Amazon Pay inks Worldpay integration as it branches out in the wider world of e-commerce

AWS opens up its managed blockchain as a service to everybody

After announcing that they were launching a managed blockchain service late last year, Amazon Web Services is now opening that service up for general availability. It was only about five months ago that AWS chief executive Andy Jassy announced that the company was reversing course on its previous dismissal of blockchain technologies and laid out Read more about AWS opens up its managed blockchain as a service to everybody[…]

India’s Mfine raises $17.2M for its digital healthcare service

India’s Mfine raises $17.2M for its digital healthcare service

Mfine, an India-based startup aiming to broaden access to doctors and healthcare using the internet, has pulled in a $17.2 million Series B funding round for growth. The company is led by four co-founders from Myntra, the fashion commerce startup acquired by Flipkart in 2014. They include CEO Prasad Kompalli and Ashutosh Lawania who started Read more about India’s Mfine raises $17.2M for its digital healthcare service[…]

Disney+ streaming service launches on November 12, with a price of $6.99 per month

Disney+ streaming service launches on November 12, with a price of $6.99 per month

Disney’s direct-to-consumer streaming strategy took center stage today at the company’s investor day. That strategy includes Hulu (where the recently-closed Fox acquisition has given Disney a contyrolling stake), ESPN+ and the Indian streaming service Hotstar, but executives spent most of their time hyping the upcoming launch of Disney+. The company said the service will launch Read more about Disney+ streaming service launches on November 12, with a price of $6.99 per month[…]

Sony’s streaming service Crackle sells to Chicken Soup for the Soul

Sony’s streaming service Crackle sells to Chicken Soup for the Soul

Crackle sells to Chicken Soup for the Soul. That’s not an early April Fool’s joke, but rather the news that Sony’s aging streaming service Crackle has now found a new home with Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, or CSS Entertainment – the same company that today runs the streaming service Popcornflix and other streaming Read more about Sony’s streaming service Crackle sells to Chicken Soup for the Soul[…]

Vectordash’s cloud gaming service brings crypto-miners a new revenue stream

Vectordash’s cloud gaming service brings crypto-miners a new revenue stream

PC gaming has grown to be a pretty wide niche of people with some far-flung similarities and differences, one thing they all share are souped-up rigs that rely on beefy GPUs. This is fine for those with dedicated machines but PC gaming isn’t too friendly to those trying to pull double-duty on their everyday machine. Read more about Vectordash’s cloud gaming service brings crypto-miners a new revenue stream[…]

Go-Jek extends ride-hailing service to the rest of Singapore

Go-Jek extends ride-hailing service to the rest of Singapore

After a limited rollout, Go-Jek said today that it will extend its ride-hailing service to all of Singapore tomorrow while continuing its beta phase. The Indonesian-based company began offering rides in Singapore at the end of November, but only for passengers riding to and from certain areas. It https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/transport/gojek-introduces-dynamic-pricing-move-will-likely-attract-more-drivers-to-joinintroduced dynamic pricing there, which increases prices Read more about Go-Jek extends ride-hailing service to the rest of Singapore[…]

Careem launches delivery service as it nears closing a massive round

Careem launches delivery service as it nears closing a massive round

The ride-hailing giant Careem is now in the delivery business as the company seeks new verticals in its ever-increasing fight against other services in the Middle East including Uber. Starting with food delivery in Dhabi and Jeddah, the company sees the delivery service expanding to pharmaceuticals according to a report by Reuters. Careem is investing Read more about Careem launches delivery service as it nears closing a massive round[…]

Payment service Toss becomes Korea’s newest unicorn after raising $80M

Payment service Toss becomes Korea’s newest unicorn after raising $80M

South Korea has got its third unicorn startup after Viva Republica, the company beyond popular payment app Toss, announced it has raised an $80 million round at a valuation of $1.2 billion. This new round is led by U.S. firms Kleiner Perkins and Ribbit Capital, both of which cut their first checks for Korea with this Read more about Payment service Toss becomes Korea’s newest unicorn after raising $80M[…]

Grab invests $100M into India’s OYO to expand its budget hotel service in Southeast Asia

Grab invests $100M into India’s OYO to expand its budget hotel service in Southeast Asia

Southeast Asian ride-hailing firm Grab has made its most ambitious investment to date after it backed India-headquartered budget hotel network OYO to the tune of $100 million. The investment was part of a $1 billion Series E round led by SoftBank’s Vision Fund that closed back in September. The deal was first made public via a Read more about Grab invests $100M into India’s OYO to expand its budget hotel service in Southeast Asia[…]

Brazilian long term rentals service QuintoAndar raises $64M Series C

Brazilian long term rentals service QuintoAndar raises $64M Series C

There’s quite a bit wrong with real estate in Brazil, according to QuintoAndar founder and CEO Gabriel Braga. Those seeking long term rentals in big Brazilian cities like São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro are throttled by bureaucratic policies that enforce outrageously expensive deposits, the requirement of local cosigners and sky-high insurance fees. On the Read more about Brazilian long term rentals service QuintoAndar raises $64M Series C[…]