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African credit-led fintech Finclusion raises additional capital amidst rebrand

African credit-led neobank Finclusion Group has raised an additional $2 million in equity financing as it officially rebrands to Fin, the company said in a statement shared with TechCrunch.  The news

Autonomous and electric truck company Einride raises $500M in equity and debt

Einride today announced a $500 million tranche of financing as it looks to expand its autonomous and electric trucks into new markets globally. The cash injection constitutes an equity-based $200 mill

Uber and Motional launch robotaxi service in Las Vegas

Uber and Motional, the Hyundai-Aptiv joint venture focused on commercializing self-driving technology, have launched a robotaxi service in Las Vegas — the first step in the companies’ 10-y

WhatsApp starts rolling out 3D avatars

WhatsApp has started rolling out 3D avatars for its users around the globe that can be used as profile photos or custom stickers — months after their debut on Instagram, Facebook and Messenger. On W

Harbor Lab secures €6.1M to make shipping dock more easily and cheaply

When a ship goes into a commercial port, there are lots of port call-related costs. These are called things like ‘disbursements’ and ‘port call expenses’. They can include, port dues, towage a

FTX marked down Chipper Cash’s $2B valuation to $1.25B

African fintech Chipper Cash saw its valuation slashed from $2 billion to $1.25 billion before FTX’s bankruptcy, according to documents shared by the Financial Times on Alameda’s venture c

Chrome is adding shortcuts to easily search for tabs, bookmarks, and history from the address bar

Google is making it easier for users to search for tabs, bookmarks, and history from the address bar with new shortcuts. You can now type @tabs, @bookmarks, or @history to begin searching for websites

Atomico report: European startups on track to raise $85B this year, down from $100B+ in 2021

Startups across Europe are on track to raise $85 billion in funding this year — a drop of $15 billion on 2021 when funding passed $100 billion, according to a new report published today. The fig

India’s nationwide 5G rollout plan could hit turbulence due to aircraft interference concerns

India just started rolling out 5G networks after much anticipation and years-long delay. Service operators expect to bring next-generation cellular connectivity to every town in the world’s seco

India’s Blume Ventures more than doubles in size, raises over $250 million for new fund

Indian venture firm Blume has raised over $250 million for a new fund, its fourth and largest, as it looks to get more aggressive in courting early-stage startups and going deeper into supporting its

As its fashion empire booms, Shein wants an ESG makeover

Shein, the world’s largest fashion ecommerce site, has taken significant steps to ramp up its environmental, social, and governance — or ESG — efforts. But responsible fast fashion s

American Battery Factory’s first ‘gigafactory’ inches toward reality

American Battery Factory’s big plan to build a bunch of, erm, American battery factories got a jolt Tuesday when Tucson, Arizona, gave the company the go-ahead to locate its first plant near th

Daily Crunch: Lensa AI can transform Photoshopped fakes into nonconsensual pornography 

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Meta won’t let staff discuss topics like abortion, gun control and vaccines at work

Meta employees were told that they should not discuss sensitive issues like abortion, gun control, pending legislation and vaccine efficacy at work. Fortune reported on these changes, citing a leaked

Fintech unicorn valuations have fallen hard in 2022

While most fintech unicorns are still garnering impressive valuations, the sector's hype from last year has started to fade.

Bosch shuts down its app store for AI-powered, internet-connected cameras

In 2018, appliance conglomerate Bosch created a startup, Security and Safety Things (or “SAST” for short), whose stated mission was to develop a platform to help developers create software

A data-driven duo just raised roughly $350M to fund seed-stage startups with metrics

Nnamdi Okike and Aaron Holiday trust data over the kind of pattern matching that most VCs swear by. It’s not surprising, given their backgrounds. Before launching their venture firm, 645 Venture

FTX and Alameda’s massive investments will take a long time to unwind from crypto industry

FTX and Alameda Research had their hands in a bunch of different startups. The depth of its roster of investments wasn’t very transparent until now.

Vietnamese luxury EV-maker VinFast files to go public on Nasdaq

Vietnamese electric vehicle maker VinFast has filed for an initial public offering in the United States, the company said Tuesday. Shares will be listed on the Nasdaq under the ticker “VFS.&#822

Prisma Labs, maker of Lensa AI, says it is working to prevent accidental generation of nudes

We recently uncovered that Lensa AI can be tricked into creating NSFW images. When TechCrunch made the Prisma team aware of its findings, the company’s CEO replied with its findings. Prisma Lab&
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