TechCrunch: Rakuten’s Viber chat app plans to charge to operate chatbots in controversial move

Viber, the messaging app down by Japanese e-commerce firm Rakuten, is poised to implement a controversial new strategy that will see it charge companies that run chatbots on its platform. The conventional wisdom is to work with content companies to…

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TechCrunch: Startups Weekly: Squad’s screen-shares and Slack’s swastika

We’re three weeks into January. We’ve recovered from our CES hangover and, hopefully, from the CES flu. We’ve started writing the correct year, 2019, not 2018. Venture capitalists have gone full steam ahead with fundraising efforts, several startups have closed…

TechCrunch: SimbaPay launches Kenya to China payment service via WeChat

Jake Bright Contributor More posts by this contributor SimbaPay launches Kenya to China payment service via WeChat Africa’s agtech wave gets $10 million richer as Twiga Foods raises more capital Forging another link between Africa and China’s digital economies, the…