• WhatsApp business accounts will either be verified, confirmed or unconfirmed
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     Another tidbit around how WhatsApp’s incoming business accounts will function: According to a FAQ for users of the messaging platform — on “Chatting with businesses” — they will either have one of three status types: unconfirmed, confirmed or verified.  Read More ... Read more »
  • Apple’s App Store now lets you pre-order iOS apps and games before they launch
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     Apple has quietly allowed developers to make their apps available for pre-order. It’s a basic feature — as Android fanatics will point out — but nevertheless one that has been missing from the App Store. Upcoming apps will now be allowed to list in the App Store as far out... Read more »
  • Germany’s Penta is a new digital bank account for startups and SMEs
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     Germany’s Penta is the latest European startup to throw its banking wares into the ring. The burgeoning company is launching a new digital bank account targeting SMEs. Read More ... Read more »
  • Google: Southeast Asia’s internet economy is growing faster than expected
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     Southeast Asia is now the world’s third largest region for internet users — with more people online than the entire U.S. population — and internet is having a bigger impact on the region than originally thought, according to a new report co-authored by Google. China and India typically dominate the conversation when... Read more »
  • With Norrsken House, ex-Klarna executive envisions a global network of co-working spaces focused on impact
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     In 2016, Niklas Adalberth stepped away from day-to-day operations at the financial services startup Klarna, the billion-dollar company he helped create, to begin working on a new kind of impact investment fund. For Adalberth, the years at Klarna wondering and worrying about credit ratings, credit offerings, and payments had lost their... Read more »
  • Devialet built a car audio system for Renault’s Symbioz concept car
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     High-end speaker maker Devialet is branching out of home speakers. The company announced a partnership with Renault for its first ever car audio system. You can’t buy a Renault car with Devialet speakers just yet, but there’s a Renault concept car with those speakers. Devialet has always said that it... Read more »
  • Watch SpaceX launch a reflown ship on a reflown rocket live here
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     UPDATE: This launch has been moved and is now targeting the backup window of Wednesday, December 13 at 8:24 AM PST (11:24 AM EST). The live stream will be available 15 minutes prior to that time above. SpaceX is launching a space station resupply mission later this morning, with an... Read more »
  • Africa’s SureRemit joins the tokenized race to win the global remittance market
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     Nigerian based SureRemit has launched a crypto token aimed at money sent home by global immigrants. The startup — which is incorporated in Mauritius — offered pre-sales of its remittance focused tokens this week, before a January 2018 ICO. SureRemit will use blockchain partner Stellar’s platform. The company is connecting... Read more »
  • India’s Vahdam Teas raises $1.4M to bring fresher tea to your door faster
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     Vahdam Teas, an e-commerce that’s focused on selling the freshest brews on the planet, has closed a Series A funding round worth $1.4 million to grow its business. The funding was led by new backers Fireside Venture, Mumbai Angels, Singapore Angel Network and undisclosed existing investors. The two-year-old company previously raised... Read more »
  • One month after denying it will exit China, AWS opens its second region there
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     Amazon Web Services has opened its second region in China with a local partner, Ningxia Western Cloud Data Technology. The launch comes just one month after Amazon denied reports that AWS is leaving China, but said the company sold “certain physical infrastructure assets” to Internet services company Beijing Sinnet, which... Read more »