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Alohomora! Harry Potter game hits your phone next year with Jam City

 Niantic’s much-anticipated Harry Potter follow up to Pokemon Go is coming next year, but Harry Potter fans who want their first taste of Hogwarts on mobile don’t have to wait, because Harry Potter is coming to the Los Angeles-based mobile gaming studio, Jam City. Through a partnership with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Jam City has gotten a license to develop a new… Read More

Netflix reminds everyone it’s creeping on them

 This week Netflix trumpeted its users collectively streaming one billion hours of content weekly in 2017.
Also this week: Netflix reminded its ~110M global subscribers that while they’re paying to watch the content available on its platform, Netflix is busy watching what they’re watching… Read More

Ed Lee, SF mayor who had a close relationship with the tech world, has died aged 65

 Ed Lee, the mayor of San Francisco who worked closely with leaders in the city’s tech industry, has died after a heart attack aged 65. A statement issued by his office confirmed his passing after multiple media outlets report the news (via CBS).
It is with profound sadness and terrible grief that we confirm that Mayor Edwin M. Lee  passed away on Tuesday, December 12 at 1:11 a.m. at… Read More

Bitwise Investments raises $4M to launch its crypto index fund

 Last month San Francisco-based Bitwise Investments announced a passively managed index fund comprised of the top 10 cryptocurrencies by market capitalization. The fund rebalances once a month, and all assets are held in cold storage. Essentially its an easy way for investors to gain some passive exposure to cryptocurrency without having to worry about which ones to choose and how to buy and… Read More

WhatsApp business accounts will either be verified, confirmed or unconfirmed

 Another tidbit around how WhatsApp’s incoming business accounts will function: According to a FAQ for users of the messaging platform — on “Chatting with businesses” — they will either have one of three status types: unconfirmed, confirmed or verified.  Read More

Apple’s App Store now lets you pre-order iOS apps and games before they launch

 Apple has quietly allowed developers to make their apps available for pre-order. It’s a basic feature — as Android fanatics will point out — but nevertheless one that has been missing from the App Store. Upcoming apps will now be allowed to list in the App Store as far out as 90 days ahead of their launch and as close two days before. This applies to new apps not updates… Read More

Germany’s Penta is a new digital bank account for startups and SMEs

 Germany’s Penta is the latest European startup to throw its banking wares into the ring. The burgeoning company is launching a new digital bank account targeting SMEs. Read More

Google: Southeast Asia’s internet economy is growing faster than expected

 Southeast Asia is now the world’s third largest region for internet users — with more people online than the entire U.S. population — and internet is having a bigger impact on the region than originally thought, according to a new report co-authored by Google. China and India typically dominate the conversation when looking at emerging economies in Asia, but Southeast Asia… Read More

With Norrsken House, ex-Klarna executive envisions a global network of co-working spaces focused on impact

 In 2016, Niklas Adalberth stepped away from day-to-day operations at the financial services startup Klarna, the billion-dollar company he helped create, to begin working on a new kind of impact investment fund.
For Adalberth, the years at Klarna wondering and worrying about credit ratings, credit offerings, and payments had lost their luster, and the young multi-millionaire was looking for… Read More

Devialet built a car audio system for Renault’s Symbioz concept car

 High-end speaker maker Devialet is branching out of home speakers. The company announced a partnership with Renault for its first ever car audio system. You can’t buy a Renault car with Devialet speakers just yet, but there’s a Renault concept car with those speakers. Devialet has always said that it wasn’t just a speaker manufacturer. The French startup has worked on its… Read More

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