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WhatsApp delays enforcement of privacy terms by 3 months, following backlash

WhatsApp said on Friday that it won’t enforce the planned update to its data-sharing policy until May 15, weeks after news about the new terms created confusion among its...

Uber planning to spin out Postmates’ delivery robot arm

Another Uber spinout is in the works. Postmates X, the robotics division of the on-demand delivery startup that Uber acquired last year for $2.65 billion, is seeking investors in its bid...

GitLab oversaw a $195 million secondary sale that values the company at $6 billion

GitLab has confirmed with TechCrunch that it oversaw a $195 million secondary sale that values the company at $6 billion. CNBC broke the story earlier today. The company’s impressive valuation comes after its...

Facebook blocks new events around DC and state capitols

As a precaution against coordinated violence as the U.S. approaches President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, Facebook announced a few new measures it’s putting in place. In a blog post and tweets from Facebook...

Indonesian robo-advisor app Bibit raises $30 million led by Sequoia Capital India

Bibit, a robo-advisor app that wants to make investing more accessible in Indonesia, has raised $30 million from Sequoia Capital India. Returning investors East Ventures, EV Growth, AC Ventures...

Indian electronics and lifestyle startup Boat raises $100 million from Warburg Pincus

Boat, an electronics and lifestyle startup in India, has raised $100 million in a new financing round that many independent investors termed as the most successful hardware startup story...

Forget Twitter, Trump’s son just asked Elon Musk to develop an app his dad...

US President Donald Trump may have had his Twitter account permanently suspended, but his son is already out here looking for an alternative to help his dad out. In a...

Nintendo buys Canadian game studio in rare acquisition

While gaming giants Sony  and Microsoft have made M&A a critical part of their strategic growth plans, Nintendo  has always seemed to be more reluctant to bring outside talent into the fold of...

P&G terminates plan to acquire razor startup Billie following FTC lawsuit

Procter & Gamble will not acquire women’s beauty products startup Billie, as previously planned, following action taken by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to stop the deal from proceeding. In...

Minecraft Earth will shut down in June

Throughout 2019, Microsoft  experimented with building a real-world, augmented reality Minecraft game designed in the same vein as Pokémon GO. Called Minecraft Earth, they finally opened it up to everyone in November of...

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Virat Kohli and Ellyse Perry named players of decade by ICC

India captain Virat Kohli and Australia all-rounder Ellyse Perry have been named as players of the decade by the International Cricket Council. Kohli has scored...

Mothobi Mvala ready to fill any role in Sundowns’ midfield

Competition at star-studded Mamelodi Sundowns is fierce and imposing central midfielder Mothobi Mvala is prepared to fight for his place as a No.6 or...

Astronaut Anne McClain on designing and piloting the next generation of spacecraft

NASA  recently announced the astronauts who will be taking part in the Artemis missions, and among them is Anne McClain, who has spent 203 days in...