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Crunchbase raises $18M, debuts Enterprise BI, plans ‘Marketplace’ for third party data

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Apple defeats Australia banks over mobile payments

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Wecash raises $80m Series C

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Reorg Research Officially Launches Reorg Covenants

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Oval secures €1.2m Series A

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Perfios raises $6.1m Series A

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Iyzico closes $15m Series C

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Ayopop raises $1m Seed round

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Wellthie secures $5m Series A

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White House explores two new tax ideas

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WhatsApp will reportedly launch peer-to-peer payments in India

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Betterment co-founder steps down from day-to-day operations

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Jetty launches for urban insurance

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Robinhood valued at $1.3 billion following new funding

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