Could Walmart be the next big company to launch a game streaming service?

Google stole this spotlight at this year’s GDC with the launch of Stadia. What the game streaming service lacked in specifics, it more than made up for in buzz. The software giant certainly isn’t the only one eying the space, however. A new report from US Gamer puts Walmart in the running, as well. The…

Western Union Partners With Stellar Collaborator Thunes for Mobile Wallet Transfers

Payments giant Western Union (WU) is partnering with Stellar (XLM) collaborator Thunes to enable WU clients to transfer funds directly to mobile wallets globally. The development was announced in an official press release published on March 21. Thunes is the latterly rebranded trading name of TransferTo — a cross-border payments network focused on emerging markets….

Are bots gaming the ‘Cancel Brexit’ petition?

Image copyright Getty Images Questions have been asked about whether a government petition calling for Brexit to be cancelled has been swamped by bots. Bots are automated programmes which can carry out a command thousands of times. The BBC spoke to three cyber-security experts about how likely it is that a number of the 3m…

Lyft’s IPO is hot, YC demo day, two new unicorns, and what’s Boy Brow?

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week Kate Clark and Alex Wilhelm took us through an IPO, a big round, 943 startup pitches, two new unicorns, and some scooter news. A very 2019 mix, really. Up first we took a peek at the…

Japan: SBI Group Sets Up Spin-Off to Manufacture Crypto Mining Chips

Japanese financial giant SBI Group has created a dedicated subsidiary that will manufacture cryptocurrency mining chips, the company confirmed in a notice on March 22. SBI, which has launched spin-offs covering various aspects of the cryptocurrency industry, now says it wishes to expand its influence in the mining sector through the creation of SBI Mining…

Facebook staff ‘flagged Cambridge Analytica fears earlier than thought’

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Facebook’s chief executive has repeatedly declined to answer questions from UK MPs about the scandal Facebook employees raised concerns about Cambridge Analytica’s data-scraping practices three months earlier than thought, according to US court documents. A US-based employee warned colleagues about the activity in September 2015. Facebook had said it previously…

Bakkt Gets $740 Million Valuation But Investors Have Questions, Sources Reveal

Intercontinental Exchange’s to-be-launched institutional trading platform Bakkt has earned a $740 million valuation after it raised over $180 million in funding last year, anonymous sources told cryptocurrency industry news outlet The Block on March 21. Bakkt, which has yet to launch any investment products and continues to liaise with regulators, could increase its valuation even…

Keatz, a European ‘cloud kitchen’ startup, raises further €12M

Keatz, one of a growing number of so-called “cloud kitchens” — delivery only restaurant brands running on the rails of Deliveroo and UberEats — has raised €12 million in new funding. Backing the round are existing investors Project A Ventures, Atlantic Labs, UStart, K Fund and JME Ventures, who are joined by RTP Global. It…

Blockchain in Biometrics Could be Used in Travel Security, US Customs Rep Says

Using blockchain for biometric tracking would be the technology’s killer app in the travel security sector, according to a representative from the United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency. The news was reported by travel industry media outlet Skift on March 21. Sikina Hasham, program manager at the CBP, made her remarks during a…

Asia’s AnyMind pulls in another $8M and expands into outdoor advertising

Asia-focused marketing startup AnyMind Group has landed a further $8 million in funding to close out its Series B round and expand into new verticals. The company announced a $13.4 million raise back in November, but that has now expanded to $21.4 million thanks to an additional injection from VGI Global Media, a Thailand-based firm…