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Spotify’s new test lets influencers post Stories to introduce their own playlists – TechCrunch

Spotify’s new test lets influencers post Stories to introduce their own playlists – TechCrunch

Spotify is testing a new Stories feature that will allow select influencers to incorporate video elements into their public playlists, TechCrunch has learned and Spotify confirmed. The first influencer to test the feature is makeup and fashion YouTube star Summer Mckeen, who currently has a social media fan base that includes 2.33 million YouTube subscribers, […]

Challenger business bank Qonto raises $115 million round led by Tencent and DST Global – TechCrunch

Challenger business bank Qonto raises $115 million round led by Tencent and DST Global – TechCrunch

French startup Qonto has raised a $115 million Series C funding round led by Tencent and DST Global. Today’s news comes a few days after another French fintech startup Lydia raised some money from Tencent. Existing investors Valar and Alven are also participating in today’s funding round. TransferWise co-founder Taavet Hinrikus and Adyen CFO Ingo […]

Instagram drops IGTV button, but only 1% downloaded the app – TechCrunch

Instagram drops IGTV button, but only 1% downloaded the app – TechCrunch

At most, 7 million of Instagram’s 1 billion-plus users have downloaded its standalone IGTV app in the 18 months since launch. And now, Instagram’s main app is removing the annoying orange IGTV button from its home page in what feels like an admission of lackluster results. For reference, TikTok received 1.15 billion downloads in the […]

Cambridge Analytica email chain with Facebook sheds new light on data misuse scandal – TechCrunch

Cambridge Analytica email chain with Facebook sheds new light on data misuse scandal – TechCrunch

Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Brittany Kaiser has released new documents today that suggest Facebook accepted only a simple acknowledgment on email from the firm that it had deleted data associated with 87 million Facebook users’ profiles. The data was improperly obtained in 2014 by researchers with access to Facebook’s developer platform who were being paid by […]

Mobile payment app Lydia raises $45 million round led by Tencent – TechCrunch

Mobile payment app Lydia raises $45 million round led by Tencent – TechCrunch

French startup Lydia is raising a $45 million Series B round (€40 million). Tencent is leading the round with existing investors CNP Assurances, XAnge and New Alpha also participating. If you live in France, chances are you already know Lydia quite well. The company has become a ubiquitous mobile payment app, especially for people under […]

Instagram’s Boomerang evolves with SloMo, Echo, & Duo effects – TechCrunch

Instagram’s Boomerang evolves with SloMo, Echo, & Duo effects – TechCrunch

Nearly five years after launching, Instagram’s back-and-forth video loop maker Boomerang is finally getting a big update. Users around the globe can now  add SlowMo, “Echo” blurring, and “Duo” rapid rewind special effects to their Boomerangs, as well as trim their length. This is the biggest creative upgrade yet for one of mobile’s most popular […]

Just Spices, the German spice mix startup, raises €13M Series B – TechCrunch

Just Spices, the German spice mix startup, raises €13M Series B – TechCrunch

Just Spices, the German-founded spice mix brand, is disclosing €13 million in Series B funding. The round is led by Five Seasons Ventures and Coefficient Capital, with Bitburger Ventures also joining. A direct to consumer play, Just Spices offers two main product lines: Spice Mixes and “IN MINUTES”. The first consists of various spice blends, […]

Twitter co-founder Biz Stone backs tutoring platform Scoodle – TechCrunch

Twitter co-founder Biz Stone backs tutoring platform Scoodle – TechCrunch

Scoodle, a U.K.-based startup that, in its own words, wants to help tutors become influencers, is disclosing $760,000 in pre-seed funding. Backing the round is Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, alongside Tiny VC, IFG Ventures and a number of unnamed angels. Scoodle is also the first edtech company to join the University of Oxford’s accelerator, Oxford […]

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