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Nala has built a hassle-free, offline mobile money payment platform for Africa

Benjamin Fernandes, the Tanzanian co-founder chief executive of Nala, spent hundreds of hours talking to local Tanzanians about their frustrations with mobile money payment services before he launched his new payment platform.

While at least a hundred million Africans hold mobile money accounts, the process of transacting over the services is...

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Facebook failed to block 20% of uploaded New Zealand shooter videos

Facebook said it removed 1.5 million videos from its site within the first 24 hours after a shooter livestreamed his attack on two New Zealand mosques, killing 50 people.

In a series of tweets, Facebook’s Mia Garlick said a total of 1.2 million videos were blocked at the point of upload. Videos that included “praise or support”...

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A huge trove of medical records and prescriptions found exposed

A health tech company was leaking thousands of doctor’s notes, medical records, and prescriptions daily after a security lapse left a server without a password.

The little-known software company, California-based Meditab, bills itself as one of the leading electronic medical records software makers for hospitals, doctor’s offices,...

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Welcome to the hub of all hubs: Cosmos has launched

Last week the Cosmos Network launched, which I believe to be a major event. Yes, it’s a blockchain initiative — but definitely not just another one. If I’m right, its repercussions will one day reach your life too, though it’s sufficiently bleeding-edge that those ripples probably won’t hit you for a decade. Maybe...

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Decade in review: Trends in seed- and early-stage funding

We’ve decided to step back from the breaking news for a minute to conduct a review of seed and early-stage funding trends over the last decade for U.S.-based companies.

I’m fairly certain we can all agree that the environment for startups has changed dramatically in the past 10 years, specifically in two major ways:

  1. The development of...

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Vectordash’s cloud gaming service brings crypto-miners a new revenue stream

PC gaming has grown to be a pretty wide niche of people with some far-flung similarities and differences, one thing they all share are souped-up rigs that rely on beefy GPUs. This is fine for those with dedicated machines but PC gaming isn’t too friendly to those trying to pull double-duty on their everyday machine.

Vectordash, launching out...

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Equity transcribed: Uber IPO, Stash’s raise and more YC movement

Welcome back to this week’s transcribed edition of Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast that unpacks the numbers behind the headlines. We’re running an experiment for Extra Crunch members that puts the words of our wildly popular venture capital podcast, Equity, in your eyes instead of your ears.

This week, along...

