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Opera’s Africa fintech startup OPay gains $120M from Chinese investors

Opera’s Africa fintech startup OPay gains 0M from Chinese investors Africa focused fintech startup OPay has raised a $120 million Series B round backed by Chinese investors. Located in Lagos and founded by consumer internet company Opera, OPay will use the funds to scale in Nigeria and expand its payments product to […]

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TikTok tests social commerce

TikTok tests social commerce TikTok is beginning to dabble in social commerce. The short-form video app said it has started to allow some users to add links to e-commerce sites (or any other destination) to their profile biography as well as offer creators the ability to easily send their viewers to shopping […]

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Facebook’s new branding distinguishes app from acquisitions

Facebook’s new branding distinguishes app from acquisitions Facebook wants more people to know it owns Instagram, WhatsApp, and Oculus while still maintaining a distinct identity for its main app. So today Facebook launched a new capitalization and typography format for its company name, using all capital letters and a shifting color scheme […]

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India moves closer to regulating internet services as it fears ‘unimaginable disruption to democracy’

India moves closer to regulating internet services as it fears ‘unimaginable disruption to democracy’ India said on Monday that it is moving ahead with its plan to revise existing rules to regulate intermediaries — social media apps and others that rely on users to create their content — as they are causing […]

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New Vector scores $8.5M to plug more users into its open, decentralized messaging Matrix

New Vector scores .5M to plug more users into its open, decentralized messaging Matrix New Vector, a European startup founded in 2017 by the creators of an open, decentralized communications standard called Matrix to drive adoption and grow an ecosystem around an alternative messaging protocol for instant messaging and VoIP apps, has […]

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Facebook is being leant on by US, UK, Australia to ditch its end-to-end encryption expansion plan

Facebook is being leant on by US, UK, Australia to ditch its end-to-end encryption expansion plan Here we go again. Western governments are once again dialling up their attack on end-to-end encryption — calling for either no e2e encryption or backdoored e2e encryption so platforms can be commanded to serve state agents with […]

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India’s Fyle bags $4.5M to expand its expense management platform in US, other international markets

India’s Fyle bags .5M to expand its expense management platform in US, other international markets Fyle, a Bangalore-headquartered startup that operates an expense management platform, has extended its previous financing round to add $4.5 million of new investment as it looks to court more clients in overseas markets. The additional $4.5 million […]

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WhatsApp is testing a self-destructing messages feature

WhatsApp is testing a self-destructing messages feature WhatsApp users may soon get the ability to have their messages self-destruct after a set period of time. That’s according to a highly-reliable tipster who spotted the feature combing through the code of a beta version of the app. Twitter user WABetaInfo said on Tuesday […]

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Jobpal pockets $2.7M for its enterprise recruitment chatbot

Jobpal pockets .7M for its enterprise recruitment chatbot Berlin-based recruitment chatbot startup Jobpal has closed a €2.5 million (~$2.7M) seed round of funding from InReach Ventures and Acadian Ventures. The company, which was founded back in 2016, has built a cross-platform chatbot to automate candidate support and increase efficiency around hiring by […]

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An Indian startup that uses WhatsApp to serve thousands with chronic disease raises $5.5M seed round

An Indian startup that uses WhatsApp to serve thousands with chronic disease raises .5M seed round Another startup in India is cashing in on the popularity of WhatsApp, the most popular app in the country with more than 400 million users, to build a business around it. Digi-Prex is a seven-month old […]

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