After months and months of rumors it’s finally been confirmed that ride-hailing giant Uber is picking up its Middle East rival Careem in an acquisition deal worth $3.1 billion — with $1.7BN to be paid in convertible notes and $1.4BN in cash. Careem was founded as a ride-hailing rival to Uber in 2012 but has […]View More Uber is paying $3.1BN to pick up Middle East rival Careem
Beatrice Fihn Contributor Share on Twitter Beatrice Fihn is the executive director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons and the winner of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize. “Atomic bombs are primarily a means for the ruthless annihilation of cities.” Those are the words of Leo Szilard, one of the scientists who pushed for […]View More It’s time to disrupt nuclear weapons
A watchlist of risky individuals and corporate entities owned by Dow Jones has been exposed, after a company with access to the database left it on a server without a password. Bob Diachenko, an independent security researcher, found the Amazon Web Services-hosted Elasticsearch database exposing more than 2.4 million records of individuals or business entities. […]View More Dow Jones’ watchlist of 2.4 million high-risk individuals has leaked
There’s worrying news from China’s online media world as ByteDance, the $75 billion company behind popular video app TikTok is taking a news site to court for alleged defamation after it published a story about ByteDance’s fake news problem in India. U.S. tech firms have come to rely on media to help uncover issues, but Chinese […]View More TikTok parent ByteDance sues Chinese news site that exposed fake news problem
Months after a big round, African fintech startup Jumo has pulled in a fresh $12.5 million to add more fuel for its expansion into Asia Pacific. The new investment comes from London-based investment fund Odey Asset Management, and it is an extension to a $52 million round that closed back in September. The deal takes Jumo, […]View More African fintech startup Jumo raises $12.5M more to fund Asia expansion
Southeast Asia is a growing digital marketplace and increasingly a focus for startups across the world but there haven’t been many exits. So it’s notable, then, that struggling Chinese discount e-commerce service LightInTheBox has closed its acquisition of Singapore-based Ezbuy, which operates a cross-border selling service in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Pakistan. The all-stock deal was […]View More Struggling e-commerce firm LightInTheBox completes $85M deal for Singapore’s Ezbuy
Bilal Zuberi Contributor Share on Twitter Bilal Zuberi is a partner at Lux Capital, and is on the boards of Evolv Technology, CyPhy Technologies, and Nozomi Networks, among others. Silicon Valley is currently, and correctly, under fire for the failure of leading platforms such as Facebook, Google and Twitter to protect against the spread of […]View More Free societies face emerging, existential threats from technology
Ant Financial, the financial services affiliate connected to Alibaba which operates the Alipay mobile payment service, has confirmed that it has closed a Series C funding round that totals an enormous $14 billion. The rumors have been flying about this huge financing deal for the past month or so, with multiple publications reporting that Ant […]View More Alibaba’s Ant Financial fintech affiliate raises $14 billion to continue its global expansion
Malala Yousafzai, who at the age of 14 was shot by a member of the Taliban for her outspoken views on the importance of girls’ education, has returned to Pakistan for the first time since the attack.
The Nobel Prize-winning activist, now 20 years old…
How many times do people get asked the uncomfortable question: “No, but where are you really from?” because of their ethnicity?
It still happens quite a lot, despite it being a form of “microaggression,” according to some social scientists.
A similar incident just occurred to London Mayor Sadiq Khan during his historic walk across the border between India and Pakistan.
BBC reporter Karl Mercer awkwardly asked him whether the symbolic visit felt “like coming home.”
The mayor replied: “Nah, home is south London mate.” Read more…View More This is the best response to someone who asks you where you’re ‘really’ from