TechCrunch’s China roundup, a digest of the latest events that happened at major Chinese tech companies and what they mean to tech founders and executives around the world. Alibaba’s nemesis Alibaba’s new rival is shaking up China’s […]

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Alibaba acquires NetEase Kaola in deal worth $2 billion

Alibaba acquires NetEase Kaola in deal worth billion Alibaba Group said today it has acquired NetEase Kaola for $2 billion and will integrate it into Tmall, creating the largest cross-border e-commerce platform in China. The announcement follows weeks of media reports about a potential deal, which was said to have stalled in […]

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Alibaba reportedly near finalizing a deal to acquire NetEase’s cross-border e-commerce unit

Alibaba reportedly near finalizing a deal to acquire NetEase’s cross-border e-commerce unit After weeks of media reports, Alibaba may finally be nearing an agreement to acquire NetEase’s cross-border e-commerce unit, Kaola. Chinese tech news website 36kr reports that a deal may be announced as early as this week and is expected to […]

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China silences podcast and music apps as online crackdown widens

China silences podcast and music apps as online crackdown widens Audio apps are flying high in China. In 2018, online listeners in the country grew 22.1% to surpass 400 million, at a rate far exceeding that of the mobile video and e-reading populations, according to market researcher iiMedia. But the fledgling sector […]

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Nuro CEO Dave Ferguson at TC Sessions: Mobility on July 10 in San Jose

Nuro CEO Dave Ferguson at TC Sessions: Mobility on July 10 in San Jose Autonomous delivery startup Nuro, fresh with nearly $1 billion in capital from SoftBank, is bursting with ideas — as some recent patent filings (and our recent deep dive into the company) suggest. And we can’t wait to learn […]

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JD.com shares take off despite slowing revenue growth

JD.com shares take off despite slowing revenue growth Shares of JD.com, the Chinese e-commerce service that rivals Alibaba, are on the rise today after the online retailer announced better than expected results for Q4 2018, bucking uncertainty around tech companies in China. The company reported net revenue of RMB 134.8 billion ($219.6 […]

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Alibaba challenger Pinduoduo is bringing imported goods to rural homes

Alibaba challenger Pinduoduo is bringing imported goods to rural homes Pinduoduo, the latest challenger to China’s ecommerce dominators Alibaba and JD.com, wants to bring affordable, imported items to shoppers in China’s smaller cities and rural areas. The three-year-old Tencent-backed ecommerce upstart is recruiting importers to set up shop on its marketplace, shows […]

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