• 27
    Feb

    Spin is launching electric scooters in Germany this spring

    Spin, the electric scooter company owned by Ford, is gearing up to launch its vehicles for the first time outside of the U.S. This spring, the plan is to launch in Cologne, Germany, followed by other German cities. Spin also plans to apply for the e-scooter permit in France next month, as well as explore opportunities in the U.K. for ...
  • 27
    Feb

    Roblox raises $150M Series G, led by Andreessen Horowitz, now valued at $4B

    Online gaming platform Roblox,  now home to 115 million largely Gen Z players per month, announced today it has raised $150 million in Series G funding, led by Andreessen Horowitz’s late-stage venture fund. The company will also open a tender offer for up to $350 million of common and preferred shares, it says. The company has previously offered stakeholders and employees liquidity through periodic ...
  • 27
    Feb

    A look at Made Renovation, which just raised $9 million in seed funding to zero ...

    Made Renovation, a new, San Francisco-based company, thinks it has found a profitable way to help homeowners get done something that busy general contractors in the Bay Area won’t otherwise make time for, which is bathroom remodels. Why they typically pass on these: they have too many entire homes, or, at least, entire floors, to build for affluent regional homeowners ...
  • 27
    Feb

    Amazon all set to enter India’s food delivery market

    Weeks after Uber  exited India’s food delivery market, conceding defeat to local giants Swiggy and Zomato, a new player is gearing up to challenge the heavily-backed duopoly: Amazon. The e-commerce giant plans to enter the Indian food delivery market in the coming weeks, a person familiar with the matter told TechCrunch. The launch of the service, which would be offered as part ...
  • 26
    Feb

    B-Social, the UK fintech building a ‘social bank’, raises additional £7.8M ahead of rebrand

    B-Social, the London-based fintech building what it calls a “social bank,” is announcing that it has raised a further £7.8 million in seed funding. Once again the injection of capital comes from “high-net-worth” individuals. They include Rudy Karsan from Karlani Capital, although most of the investors remain undisclosed. It brings the total capital raised by B-Social  to £13.25 million, as the company ...
  • 26
    Feb

    Chinese firms rush to bring 5G smartphones to India

    India is unlikely to have any substantial coverage of 5G until at least the end of next year, with telecom operators in the country yet to participate in spectrum auction. But that hasn’t stopped Chinese vendors Oppo,  Vivo,  and Xiaomi  from bringing 5G-enabled smartphones to the world’s second largest handset market. Xiaomi, Vivo’s sub-brand iQoo, and Oppo’s sub-brand Realme have all moved in tandem to ...
  • 26
    Feb

    Tier Mobility acquires Coup’s electric moped scooters

    Tier Mobility operates a scooter service, the kick-scooter-with-a-motor kind. And it has acquired assets from Coup, a now defunct scooter service, the moped kind. Coup  shut down late last year, and Tier Mobility plans to take over and start its own shared moped service. To be clear, Coup is over but its mopeds will stick around. As part of the deal, Tier Mobility now ...
  • 25
    Feb

    Huawei’s ill-fated foldable returns with a more robust upgrade

    MWC may have been canceled on account of rising coronavirus concerns, but the party still went on for Huawei (albeit to what appears to have been a mostly empty room). A year after wowing crowds with the Mate X, the company is introducing the Mate Xs. Rather than a proper successor, the device appears to be the result of Huawei’s decision to go ...
  • 25
    Feb

    Firefox to enable DNS-over-HTTPS by default to US users

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    Mozilla  will bring its new DNS-over-HTTPS security feature to all Firefox users in the U.S. by default in the coming weeks, the browser maker has confirmed. It follows a year-long effort to test the new security feature, which aims to make browsing the web more secure and private. Whenever you visit a website — even if it’s HTTPS enabled — the ...
  • 25
    Feb

    Grab raises up to $856M to boost payments business as rumors swirl of a merger ...

    Southeast Asian on-demand transport startup Gojek denies that it is involved in talks to merge with Grab but today Grab  announced a piece of news that — at the very least — will divert attention from that story, or more likely stoke the fires of speculation that it is indeed gearing up for a deal: Grab said that it has raised $856 million more in funding, ...