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PhonePe taps cross-border UPI payments in revenue push

Indians traveling to many foreign markets including the UAE and Singapore may soon be able to use the popular UPI payments to make purchases when they land there. Bengaluru-headquartered fintech giant

Twitter will stop forcing its algorithmic timeline on iOS and Android

The circle of Twitter decisions is complete. The social network will finally stop forcing its algorithmic “For You” timeline to users on iOS and Android. Twitter said that the apps will re

Tinder rolls out new safety features, including an Incognito Mode

Tinder is rolling out new features aimed at making it easier for users on the dating app to control how they interact with others. The new features, which are rolling out globally, were announced toda

Gameball raises $3.5M to scale its CRM platform for consumer brands

The uptake of customer relationship management (CRM) tools has grown immensely over the last few years such that the market size is expected to experience a 12.5% compound annual growth rate, and to b

Recycleye grabs $17M, calling plastic crisis a ‘tremendous business opportunity’

Highlighting the plastic industry’s infamous track record on recycling, London-based Recycleye says it raised $17 million in new funding led by “deep tech” investor DCVC. The startup

Apple execs on M2 chips, winning gamers and when to buy a Mac

Apple’s M series chips were incredibly well telegraphed when they arrived in late 2021. Apple had been designing its own silicon since the A4 appeared in the iPhone 4 just over a decade earlier.

‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ becomes the most-watched Marvel premiere on Disney+

Five days after getting its streaming debut on Disney+, “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” is now the most-watched Marvel premiere on Disney+ based on hours streamed within the first five days, the

FRIDA’s robot arm attempts to bring DALL-E-style AI art to real-world canvases

One could make a very reasonable argument that FRIDA (Framework and Robotics Initiative for Developing Arts) is as much a thought experiment as it is a research project. Certainly it butts up against

Daily Crunch: Bitcoin-demanding cybercriminals use bug from 2021 to initiate global ransomware attack 

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EV maker VinFast downsizes in US, Canada

Vietnamese electric vehicle maker VinFast is cutting jobs in the United States and Canada as part of a restructuring that will merge operations across the two countries. The restructuring comes as Vin

Modular eel robots combine soft and rigid components

Here’s an interesting comment from MIT’s Alfonso Parra Rubio, “Treating soft versus hard robotics is a false dichotomy.” For, I suppose, obvious reasons, thinking around technology tends to be

ShareWell wants to scale mental health support with its 10,000 support groups

Therapists — if you can even find one that takes your insurance or new clients — can add a layer of sadness to your wallet even as you’re trying to rectify your own mental health wob

AI-generated ‘Seinfeld’ suspended on Twitch for AI-generated transphobic jokes

After charming the internet (and us) with its absurdist nature, the AI-generated “Seinfeld”-spoof “Nothing, Forever” was suspended from Twitch for 14 days. As part of its parod

Even as cloud infrastructure market growth slows, Microsoft continues to gain on Amazon

It was a rough quarter for the cloud infrastructure market as companies looked for ways to cut back on spending in an uncertain economy. When you combine that with the strong dollar and a weak Chinese

Wikipedia unblocked in Pakistan after Prime Minister’s intervention

Pakistan has unblocked Wikipedia in the South Asian market, three days after the online encyclopedia was censored in the nation over noncompliance with removing what the local regulator deemed as “s

Even well-funded fintech companies are laying off workers

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Binance acquires majority stake in Korean crypto exchange GOPAX

Binance Holdings plans to return to South Korea after pulling out of the market in 2021. The world’s largest cryptocurrency trading platform by volume said it had acquired a majority stake in S

Quora opens its new AI chatbot app Poe to the general public

Q&A platform Quora has opened up public access to its new AI chatbot app, Poe, which lets users ask questions and get answers from a range of AI chatbots, including those from ChatGPT maker, OpenA

SoftBank’s vibe shift is using silence loudly

Welcome back to Equity, the podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. It’s February, and that means two things: you can stop wishing p
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