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Waggel launches ‘fully digital’ pet insurance  TechCrunch · 28 minutes
Waggel, a new ‘insurtech’ startup in the U.K., is officially launching today to offer what it describes as “fully digital” pet insurance. Founded by Andrew Leal, and Ross Fretten (a contestant of The Apprentice 2017), the... more
16-Year-Old Reportedly Electrocuted Wearing Headphones Connected to Charging Smartphone  Gadgets 360 · 37 minutes
There seems to be no information around the brand of the smartphone, pair of earphones, or the make of the charger being used. more
Honor V20 With Display Hole for Front Camera, 48-Megapixel Rear Camera Unveiled  Gadgets 360 · 1 hour
Huawei-owned sub brand Honor has launched its latest Honor V20 at an event in Hong Kong on Monday. more
Tencent Music sued by investor ahead of $1.2 billion US IPO  TechCrunch · 4 hours
China’s largest music streaming service has had a whirlwind year. With 800 million monthly users across multiple apps and a profitable business, Tencent Music Entertainment is... more
Apple Said to Acquire London-Based Music Firm Platoon  Gadgets 360 · 4 hours
Apple's reported acquisition of A&R and creative services company Platoon is aimed at tapping emerging artists for Apple Music. more
Huawei's finance boss says she will fight extradition  Sky News · 5 hours
Huawei's chief financial officer has denied she covered up her company's alleged links to a firm that tried to sell equipment to Iran in violation of sanctions. more
Africa Roundup: Terragon’s Asia acquisition, Twiga Foods’ $10M raise, SimbaPay’s China payment service  TechCrunch · 5 hours
Jake Bright Contributor Jake Bright is a writer and author in New York City. He is co-author of The Next Africa. More... more
Amazon Targets Airports for Checkout-Free Store Expansion  Gadgets 360 · 6 hours
For months, the world's largest online retailer has been expanding Amazon Go, where customers scan their smartphones at a turnstile to enter. more
Payment service Toss becomes Korea’s newest unicorn after raising $80M  TechCrunch · 10 hours
South Korea has got its third unicorn startup after Viva Republica, the company beyond popular payment app Toss, announced it has raised an $80 million round at a valuation... more
How the star of Sheryl Sandberg dimmed  BBC · 14 hours
Facebook is in crisis. And the firm's chief operating officer, once the golden girl, is taking the heat. more
How to do a clean installation of Windows 10  Windows Central · 2 days
If you need to reinstall, upgrade, or set up a new device with Windows 10, a clean installation is your best choice – Here's why and how to do it.... more
The best deals you can find since Black Friday - CNET  CNET · 2 days
Black Friday is over, but stores such as Amazon, Best Buy and Walmart are still running sales. Here's the best of what you can get right... more
Dallas-based TXV Partners targets $50M for its debut fund  TechCrunch · 2 days
These first-time VCs want to raise $50M for a Dallas-based, Millennial-focused venture firm. more
Nomura analyst predicts no physical changes to 2019 iPhones, sales drop expected  9to5Mac · 2 days
These are dark days for Apple, at least in terms of its stock price. Multiple reports are indicating the iPhone XS and XR series... more
Huawei: The rapid growth of a Chinese champion in five charts  BBC · 2 days
China's tech giant leads the market for telecoms infrastructure, and is second only to Samsung in smartphone sales. more
Qualcomm lays off 269 employees in North Carolina and California  TechCrunch · 2 days
Qualcomm’s struggling data center business was hit another massive blow as the company laid off hundreds. The news, first revealed by the Information, has since been confirmed by... more
Apple releases new Beddit sleep tracker  THE VERGE · 2 days
Apple has released the first Beddit sleep tracker since acquiring the Finnish company in 2017, via CNET. The Beddit 3.5 Sleep Monitor is a... more
Where do the Windows PC gaming store wars leave Microsoft?  Windows Central · 3 days
With the announcement that Epic Games of Fortnite fame is getting in on the PC gaming storefront race, we have to wonder what this means for Microsoft. Epic... more
Apple acquires artist development startup Platoon  THE VERGE · 3 days
