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1. GitHub confirms it has blocked developers in Iran, Syria and Crimea
U.S. trade restrictions are trickling down to the developer community: GitHub is preventing users in Iran, Syria, Crimea and potentially other sanctioned nations from accessing portions of the code-hosting service, as confirmed by tweets from its CEO.
The Microsoft-owned code-sharing service says users in sanctioned countries will not be able to access private repositories and GitHub Marketplace, and also will be blocked from maintaining private paid organization accounts. However, public repositories will remain available to everyone.
2. Takeaway and Just Eat to merge in $10B deal to take on Deliveroo and Uber Eats in Europe
Both companies are currently publicly listed, Just Eat in London and Takeaway.com in Amsterdam, each with a market cap of around $5 billion.
3. Europe’s top court sharpens guidance for sites using leaky social plug-ins
The ruling by the Court of Justice of the EU states that sites embedding the Facebook Like button are jointly responsible for the initial data processing — and must either obtain informed consent from site visitors before transferring the data to Facebook, or be able to demonstrate a legal basis for processing this data.
4. SoftBank pumps $2B into Indonesia through Grab investment, putting it head to head with Gojek
This announcement specifies how Grab will be using some of the $7 billion that it has raised to date, earmarking $2 billion for Indonesian operations over the next five years.
5. Is space truly within reach for startups and VC?
We talk to founders and investors about the current state of the space startup ecosystem. (Extra Crunch membership required.)
6. Emergence’s Jason Green joins TC Sessions: Enterprise this September
Jason Green founded Emergence in 2003 with the aim of “looking around the corner, identifying themes and aiming to win big in the long run.”
7. This week’s TechCrunch podcasts
The latest episode of Equity looks at Robinhood’s latest funding round (which came at a $7.6 billion valuation). Meanwhile, over at Original Content, we reviewed the latest season of Netflix’s “Queer Eye.”