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Convoy raises $400 million to expand its on-demand trucking platform

Convoy raises 0 million to expand its on-demand trucking platform Convoy, the digital freight network that connects truckers with shippers, has raised $400 million in a Series D funding round as it aims to scale its business amid an increasingly competitive market. The funding round brings Convoy’s post-money valuation to $2.75 billion. […]

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Google enlists mobile security firms to help rid Google Play of bad Android apps

Google enlists mobile security firms to help rid Google Play of bad Android apps Google has partnered with mobile security firms ESET, Lookout and Zimperium to combat the scourge of malicious Android apps that sneak into the Google Play app store. The announcement came Wednesday, with each company confirming their part in […]

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Africa Roundup: Goldman leads $30M Twiga raise, China grows tech influence, Jumia weathers lockup-expiry

Africa Roundup: Goldman leads M Twiga raise, China grows tech influence, Jumia weathers lockup-expiry Kenya’s Twiga Foods raised a total of $30 million in October from lenders and investors led by Goldman Sachs. This adds to the list of African startups the U.S. financial firm has backed, including e-commerce venture Jumia and South […]

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Millions downloaded dozens of Android apps on Google Play infected with adware

Millions downloaded dozens of Android apps on Google Play infected with adware Security researchers have found dozens of Android apps in the Google Play store serving ads to unsuspecting victims as part of a money-making scheme. ESET researchers found 42 apps containing adware, which they say have been downloaded over 8 million […]

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Naspers Foundry is open for South African startup pitches, CEO says

Naspers Foundry is open for South African startup pitches, CEO says Naspers’ 1.4 billion rand (≈$100 million) VC fund to support South African startups — Naspers Foundry — is accepting pitches, after making its first investment in online cleaning services company SweepSouth. The funding initiative also has a new leader, Phuthi Mahanyele-Dabengwa, […]

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Google’s Play Store is giving an age-rating finger to Fleksy, a Gboard rival 🖕

Google’s Play Store is giving an age-rating finger to Fleksy, a Gboard rival 🖕 Platform power is a helluva a drug. Do a search on Google’s Play store in Europe and you’ll find the company’s own Gboard app has an age rating of PEGI 3 — aka the pan-European game information labelling […]

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Mercedes-Benz app glitch exposed car owners’ information to other users

Mercedes-Benz app glitch exposed car owners’ information to other users Mercedes-Benz car owners have said that the app they used to remotely locate, unlock and start their cars was displaying other people’s account and vehicle information. TechCrunch spoke to two customers who said the Mercedes-Benz’ connected car app was pulling in information […]

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Downloads need to rank No. 1 on App Store is down 30% since 2016 for apps, up 47% for games

Downloads need to rank No. 1 on App Store is down 30% since 2016 for apps, up 47% for games With the App Store’s big makeover in fall 2017, Apple attempted to shift consumers’ attention away from the Top Charts and more towards editorial content. But app developers still want to make […]

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8 million Android users tricked into downloading 85 adware apps from Google Play

8 million Android users tricked into downloading 85 adware apps from Google Play Dozens of Android adware apps disguised as photo editing apps and games have been caught serving ads that would take over users’ screens as part of a fraudulent money-making scheme. Security firm Trend Micro said it found 85 individual […]

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Apple is under formal antitrust probe in Russia

Apple is under formal antitrust probe in Russia Make way for another antitrust investigation into big tech. Step forward Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS), which has opened an official probe of Apple — following a complaint lodged in March by security company Kaspersky Labs. Kaspersky’s complaint to FAS followed a change in […]

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