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Kirsten Korosec / TechCrunch:
A look at how Uber's Saudi Arabian operation, which sees 1.33M riders quarterly, has prepared product changes for the country's legalization of female drivers   —  Uber has about 95,000 monthly active drivers in Saudi Arabia.  And right now, only one is a woman.  —  But that's about to change.
Jun 26, 2018, 1:50 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Instagram now lets users have a four-way group video chat as they browse, after announcing the feature at F8 in May   —  Instagram's latest assault on Snapchat, FaceTime, and Houseparty launches today.  TechCrunch scooped back in March that Instagram would launch video calling …
Jun 26, 2018, 1:25 PMIn context
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
UK judge grants Uber a 15-month license to operate in London, provided it meets TfL conditions and pays £425K, after its license was revoked in September 2017   —  After failing to secure a renewal for a license to operate a private hire vehicle service in London last September, Uber …
Jun 26, 2018, 12:31 PMIn context
Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch:
Austria-based online travel agency for tour holidays TourRadar raises $50M Series C led by Silicon Valley's TCV   —  TourRadar, the online travel agency (OTA) that targets the multi-day touring market, continues to be on a roll.  The Vienna, Austria-headquartered company …
Jun 26, 2018, 8:55 AMIn context
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
San Francisco-based air quality mapping startup Aclima raises $24M Series A led by Social Capital to expand the reach and depth of its pollution maps   —  Aclima, a San Francisco-based company which builds Internet-connected air quality sensors and runs a software platform to analyze the extracted intel …
Jun 26, 2018, 8:20 AMIn context
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Tencent joins The Linux Foundation as a Platinum member, will take a seat on its board of directors, and will contribute open source software to the Foundation   —  Tencent, the $500-billion Chinese internet giant, is increasing its focus on open source after it became a platinum member of the Linux Foundation.
Jun 25, 2018, 7:25 PMIn context
Brian Brackeen / TechCrunch:
Brian Brackeen, CEO of facial recognition firm Kairos, on why the tech, given its abuse potential and bias against people of color, shouldn't be used by police   —  Recent news of Amazon's engagement with law enforcement to provide facial recognition surveillance (branded “Rekognition") …
Jun 25, 2018, 6:55 PMIn context
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
PayPal's Venmo follows Square by officially launching its own MasterCard-branded debit card in the US, following beta tests of a now-discontinued Visa card   —  Venmo today is officially introducing its own debit card in partnership with MasterCard, following beta tests of a Visa-branded debit card last year.
Jun 25, 2018, 11:50 AMIn context
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
India-based PolicyBazaar, a digital insurance brand that runs a lending marketplace, raises $200M led by Softbank's Vision Fund, bringing total raised to ~$350M   —  India's PolicyBazaar, which runs a digital insurance business of the same name and a lending marketplace called PaisaBazaar.com …
Jun 25, 2018, 10:50 AMIn context
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
AT&T confirms it is buying ad platform AppNexus, reportedly for between $1.6B-$2B   —  Another legacy carrier built on offering phone services is now taking a deeper dive into the world of advertising and specifically ad tech to help catapult itself into the next generation of tech and communications.
Jun 25, 2018, 9:20 AMIn context

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