Bfree, a Nigerian startup enabling lenders recover debt ethically, gets $3M backing

Bfree, a tech-enabled debt collection startup based in Nigeria, was founded to automate and introduce ethical debt recovery processes after its founders witnessed the use and adverse effects of aggressive retrieval techniques, such as incessant calling and debt-shaming, by predatory digital lenders. After its launch in 2020, the startup introduced a number of scalable debt […]
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Mastodon users can now share their profile via QR code on Android

Decentralized social network Mastodon has updated its official app for Android to let users easily share their profiles with QR Codes. This could be useful in loud places like event and hotel lobbies to exchange profiles, the company said in a blog post. To share the QR code, users can go to their profile tab […]
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Meta’s ‘consent or pay’ data grab in EU faces fresh charges of privacy coercion

A controversial move by Meta last year, when it switched to charging users in the Europe Union for an ad-free subscription for access Facebook and/or Instagram unless they agreed to be tracked and profiled so it could keep running its attention-mining microtargeting ad business, has triggered a set of complaints from consumer rights groups. The […]
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Ambani’s Reliance and Disney merge India media assets to form $8.5B joint venture

Reliance, its portfolio Viacom18 and Disney are merging their media businesses in India, creating the largest media entity in the world’s most populous nation. Reliance, which will control the joint venture, directly owns 16.34% of the merged entity, which it has valued at $8.5 billion. Disney will own a 36.84% stake in the merged entity, […]
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Alibaba Cloud slashes prices by as much as 55% to fuel AI growth in China

The move aims to make “cloud capabilities more inclusive and accessible in the era of AI,” said Alibaba Cloud on Thursday.

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Winklevoss firm to return $1.1bn to customers

Gemini was co-founded by twins Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss – known for their legal dispute with Facebook.

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Elon Musk again promises next-generation Roadster, six years after first hyping it

Tesla CEO Elon Musk wrote a series of posts promising that the company is working on a next-generation Roadster

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‘Taiwan needs to find its own groove’: what startups want from the next president

Once Lai Ching-te is inaugurated as Taiwan’s president in May, his administration will mark an unprecedented three terms of Democratic Progressive Party rule. His victory underscored the desire of voters to maintain the status quo, even as Taiwan continues to deal with the looming specter of China. Soon after he was elected in January, Lai […]
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X goes to court in Elon Musk’s war against an anti-hate research org

Elon Musk’s crusade against the extremism research organization the Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) will have its day in court on Thursday. Elon Musk’s X sued the CCDH last year, accusing it of “actively working to assert false and misleading claims about X.” The nonprofit, formed in 2018, conducts research on social media platforms […]
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Water scarcity threatens chipmakers like TSMC and could push prices higher, according to S&P

TSMC’s dominance in the chip industry could allow it to charge higher prices if supplies dip.

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