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Instagram puts kids version ‘on ice’ after critical backlash

The head of Instagram has just announced that it’s “pausing” a planned version of the social media software aimed at under 13 year olds. The development comes hard of the heels of cr

Optimove raises $75M growth investment to manage customer-led journeys at scale

Optimove's customer relationship management marketing platform helps brands keep customers coming back.

Sea’s Shopee begins recruiting sellers in India, quietly launches website

Southeast Asian e-commerce giant Shopee, which recently expanded to several Latin American nations, appears to be preparing to launch in another international market: India. The company, owned by Sing

Flat6Labs closes $10M seed fund for Tunisian startups

Regional seed and early-stage venture capital firm, Flat6Labs, has finished raising $10 million for its seed fund targeted at Tunisian startups, according to a statement released by the company. The s

SenseOn nabs $20M for faster, more accurate cybersecurity detection and response via its ‘triangulation’ approach

As cybersecurity becomes a bigger and more complex problem for organizations, a startup aiming to increase its accuracy in fighting breaches — by bringing in an ever-wider funnel of data and van

Alpha Edison leads customer service platform Thankful’s $12M round

Customer service is thought of as “the caboose” of a business, but Thankful believes it should be the driver of a brand's post-purchase strategy.

The Station: Tesla rolls out its FSD beta button, delivery deals heat up, micromobility evolves

Hello readers: Welcome to The Station, your central hub for all past, present and future means of moving people and packages from Point A to Point B. Aria and Rebecca have a lot to share this week, so

Frontify raises $50M for a collaborative cloud platform for organizations to manage and use their design and brand assets

The meteoric rise of collaborative design startup Canva — now valued at $40 billion — and conversely, the viral interest we’ve been seeing in the market for NFTs where you can &#8220

E-motorcycle maker Cake closes $60M round to scale production and retail sales

Swedish electric motorcycle manufacturer Cake has announced the close of a $60 million Series B that the company will use to help set up manufacturing facilities in Europe, North America and Asia, as

Swedish EV-maker Polestar to go public via SPAC at $20B valuation

Swedish electric vehicle maker Polestar reched an agreement to go public via special purpose acquisition with Gores Guggenheim Inc., The SPAC deal would give Polestar a valuation of $20 billion. The 

Signal, the encrypted messaging app, is currently down for many users (Update: it’s back)

Update 2: Signal is now back up for “99% of users,” according to its Twitter account. Update: In a tweet, Signal said the disruption is due to a hosting outage. Hold tight, folks! Signal i

Thailand’s fintech startup Ascend Money lands $150M at a $1.5B valuation

Ascend Money, the Thailand-based fintech startup behind TrueMoney, an e-wallet service, announced today it has raised a $150 million Series C round at a valuation of $1.5 billion. The Series C round w

Oraan raises $3M to increase financial inclusion among Pakistani women

After working as an investment banker in Canada for a decade, Halima Iqbal moved back to Pakistan in 2017 and quickly realized how difficult it is for women to access financial services. “I had a re

London’s Dice raises $122M at a $400M valuation for its intelligent event discovery and booking platform

Covid-19 really put the kibosh on live events in the last 18 months, but in the world of tech, it also meant that live event startups that found a way to survive and grow throughout the period got a l

Aspire raises $158M Series B to build a full-stack “financial operating system” for Southeast Asian businesses

Aspire, the Singapore-based neobank that wants to become an “end-to-end financial operating system” for Southeast Asian businesses, is moving closer to its aspirations with a $158 million Series B

Singapore-based logistics startup Ninja Van secures $578M Series E

Ninja Van, a Singapore-based logistics startup, has closed a $578 million Series E round to support its operations infrastructure and technology systems growth. Investors include China’s Alibaba Gro

China roundup: Meng Wanzhou’s release and Huawei’s future

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. On Friday, Huawei’s c

Facebook’s wearable glasses can succeed where Google Glass flopped

While Google tried to invent the design of its new glasses — using its imagination about what people wanted -- Facebook leveraged a design that already has some certainties around it.

This Week in Apps: PayPal launches ‘super app,’ Twitter adds crypto tips, Apple won’t take Fortnite back

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. The app industry continues to grow, with a

When the biggest Disruption is to just sit down and focus

Welcome to Startups Weekly, a fresh human-first take on this week’s startup news and trends. To get this in your inbox, subscribe here.  And just like that, TechCrunch Disrupt 2021 has come to an e
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