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PayPal said to be exploring potential acquisition of Pinterest

In what would be a blockbuster acquisition, PayPal is reportedly exploring the purchase of social media company Pinterest, according to Bloomberg. According to the publication, San Jose, California-ba

The red flag meme is a red flag for accessibility

If you’ve been on Twitter lately, you’ve probably seen the red flag meme that’s going around — you quote a phrase that would be a “red flag” for someone to say to y

Muse’s latest meditation headband is designed to lull wearers back to sleep

Meditation hardware is a tricky thing. Anyone who’s been frustrated in the pursuit of mindfulness has no doubt longed for some way to short circuit — or, at very least, jumpstart — a pra

Countable brings in $12M for virtual brand communities

Countable is taking a cue from the positives of social media to build technology that nurtures more authentic communication and facilitates business and social outcomes.

Pinterest gets more TikTok-like with a ‘Watch’ tab for videos, announces $20M in creator rewards

Pinterest has been trying to reposition its business as a home to creators, not just a shopping inspiration site. Today, the company revealed its latest efforts on this front, which include more Snapc

Backblaze’s IPO shows it’s possible to go public sans mountains of VC cash

Did anyone else mostly forget that you can build IPO-ready software companies without utter truckloads of external cash? Here's a reminder.

What I learned after running my startup while traveling for a year

So what happens when a pandemic forces office shutdowns and a move to remote work for everyone? Great things, as it turns out.

WhatsApp rolls out ‘Collections’ to make it easier to shop

WhatsApp is launching a new feature called ‘Collections’ to make it easier for users to shop for items using categories. The Facebook-owned platform is rolling out catalog collections to small bus

UpEquity, a digital mortgage startup that makes all cash offers, secures $50M in debt and equity

UpEquity, a digital mortgage company that makes cash offers on a buyer’s behalf, announced today it has raised $20 million in equity funding and secured $30 in debt financing. S3 Ventures led the eq

Stampli, the invoice management platform, launches a digital card

Stampli, a SaaS company that streamlines corporate invoice management, has announced the launch of Stampli Card. The idea here is that some corporations sign on with vendors who only accept, or prefer

NerdWallet, Gen Z, and the value of the written word

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This is our Wednesday show, the time of the week when we niche down t

Walgreens will deploy Wing drone deliveries in the Dallas-Fort Worth area

Alphabet today announced that Walgreens is partnering with Wing to bring drone-based deliveries to a portion of Texas’s Dallas-Forth Worth region. The drugstore giant will be the first to take advan

Spotify partners with Shopify to add merch to artists’ profiles

Spotify this morning announced a new partnership with e-commerce platform provider Shopify that will allow artists on its service to connect their Spotify profiles with their Shopify stores, allowing

UK startup Healx to begin clinical trial on repositioned drug for Fragile X syndrome

There are currently no approved cures for Fragile X syndrome – the most common cause of inherited intellectual disability. At the moment, the treatments are designed to manage symptoms, from anxiet

Hex snags $16M Series A to keep building collaborative data workspace

Data is everywhere inside organizations, and employees are increasingly trying to find ways to put it to work to improve business outcomes. Hex, a startup that wants to simplify how data scientists an

Element Finance raises $32 million for its DeFi fixed rate protocol

Element Finance has raised a $32 million Series A round at a $320 million valuation. The company has been building a new DeFi (decentralized finance) protocol on top of the Ethereum blockchain. It let

Modern Age is on a mission to put people in the driver’s seat of their aging journey

Modern Age provides digital tools to help users demystify and understand their aging options, including telemedicine and in-person treatments.

Stripe acquires Recko, its first acquisition in India, to add reconciliation to its payment services stack

Stripe, the outsized fintech out of San Francisco that is valued at $95 billion, is making another acquisition to expand the services it offers alongside its core payments product. The company is acqu

Superplastic raises $20M to expand its cartoon influencer universe

A company from the creator of Ello and Kidrobot is announcing a new $20 million funding round to build out an imagined virtual world populated with deranged-yet-cute cartoon influencers. Superplastic&

Embrace grabs a new funding round amid unveiling of new mobile data intelligence software

Digital traffic worldwide is increasingly done through mobile devices, and Embrace is bringing visibility to that data to companies.
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