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Early bird savings end next Friday on tickets to Robotics+AI 2020

Early bird savings end next Friday on tickets to Robotics+AI 2020 TechCrunch Sessions: Robotics+AI 2020 is gearing up to be one amazing show. This annual day-long event draws the brightest minds and makers from these two industries — 1,500 attendees last year alone. And if you really want to make 2020 a […]

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Opera and the firm short-selling its stock (alleging Africa fintech abuses) weigh in

Opera and the firm short-selling its stock (alleging Africa fintech abuses) weigh in Internet services company Opera has come under a short-sell assault based on allegations of predatory lending practices by its fintech products in Africa. Hindenburg Research issued a report claiming (among other things) that Opera’s finance products in Nigeria and […]

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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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Rocket Lab’s first launch of 2020 is a mission for the National Reconnaissance Office

Rocket Lab’s first launch of 2020 is a mission for the National Reconnaissance Office Rocket Lab has announced its first mission for 2020 – a dedicated rocket launch on behalf of client the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) with a launch window that opens on January 31. The Electron rocket Rocket Lab […]

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Google’s Sundar Pichai doesn’t want you to be clear-eyed about AI’s dangers

Google’s Sundar Pichai doesn’t want you to be clear-eyed about AI’s dangers Alphabet and Google CEO, Sundar Pichai, is the latest tech giant kingpin to make a public call for AI to be regulated while simultaneously encouraging lawmakers towards a dilute enabling framework that does not put any hard limits on what […]

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Max Q: SpaceX succeeds with a spectacular Crew Dragon test launch

Max Q: SpaceX succeeds with a spectacular Crew Dragon test launch Max Q is a new weekly newsletter all about space. Sign up here to receive it weekly on Sundays in your inbox. We’re off and running with good milestones achieved for NASA’s commercial crew program, which means it’s more likely than […]

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Catalyst Fund gets $15M from JP Morgan, UK Aid to back 30 EM fintech startups

Catalyst Fund gets M from JP Morgan, UK Aid to back 30 EM fintech startups The Catalyst Fund has gained $15 million in new support from JP Morgan and UK Aid and will back 30 fintech startups in Africa, Asia, and Latin America over the next three years. The Boston based accelerator […]

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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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What we know (and don’t) about Goldman Sachs’ Africa VC investing

What we know (and don’t) about Goldman Sachs’ Africa VC investing Goldman Sachs is investing in African tech companies. The venerable American investment bank and financial services firm has backed startups from Kenya to Nigeria and taken a significant stake in e-commerce venture Jumia, which listed on the NYSE in 2019. Though […]

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