Ahmed Mhiri is the Founder and CEO of TravelCar, a Founder Institute Paris portfolio company launched in 2012.While terms for the acquisition have not been disclosed, TravelCar has previously closed funding rounds totaling more than $22MM, including the $15MM series B in February 2017 where Groupe PSA joined the round for a prior 22% stake in the company.The concept is simple: allow travelers to park cheap or free at the airport - and even let them earn money while away traveling by renting their car to other travelers.TravelCar manages the entire process, and the owner’s vehicle is completely covered by the company’s comprehensive vehicle insurance protection.According to Brigitte Courtehoux, Senior Vice President for Connected Services and New Mobility Solutions at Groupe PSA,With a million users, TravelCar is a major success.
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Singapore’s fintech company and life insurer Singapore Life is stepping into the prepaid card space with the recent purchase of Canvas from local payments platform Yolopay.Through the acquisition, former Yolopay partner Liam McCance joins Singapore Life as chief marketing officer and head of its new fintech venture division.“Singapore Life intends to leverage on [value-added fintech] innovations via acquisitions, investments, and partnerships with companies aligned with Singapore Life’s ‘digital-first’ ethos.We expect to make more collaborative announcements in the near future,” McCance revealed.See also: A former HSBC insurance CEO started his own insurtech firm.The Canvas-branded Visa prepaid card gives parents a cashless method to issue pocket money and manage spending limits.
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Indonesia-based gaming platform PlayGame has secured an undisclosed investment from decentralized blockchain-powered protocol Tron Foundation.The newly acquired funding will allow PlayGame to fast-track its “proof of play” and launch its crypto payment gateway.It also plans to expand its platform to Japan, Korea, China, and Southeast Asia.Established in June 2018, PlayGame wants to “overcome the hurdles standing in the way of game developers,” such as “lack of transparency, piracy issues, inefficient payment calculation, and distribution.”The platform enables game publishers, developers, crypto-enthusiasts, and gaming communities to monetize the use of cryptocurrencies without affecting revenue.
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A version of this article will appear in the first edition of Karateng Magazine of the African Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai.Some of China’s largest tech giants are establishing roots in Africa’s budding e-commerce market, where structural limitations and immature markets have deterred global players.The prospect of getting an early seat at the table, however, has caught the eye of bigwigs such as Jack Ma, who has kickstarted a number of preliminary initiatives aimed at sowing seeds with promising African tech talent.In August, Ma launched a $10 million annual award called the Netpreneur Prize, which Ma hopes will foster hundreds of future African tech leaders.Each year 10 finalists will receive a $1 million grant from the Jack Ma Foundation for a business plan, as well as mentoring from Chinese industry leaders.“This prize demonstrates our support of the next generation of young entrepreneurs across Africa who are paving the way for a better future and imparting positive change in their communities.”
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多款“网约护士”App服务价格动辄数百元 安全问题引人担忧 – China National RadioWhat happened: After surveying private apps that provide at-home nursing services, China National Radio concluded that many are expensive and may pose safety risks.While convenient compared to service at public hospitals, app-based services such as injections are much pricier.In addition, the vetting process for nurses can be uneven.An app called “Gold Medal Nurse” (our translation), for instance, doesn’t display the hospitals where nurses work, or what kind of qualifications and licenses they hold.In addition, according to self-reported information, many of the app’s nurses have less than five years of experience.
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Asheley Landrum is an assistant professor of science communication at Texas Tech University.Her focus: how cultural values affect our understanding of science.Most recently she's been looking at the rise of flat Earth theory.Google searches for "flat earth" have grown massively over the past five years and flat Earth conventions have begun popping up all over the globe.Landrum interviewed 30 people who attended one flat Earth convention and found that all but one became flat Earthers after watching videos on YouTube.She presented her research at an event run by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
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Singapore-based ABCC Exchange announced today that a consortium of investors, led by its co-founder Calvin Cheng, and Singaporean investor Eric Cheng, has acquired a controlling majority stake in the company.ABCC Exchange also has offices in Malta and Gibraltar, and was for most of the second half of 2018 one of the top 10 exchanges in the world by volume.Today, the exchange has a daily trading volume of US$35 million with communities in 12 different languages.Singaporean entrepreneur Calvin Cheng founded Shanghai-based, Sydney-listed edtech company Retech, and was previously head of Asia franchising for modeling agency Elite Models.Property investor Eric Cheng is perhaps best known for selling his house and luxury car collection to buy Japanese crypto exchange BitTrade for US$50 million last year, selling a controlling stake to Chinese exchange operator Huobi just a few months later.ABCC said that it will continue building its presence in its key markets of Europe and Southeast Asia following the acquisition.
