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Uber Eats drivers have embarked on a strike on Friday, in protest against a recent fee cut. The delivery company confirmed to Business Insider that a group of drivers went offline on Friday in Johannesburg and Pretoria. According to Duane Bernard,...
Alphabet's decision to shut down Loon, which was founded by Google and hoped to make internet more accessible using solar-powered balloons, has also ended a deal with Vodacom to expand internet in rural Mozambique. “Vodacom Mozambique will regrettably no longer...
n December last year, Woolworths unveiled Dash, its same-day delivery service – and belated answer to Checkers’ wildly popular Sixty60 app. Woolworths Dash came more than one year after Checkers unveiled its own native same-day app, and several months after Pick n...
Tesla Inc is gearing up to launch in India, but the US electric car maker is likely to remain a niche player for years, catering only to the rich in the world’s second most populous nation. India’s fledgling electric vehicle...
If you’ve got an Apple TV+ trial that’s set to expire sometime between now and June, good news: you’re getting some free bonus time. Apple TV+ first launched in November of 2019, alongside a one-year free trial for anyone buying...
Coinbase has a problem. As interest in Bitcoin has soared along with its price, the popular cryptocurrency exchange has found itself the target of a growing spate of angry customers who haven’t been able to access customer service. A quick...
Marc Lore, the executive vice president, president and CEO of U.S. e-commerce for Walmart, is stepping down a little over four years after selling his e-commerce company Jet.com to the country’s largest retailer for $3 billion. Lore’s tenure at the company was...
Major companies, health organizations, and nonprofits announced Thursday morning that they were working together to create a digital vaccination passport, in anticipation of people having to prove their immunization status. The Vaccination Credential Initiative (VIC), a coalition of organisations including...
Apple has begun internal testing on foldable screen prototypes for iPhones, but hasn't yet decided whether to move forward with such a model, Bloomberg reported. The company has been testing the screen prototypes, rather than a full iPhone model, according to the...
Of course COVID-19 was bound to be an unavoidable topic during the first-ever all-virtual CES. After all, the topic is at front of mind regardless of the topic these days. Close to a year into the pandemic, presenters still...
The Same As Telegram Ok, so first, what is the same between Telegram and Signal? It’s intuitive, and if you have used WhatsApp or Telegram, you will need no time to really get used to Signal You can message individuals...
As fears over WhatsApp’s privacy policies send millions of users in the West to Signal and Telegram, the two encrypted apps are also seeing a slight user uptick in China, where WeChat has long dominated and the government has...
U.S. heads into one of the most perilous phases of American democracy since the Civil War, social media companies are scrambling to shore up their patchwork defenses for a moment they appear to have believed would never come. Most major platforms...
Telkom has partnered with the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) to launch a new streaming channel, TelkomONE. The mobile operator channel will house the public broadcaster’s free-to-air radio and TV channels. The new service will stream live SABC’s television channels...
his week, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey finally responded publicly to the company’s decision to ban President Trump from its platform, writing that Twitter had “faced an extraordinary and untenable circumstance” and that he did not “feel pride” about the decision. In the...
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 users, exposed the Facebook app to a potential lawsuit, triggered a nationwide...
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 to become a separate company, according to several people familiar...
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 most recent 2019 Series E in which it raised $268 million on...
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 Policy Communications Director Andy Stone, the company explained that it...
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 and 500 Startups also participated. Part of Stockbit  Group, about 90% of Bibit’s  users are...
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 to date in the world’s second-largest internet market. An affiliate of Warburg...
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 recent Instagram video, Donald Trump Jr asked SA-born tech entrepreneur...
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 its video game empire. Today, the company announced that it...
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 December, the FTC sued to block P&G’s acquisition of the New York-based startup...
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 2019. In just a few months, it’ll shut down and all...

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