Apple has acquired artist development startup Platoon, reports TechCrunch. Platoon works with creators to produce and distribute their work, and it uses analytics to... more
Huawei: Meng Wanzhou faces Iran fraud charges, court hears  BBC · 3 days
Meng Wanzhou faces fraud charges over sanctions-breaking business with Iran, a Canadian court hears. more
Huawei executive faces fraud charges over Iran, court hears  BBC · 3 days
Meng Wanzhou faces fraud charges over sanctions-breaking business with Iran, a Canadian court hears. more
Microsoft 365 joins growing list of Insider programs  Windows Central · 3 days
The program is an "evolution" of the Windows Insider Program for Business, according to Insider chief Dona Sarkar. Windows, Xbox, and Office all have their own Insider programs, and now Microsoft is... more
Netflix just had a record-breaking November on mobile  TechCrunch · 3 days
Netflix just broke new records on consumer spending in its mobile apps, according to new data app intelligence firm Sensor Tower has shared with TechCrunch. In November, Netflix pulled in an estimated... more
Where does the Windows PC gaming store wars leave Microsoft?  Windows Central · 3 days
With the announcement that Epic Games of Fortnite fame is getting in on the PC gaming storefront race, we have to wonder what this means for Microsoft. Epic... more
Essential acquires CloudMagic, the startup behind since shut down Newton Mail  9to5Google · 3 days
Over the past few months, we’ve been hearing a lot surrounding Essential, but very... more
Google warns app developers of three malicious SDKs being used for ad fraud  TechCrunch · 3 days
A few days ago, Google removed popular Cheetah Mobile and Kika Tech apps from its Play Store following a BuzzFeed investigation, which discovered... more
Essential acquires email startup CloudMagic  TechCrunch · 3 days
Andy Rubin’s Essential has acquired CloudMagic, makers of the Newton email app, for an undisclosed sum. The news, first reported this morning, has since been confirmed by TechCrunch. An Essential spokesperson offered the following admittedly open ended statement,... more
IBM selling Lotus Notes/Domino business to HCL for $1.8B  TechCrunch · 3 days
IBM announced last night that it is selling the final components from its 1995 acquisition of Lotus to Indian firm HCL for $1.8 billion. IBM paid $3.5 billion for Lotus back... more
Apple acquired Platoon, a platform for musicians to create and distribute work  TechCrunch · 3 days
Spotify has made some significant moves to bypass record labels and work directly with artists, and there are signs that Apple could be eyeing... more
Nigerian logistics startup Kobo360 raises $6M, expands in Africa  TechCrunch · 3 days
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 SimbaPay launches Kenya to... more
Report: Apple acquires ‘unsigned artist’ startup co-founded by iTunes veteran  9to5Mac · 3 days
Apple has reportedly acquired Platoon, a London-based music startup co-founded by iTunes veteran Denzyl Feigelson and LoveFilm... more
Who Is Meng Wanzhou, the Huawei CFO Arrested in Canada?  Gadgets 360 · 3 days
Meng Wanzhou had been groomed for decades to join the ranks of China's business royalty. more
'Ashen' ditches Xbox Play Anywhere and Steam for Epic Games exclusivity  Windows Central · 3 days
The PC game store wars are heating up, with Epic Games firing off major salvos at last night's Game Awards. Xbox Play Anywhere seems to be... more
Grab invests $100M into India’s OYO to expand its budget hotel service in Southeast Asia  TechCrunch · 3 days
Southeast Asian ride-hailing firm Grab has made its most ambitious investment to date after it backed India-headquartered budget... more
Apple acquires ‘unsigned artist’ startup co-founded by iTunes veteran  9to5Mac · 3 days
Apple has reportedly acquired Platoon, a London-based music startup co-founded by iTunes veteran Denzyl Feigelson and LoveFilm co-founder Saul Klein.... more
British bid to break 1000mph over after firm's collapse  Sky News · 3 days
Project Bloodhound, the British-led attempt to create the world's first land vehicle capable of breaking the 1,000mph barrier, has been scrapped. more
Razorpay’s New Feature Aims to Reduce the Pain In OTP-Based Payments  Gadgets 360 · 3 days
