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Alexa Skills That Are Actually Fun and Useful
Wired

Sure, you can add items to your shopping list, check the weather, and get random trivia. Now let's take your Echo to the next level. more…

Indonesian investment platform FUNDtastic lands $7.7 million Series A
TechCrunch

Despite the market impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, retail investing is increasing in Indonesia, especially among people aged 18 to 30. Today, investment platform FUNDtastic announced it has raised a $7.7 million Series A to tap into that demand, with plans t… more…

Salesforce delivers, Wall Street doubts as stock falls 6.3% post-earnings
TechCrunch

Wall Street investors can be fickle beasts. Take Salesforce as an example. The CRM giant announced a $5.82 billion quarter when it reported earnings yesterday. Revenue was up 20% year over year. The company also reported $21.25 billion in total revenue for th… more…

Joby Aviation takes flight into the public markets via a SPAC merger
TechCrunch

Joby Aviation, a startup that has spent a more than a decade developing an all-electric, vertical take-off and landing passenger aircraft, will become a public company through a merger with Reinvent Technology Partners, a special purpose acquisition company f… more…

Twilio to become minority owner in Syniverse Technologies with $750M investment
TechCrunch

Syniverse Technologies, a company that helps mobile providers move communications across public and private networks, announced an extensive partnership with Twilio this morning. Under the agreement, Twilio is investing up to $750 million to become a minority… more…

Daily Crunch: Twitter announces ‘Super Follow’ subscriptions
TechCrunch

Twitter reveals its move into paid subscriptions, Australia passes its media bargaining law and Coinbase files its S-1. This is your Daily Crunch for February 25, 2021. The big story: Twitter announces ‘Super Follow’ subscriptions Twitter announced its first … more…

Five takeaways from Coinbase’s S-1
TechCrunch

This morning I want to dig more deeply into Coinbase's user numbers, its asset mix, its growing subscription incomes, its competitive landscape and who owns what in the company. more…

Customer data platform Lexer raises $25.5M Series B for global expansion
TechCrunch

The massive shift to online shopping during the COVID-19 pandemic means retailers need to analyze customer data quickly in order to compete against rivals like Amazon. Lexer, a customer data platform headquartered in Melbourne, Australia, helps brands manage … more…

Twitter plans to double revenue by 2023, reach 315M daily users
TechCrunch

Just ahead of its 2021 virtual investor day on Thursday, Twitter this morning announced its three long-term goals focused on user base and revenue growth, and a faster pace of shipping new features across its platform. The company said it aims to “at least” d… more…

Jumia narrows losses, as its payment service grows in financial results
TechCrunch

After years of losses, African e-commerce giant Jumia claimed significant progress towards profitability in its Q4 2020. Backing that claim, Jumia reported record gross profit and some improvements to its cost structure. The company wrote in its earnings rele… more…

Jumia co-CEO Jeremy Hodara talks African e-commerce, and his company’s path to profitability
TechCrunch

This month, African e-commerce giant Jumia released its second full-year financials for Q4 and its fiscal year 2020. The results were mixed — active customers and gross profit increased, while orders and gross merchandise volume (GMV) fell. A particular featu… more…

The Station: Lucid Motors, Joby Aviation take the SPAC path and Sergey Brin’s airship ambitions
TechCrunch

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 a… more…

Federal and State Regulators Probe Robinhood Over Meme Stock Trading Restrictions
Gizmodo.com

U.S. regulators are investigating Robinhood after it temporarily blocked users from purchasing so-called meme stocks on its stock trading app amid the Reddit-fueled short squeeze earlier this year.Read more... more…

Bots Reportedly Helped Fuel GameStonks Hype on Facebook, Twitter, and Other Platforms
Gizmodo.com

The s0-called GameStonks saga had some help from automated bots hyping up “meme” stocks on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, according to an analysis by the cybersecurity firm PiiQ Media reviewed by Reuters.Read more... more…

Global Markets Drop Sharply, Following Wall Street’s Slump
New York Times

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Powell to Testify as Focus on Economic Pain Persists
New York Times

Jerome Powell, the Federal Reserve chair, will testify before Congress at 10 a.m. Eastern as the weak labor market lingers. Here’s the latest. more…

GameStop shares surge more than 100%
CNN

GameStop shares climbed rapidly and were halted twice for volatility ahead of the closing bell Wednesday. The gaming retailer's stock was priced at $91.71 at market close, up nearly 104% from the previous day. more…

Don’t look now, but GameStop’s stock price is surging again
Ars Technica

75 percent increase in one hour disrupts weeks of relatively calm prices. more…

POLL-Russian stocks to hit new highs in 2021 as commodity-driven recovery gains speed - Reuters
Reuters

Russia's stock market will hit all-time highs this year, boosted by strong commodity prices, record low interest rates and a business activity surge as countries roll out COVID-19 vaccines, a Reuters poll of 17 market experts forecast. more…

Spanish energy companies to carry the torch for renewable deals - Reuters
Reuters

Several Spanish clean energy companies are planning stock market listings or stake sales within the next two years, taking advantage of a market boom in green assets to raise funds to build more wind farms and solar parks. more…