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First we SPAC, then we take down AWS

The plan is simple: First, we create a knockoff of a popular digital service. Second, we cry political persecution. Third, we raise a bunch of money with a SPAC. And then, we take on AWS.

Facebook Messenger is testing a new ‘Split Payments’ feature in the U.S.

Facebook Messenger announced today that it’s starting to test out a new “Split Payments” feature that introduces a way for users to share the cost of bills and expenses through the a

Square’s Better.com name Block is Butter-y smooth

Hello and welcome back to Equity, a podcast about the business of startups where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. It’s Friday, which means the whole crew was aboard for th

Vinehealth, offering digital support for cancer patients and SaaS for R&D, gets $5.5M to launch in the US

Vinehealth, a 2018-founded, London-based digital health startup that’s built an app which offers personalized support for cancer patients while also making it easier to gather patient-reported o

TechCrunch+ roundup: Singapore’s fintech buzz, SaaS slump, amplified marketing strategies

Bret Taylor is on a roll: On Monday, he became the chair of Twitter’s board, and a day later, Salesforce made him its co-CEO and co-chair. Enterprise reporter Ron Miller looked back at Taylor’s ca

Why Pinduoduo is putting all its profit into agriculture

For the past few years, Pinduoduo has been widely regarded as Alibaba’s strongest challenger. While Alibaba reported 863 million annual active consumers across its retail platforms in the twelve

Umamicart bags $6M to deliver traditional Asian ingredients right to your home

Umamicart aims to be a one-stop shop for home cooks, offering staple products and pantry essentials, recipe inspirations and occasion-specific kits.

Norrsken Foundation’s hub opens in Rwanda, to house 1,000 entrepreneurs by next year

In 2019, Swedish coworking space and investment fund Norrsken Foundation announced the launch of its first entrepreneurship hub outside the Scandinavian nation in Rwanda. The center, located in Kigali

South African crowd-solving startup Zindi building a community of data scientists and using AI to solve real world problems

Zindi is all about using AI to solve real world problems for companies and individuals. And the South Africa-based crowd-solving startup has done that over the last three years they have been in exist

Porsche invests in German startup aiming to be a one-stop shop for carbon neutral homes

Porsche’s venture arm has taken a minority stake in 1Komma5, a five-month-old German startup aiming to offer households everything needed for a carbon neutral home, including energy storage, cha

China’s ride-hailing giant is delisting from the New York Stock Exchange

China’s ride-hailing behemoth Didi has begun the procedure of delisting from the New York Stock Exchange and applying to list in Hong Kong instead, the company announced via a Weibo post on Frid

Our new hybrid lives: Tactile virtual experiences and hardware that lives with us

It’s time we started thinking about our devices as objects to keep and care for, repairing and refurbishing things like phones and computers to keep up with the latest advancements.

Judging by the future, not the past, Stride takes steps to turn student finance upside down

If you’re trying to get a mortgage or an auto loan, banks will put on their judging glasses and look into your past. Makes sense; it’s a reasonably reliable indicator as to whether you&#82

Oura Ring 3 review

I admit I was thinking about the Oura Ring incorrectly. I was thinking of the device as an alternative to my Apple Watch. I suppose this is true, in the vaguest sense — likely for most people, i

Daily Crunch: After a transitional year, Apple announces its 2021 App Store Award winners

Hello friends and welcome to Daily Crunch, bringing you the most important startup, tech and venture capital news in a single package.

FTC sues to block NVIDIA’s purchase of ARM

NVIDIA's plan to acquire ARM just hit a major stumbling block: The FTC has sued to block the merger over concerns the $40 billion deal would "stifle" competition for multiple technologies.

Grab’s SPAC splat caps off a bad week for blank-check combinations

What goes up must come down. And what goes SPAC must go splat? We’ll keep workshopping that. Regardless, shares of super app Grab took a pounding today after its SPAC combination was approved la

Gillmor Gang: Get Better Back

In a discussion about culture versus history on this edition of the Gang, Denis Pombriant invokes the Beatles as examples of agents of change that used rock and roll to alter the arc of history. &#822

NASA awards Blue Origin, Nanoracks, Northrop Grumman over $400M in contracts to avoid space station gap

Just two days after officially (and quietly) confirming that it intends to replace the International Space Station with a commercial station by 2030, NASA has awarded over $400 million in agreements t

Here’s a first look at the new Polestar SUV and how it fits in the automaker’s three-year plan

From its motorsport beginnings to today, Swedish electric automaker Polestar has come a long way. According to CEO Thomas Ingenlath, the Volvo spin-off is just getting started. Ingenlath, along with m
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