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The road to WrestleMania goes through Elimination Chamber, arguably one of WWE's most gimmicky main events, and this year's event ended on a grand note with a surprisingly wholesome, fulfilling main event.Here's our full run down of the event, including all the winners, highlights and fan reactionsThe results from Elimination Chamber will be updated as the night wears on.Baron Corbin vs. Braun Strowman ["No DQ"]Baron Corbin wins via pinfall after Drew McIntyre and Bobby Lashley triple-powerbombed Strowman through two tables.Oh and don't forget Finn Balor's washboard abs new title.
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Pairs of swing-dancing electrons do the Lindy Hop in "Superconductivity: The Musical," the winning video for this year's geektastic Dance Your PhD contest.Pramodh Yapa, a graduate student at the University of Alberta, Canada, beat out roughly 50 other entries for the interpretive dance based on his master's thesis, "Non-Local Electrodynamics of Superconducting Wires: Implications for Flux Noise and Inductance."The Dance Your PhD contest was established in 2008 by science journalist John Bohannon, and is sponsored by Science magazine and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).So he put together a dance party at Austria's Institute of Molecular Biotechnology, including a contest for whichever candidate could best explain their thesis topics with interpretive dance.There are four broad categories: physics, chemistry, biology, and social science, with a fairly liberal interpretation of what topics fall under each.Over the years, the quality of the videos has improved a bit—Bohannon recalled the first year's winning video just had a postdoc chasing after a couple of graduates to demonstrate mouse genetics—as has the prizes offered.
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Apex Legends, the Battle Royale shooter that is being tagged as a potential Fortnite killer, was released less than two weeks ago, but developer Respawn Entertainment said that it has already banned over 16,000 cheaters from the game.Respawn revealed the mind-boggling statistic through an update post on the Apex Legends sub-Reddit, where it also called for the community to try to capture proof of cheaters, such as a screenshot or video clip, and send them information through this link.Respawn added that if players are unable to acquire proof of cheating, they may just forward the alleged cheaters’ IDs, and the developer will investigate the reported accounts itself.There is currently no in-game feature in Apex Legends to report cheaters, but Respawn said that it is “a very good idea.” There is no timeline yet on when the feature will arrive to the Battle Royale shooter, but given the slew of updates that have already been released for the game, its addition might not take long.“Cheaters suck,” Respawn wrote in the Reddit post, and legitimate Apex Legends players will agree.The cheating problem has apparently escalated to the point that Twitch streamers are blatantly implementing hacks during broadcasts.
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If Bohemian Rhapsody can win best drama at the Golden Globes, who knows what will happen at the Oscars.With their 10 nominations each, the frontrunners are looking like Roma and The Favourite but if the Academy decides to make a surprise selection (Moonlight had most dramatic surprise win) Bohemian Rhapsody and the rest might be in with a chance.Based off its recent BAFTA wins in both the best picture and best director categories, Alfonso Cuaron's Roma is the safe bet.It helps that Roma is The Sound of Music-level moving storytelling, following Cleo, a cleaner and carer for a middle class family in 1970s Mexico.The moving painting of a film weaves in autobiographical elements from Cuaron's childhood during a time of political unrest.Also propelling Green Book is its people's choice award win at the Toronto International Film Festival.
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Singapore- and Thailand-based blockchain startup Band Protocol has raised US$3 million in a seed funding round led by Sequoia India.Dunamu & Partners and SeaX also participated in the round.With the fresh funding, the startup wants to accelerate the development of its mainnet, which is the main blockchain network for transactions.It also wants to establish its go-to-market strategy for 2019 and expand its engineering team to support its solution launch later this year.“Because we are a protocol, we need to support other developers and enterprises who want to develop on top of our protocol, which will require a bigger team,” Soravis Srinawakoon, Band Protocol’s co-founder and CEO, tells Tech in Asia.Founded in 2017, Band Protocol enables users to create “token-curated” communities to solve problems like fake news and the misuse of user data.
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The WWE Elimination Chamber 2019 happens today in Houston, Texas.Elimination Chamber 2019 is the continuation of Wrestlemania season, which began last month at the Royal Rumble and culminates at Wrestlemania 35 on April 7 in New Jersey.The 2019 Elimination Chamber will also crown the first ever WWE Women's Tag-Team Champions.Check out the specific start times as well as the current match card below.We'll continue to fill it in as more matches are added.Be sure to also check out CBS Sports' coverage of Elimination Chamber and their predictions.
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DollarsAndSense, a Singapore-based personal finance portal, has acquired local financial planning startup FundMyLife.The value of the deal was not disclosed.DollarsAndSense claims the acquisition will give it better consumer insights, strengthen its position in insurance products and services, and help it to identify gaps in Singaporeans’ financial planning knowledge.Founded in 2017, FundMyLife connects consumers with a curated pool of financial advisers through a Q platform.Before the acquisition, DollarsAndSense worked with FundMyLife in multiple areas including affiliate partnerships, content marketing, and improving engagement with the financial adviser community.FundMyLife co-founders Jackie Tan and Wesley Goi will remain on board to oversee the transition and ensure continuity.
