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With Pickme, your neighbor can receive your packages for you

French startup Pickme has raised a $3.7 million (€3.5 million) funding round to build a new network of pick-up and drop-off points for e-commerce retailers and logistics companies. With Pickme, a customer can order something and let their neighbor receive the package directly. It’s something that many people already do, but with a more formal […] → Read More

Binance’s bitcoin reserves are fully collateralized according to auditing firm Mazars

Auditing firm Mazars has released a report about Binance’s BTC reserves. The auditing firm has reached the same conclusion as Binance itself. As of November November 22 at 23:59 UTC, Binance held enough bitcoins and wrapped bitcoins to cover all users’s balance on the exchange. Binance had already launched a proof-of-reserves website nearly two weeks […] → Read More

Cubzh wants to build the next-generation Minecraft

Cubzh is a new free-to-play video game that is all about user-generated content through a cube system, a bit like Minecraft. → Read More

Zenly was the best social app and it will (sadly) shut down on February 3rd

Zenly, the popular social mapping app that Snap acquired five years ago, is going to shut down on February 3rd, 2023. → Read More

Partech raises fourth seed fund

French VC firm Partech has closed another seed fund dedicated to early-stage tech startups. This time, Partech has raised €120 million. → Read More

Stripe announces fiat-to-crypto onramp widget

Stripe previews a widget that lets users buy cryptocurrencies using their card or a bank transfer without signing up to a crypto exchange. → Read More

eFounders morphs into Hexa, a portfolio company of startup studios

Over the past 11 years, eFounders has refined the startup studio model in Europe. The company has contributed to the launch of more than 30 different startups, including three unicorns — Spendesk, Aircall and Front. While things seem to be doing well for the startup studio, eFounders is pivoting — sort of. As of today, eFounders […] → Read More

Yahoo gets 25% stake in Taboola as part of long-term advertising deal

Yahoo is taking a nearly 25% stake in advertising network Taboola. In exchange for this move, Taboola is becoming Yahoo’s native advertising partner through a 30-year commercial agreement. If you’re not familiar with Taboola, you may have seen its content recommendation widgets on popular news websites, such as USA Today, Insider and The Weather Channel. […] → Read More

Deepomatic wants to build the AI-based computer vision companion for field workers

French startup Deepomatic has raised a $10.5 million (€10 million) Series B funding round. While the founding round is relatively small, the startup has managed to convince some large-scale clients to use its visual automation platform. For instance, telecom companies use Deepomatic on the field to check that tasks have been completed successfully. EnBW New […] → Read More

Amie grabbed $7 million for its opinionated calendar and todo app

Amie raised a $7 million seed round led by Spark Capital. The round closed in June 2022 and the startup is disclosing it today. The company is building a productivity app anchored around your calendar. It helps you stay on top of your schedule, connect with your team and manage your upcoming tasks. Other investors […] → Read More

Binance launches proof-of-reserves system for BTC holdings

Cryptocurrency exchange company Binance has released a new site that explains its proof-of-reserves system. The company is starting with BTC reserves. Right now, Binance has a reserve ratio of 101%. It means that the company has enough bitcoins to cover all users’ balances. This move comes a couple of weeks after the collapse of FTX, […] → Read More

Netflix is working on ‘brand-new AAA PC game’ based on job listings

Netflix has put up more than a dozen job listings on its website for Netflix Games Studio’s Los Angeles office, as spotted by Mobilegamer.biz. These listings give us a few hints about the company’s plans for the new studio. In particular, Netflix is hiring a game director to work on “a brand-new AAA PC game”. […] → Read More

Shadow launches cloud storage service Shadow Drive

Shadow is now officially a tech company with two different products. In addition to its cloud computing service that works particularly well for games, the company is launching Shadow Drive, a cloud storage service based on Nextcloud. “It’s now been a year and a half since Octave Klaba acquired Blade with a vision: take down […] → Read More

Bitpanda obtains German crypto license as crypto platforms want to prove they are legit

All eyes are currently on the collapse of FTX in the crypto industry. That’s why today’s news from Bitpanda is an important signal for the Austrian unicorn company. Bitpanda has received a crypto license from Germany’s financial regulator (BaFin). Its German subsidiary is now officially allowed to process cryptocurrencies for German customers under its Crypto […] → Read More

Fairmat raises $35 million to recycle carbon fiber composite into a new material

French startup Fairmat closed a $35 million Series A funding round (€34 million) last month. It wants to turn carbon fiber composite that is no longer in use into a new material that can be used in new products. Temasek and CNP (Compagnie Nationale à Portefeuille) are leading the round with Pictet Group, Singular, The […] → Read More

The FTX implosion is an opportunity to learn

Chainalysis CPO Pratima Arora, Tezos co-founder Kathleen Breitman and Ledger CEO Pascal Gauthier talked about security in the crypto industry. → Read More

Binance’s CZ on FTX: ‘We were the last straw that broke the camel’s back’

Many people believe FTX’s collapse will lead to more decentralization. → Read More

Virgil helps you buy bigger apartments in exchange for home equity stakes

Virgil gives you up to €100,000 in exchange for a stake of up to 30% in your future home. → Read More

Matter Labs, the company behind zkSync, raises $200 million to scale Ethereum

Matter Labs has raised a $200 million Series C funding round co-led by Blockchain Capital and Dragonfly. Matter Labs is better known for its work on zkSync, an Ethereum scaling solution that drastically reduces the cost of Ethereum transactions. LightSpeed Venture Partners, Variant and Andreessen Horowitz are also participating in the Series C round. Overall, […] → Read More

How OVHcloud’s Octave Klaba is building a different cloud computing company

When people think about the cloud computing industry, three names come to mind — Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure. And yet, smaller cloud companies are still doing well. OVHcloud, a French company that has been around since 1999, is one of them. Of course, cloud computing wasn’t even a thing in 1999. […] → Read More