From TechCrunch: Africa Roundup: eBay expands, Google CEO visits Lagos, Ghana enters space

 eBay opened up its U.S. platform to Africa through its partnership with MallforAfrica.com. Americans can now buy products on eBay from select vendors in six African countries, starting with merchandise categories of fashion, art, jewelry, and clothing.
For the new program, MallforAfrica selects the sellers and handles payments on its proprietary platform. DHL is the shipping partner. Online… Read More

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From TechCrunch: China’s UrWork invests in Indonesia’s ReWork via $3M deal as WeWork rivalry heats up

 UrWork, the unicorn that is competing with WeWork in China, is following its American rival’s lead by extending its reach in Southeast Asia after it took part in a $3 million funding round for Indonesia-based ReWork. The round, which is described as pre-Series A, was led by China-U.S. firm ATM Capital and Indonesia’s Convergence Ventures. UrWork was a participant alongside U.S.… Read More

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From TechCrunch: Facebook is testing features to help you make new friends

 Facebook wants to show you more of what you have in common with potential new friends and make sure you don’t forget about your old ones either. The company is rolling out a feature that allows you to get a closer look at your friend’s buddies. It’s not only showcasing connections you’ve yet to make but a lot of current friends as well, which seems a bit odd, but I… Read More

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From TechCrunch: What happened to Equifax today

Today was a terrible day for the 143 million consumers impacted by the Equifax data breach. Many of these folks had Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and driver’s license numbers compromised. And the credit card information for hundreds of thousands more was put at risk. Though it was uncovered by the company a little over a month ago, Equifax held off from announcing… Read More

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From TechCrunch: Dan Gilbert confirms he’s trying to get Amazon to build its second HQ in Detroit

 Dan Gilbert wants Amazon in Detroit. The real estate mogul confirmed to TechCrunch that he has formed internal and external teams to fully explore the possibility of Amazon locating its second HQ in Detroit. Amazon would join General Motors, Quicken Loans, Ally Financial, Comerica and others in having a headquarters in the city’s bustling downtown region. Read More

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From TechCrunch: Teralytics wants to tap telcos’ big data to help cities get smarter about Uber and Lyft

 Teralytics’s big data analytics platform is targeting government agencies and transport companies wanting to understand complex problems relating to human mobility — from how to relieve transport pressure points to monitoring urban air quality without the need for CO2 sensors. Just plug in telecos’ data to play… Read More

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From TechCrunch: Final days to apply for Startup Battlefield Australia

 What could you do in the next three days to change your startup’s trajectory? Apply to Startup Battlefield Australia! Taking an hour today to apply could result in $25K AUD, an all-expense paid trip to TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco 2018, pitch training that will leave investors asking for more, global media exposure and a warm welcome into the Startup Battlefield Alumni Community. Read More

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From TechCrunch: Crunch Report | Marvel and Star Wars going exclusively to Disney streaming

Crunch Report Star Wars Today’s Stories  Disney’s streaming service will exclusively get Marvel and Star Wars movies Amazon is looking for a 2nd headquarter city, a ‘full equal to Seattle’ Spotify and Hulu partner on a discounted entertainment bundle, first aimed at students HotelTonight to expand booking window to 100 days Credits Written and Hosted by: Anthony Ha Filmed by: Matthew… Read More

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From TechCrunch: I called Equifax to find out if I’d been affected but it just hung up on me, three times

 People haven’t had much success online trying to find out it their Social Security number was included in a massive Equifax breach (affecting possibly half the U.S.) reported earlier today, so I called Equifax’s emergency response line to see what I could find out. Read More

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From TechCrunch: Former GrubHub employee testified drivers often complained about ‘ghost orders’

 GrubHub was back in court today in San Francisco over its use of 1099 independent contractors for food delivery. Tj O’Shae, a former GrubHub W-2 employee, echoed much of what plaintiff Raef Lawson testified. She spoke about preferred drivers getting access to priority scheduling, acceptance rates, bonuses, a system that allowed GrubHub to see where their drivers were and “ghost… Read More

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