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February 7, 2019

Africa Roundup: Zimbabwe’s net blackout, Partech’s $143M fund, Andela’s $100M raise, Flutterwave’s pivot

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Partech is doubling the size of its African venture fund to $143 million Zimbabwe’s government faces off against its tech community over internet restrictions

A high court in Zimbabwe ended the government’s restrictions on internet and social media last month.

After days of intermittent blackouts at the order of the country’s Minister of State for National Security, ISPs restored connectivity per a January 21 judicial order.

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January 29, 2019

Petal raises $30m from Valar to bank the unbanked with credit cards

Credit cards are a relatively new invention that have entered into something of an innovation rut. Reward programs seem stale, mobile apps remain mired in early-2000s UX paradigms, and all too often, critical financial decisions (and their expensive associated fees) are hidden like booby-traps for users. Little wonder then that consumers are fed up with their credit card providers.

Worse, credit cards are not accessible to millions of people, whether due to a lack of credit history, immigration status, or because they are unlikely to be profitable since they often won’t use certain fee-based services.

Credit card issuer Petal wants to change that [...]

 
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January 17, 2019

Flutterwave and Visa launch African consumer payment service GetBarter

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Jake Bright is a writer and author in New York City. He is co-author of The Next Africa. More posts by this contributor

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Fintech startup Flutterwave has partnered with Visa to launch a consumer payment product for Africa called GetBarter.

The app based offering is aimed at facilitating personal and small merchant payments within countries and across Africa’s national borders. Existing Visa card holders can [...]

 
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January 12, 2019

Google Pay finally allows names to be assigned to cards

For those who juggle around a lot of credit and debit cards, keeping track of them can be tedious. Google Pay, for instance, only showed the company name and the last four digits of the card — until now. Much to our (read: big boss Artem’s) pleasure, Google Pay has finally added the ability to assign names to your cards.

Back in November, we noticed in a teardown that payment method nicknames seemed poised to make a return.

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Google Pay finally allows names to be assigned to cards was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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