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Despite being responsible for the world's first rollable OLED television display, LG is playing the 'wait and see' game with regards to foldable smartphones, according to the company's TV division boss, Brian Kwon.Kwon, who was handed the reins to LG's struggling phone business late last year, told reporters at a press conference in Seoul on Friday that the company has "reviewed releasing the foldable smartphone when launching [its] 5G smartphone but decided not to produce it,” as reported by The Korea Times.Stating that "LG’s main issue in [the] smartphone business is to regain its market position" and that "it is too early for LG to launch a foldable smartphone," Kwon goes on to say that the South Korean electronics giant is "fully ready to respond depending on consumers’ reactions" to the burgeoning technology.Given that LG's smartphone business is currently flagging, the decision to stick with traditional non-folding handsets for another year might end up hurting the company's phone sales even further.That said, it could also be the smart move in this instance, as the company can then make an informed decision about what does and doesn't work when it comes to foldable smartphone design – just look at all the proposed designs that TCL is currently experimenting with!In the meantime, LG is expected to debut its upcoming LG G8 and LG V50 ThinQ smartphones at this year's MWC 2019 exhibition later this month.
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Social media platforms should comply with a compulsory code of ethics overseen by an independent regulator to tackle harmful or illegal content on their sites, a Commons committee has demanded.In a major report, MPs warned that democracy is at risk from the “malicious and relentless” targeting of citizens with disinformation and adverts from unidentifiable sources, as they called for reform to electoral communication laws.The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee said ethics guidelines are needed to set out what is and what is not acceptable on social media, including harmful and illegal content that has been referred to the platforms by users or identified by the companies.If tech companies fail to meet their obligations under the code, then an independent regulator should be able to launch legal proceedings against them and have the power to issue large fines, the MPs said.They wrote: “Social media companies cannot hide behind the claim of being merely a ‘platform’ and maintain that they have no responsibility themselves in regulating the content of their sites.”The report also rounded on Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg, who was accused of showing “contempt” towards the committee by choosing not to appear before it last year.
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The report says tech and social media companies should be forced to comply with a compulsory code of ethics overseen by an independent regulator, which should have powers to take legal action against companies breaching the code.The report comes as a result of an inquiry conducted last year by Parliament's Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Committee into fake news and the spread of disinformation.In the course of its investigations, the committee examined the ways in which Facebook might have impacted the outcome of elections, including possible Russian interference, ad targeting and access to user data that violated the privacy rights of users.The report concluded that current electoral law is not fit for purpose in the digital age, leaving democracy at risk from online threats and that regulating social media will help curb these risks.said Damian Collins, chair of the DCMS Committee in a statement."The guiding principle of the 'move fast and break things' culture often seems to be that it is better to apologise than ask permission."
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Bad news for fans of Razer's digital game store, which the gaming hardware manufacturer only launched in April.As part of the company's "realignment plans," it's shutting the Razer Game Store on Feb. 28," according to an announcement on its storefront that PC Gamer noticed Saturday."It's been a privilege for us to recommend and deliver great digital game deals to you," the Irvine, California-based company said."We will be investing in other ways to deliver great content and introduce game promotions through Razer Gold, our virtual credits system."The store, first launched in the US and Europe markets and later Southeast Asia, offered exclusive game deals and discounts on peripherals.The company will still honor any preorders made through the store.
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The British government has reportedly concluded that any risks from the use of Huawei equipment in its 5G networks can be mitigated.That determination was made by the UK's National Cyber Security Center (NCSC), according to a Financial Times report Sunday citing two unnamed sources familiar the conclusion, which hasn't been made public.The NCSC didn't immediately respond to a request for confirmation and comment.The conclusion runs contrary US State Department efforts discouraging European countries preparing for the rollout of 5G -- the high-speed, next-generation networking technology -- from using equipment from made by the Chinese tech company.US officials have reportedly met with representatives of the European Commission to warn them that the Chinese government could use Huawei equipment for spying.That warning followed escalating tensions between the US and Huawei that have seen the arrest of the company's CFO in and 23 indictments thrust on the company by the United States.
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If you like the looks of blacked-out badass trucks but don’t want to fork out big bucks for a no-compromise off-road desert racer, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has a truck for you.As with the 1976 version, the 2019 Warlock focuses on appearance with only a touch of additional off-road capability.The 2019 Warlock special edition is available only with the previous generation 2019 Ram 1500 Classic version, not the redesigned Ram 1500 introduced for this model year.Because buyer demand for Ram pickups outpaced supply, Ram continued to run the older version production line along with the newer manufacturing facilities for the redesigned truck.Signature details on the new Ram Warlock include huge R-A-M lettering on the front grille, power-coated bumpers front and rear, a 1-inch ride lift, and Warlock decals.The truck will come with 20-inch semi-gloss black aluminum wheels, LED fog lamps, dark-bezeled projector headlamps, LED rear tail lamps, tow hooks, and heavy-duty rear shocks.
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