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March 2019

Tech regulation in Europe will only get tougher

By | March 21st, 2019|Technology|

European governments have been bringing the hammer down on tech in recent months, slapping record fines and stiff regulations on the largest imports out of Silicon Valley. Despite pleas from the world’s leading companies and Europe’s eroding trust in government, European citizens’ staunch support for regulation of new technologies points to an operating environment that [...]

HoneyBook, a client management platform for creative businesses, raises $28M Series C led by Citi Ventures

By | March 21st, 2019|Technology|

HoneyBook co-founders Oz and Naama Alon HoneyBook, a customer-relationship management platform aimed at small businesses in creative fields, announced today it has raised a $28 million Series C led by Citi Ventures. All of its existing investors, including Norwest Venture Partners, Aleph, Vintage Investment Partners and Hillsven Capital, also returned for the round. Citi is [...]

Nigerian fintech startup OneFi acquires payment company Amplify

By | March 21st, 2019|Technology|

Lagos based online lending startup OneFi is buying Nigerian payment solutions company Amplify for an undisclosed amount. OneFi will take over Amplify’s IP, team, and client network of over 1000 merchants to which Amplify provides payment processing services, OneFi CEO Chijioke Dozie told TechCrunch. The move comes as fintech has become one of Africa’s most [...]

PicsArt hits 130 million MAUs as Chinese flock to its photo editing app

By | March 21st, 2019|Technology|

If you’re like me, who isn’t big on social media, you’d think that the image filters that come inside most apps will do the job. But for many others, especially the younger crowd, making their photos stand out is a huge deal. The demand is big enough that PicsArt, a rival to filtering companies VSCO [...]

Original Content podcast: ‘Shrill’ stays positive, despite bad boyfriends and terrible bosses

By | March 20th, 2019|Technology|

Many of the themes and stories found in Hulu’s “Shrill” will be familiar to fans of writer Lindy West — after all, it’s based on her book “Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman,” and she’s a writer on the series. But “Shrill” has mined the autobiographical material in West’s book to tell a fictionalized story [...]

Music’s next big startup Splice raises $57.5M to sell samples

By | March 20th, 2019|Technology|

Tech has a bad reputation for pulling money out of musicians’ pockets, but Splice is changing that. The audio sample marketplace and music production collaboration tool has now paid out $15 million to artists since 2013, doubling in the last year. Splice lets musicians sell their sounds for royalty-free use, and songs by Eminem, Ariana [...]

Opera’s VPN returns to its Android browser

By | March 20th, 2019|Technology|

Opera had a couple of tumultuous years behind it, but it looks like the Norwegian browser maker (now in the hands of a Chinese consortium) is finding its stride again and refocusing its efforts on its flagship mobile and desktop browsers. Before the sale, Opera offered a useful stand-alone and built-in VPN service. Somehow, the [...]

Here are the 88 companies that launched at YC’s W19 Demo Day 2

By | March 20th, 2019|Technology|

Today was the second half of Y Combinator’s two-day Demo Day for its Winter 2019 class. Over 85 startups pitched on stage yesterday, and another huge batch launched today. Previously held at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, this YC Demo Day instead took over a massive warehouse in San Francisco. Like yesterday’s pitches, [...]

The 9 biggest questions about Google’s Stadia game streaming service

By | March 19th, 2019|Technology|

Google’s Stadia is an impressive piece of engineering to be sure: Delivering high definition, high framerate, low latency video to devices like tablets and phones is an accomplishment in itself. But the game streaming services faces serious challenges if it wants to compete with the likes of Xbox and PlayStation, or even plain old PCs [...]

Patreon ups its revenue cut, but grandfathers in old creators

By | March 19th, 2019|Technology|

Patreon couldn’t survive charging all creators just a 5 percent rake on the monthly subscriptions they earn from fans while building commerce tools like CRMs and merchandise to stay ahead of Twitch, YouTube, and Google. But it also didn’t want to screw all its loyal early creators. So today, Patreon is overhauling its pricing. Any [...]


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