March 22, 2023

American Express acquires Japan-based restaurant booking service Pocket Concierge

By Jon Russell From TechCrunch American Express  has made an acquisition in Japan after it picked up restaurant booking service Pocket Concierge in an undisclosed deal. The acquisition was announced in Japanese and in English by James Riney, the head of 500 Startups Japan which invested in Pocket Concierge as one of its first deals in the country. The service was […]

China’s lunar probe makes history by successfully soft-landing on the far side of the moon

By Catherine Shu From TechCrunch It’s not Lunar New Year yet, but there is something new on the moon. In a major milestone for space exploration, China announced that its lunar program has successfully soft-landed a probe on the far side of the moon, making it the first country to do so. The historic landing […]

Mozilla adds website breach notifications to Firefox

By Natasha Lomas From TechCrunch Mozilla is adding a new security feature to its Firefox Quantum web browser that will alert users when they visit a website that has recently reported a data breach. When a Firefox user lands on a website with a breach in its recent past they’ll see a pop up notification […]

US: DLab is a new East Coast accelerator for crypto

By John Biggs From TechCrunch SOSV, a 20-year-old fund with $500 million in assets under management, has been running accelerators for years. Their oldest one, HAX, is the premier hardware accelerator in San Francisco and Shenzhen, and they’ve recently launched a food accelerator in New York and a pair of biology accelerators. Now, however, they’ve […]

Google makes $550M strategic investment in Chinese e-commerce firm

By Jon Russell From TechCrunch Google has been increasing its presence in China in recent times, and today it has continued that push by agreeing to a strategic partnership with e-commerce firm, which will see Google purchase $550 million worth of shares in the Chinese firm. Google has made investments in China, released products […]