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Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch:
Zopa, a UK-based peer-to-peer lending platform, closes £60M round as it prepares to launch a “next generation bank”   —  Obtaining a banking license and then launching an actual new retail bank requires capital.  A lot of capital.  Enter Zopa, the U.K. peer-to-peer lending company …
Nov 8, 2018, 7:30 AMIn context
Megan Rose Dickey / TechCrunch:
Source says Ford is buying electric scooter startup Spin and “the total consideration in the deal was close to $100M”   —  Ford is buying electric scooter startup Spin, Axios reports.  The deal, according to a source close to the matter, “the total consideration in the deal was close to $100m.”
Nov 7, 2018, 7:37 PMIn context
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google announces tools for Android devs: new Kotlin language release, more ways to get users to update apps quickly, and Android Studio IDE headed to Chrome OS   —  At its Android Dev Summit, Google today announced a number of new tools and features for developers that write apps for its mobile operating system.
Nov 7, 2018, 1:40 PMIn context
Rita Liao / TechCrunch:
Tencent founder and CEO Pony Ma says that WeChat now has 1M mini programs and 200M people are using them every day   —  They may not be widely known outside of China, but Tencent's mini program initiative to develop “apps” that live outside of app stores is bearing fruit after it clocked …
Nov 7, 2018, 9:55 AMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook says that over 100 accounts it removed Monday were linked to the Russia-based Internet Research Agency   —  The 115 accounts Facebook took down yesterday for inauthentic behavior ahead of the mid-term elections may indeed have been linked to the Russia-based Internet Research Agency …
Nov 7, 2018, 12:25 AMIn context
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Singapore-based ride-hailing service Grab announces a $250M investment from Hyundai, bringing total raised to more than $6B   —  Grab, the Singapore startup that bought Uber's Southeast Asia business earlier this year, continues to announce strategic investors for its ongoing Series H funding round.
Nov 6, 2018, 8:10 PMIn context
Kate Clark / TechCrunch:
Match says Tinder had 4.1M paid users in Q3, up from 3.8M in Q2, and that Tinder's direct revenue is up 100% YoY; Match stock down 8%+ after hours on Q4 outlook   —  Facebook Dating is no challenger to Tinder-owner Match Group (NASDAQ: MTCH), which posted third-quarter earnings per share of 44 cents on Tuesday.
Nov 6, 2018, 7:00 PMIn context
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
GraphQL, the Facebook-incubated open source data query language, is getting its own foundation with an open governance model, hosted by the Linux Foundation   —  GraphQL, the Facebook -incubated data query language, is moving into its own open-source foundation.
Nov 6, 2018, 1:45 PMIn context
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:
Dropbox announces Dropbox Extensions, which lets users take action directly in Dropbox on tasks like editing video in Vimeo, coming to all users on November 27   —  Dropbox has had APIs for years that enable companies to tap into content stored in their repositories, and they have had partnerships …
Nov 6, 2018, 12:55 PMIn context
Kate Clark / TechCrunch:
Lime names GV partner Joe Kraus, already on the scooter company's board of directors, as its first COO   —  Lime announced more big hiring news this morning with the appointment of Joe Kraus, a general partner at Alphabet's venture arm GV and an existing member of the bike …
Nov 6, 2018, 12:25 PMIn context

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