Month: May 2018

Encrypted messaging app Telegram is feeling the squeeze out of Russia, where regulators are not letting up in their ongoing attempts to block the app because its publishers refuse to provide regulators with access to messages on the platform. Pavel Durov announced in a statement on Telegram that the iOS app may be having issues with certain
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More posts by this contributor Africa Roundup: Safaricom unveils Bonga, Africa’s Talking gets $8.6M, TechCrunch visits Nigeria, Ghana Safaricom rolls out Bonga social networking platform to augment M-Pesa Seeking to tap into Africa’s informal savings groups the Nigerian investment startup Piggybank.ng closed $1.1M in seed funding and announced a new product — Smart Target, which offers a
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Photo: AP Virginia is one of the eighteen states that hasn’t expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. That’s finally about to change. Tonight, despite the best efforts of Americans for Prosperity and their errand boy Rick Santorum, the Virginia General Assembly passed a budget which included Medicaid expansion, as 19 Democrats and four Republicans
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There’s been an explosion of medical startups centering their tools around machine learning to help doctors with predictive tools — and now Netflix’s former chief product officer Neil Hunt wants to enter the fray with one that hopes to get the right information from patients themselves. That’s the hope for Curai, a machine learning-driven startup
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SQream CEO and co-founder Ami Gal SQream, the GPU database developer, will deepen its focus on China after raising a $26.4 million Series B led by Alibaba Group. The round also included investors Hanaco Venture Capital, Sistema.vc, World Trade Ventures, Paradiso Ventures, Glory Ventures and Silvertech Ventures. The startup describes the funding, which brings its
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There’s a new unicorn in the global ride-hailing space after Taxify, a startup born in Estonia that does battle with Uber across Europe and Africa, closed $175 million in new funding that takes it valuation to the $1 billion mark. Daimler, the German automotive giant which owns Mercedes-Benz among other things, led the round. The investment
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Illustration: Gizmodo Gawker Media—Gizmodo’s former parent company which is now in bankruptcy proceedings following a lawsuit secretly funded by Peter Thiel—is up for sale, with a tentative auction date of July 21st. Fantastic news: There’s already a bidder with plans to purchase the site and make it a fountain of good, very non-threatening vibes. According
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