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Cross-border fintech startup Airwallex raises $100M at a valuation of over $1B
Australia-based Airwallex is the latest tech startup to enter the billion-dollar “unicorn” club. The company announced today that it has closed a $100 million Series C round that values its business above $1 billion. Started in Melbourne in 2015 by four Chinese founders, Airwallex provides a service that lets companies manage cross-border revenue and financing in their business much like an alternative to consumer-focused service TransferWise. (Fonte: TechCrunch)

Social investment platform eToro acquires smart contract startup Firmo
Social investing and trading platform eToro announced that it has acquired Danish smart contract infrastructure provider Firmo for an undisclosed purchase price. Firmo’s platform enables exchanges to execute smart financial contracts across various assets, including crypto derivatives, and across all major blockchains.  Firmo’s only disclosed investment, according to data from Pitchbook, came in the form of a modest pre-seed round from the Copenhagen Fintech Lab accelerator. (Fonte: TechCrunch)

Apple Pay is coming to major US transit systems this year
Apple’s Monday press event was chock full of big announcements. The iPhone maker revealed it’s now diving into news subscriptions, original video content, and even credit cards.  But one major announcement that Apple snuck into its keynote presentation has a huge potential to change millions of people’s lives. Apple revealed at its Monday press event that Apple Pay will be supported by the public transit systems in New York City, Portland, and Chicago starting later in 2019. Specific details on how it will work or when each city will get Apple Pay support were scant. (Fonte: Mashable)

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