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Indonesia e-commerce leader Tokopedia raises $1.1B from Alibaba and SoftBank’s Vision Fund – TechCrunch

Indonesia e-commerce leader Tokopedia raises $1.1B from Alibaba and SoftBank’s Vision Fund – TechCrunch Indonesia-based e-commerce firm Tokopedia is the latest startup to enter the Vision Fund after it raised $1.1 billion led by the SoftBank megafund and Alibaba. SoftBank and Alibaba are existing investors in the business — the …

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SoftBank’s Vision Fund inches closer to $100B – TechCrunch

SoftBank’s Vision Fund inches closer to $100B – TechCrunch Much has been said about the SoftBank Vision Fund (SBVF), mostly in awe of the size of the investment vehicle. It’s important to remember that the $100 billion number most often associated with the gargantuan fund is only a target. Today, however, the Vision Fund …

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Bots Distorted the 2016 Election. Will the Midterms Be a Sequel? – TechCrunch

Bots Distorted the 2016 Election. Will the Midterms Be a Sequel? – TechCrunch Tiffany Olson Kleeman Contributor Tiffany Olson Kleeman is the chief executive officer of Distil Networks. She formerly served in executive roles at Symantec and FireEye and was deputy chief of staff for cybersecurity operations under President George …

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SoftBank to wait on Khashoggi murder investigation before deciding on second Vision Fund – TechCrunch

SoftBank to wait on Khashoggi murder investigation before deciding on second Vision Fund – TechCrunch SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son says the company won’t walk away from its existing commitment with the Saudi Arabian royal family — the largest LP in its $100 billion Vision Fund — but the firm will …

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Silicon Valley’s sovereign wealth problem – TechCrunch

Silicon Valley’s sovereign wealth problem – TechCrunch It’s time to bring the conversation about where Silicon Valley gets its money from out into the open. Following recent revelations into Saudi Arabia’s extensive reach and influence in the US technology sector, the willful ignorance that has defined the relationship between venture …

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SoftBank CEO pulls out of speaking at Saudi investment conference – TechCrunch

SoftBank CEO pulls out of speaking at Saudi investment conference – TechCrunch SoftBank Group has become the latest high profile technology business to drop out of an investment conference in Saudi Arabia following the snowballing global outcry over the killing of journalist, Jamal Khashoggi. The Wall Street Journal reports the last minute …

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Richard Branson steps down as chairman of Virgin Hyperloop One – TechCrunch

Richard Branson steps down as chairman of Virgin Hyperloop One – TechCrunch Richard Branson has reportedly stepped down from the chairman role of Virgin Hyperloop One. In a statement, cited by Reuters, Branson said that the company would require a more time than he could devote to the company. “At this …

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Saudi Arabia’s ‘Davos in the Desert’ website was hacked and defaced – TechCrunch

Saudi Arabia’s ‘Davos in the Desert’ website was hacked and defaced – TechCrunch The website of the Saudi government’s upcoming Future Investment Initiative conference was hacked and defaced with images of the murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Several reporters tweeted screenshots of the site after its defacement, purporting to show Saudi …

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Khashoggi’s fate shows the flip side of the surveillance state – TechCrunch

Khashoggi’s fate shows the flip side of the surveillance state – TechCrunch It’s been over five years since NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden lifted the lid on government mass surveillance programs, revealing, in unprecedented detail, quite how deep the rabbit hole goes thanks to the spread of commercial software and connectivity enabling …

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Saudi ally calls for Uber boycott over response to Khashoggi’s vanishing – TechCrunch

Saudi ally calls for Uber boycott over response to Khashoggi’s vanishing – TechCrunch Uber is facing calls for a boycott of its app in the Persian Gulf, a region that has poured billions of dollars of investment into the company’s ride-hailing business in recent years: Directly via Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment …

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