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A coding bug helped researchers build a secret BlackMatter ransomware decryption tool

New Zealand-based cybersecurity company Emsisoft has been quietly helping BlackMatter ransomware victims recover encrypted files, preventing “tens of millions of dollars” in ransom payments and p

Nigeria follows China’s footsteps in piloting digital currency

Central banks control the circulation and supply of money globally, but the phenomenal rise of cryptocurrency poses a threat to their authority, control and power. So central banks around the world ar

US retail giants pull Chinese surveillance tech from shelves

This story was reported in partnership with video surveillance news site IPVM. U.S. retail giants Home Depot and Best Buy have pulled the Chinese video surveillance technology makers Lorex and Ezviz f

Selfbook raises $25M at a $125M valuation to simplify the hotel booking experience

Selfbook, a hotel payment software startup, announced today that it has raised $25 million in a Series A round of funding led by Tiger Global Management. Valia Ventures, Fin Venture Capital, early Str

Cameo buys fan merch platform Represent

Celeb video site Cameo is making its first acquisition. The company will buy Represent, a marketing and merch company that helps celebrities and brands set up individualized online storefronts. It&#82

Facebook’s stock shrugs off bad-news deluge

After social media company Snap reported earnings last week, the value of its cohort of public companies fell sharply. Snap shed more than 20% of its value after telling investors that it expects a fa

Tesla, Hertz shares rise following order for 100,000 EVs

Car rental giant Hertz has placed an order for 100,000 Tesla vehicles to be delivered by the end of 2022 in the largest single purchase of EVs ever. The deal, which will push the car rental giant&#821

Equity Monday: PayPal punts on Pinterest as Facebook’s hell month continues

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This is Equity Monday, our weekly kickoff that tracks the latest pri

Data platform Y42 raises $31M

Berlin-based low-code data platform Y42 today announced that it has raised a $31 million Series A funding round co-led by Atomico and Insight Partners. La Famiglia, which led the company’s seed

Amazon brings Alexa to hospitals and senior living centers

After already targeting verticals like hotels and apartment complexes, Amazon announced today it’s now rolling out new solutions for healthcare providers and senior living centers. The solutions

Greece’s Pop Market, another dark store grocery delivery startup, gets $3.5M

Make way for yet another “quick-commerce” player in Europe’s heavily heating on-demand grocery space: Pop Market is a Greek startup which launched last week in Athens — taking

AtomChat secures new funding to capitalize on Latin American trend of sales through messaging

A majority of people in Latin America skip shopping on the web and instead use a combination of messaging and social apps to find inspiration, ask questions and make purchases.

Apple 14-inch MacBook Pro (2021) review

The reaction among TechCrunch staff was swift and, best I can tell, universal. I don’t recall the last time I saw so many colleagues legitimately excited for one specific new feature. MagSafe is bac

Bild takes in funding to share, collaborate on hardware designs in the cloud

Bild, which came out of private beta, is streamlining the design review process so that hardware product releases can be developed faster.

Internal Facebook documents highlight its moderation and misinformation issues

The Facebook Papers, a vast trove of documents supplied by a whistleblower to news organizations has been released, and paints a picture of a company that repeatedly sought to prioritize profit.

Thrasio, the Amazon aggregator, raises $1B in fresh funding at a valuation of up to $10 billion

One of the big leaders in buying up and scaling third-party merchants selling on Amazon and other marketplace platforms is announcing a major round of funding today as it continues to expand its ambit

Asymmetric Capital Partners hits ground running with $105M debut fund targeting B2B startups

The new firm brings together a foursome with operator, venture capital and private equity expertise.

The Station: Zoox seeks out rain and Tesla fans go on the attack — again

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.

Tier scoots off with $200M, all-equity ‘first close’ of Series D

Berlin-based e-scooter rentals company Tier Mobility has announced a $200 million raise, which it says is the “first close” of its Series D, as investors continue to plough money into urba

Routine is a new productivity app that combines task management and notes

Meet Routine, a new startup working on a productivity tool that should help you manage your work day more efficiently. It’s a brand new take on to-do lists as it combines both tasks, non-actionable
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