• 29
    Nov

    Pixpay is a challenger bank for teens focused on pocket money

    Meet Pixpay, a French startup that wants to replace cash when you’re handing out pocket money to your kids. Anybody who is older than 10 years old can create a Pixpay account, get a debit card and manage pocket money. Challenger banks are nothing new, but they’re still mostly targeted towards adults. If you want to create an N26 or Revolut ...
  • 29
    Nov

    Foodvisor raises $4.5 million to track what you eat using AI

    French startup Foodvisor has raised a $4.5 million funding round after generating 2 million app downloads. Agrinnovation is leading the round and various business angels are also participating. I covered Foodvisor  last month, so I’m not going to describe the app once again. In a few words, the startup uses deep learning to enable image recognition to detect what you’re about to eat. It ...
  • 29
    Nov

    Zebra Fuel, the startup that brought fuel directly to your vehicle, is ‘no longer’ delivering ...

    Zebra Fuel, the London-based startup that delivered fuel directly to your vehicle — backed by Robin and Saul Klein’s LocalGlobe, Brent Hoberman’s Firstminute Capital and Zoopla founder Alex Chesterman — has told customers it is “no longer” delivering fuel in London. However, it is unclear at this stage if the company has ceased operations entirely. In an email informing customers ...
  • 29
    Nov

    2019 Thanksgiving e-commerce sales show 14% rise on 2018, $470M spent so far

    With popular social networks seeing some downtime, most shops closed, and many people off work today for Thanksgiving, bargain hunters are flocking online to start their holiday shopping. Adobe says that as of 5pm Pacific time, $2.1 billion had been spent online for the day, up 20.2% on the same period a year ago. About 46.4% of all online purchases been ...
  • 28
    Nov

    TikTok apologizes for removing viral video about abuses against Uighurs, blames a “human moderation error”

    TikTok  has issued a public apology to a teenager who had her account suspended shortly after posting a video that asked viewers to research the persecution of Uighur people and other Muslim groups in Xinjiang. TikTok included a “clarification on the timeline of events,” and said that the viral video was removed four days after it was posted on November 23 “due to ...
  • 28
    Nov

    Revolut supports direct debits in the UK

    Fintech startup Revolut is adding a key feature for users who want to replace their traditional bank account altogether. You can now pay with GBP direct debits. Revolut  already added EUR direct debits last year. While most people use cards to pay for goods and services in the U.K., some businesses require you to pay with direct debit. It can be a utility bill, a ...
  • 28
    Nov

    Apple and Google Maps accommodate Russia’s annexation of Crimea

    Global politics are difficult to navigate ordinarily, but in times of conflict companies that aim to provide an unbiased service, such as a map or search function, may have to come down on one side or another. Apple  just came down at least partly on the side of Russia in its controversial annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, and Google has accommodated Russian ...
  • 27
    Nov

    Xerox tells HP it will bring takeover bid directly to shareholders

    Xerox fired the latest volley in the Xerox –HP merger letter wars today. Xerox CEO John Visentin wrote to the HP board that his company planned to take its $33.5 billion offer directly to HP shareholders. He began his letter with a tone befitting a hostile takeover attempt, stating that their refusal to negotiate defied logic. “We have put forth a compelling proposal – ...
  • 27
    Nov

    Indian scooter rental startup Bounce raises $150M

    Big bucks are pouring to get you through the chaotic traffic on Indian roads. Bounce,  a Bangalore-based startup that operates over 17,000 electric and gasoline scooters in three dozen cities in India, has raised about $150 million as part of an ongoing financing round led by existing investors Eduardo Saverin’s B Capital and Accel Partners India, two sources familiar with the matter told ...
  • 27
    Nov

    Brexit ad blitz data firm paid by Vote Leave broke privacy laws, watchdogs find

    A joint investigation by watchdogs in Canada and British Columbia has found that Cambridge Analytica-linked data firm, Aggregate IQ, broke privacy laws in Facebook ad-targeting work it undertook for the official Vote Leave Brexit campaign in the UK’s 2016 EU referendum. A quick reminder: Vote Leave was the official leave campaign in the referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union. While Cambridge ...