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Samasource raises $14.8M for global AI data biz driven from Africa

Samasource raises .8M for global AI data biz driven from Africa AI training data provider Samasource has raised a $14.8 million Series A funding round led by Ridge Ventures. The San Francisco headquartered company delivers Fortune 100 companies with the inputs they need for machine learning development in fields including autonomous transportation, e-commerce and robotics. […]

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Elavon to acquire Sage Pay, a gateway that competes with Stripe, PayPal and Adyen, for $300M

Elavon to acquire Sage Pay, a gateway that competes with Stripe, PayPal and Adyen, for 0M E-commerce continues to gain momentum — a trend we’ll see played out in the next two months of holiday shopping — and with that comes more consolidation. Today, Elavon, the payments company that is a subsidiary of US Bancorp, […]

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Opera’s Africa fintech startup OPay gains $120M from Chinese investors

Opera’s Africa fintech startup OPay gains 0M from Chinese investors Africa focused fintech startup OPay has raised a $120 million Series B round backed by Chinese investors. Located in Lagos and founded by consumer internet company Opera, OPay will use the funds to scale in Nigeria and expand its payments product to Kenya, Ghana and […]

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China Roundup: Alibaba’s Hong Kong listing and Tencent’s new fuel

China Roundup: Alibaba’s Hong Kong listing and Tencent’s new fuel Hello and welcome back to TechCrunch’s China Roundup, a digest of recent events shaping the Chinese tech landscape and what they mean to people in the rest of the world. The earnings season is here. This week, long-time archrivals in the Chinese internet battlefield — […]

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This Week in Apps: Apple’s vaping app ban, Disney+ gets installed, apps gear up for Black Friday

This Week in Apps: Apple’s vaping app ban, Disney+ gets installed, apps gear up for Black Friday Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support, and the money that flows through it all. What are developers talking about? What do app publishers […]

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Disney+ to launch in India, Southeast Asian markets next year

Disney+ to launch in India, Southeast Asian markets next year Disney plans to bring its on-demand video streaming service to India and some Southeast Asian markets as soon as the second half of next year, two sources familiar with the company’s plans told TechCrunch. In India, the company plans to bring Disney+’s catalog to Hotstar, […]

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D2C companies deliver customer delight and simplicity

D2C companies deliver customer delight and simplicity Ashwin Ramasamy Contributor Share on Twitter Ashwin Ramasamy is the cofounder of PipeCandy, which provides algorithm-generated insights and predictions about ecommerce and D2C companies. His company helps investors, banks, tech firms and governments understand the global ecommerce landscape. @Ashwinizer More posts by this contributor The different playbooks of […]

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Amazon to open its first non-Whole Foods grocery store in 2020

Amazon to open its first non-Whole Foods grocery store in 2020 Amazon is opening its first non-Whole Foods grocery store in the L.A. neighborhood of Woodland Hills, the retailer today confirmed. The news of the new store was first reported by CNET, which spotted several job postings referencing the location including those for a zone […]

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Libra’s critics are missing the forest for the trees

Libra’s critics are missing the forest for the trees Nik Milanovic Contributor Share on Twitter Nik Milanovic is a fintech and financial inclusion enthusiast, with a decade of work across mobile payments, online lending, credit and microfinance. More posts by this contributor What money should be The Third Age of credit It would be an […]

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Africa Roundup: Goldman leads $30M Twiga raise, China grows tech influence, Jumia weathers lockup-expiry

Africa Roundup: Goldman leads M Twiga raise, China grows tech influence, Jumia weathers lockup-expiry Kenya’s Twiga Foods raised a total of $30 million in October from lenders and investors led by Goldman Sachs. This adds to the list of African startups the U.S. financial firm has backed, including e-commerce venture Jumia and South African fintech startup Jumo. […]

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