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India scrambles to curb PhonePe and Google’s dominance in mobile payments

The National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), the governing body overseeing the country’s widely used Unified Payments Interface (UPI) mobile payment system, is set to engage with various f

Flatpay rings up $47M to target smaller merchants with simple payment solutions

Flatpay plans to use the money to expand into new markets in Europe and to build out more products alongside the point-of-sale and card terminals that it sells today.

Former top SpaceX exec Tom Ochinero sets up new VC firm, filings reveal

Former senior SpaceX executive Tom Ochinero is teaming up with SpaceX alum-turned-VC Achal Upadhyaya and one of Sequoia’s top finance leaders, Spencer Hemphill, on a new venture called Interlagos Ca

FLO is improving EV charging infrastructure

Founded by Louis Tremblay, FLO is looking to build robust EV charging infrastructure that will create a reliable web for drivers to get to where they need to go.

Waymo begins robotaxi testing in Atlanta

Waymo, the self-driving company under Alphabet, began testing its robotaxis in Atlanta on Tuesday, adding another city to its ever-expanding testing and deployment domain. Over the next few months, Wa

Tesla ditches EV inventory price discounts as Elon Musk moves to ‘streamline’ sales and delivery

Tesla has ended discounts on inventory across its electric vehicle lineup — even as sales for EVs have flagged — as part of a larger and vague plan by CEO Elon Musk to “streamline th

HR startup Rippling is in discussions to raise at a $13.4B valuation, up from $11.25B

Late-stage HR tech startup Rippling is raising new capital. The company’s new round, which has not yet closed, would inject $200 million into Rippling with another $670 million worth of shares being

Space startups are licking their lips after NASA converts $11B Mars mission into a free-for-all

Considering how heavily both primes and space startups have been investing in interplanetary capability, this announcement arguably amounts to a historic windfall.

Kickstarter launches preorders for completed campaigns

Once a Kickstarter campaign is complete, you need to turn to a creator’s own page to preorder the products — that is, until now. Today, Kickstarter announced that it is (finally!) includin

Intel and others commit to building open generative AI tools for the enterprise

Intel and other tech heavyweights say they'll work together to build open generative AI tools for businesses, as part of a new Linux Foundation organization.

A crypto wallet maker’s warning about an iMessage bug sounds like a false alarm

A crypto wallet maker claimed this week that hackers may be targeting people with an iMessage “zero-day” exploit — but all signs point to an exaggerated threat, if not a downright scam.

Trump’s Truth Social plans to launch a live TV streaming platform

The streaming service will launch in three phases and will focus on "news networks" and "religious channels," as well as "family-friendly" offerings.

Betaworks bets on AI agents in latest ‘Camp’ cohort

Betaworks is embracing the AI trend not with yet another LLM, but instead a clutch of agent-type models automating everyday tasks that nevertheless aren’t so simple to define. The investor&#8217

Apple will now let users in the EU download apps through web sites, not just the App Store

Apple is opening up web distribution for iOS apps targeting users in the European Union starting Tuesday. Developers who opt in — and who meet Apple’s criteria, including app notarization requ

Bay Bridge Ventures is raising $200M for a new climate fund, filings show

Bay Bridge Ventures' fundraising efforts come at a time when venture investors appear to be increasingly bullish on climate tech.

Evolution Equity Partners raises $1.1B for new cybersecurity and AI fund

Evolution Equity Partners, a growth capital firm based in NYC, has raised $1.1 billion for a new cyber- and AI-focused fund.

Investors and founders can meet their match with Cherub, the ‘Raya of angel investing’

Jaclyn Johnson and Angeline Vuong were on a hike deliberating how hard it can be for people to get started in angel investing when they realized they had stumbled upon a startup idea.  Today they are

Consumer tech investing is still hot for Maven Ventures, securing $60M for Fund IV

Overall, 16% of Maven’s portfolio companies have reached a minimum $500 million exit or valuation, which is 10x industry average, the firm said.

TechCrunch Minute: Why Tesla’s big layoffs happened, and what comes next

Tesla’s layoffs and executive departures took a bite out of its share price this week. The well-known electric vehicle company shed around 10% of its staff, impacting an estimated 14,000 people

Silicon Valley artist Danielle Baskin launches Moonlight, an online tarot platform

You might know Bay Area artist Danielle Baskin for her viral, immersive art installations and jokes. Her newest project, Moonlight, is certainly not a joke, but she still finds her characteristic whim
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