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Geniee of Japan purchases Zelto, an AdPushup operator, for $70 million

According to a person with knowledge of the situation, the Japanese marketing technology company Geniee, a member of the SoftBank Group, paid about $70 million in cash to acquire the revenue optimization platform Zelto (previously known as AdPushup), providing investors in the startup that started out in India with a …

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According to a watchdog, the Secret Service and ICE engaged in warrantless stingray monitoring

A government watchdog found that the Secret Service and ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) section often broke the law when they spied on people’s cell phones in a snoopy way. Last week, the inspector general for Homeland Security, who is in charge of keeping an eye on the U.S. government …

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The largest hydrogen fuel cell ever to fly takes to the skies thanks to Universal Hydrogen

Co-founder and CEO Paul Eremenko called it the start of a “new golden age of aviation” as a Universal Hydrogen-branded jet made its first test flight in eastern Washington using the largest hydrogen fuel cell ever used to power an aircraft. Even though the 15-minute test flight of the modified …

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Amazon joins an India-backed e-commerce initiative to challenge the retail titan

Amazon is joining the Indian government’s e-commerce program to “democratize” online shopping in South Asia and, amusingly, challenge the dominance of companies like the American retail conglomerate. Amazon said on Friday that it will join India’s non-profit Open Network for Digital Commerce, which was started by the country’s commerce ministry …

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European VC firms Amadeus and Apex form €80m early-stage “deep tech” fund

Amadeus Capital Partners of the U.K. and Apex Ventures of Austria are forming a deep tech startup fund. The Amadeus Apex Technology Fund has raised €28 million ($30 million) with plans to raise €80 million ($85 million). The fund’s first investment was $1 million in German space startup Okapi-seed Orbits’s …

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Meta Verified doesn’t allow name, username, or profile photo changes yet

Mark Zuckerberg is putting guardrails around Meta Verified after seeing Twitter’s impersonation issues when Elon Musk relaunched Twitter Blue. The company announced its subscription plan for New Zealand and Australia this week. Meta Verified prevents profile name, username, date of birth, and photo changes. The company will stop them. Unsubscribe …

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