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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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Aluminum packaging is coming for your water as Coca-Cola’s Dasani brand takes the plunge

Aluminum packaging is coming for your water as Coca-Cola’s Dasani brand takes the plunge Coca Cola’s Dasani brand is the latest company pitching bottled water to go the aluminum can route. It’s part of a broader rejiggering of the water brand’s plans to use mostly recycled material for their water bottles by […]

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Netflix is pursuing more interactive content, including, maybe, a rom-com

Netflix is pursuing more interactive content, including, maybe, a rom-com On the heels of its groundbreaking foray into interactive storytelling with the choose-your-own-adventure style “Black Mirror” episode, Bandersnatch, Netflix will look to produce much more interactive entertainment, according to vice president of content, Todd Yellin. Speaking at the FICCI-Frames conference for Indian […]

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Facebook won’t let you opt-out of its phone number ‘look up’ setting

Facebook won’t let you opt-out of its phone number ‘look up’ setting Users are complaining that the phone number Facebook hassled them to use to secure their account with two-factor authentication has also been associated with their user profile — which anyone can use to “look up” your profile. Worse, Facebook doesn’t […]

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Revolut CFO resigns following money laundering controversy

Revolut CFO resigns following money laundering controversy This hasn’t been a good week for challenger bank Revolut . The company, which offers digital banking services and is valued at $1.7 billion, confirmed today that embattled CFO Peter O’Higgins has resigned and left the business. The startup and O’Higgins have been under pressure […]

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Indian state government leaks thousands of Aadhaar numbers

Indian state government leaks thousands of Aadhaar numbers A lapse in security has led to the leaking of over a hundred thousand Aadhaar numbers, TechCrunch can reveal. One of the web systems used to record attendance of government workers for the Indian state of Jharkhand was left exposed and without a password […]

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Scooter startup Bird tried to silence a journalist. It did not go well.

Scooter startup Bird tried to silence a journalist. It did not go well. Cory Doctorow doesn’t like censorship. He especially doesn’t like his own work being censored. Anyone who knows Doctorow knows his popular tech and culture blog Boing Boing, and anyone who reads Boing Boing knows Doctorow and his cohort of […]

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Despite promises to stop, US cell carriers are still selling your real-time phone location data

Despite promises to stop, US cell carriers are still selling your real-time phone location data Last year, four of the largest U.S. cell carriers were caught selling and sending real-time location data of their customers to shady companies that sold it on to big spenders, who would use the data to track […]

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Twitter, those ‘verified’ bitcoin-pushing pillocks are pissing everyone off

Twitter, those ‘verified’ bitcoin-pushing pillocks are pissing everyone off Elon Musk’s tweets piss me off for two reasons. When he’s not accusing actual heroes of sex crimes or trolling the federal government, it’s what comes after that drives me batshit. The top reply to most of his tweets is some asshat impersonating […]

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Chilling effects

Chilling effects The removal of conspiracy enthusiast content by InfoWars brings us to an interesting and important point in the history of online discourse. The current form of Internet content distribution has made it a broadcast medium akin to television or radio. Apps distribute our cat pics, our workouts, and our YouTube rants […]

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