Category: United States

Bird is in talks to acquire scooter startup Scoot – TechCrunch

If you are among those who thought that the scooter market sounded a little overhyped and overcrowded, we’ve gotten wind of a deal that could point to some impending consolidation. The on-demand scooter business Bird has agreed to acquire Scoot, a smaller two-wheeled mobility startup, sources tell TechCrunch. The stage of the negotiations is not clear
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WikiLeaks’ Assange charged under the Espionage Act in a ‘major test case’ for press freedom – TechCrunch

Julian Assange, founder of whistleblowing site WikiLeaks, has been charged with more than a dozen additional charges by U.S. federal prosecutors, including under the controversial Espionage Act — a case that will likely test the rights of freedom of speech and expression under the First Amendment. Assange, 47, was arrested at the Ecuadorean embassy in
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Chipper Cash convinces Joe Montana to invest in African fintech – TechCrunch

The African no-fee, cross-border payment startup Chipper Cash has raised a $2.4 million seed round led by Deciens Capital. The payments company also persuaded 500 Startups and Liquid 2 Ventures—co-founded by Joe Montana—to join the round. Chipper Cash’s Ugandan chief executive, Ham Serunjogi, pitched the U.S. football legend directly. “He was quite excited about what
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Thunes raises $10M to make financial services more accessible in emerging markets – TechCrunch

Cross-border fintech continues to be an area of interest for venture capitalists. The latest deal sees GGV Capital — the U.S-China firm that’s backed Xiaomi, Airbnb, Square and others — lead a $10 million investment in Singapore-based startup Thunes. Other investors in the Series A round are not being disclosed at this point. Thunes —
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Consumers get another digital home health offering as Tyto Care and Best Buy launch TytoHome – TechCrunch

Best Buy is partnering with the Israeli technology Tyto Care to become the official retailer for the company’s all-in-one digital diagnostics kit through its physical stores in California, the Dakotas, Ohio and Minnesota and through its online store. Tyto previously sold its technology through healthcare plans, making its handheld examination device with attachments that act
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Udacity restructures operations, lays off 20 percent of its workforce – TechCrunch

Udacity, the $1 billion online education startup, has laid off about 20 percent of its workforce and is restructuring its operations as the company’s co-founder Sebastian Thrun seeks to bring costs in line with revenue without curbing growth, TechCrunch has learned. The objective is to do more than simply keep the company afloat, Thrun told
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On the heels of a $40 million round, TriNetX brings its services for drug trials to Europe – TechCrunch

The market for technology and services for clinical drug trials is expected to reach $68.9 billion over the next seven years. The trials, which are necessary to bring new healthcare treatments to market, are by necessity prolonged, complicated affairs. Several companies are vying for a piece of this multi-billion dollar pie with the offer of
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Rela, a Chinese lesbian dating app, exposed 5 million user profiles – TechCrunch

Rela (热拉), a popular dating app for gay and queer women, has exposed millions of user profiles and private data because a server wasn’t protected with a password. Rela disappeared from app stores in May 2017 after it was reportedly shut down by Chinese regulators, though the government never confirmed it took action. But the
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U.S. federal court jury finds Apple infringed three Qualcomm patents – TechCrunch

Mobile chipmaker Qualcomm has chalked up another small legal victory against Apple in another patent litigation suit. A jury in a U.S. federal court in San Diego found Friday that Apple owes Qualcomm about $31M for infringing three patents, per Reuters. Qualcomm has filed a number of patent suits against the iPhone maker in the
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Space Force will be a Marines-like branch under Air Force authority – TechCrunch

President Trump is expected to sign into creation the Space Force today, as a special branch of the military overseen by the Air Force Department, according to a report in The Washington Post. The President’s decision is considered a win for the Air Force and Defense Department broadly, which had argued against setting up an independent
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