Razorpay also announced the launch of Razorpay X, a dashboard for business banking that offers unique insights. more
What's new on Amazon Prime Video in December 2018  Windows Central · 3 days
What happens when you find yourself and your comedic voice — but also kind of piss off one of the most powerful women in the business in the process? We're about... more
TikTok parent ByteDance said to raise $1.45 billion for AI and content  TechCrunch · 3 days
ByteDance, the Chinese company behind the immensely popular video app TikTok, is in talks to raise $1.45 billion for a new fund, The Information... more
2019 Elections: Facebook to Check Indian Political Ads in Build-Up to Vote  Gadgets 360 · 3 days
Facebook said it would start verifying ads from Thursday and, from next year, show a disclaimer on all political ads giving more information on... more
Oppo R17 Pro Goes on Sale in India: Price, Launch Offers  Gadgets 360 · 3 days
Oppo R17 Pro is now up for sale in India across numerous online and offline channels. more
Epic Games Store launches with Hades, Hello Neighbor, Ashen and free games - CNET  CNET · 3 days
The studio behind Fortnite is taking on Steam, and these are the games launching its new sales platform. more
Epic’s PC game store is live now  THE VERGE · 3 days
Epic Games announced earlier this week that it was entering the digital game store business, and just a few days later the... more
YouTube Rewind hides its community’s biggest moments to appease advertisers  THE VERGE · 3 days
YouTube’s most impactful moments of 2018 differ depending on who you ask. Most creators would probably... more
TransferWise keeps growing money transfers despite global turbulence  TechCrunch · 4 days
You don’t have to follow the financial technology industry or work with developers in faraway lands to know TransferWise, arguably the world’s leading peer-to-peer money-transferring startup. Thanks to its presence in over... more
Lightspeed hires 5 new partners from Slack, Twitter and more  TechCrunch · 4 days
Lightspeed has announced several new partners, including Slack's former head of growth, who joins the firm's enterprise team. more
HP is your best bet for picking up a new EliteBook x360 1030 G3  Windows Central · 4 days
Best answer: The best place to buy an HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3, touted as the world's smallest business convertible,... more
Hangouts Chat rolling out Smart Reply to mobile and web apps  9to5Google · 4 days
Yesterday, Google confirmed that it was sunsetting Allo, while focusing on Hangouts Chat and... more
Contentful raises $33.5M for its headless CMS platform  TechCrunch · 4 days
Contentful, a Berlin- and San Francisco-based startup that provides content management infrastructure for companies like Spotify, Nike, Lyft and others, today announced that it has raised a $33.5 million Series D funding... more
YouTube deletes cheating videos after BBC investigation  BBC · 4 days
Thousands of videos have been taken down by YouTube as a result of a BBC investigation into essay-writing adverts. more
Rideshare advertising startup Firefly launches with $21.5M in funding  TechCrunch · 4 days
Firefly, a startup that allows rideshare drivers to make money through digital advertising, is officially launching today. It’s also announced that it has raised $21.5 million in seed funding. The... more
Mogu’s long journey: From rejecting Alibaba’s advances to US IPO  TechCrunch · 4 days
Mogu, a Tencent-backed service that offers fashion content and products to young women, has joined a string of Chinese tech companies pressing ahead to sell their shares through... more
T-Mobile is releasing a Slow Cooker Sunday cookbook by CEO John Legere  THE VERGE · 4 days
T-Mobile CEO John Legere is essentially a character all his own, representing the carrier’s brand in an almost cartoonish manner, much in the same... more
Farmstead is an ambitious grocery delivery startup with plans to defeat Instacart  TechCrunch · 4 days
The Y Combinator graduate has raised $2.2 million for its AI-powered Bay Area grocery delivery service. more
The long, tortured quest to make Google unbiased  THE VERGE · 4 days
Next week, Sundar Pichai will try to reassure Congress that Google’s search engine isn’t rigged. The Google CEO is testifying... more
