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Nigeria’s Black Friday sales test the e-commerce models of startups Jumia and Konga

Jake Bright Contributor Jake Bright is a writer and author in New York City. He is co-author of The Next Africa. More posts by this contributor Africa Roundup: Uber says it’s staying, Konga could be

Google launches its Cloud Platform region in Tokyo

Google today announced the launch of the Tokyo region of its cloud computing platform. With this, the Google Cloud Platform now features two regions (Tokyo and Taiwan) and a total of six availabilit

Google’s Cloud Machine Learning service is now in public beta

Google announced a number of updates to its cloud computing services at a small event in San Francisco this morning. These updates touch Google’s machine learning services, as well as its datab

Google combines all of its cloud services under the ‘Google Cloud’ brand

Google for Work, Google’s Cloud Platform and the rest of the company’s cloud-based services are getting a new name. They have now been combined under the “Google Cloud” monike

Facebook, Amazon, Google, IBM and Microsoft come together to create the Partnership on AI

The world’s largest technology companies hold the keys to some of the largest databases on our planet. Much like goods and coins before it, data is becoming an important currency for the modern

Launching a “Google for sound”, Deepgram raises $1.8 million

Deepgram co-founders, 20-year-old wunderkind Noah Shutty and his University of Michigan lab supervisor Scott Stephenson, definitely have faith in sound. The two left behind promising research in part

DeepMind wants its healthcare AI to charge by results — but first it needs your data

Mark your Google calendars because from today 'Don't be evil' rides again, via the DeepMind AI division of the Alphabet ad giant, as a hippocratic assurance to 'Do no harm'... acquired for $900M in mega ad-tech deal

The flow of Chinese capital into foreign ad-tech companies increased this morning with the acquisition of for $900 million USD. A consortium will be paying cash for the startup with key o

Shine signs Africa’s Econet to its network level mobile ad-blocking

Wannabe ad industry nemesis Shine has chalked up another telco to commit to deploying its mobile ad blocking technology which uses deep packet inspection to detect and eject ads at the network level -

LaunchKit team heads to Google and open-sources its tools for helping devs launch their apps

The team behind LaunchKit, a set of tools that helps developers launch their apps, is heading to Google and joining the Developer Product Group. It doesn’t look like LaunchKit’s product

Bioz pulls in $3 million from Esther Dyson, others, hopes to become Google for life science research

Bioz, a new search engine for life science experiments, wants to reduce the time it takes researchers to thumb through thousands of science articles published online and get them right to the findings

Yandex’s Android browser now supports third party ad-blocking extensions

Another brick in the wall for the mobile ad-blocking wars: Yandex has opened up its Android browser to third-party ad blocking extensions.

Google launches new certification program for software development agencies

Google today announced a new certification program for development agencies. The idea behind the program is to recognize agencies that “have undergone the required training and have demonstrate

Google is bringing new ad types to AMP, including those annoying flying carpet ads

AMP, which is essentially Google's answer to Facebook's fast-loading Instant Pages, first launched on Google's mobile search results pages but it's now being integrated into a wider number of products

Google’s head of advertising talks ad blocking, mobile and micropayments

Google's Senior Vice President of Ads & Commerce Sridhar Ramaswamy took the stage at TechCrunch Disrupt NY today for a wide-ranging conversation with our own Anthony Ha. Given the current conve

Opera backs IAB’s ‘Lean’ effort to make ads less annoying — with caveats

Opera looks to be throwing the ad industry a bit of a bone on the ad-blocking front by saying it wants to work with the IAB on a standardization effort around so-called Lean ads, perhaps with a view t

Google launches new services for Android game developers

Google today announced a number of new services for game developers at its annual Developer Day at the Game Developers Conference. They include tools for managing virtual goods and currencies, the lau

Fear, Loathing And Opportunity On Display As Ad Industry Eyeballs Spectre Of Mobile Ad Blocking

A fractious MWC16 panel on mobile ads brought several executives from the ad industry side plus ad behemoth Google face-to-face with what might be their worst nightmare: network-level mobile ad blocki

Shine Signs First European Carriers To Its Network-Level Ad Blocking Tech

The ad-blocking wars are stepping up a gear today as mobile network-level ad blocker startup Shine has announced it's signed its first European carriers to roll out its tech.

Google Opens Its Cloud Vision API To All Developers

After a short limited preview, Google today announced the public beta of its Cloud Vision API — a service that allows developers to easily build image recognition and classification features int
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