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  4. Apple kerfuffles, praise groups, and media layoffs
  5. Startups Weekly: Uber’s headline-grabbing week and sextech at SXSW
  6. U.S. federal court jury finds Apple infringed three Qualcomm patents
  7. No Man’s Sky has a big new update due out this summer
  8. XGenomes is bringing DNA sequencing to the masses
  9. Shiok Meats takes the cultured meat revolution to the seafood aisle with plans for cultured shrimp
  10. After Christchurch, Reddit bans communities infamous for sharing graphic videos of death
  11. Verified Expert Lawyer: Mital Makadia
  12. What to watch for in a VC term sheet
  13. Portal automatically opens doors for wheelchair users, no button pressing required
  14. Beto O’Rourke could be the first hacker president
  15. The inevitability of tokenized data
  16. Zeus raises $24M to make you a living-as-a-service landlord
  17. PagerDuty just filed its S-1
  18. James Gunn is back at the helm of Guardians of the Galaxy 3
  19. Twitter confirms a new ‘Subscribe to Conversation’ feature for following tweets of interest
  20. Suse is once again an independent company
  21. CoParenter helps divorced parents settle disputes using AI and human mediation
  22. Big data AI startup Noble.AI raises a second seed round from a chemical giant
  23. Last day to save $100 on TC Sessions: Robotics + AI 2019
  24. Daily Crunch: Social media struggles with shooting tragedy
  25. Facebook says its new AI technology can detect ‘revenge porn’
  26. Toyota and Panasonic will showcase assistive robotics during the Tokyo Summer Olympics
  27. Videos of shooting tragedy in New Zealand continue resurfacing on social media
  28. Understanding Instagram’s founding story and more from SXSW
  29. Google filed a folding phone patent application, too
  30. Pi Day wasn’t pleasant for a lot of tech execs
  31. YC-backed Aura Vision analyzes video footage to provide new data to retailers
  32. Uber’s IPO targets April, Stash stacks cash and YC shakes it up
  33. Looking for a $2,500 smartwatch? Garmin’s got ‘em
  34. UC Berkeley’s Ken Goldberg and Michael I. Jordan will discuss AI at TC Sessions: Robotics + AI April 18
  35. In a challenge to Twitch and YouTube, Facebook adds ‘Gaming’ to its main navigation
  36. Facebook loses CPO Chris Cox and WhatsApp VP Chris Daniels
  37. Firework officially launches a short-form video storytelling app, backed by Lightspeed
  38. Uber will reportedly file for IPO next month
  39. This robot can park your car for you
  40. Verified Expert Lawyer: Chinh Pham
  41. Huawei has built an Android alternative in case US tensions increase
  42. Apple’s iCloud recovers after a four-hour outage
  43. Slack removes 28 accounts linked to hate groups
  44. Valve lets you stream Steam games from anywhere
  45. Twitter wants workforce to be at least 5% black, 5% Latinx by the end of this year
  46. Kamala Harris wants to quadruple the US Digital Service budget and bring it to states
  47. Microsoft open sources its data compression algorithm and hardware for the cloud
  48. How to watch Elon Musk unveil the Tesla Model Y
  49. Daily Crunch: Telegram soars after Facebook outage
  50. Facebook blames a server configuration change for yesterday’s outage
  51. London proptech startup Nested has laid off 20% of its workforce citing ‘Brexit uncertainty’
  52. Only 1 more day to save on tickets to TC Sessions: Robotics + AI 2019
  53. Apple Music comes to Fire TV
  54. Take NVIDIA’s new Deep Learning Robotics Workshop at TC Sessions: Robotics + AI
  55. Opportunity’s last Mars panorama is a showstopper
  56. Boeing requests FAA ground the 737 as the President pushes an emergency order
  57. Sketch, maker of popular design tools, just landed $20 million in Series A funding from Benchmark in its first outside round
  58. The adversarial persuasion machine: a conversation with James Williams
  59. The FDA proposes further restrictions to sales of flavored e-cig products
  60. Facebook, Instagram and Messenger are down for some users
  61. Newsela raises $50M to expand a content repository for K-12 learning that replaces traditional textbooks
  62. The legendary and indescribable Dwarf Fortress goes non-ASCII and non-free for the first time
  63. Daily Crunch: Spotify files complaint against Apple
  64. After FAA doubles down on 737 decision, Canada grounds the planes amid reports of complaints from U.S. pilots
  65. YouTube Music and YouTube Premium come to India
  66. Determined AI nabs $11M Series A to democratize AI development
  67. After being acquired by Spotify, Gimlet’s staff looks to unionize
  68. 2 days left to save $100 on TC Sessions: Robotics + AI
  69. Wattpad gains strategic investment from Times Bridge to further expand in India
  70. ICE has a huge license plate database targeting immigrants, documents reveal
  71. Automation Hero picks up $14.5 million led by Atomico
  72. Google has quietly added DuckDuckGo as a search engine option for Chrome users in ~60 markets
  73. Uber’s self-driving car unit was burning $20 million a month
  74. A first look at Twitter’s new prototype app, twttr
  75. Flight-hailing startup BlackBird raises $10 million to replace driving with flying
  76. Boeing is moving to address potential issues in new 737s as Europe bans its plane
  77. Startup Law A to Z: Employment Law
  78. Scaleway updates its high-performance instances
  79. Google’s new voice recognition system works instantly and offline (if you have a Pixel)
  80. African e-commerce startup Jumia files for IPO on NYSE
  81. Disney says Fox acquisition will close on March 20
  82. Daily Crunch: Facebook pulls Warren ads criticizing Facebook
  83. Only 3 days left to save on TC Sessions: Robotics + AI 2019 tickets
  84. Uber agrees to pay drivers $20 million to settle independent contractor lawsuit
  85. Harvard-MIT initiative grants $750K to projects looking to keep tech accountable
  86. Mozilla launches its free, encrypted file-sharing service, Firefox Send
  87. Goalsetter gives parents a way to teach their kids how to save money
  88. Truepill, the ‘AWS for pharmacies,’ gets $10M from Initialized Capital
  89. Investing app Stash raises $65M, launches banking and ‘stock-back’ rewards with Green Dot
  90. Pluto is travel insurance aimed at millennials
  91. Twitter launches its first podcast, ‘Character Count,’ focused on its ad business
  92. NVIDIA and OpenAI’s capped returns
  93. Andreessen Horowitz is making the move to San Francisco at long last
  94. Apple sends out invites for March 25 ‘special event’
  95. 4 days left to save on tickets to TC Sessions: Robotics + AI 2019
  96. Tidal’s high-fidelity ‘Masters’ audio mode lands on iOS apps
  97. Bottomless has a solution for lazy coffee addicts
  98. Bitcoin gets slower, smaller and more like Ethereum
  99. Online platforms need a super regulator and public interest tests for mergers, says UK parliament report
  100. Twitter’s new prototype app ‘twttr’ launches today