US-based fintech Umba buys majority stake in Kenya's Daraja … – TechCrunch

Umba, a U.S.-based digital bank with a focus on emerging markets, has acquired a majority share of Daraja, a Kenyan deposit-taking microfinance bank, for an undisclosed amount.Kenya’s monetary authority, the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK), said Umba had taken up 66.6% shareholding, an acquisition that is expected to fast-track Daraja’s digitization.This comes after Umba announced […]

Rick And Morty Creator Used Controversial AI Art, Voice Acting In … – Kotaku

As the debate around AI “art” continues to rage on sites like ArtStation, Twitter, and Reddit (and likely in the comments below this very article) it’s already being used in commercial projects. Most recently, Justin Roiland of Squanch Games and Rick And Morty fame confirmed that his newest project, the comedic first-person shooter High on […]

So much fintech M&A

On Friday, January 13, investment giant BlackRock announced it was acquiring a minority stake in SMB 401(k) provider startup Human Interest. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, but it definitely caught my attention for a few reasons. For one, as one source told me, BlackRock’s investment is a show of faith in the SMB 401(k) […]

Google’s Muse model could be the next big thing for generative AI – VentureBeat

Check out all the on-demand sessions from the Intelligent Security Summit here. 2022 was a great year for generative AI, with the release of models such as DALL-E 2, Stable Diffusion, Imagen, and Parti. And 2023 seems to follow on that path as Google introduced its latest text-to-image model, Muse, earlier this month.Like other text-to-image […]

These young leaders are driving action on nature and climate – World Economic Forum

Young climate innovators, ecopreneurs, activists and Indigenous leaders continue to demonstrate courage, influence and vision in the face of the enormous global challenges they have inherited – including the growing impacts of the climate crisis, ecosystem degradation and biodiversity loss.From spearheading new solutions to raising awareness of human impacts on our environment, young people are […]

List of top organizations that fund tech startups in Nigeria – Nairametrics

Regardless of where you are in your tech startup, you need money to keep running your business and your ability to raise money will determine how far it will go.Understanding the different needs at each stage of funding will also equip you with the confidence to pitch to investors and come up with a final […]

Superabundant dispatch: The buffalo roam in Oregon’s brome – Oregon Public Broadcasting

This beloved show is back with more tales from James Herriott and the delightful Yorkshire Dales. Stream all three seasons – only with OPB Passport! Editor’s note: OPB’s video series “Superabundant” explores the stories behind the foods of the Pacific Northwest. Now we’re taking the same guiding principles to a new platform: Email. We’ve brought […]

Climate tech roundup: From solar to CES, this week had something for everyone

Hello, climate tech readers! Even without a milestone fusion announcement this week, plenty happened in the climate tech world that’s worth catching up on. From massive solar investments to plant-based steaks and small, modular batteries to back up your home, there’s something for everyone. Let’s dive in. Image Credits: Elijah Nouvelage/Bloomberg / Getty Images Last […]