Google trainee puts up dummy advert by mistake  BBC · 4 days
The error meant a blank yellow rectangle was active on the sites and apps for about 45 minutes. more
Salesforce doubles down on Japan with dedicated $100M fund  TechCrunch · 4 days
It’s been a good week for Japanese startups. Fresh from Google making a rare investment in the country when it backed AI startup Abeja, so Salesforce — another U.S. tech... more
Asian streaming startup M17, still recovering from a failed IPO, raises another $25M  TechCrunch · 4 days
M17, the Taiwanese streaming company that controversially priced on the NYSE but didn’t list, has returned to the private markets after it raised a... more
Taiwan-based travel startup AsiaYo raises $7M Series B led by Alibaba Taiwan Entrepreneurs Fund  TechCrunch · 4 days
AsiaYo, a travel accommodation booking platform based in Taipei, Taiwan, has raised a $7 million Series B led by Alibaba... more
Announcing the final batch of judges for Startup Battlefield Africa  TechCrunch · 4 days
Startup Battlefield Africa in Lagos, Nigeria, is coming up fast. As usual, we have a great lineup of panels that will include investors and founders discussing issues such as... more
Japan’s Sansan raises $26.5M to help Southeast Asia get more from business cards  TechCrunch · 4 days
The humble business card is a target for disruption in Southeast Asia after Japanese contacts management startup Sansan raised JPY 3 billion ($26.5... more
Huawei CFO facing extradition after arrest in Canada  Sky News · 4 days
The global chief financial officer of Chinese phone firm Huawei is facing extradition to the US after being arrested in Canada. more
Putting the band back together, ExactTarget execs reunite to launch MetaCX  TechCrunch · 4 days
Scott McCorkle has spent most of his professional career thinking about business to business software and how to improve it for a company’s customers. The former... more
List of Xbox One Game Awards 2018 game deals  Windows Central · 4 days
Microsoft has debuted new The Game Awards 2018 sales across Xbox One games. Every year, Microsoft and certain publishers discount numerous games for Xbox Live users for The Game Awards.... more
Magic Leap loses two women from top executive positions  TechCrunch · 4 days
Magic Leap’s executive team is pretty heavy on the dudes these days. The augmented reality startup’s two female C-suite executives, Chief Marketing Officer Brenda Freeman and Chief Business Officer Rachna... more
Huawei executive arrested in Canada  BBC · 4 days
The US is seeking to extradite the firm's chief financial officer, Canadian authorities say. more
Facebook fends off new anti-monopoly questions after UK email release  THE VERGE · 4 days
Today, documents released by the UK Parliament provided a largely unprecedented, firsthand look inside Facebook. In... more
Hit the trackless nuclear wastes with this Laco RAD-AUX watch  TechCrunch · 5 days
Laco is a small German watch company famous for its Flieger watches – pieces designed for pilots featuring big crowns and legible faces. Now brand has teamed up... more
Microsoft's CTO of AI exits for real estate brokerage Compass  Windows Central · 5 days
Joseph Sirosh will now lead Compass' engineering team, working on AI products for its real estate ecosystem. Joseph Sirosh, Microsoft's Chief Technology Officer of AI, is leaving the... more
Fortnite unveils Minecraft-like creative mode  Windows Central · 5 days
Fortnite keeps on getting better. Fortnite is a free-to-play third-person shooter with building mechanics. The title has become a cultural sensation due to its unique blend of expressive gameplay. Back in February 2018, Epic Games stated that the... more
Teen debit card Current now acts like a real bank account  TechCrunch · 5 days
Current, the app-controlled teen debit card that’s managed by parents, is starting to look more like a bank. Today, the startup announced it’s now adding to... more
Workato raises $25M for its integration platform  TechCrunch · 5 days
Workato, a startup that offers an integration and automation platform for businesses that competes with the likes of MuleSoft, SnapLogic and Microsoft’s Logic Apps, today announced that it has raised a $25 million Series B funding... more
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