Go-Jek buys three startups to advance its mobile payment business

Go-Jek buys three startups to advance its mobile payment business

Go-Jek, the company leading Uber and Grab in Southeast Asia’s largest market, has bagged a hattrick of deals to advance its mobile payment strategy. Indonesia-based Go-Jek revealed it has acquired offline payment firm Kartuku, payment gateway Midtrans and payment and lending network Mapan for undisclosed sums. The company started out in 2015 offering a ride-hailing service for motorbike…
Crunch Report | FCC Kills Net Neutrality

Crunch Report | FCC Kills Net Neutrality

Today’s Stories  The FCC officially votes to kill net neutrality Snapchat launches augmented reality developer platform Lens Studio Squarespace reportedly raises about $200 million at a $1.7 billion valuation Credits Written by: Tito HamzeHosted by: Tito HamzeFilmed by: Tito HamzeEdited by: Gregory Manalo Notes: I don’t know what to wear on Crunch Report (It’s a hard…
The difference between good and bad Facebooking

The difference between good and bad Facebooking

Advertisement “Social media” is a clumsy term that entangles enriching social interaction with mindless media consumption. It’s a double-edged sword whose sides aren’t properly distinguished. Taken as a whole, we can’t decide if it “brings the world closer together” like Facebook’s new mission statement says, or leaves us depressed and isolated. It does both, but…
With just one day left in open enrollment, companies turn to Stride Health for help

With just one day left in open enrollment, companies turn to Stride Health for...

The compressed timelines of this year’s open enrollment period for government-mandated healthcare have left some companies in the lurch, and as the final hours to enroll tick by, they’ve turned to the startup company Stride Health for help. Stride manages a number of different tax and healthcare-related information for customers, including Uber, Etsy, Postmates, TaskRabbit,…
In Viral Video Harvard Says Yes To 16-Year-Old Applicant And Classmates Go Wild

In Viral Video Harvard Says Yes To 16-Year-Old Applicant And Classmates Go Wild

Enlarge this image A 16-year-old in Louisiana shared his joy over learning he was accepted to Harvard in a viral video, viewed more than 6 million times. Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images A 16-year-old in Louisiana shared his joy over learning he was accepted to Harvard in a…
Nephews Of Venezuelan First Lady Sentenced In U.S. Drug Smuggling Case

Nephews Of Venezuelan First Lady Sentenced In U.S. Drug Smuggling Case

Enlarge this image Defendants Efrain Antonio Campos Flores (center left) and Franqui Francisco Flores de Freitas (center right), as depicted in federal court in New York on Thursday, were sentenced to 18 years in prison on drug conspiracy charges. Elizabeth Williams/AP hide caption toggle caption Elizabeth Williams/AP Defendants Efrain Antonio Campos Flores (center left) and…
After Maria, Puerto Rico Struggles Under The Weight Of Its Own Garbage

After Maria, Puerto Rico Struggles Under The Weight Of Its Own Garbage

Enlarge this image The active part of the landfill in Toa Baja is currently a hot, rancid, open dump. Federal regulations require trash piles to be covered daily with earth. But the site's supervisor says that's currently impossible. José Jiménez-Tirado for NPR hide caption toggle caption José Jiménez-Tirado for NPR The active part of the…
Local businesses bring in new customers with Posts on Google

Local businesses bring in new customers with Posts on Google

Seven out of ten customers visit a business or make a purchase based on info they found online1. With Posts on Google, businesses can share these timely updates right where people find your business on Search and Maps.Creative posts help a new restaurant become a local hit Igor Chang founded HAO Restaurant and Bar to bring…
News Lab in 2017: Our work around the world

News Lab in 2017: Our work around the world

This week we’re looking at how the Google News Lab is working with news organizations to build the future of journalism. So far, we shared how the News Lab works with newsrooms to address industry challenges and use emerging technologies. Today, we’ll take a look at the News Lab’s global footprint and its efforts to…
Earth to exoplanet: Hunting for planets with machine learning

Earth to exoplanet: Hunting for planets with machine learning

For thousands of years, people have looked up at the stars, recorded observations, and noticed patterns. Some of the first objects early astronomers identified were planets, which the Greeks called “planētai,” or “wanderers,” for their seemingly irregular movement through the night sky. Centuries of study helped people understand that the Earth and other planets in…

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