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Pandora co-founder and CEO Tim Westergren will step down according to reports

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 Pandora’s chief executive and co-founder Tim Westergren intends to hand over the reins at the company, according to a report in Recode citing people familiar with the company’s plans.  Read More

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Yoyo Wallet raises £12M Series B led by Metro Group to expand in Europe

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 The race to digitise the loyalty card just got a shot in the arm with the news that Yoyo Wallet, the European-based mobile payment and customer loyalty platform, has raised a £12 million Series B round, led by the US wholesale and food retail giant Metro Group. The round is joined by the UK-based Woodford Investment Management and Touchstone Innovations. The deal is subject to FCA approval.… Read More

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Starling Bank passports to Europe, first stop Ireland

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 London-based Starling Bank is continuing to gather momentum. After a staggered launch of its current account kicked off in March, the digital-only bank is announcing imminent expansion to Europe, starting with the Republic of Ireland where it has attained a so-called “banking passport”. Read More

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Recapping the first TechCrunch China event in Shenzhen

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 Last week we hosted our first TechCrunch China event in Shenzhen, the hardware capital of the world. We were delighted to welcome thousands of attendees to the event, which included a host of top tech industry names, exciting up-and-coming startups, investors, students, hackers and much, much more. For those of you who didn’t make it, here’s a recap of what went down at the… Read More

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2-4-1 Disrupt Berlin tickets released this Thursday

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 Alright European startup fans, we’ve got quite the deal for you — we’ll soon be releasing a batch of 50 Disrupt Berlin 2017 tickets at the deeply discounted rate of two for the price of one. Yes, you read that right. This event is best described as the hottest startup show in Europe — you’re definitely not going to want to miss it. Read More

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Wefox acquires digital insurance carrier One

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 Wefox, the insurance platform that enables customers, insurance brokers and insurance providers to transact and manage insurance products digitally, has acquired One, a fully digital and newly launched insurance provider. Read More

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A new wireless tower network grows in Africa as YC alum Tizeti raises $2.1 million

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 Wireless networking may be getting a high speed boost across Nigeria as YCombinator alumnus Tizeti looks to expand in the region. The company has raised $2.1 million in new financing from a slew of African and American venture firms to continue its expansion through Lagos and across Southern Nigeria. Alphabet may have scrapped its ambitious project to wire Africa (and the globe) with visions… Read More

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At this month’s WWDC, Apple unveiled refined accessibility tools

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 Cover Apple for a while and you start to notice a general cadence to the company’s behavior and strategy. To name one example, consider the last several macOS releases. In 2009, , Apple announced Snow Leopard, which famously eschewed new features for what the company described as “hundreds of refinements [and] new core technologies.” Snow Leopard subsequently set off a trend… Read More

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Update: As Yahoo’s partnership with AT&T unwinds, users need to switch email addresses

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 As part of the new corporate merger of Yahoo and Aol under the Oath brand, it looks like Yahoo accounts will no longer be accessible through AT&T email addresses (or those of any A&T subsidiaries). Read More

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The “last mile” in education and training

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 After graduating from college in 1994, I spent a few years at McKinsey & Co. – a young kid in an ill-fitting suit naively but energetically attempting to convince experienced and jaded managers to do their jobs differently.
One question that kept coming up for a number of clients was who was likely to win the war to bring broadband access to homes: telephone companies or cable companies. Read More

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