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Lending platform Funding Circle raises £300M in London IPO, valuing it at £1.5B, as investor interest cools – TechCrunch

Another fintech startup has made the leap into publicly-traded company: Funding Circle, the peer-to-peer lending platform for small and medium businesses that was originally founded in the UK, opened for trading today on the London Stock Exchange. It was a positive, if not stratospheric, debut. Trading under FNIG.L, its stock …

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Tech In Asia lays off staff after canceling planned ICO – TechCrunch

Earlier this month, media startup Tech In Asia surprised its readers when it announced plans to implement an $18 per month paywall. More expensive than packages for the Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal, the subscription went live this week. It’s designed to make the business self-sustaining after a tricky …

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One week left to buy spectator tickets to Startup Battlefield MENA 2018 – TechCrunch

It’s just one short week until we bring our premier startup competition to the Middle East and North Africa for the first time, and we are stoked! TechCrunch Startup Battlefield MENA 2018 takes place October 3 in Beirut, Lebanon. We’ve chosen 15 of the region’s best early-stage startups to compete …

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California cops bust crime ring that nabbed $1M worth of devices from Apple Stores – TechCrunch

Fear not, citizens — the law enforcement apparatus of California has apprehended or is hot on the trail of more than a dozen hardened criminals who boldly stole from the state’s favorite local business: Apple . Their unconscionable larceny amounted to more than a million dollars’ worth of devices stolen …

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Our 3 favorite startups from Urban-X’s 4th demo day – TechCrunch

Urban-X, the urban-tech startup accelerator backed by BMW MINI and early-stage urban-tech fund Urban.Us, hosted a demo day today for its fourth cohort of companies at its Brooklyn HQ.  The seven presenting companies offered solutions to issues plaguing modern cities, including toll-road pricing, energy and construction management, and even the inefficiencies …

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Google adds creator credit to Images – TechCrunch

Google’s attempting to smooth out its relationship with photo rights holders by bringing some additional contextual data to its Image Search. In a blog post today, Product Manager Ashutosh Agarwal highlighted the company’s plan to associate Creator and Credit metadata with images served up via search. The company notes that …

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Dark Phoenix’ looks appropriately ominous – TechCrunch

 The X-Men movie franchise is still chugging along — and it’s returning to one of of the comics’ best-known stories. For those of you who haven’t read it, the Dark Phoenix saga focuses on Jean Grey’s growing telekinetic powers, which eventually transform her personality and force her fellow X-Men …

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Fund raises $200 million to lend cash to startup employees whose liquidity is locked up in equity – TechCrunch

Troy Capital Group has closed its $200 million fund to provide loans to startup employees whose liquidity is locked up in company stock. The fund, backed by the multi-billion dollar private equity giant Oaktree Capital, is the latest investment vehicle from Troy Capital Partners, a four year-old venture firm founded …

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A majority of U.S. teens are bullied online – TechCrunch

A majority of U.S. teens have been subject to online abuse, according to a new study from Pew Research Center, out this morning. Specifically, that means they’ve experienced at least one of a half-dozen types of online cyberbullying, including name-calling, being subject to false rumors, receiving explicit images they didn’t …

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Samsung chairman indicted on anti-union charges – TechCrunch

More problems for Samsung executives this week, as chairman Lee Sang-hoon is indicted on union sabotage charges. Lee’s not alone — twenty-seven other Samsung employees and partners are also being hit with similar charges. The charges are considered a kind of validation after years of concern over the electronics giant’s …

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