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  • The Station: CES trends and Uber plots another spinoff
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    The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here — just click The Station — to receive it every weekend in your inbox. Hi friends and new readers, welcome back to The Station, a newsletter dedicated to all the present and future ways people and packages… Read more »
  • Calling Bucharest VCs: Be featured in The Great TechCrunch Survey of European VC
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    TechCrunch is embarking on a major project to survey the venture capital investors of Europe and their cities. Our survey of VCs in Bucharest and Romania will capture how the country is faring, and what changes are being wrought amongst investors by the coronavirus pandemic. We’d like to know how… Read more »
  • It may not be as glamorous as D2C, but beauty tech is big money
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    Sindhya Valloppillil Contributor Share on Twitter Sindhya Valloppillil is the founder and CEO of Skin Dossier, a venture partner at Next Gen Ventures, a freelance writer and formerly a beauty industry executive and marketing professor. Last week, Procter & Gamble (P&G) announced that it was terminating plans to acquire razor… Read more »
  • Bustle CEO Bryan Goldberg explains his plans for taking the company public
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    Bustle Digital Group — owner of Bustle, Inverse, Input, Mic and other titles — could eventually join the ranks of startups going public via a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC). During an interview about the state of BDG and the digital media industry at the end of 2020, founder and… Read more »
  • Watch Virgin Orbit launch a rocket to space from a modified 747 for the first time
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    Virgin Orbit scored a major success on Sunday, with a test flight that not only achieved its goals of reaching space and orbit, but also of delivering payloads on board for NASA, marking its first commercial mission, too. The launch was a success in every possible regard, which puts Virgin… Read more »
  • WhatsApp-Facebook data-sharing transparency under review by EU DPAs after Ireland sends draft decision
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    A long-running investigation in the European Union focused on the transparency of data-sharing between Facebook and WhatsApp has taken the first major step toward a resolution. Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC) confirmed Saturday it sent a draft decision to fellow EU DPAs toward the back end of last year. This… Read more »
  • Tencent-backed Hike, once India’s answer to WhatsApp, has given up on messaging
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    India’s answer to WhatsApp has completely moved on from messaging. Hike Messenger, backed by Tencent, Tiger Global and SoftBank and valued at $1.4 billion in 2016, earlier this month announced that it was shutting down StickerChat, its messaging app. (StickerChat users saw notifications about it late last week.) The startup,… Read more »
  • proSapient raises $10M Series A led by Smedvig Capital to expand expert network platform
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    For several years there has been talk about how to leverage “experts” online. How do you “suck their brains” for information in an efficient manner, whether it be for research into companies or sectors, often for investment purposes. Major players in this arena include GLG, Third Bridge, Guidepoint and Alphasights.… Read more »
  • Samsung vice chairman Jay Y. Lee sent back to prison in bribery case
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    Samsung Electronics vice chairman Jay Y. Lee is back in prison following a retrial of his 2017 conviction in a bribery case that helped lead to the downfall of former South Korean president Park Geun-hye. The Seoul High Court sentenced Lee to 30 months on Monday. Lee was originally convicted… Read more »
  • Goama lets developers integrate a social gaming platform into their apps
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    Goama (also known as Go Games) lets developers quickly integrate social games into their apps. Some of Goama’s clients have used it for promotional campaigns, while others rely on the platform, which introduces new games every week, to add a full-fledged gaming function to their app. The startup, which recently… Read more »