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Belinda Sellers is a news writer and reporter for The News Girls Club. Sellers has covered everything from lifestyle to sports and education to technology and even wrote about her hobbies (such as cooking) for the site.

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A billionaire-backed campaign for a new California city is off to a bumpy start

SAN FRANCISCO — After two false starts, the billionaires behind a plan to build an eco-friendly city from scratch are behind schedule and off to a bumpy start to put their proposal before California voters this November. Former Goldman Sachs trader Jan Sramek unveiled his closely guarded ballot initiative for the proposed community between San […]

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Silence Laboratories, a cryptographic security startup, secures funding

Silence Laboratories, a startup that builds infrastructure using multiparty computation (MPC) to help enterprises keep data private and safe, said it has raised a $4.1 million funding round. Pi Ventures and Kira Studio co-led the recent funding, which brings its total raised to $6 million, along with angel investors. The startup will use the funding to scale

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Stock market today: Asian shares are mixed after Wall Street slips lower and bitcoin bounces higher

BANGKOK — Shares were mixed in Asia on Thursday after a lackluster day on Wall Street, where selling of technology stocks pulled benchmarks lower. U.S. futures were flat and oil prices also were barely changed. Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 index was down 0.1% at 39,166.19 after data showed factory output falling in January at the fastest

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Bfree, a Nigerian startup enabling lenders recover debt ethically, gets $3M backing

Bfree, a tech-enabled debt collection startup based in Nigeria, was founded to automate and introduce ethical debt recovery processes after its founders witnessed the use and adverse effects of aggressive retrieval techniques, such as incessant calling and debt-shaming, by predatory digital lenders. After its launch in 2020, the startup introduced a number of scalable debt

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A brazen iPhone scam in Iran reflects its economic struggles and tensions with the West

TEHRAN, Iran — With flashy celebrity ads and promises of deep discounts, a shop in Iran’s capital had offered consumers in the Islamic Republic one of the hottest products in the country — an iPhone that came out in 2021. But instead of getting their hands on the handsets, police and prosecutors in Iran allege

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Reliance-Disney India media merger to control 85% of streaming, half of TV audience

The merger of Indian media assets of Reliance, its portfolio Viacom18 and Disney will create an entity that captures 85% of the country’s on-demand streaming service audience and about half of the TV viewers, analysts said, posing bigger challenges to Netflix, Amazon’s Prime Video, Apple, Sony and Zee. The merger, which is scheduled to complete

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How Chinese science fiction went from underground magazines to a Netflix blockbuster

CHENGDU, China — For a few days in October 2023, the capital of the science fiction world was Chengdu, China. Fans traveled from around the world as Worldcon, sci-fi’s biggest annual event, was held in the country for the first time. It was a rare moment when Chinese and international fans could get together without

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Private US moon lander still working after breaking leg and falling, but not for long

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The first private U.S. spacecraft to land on the moon broke a leg at touchdown before falling over, according to company officials who said Wednesday it was on the verge of losing power. Intuitive Machines, the company that built the lander, released new photos Wednesday, six days after the landing, that

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