Short Takes: Massive $44B IHS Markit / S&P deal; $350MM for Hippo Insurance; Facebook Libra rebrands to Diem; Stripe Capital for Platforms; DeepMind AI folds proteins

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Here are the top updates hitting our radar:

  1. Hippo secures $350 million capital investment (link here)

  2. Los Angeles based Banking Challenger, HMBradley, Secures $18.25 Million via Series A Round led by Chime Investor Acrew Capital (link here)

  3. Stripe Capital Extends Business Lending To Online Platforms (link here)

  4. DeFi's first M&A deal? Yearn.Finance and Pickle Finance are set to merge (link here)

  5. US Intelligence Community is Worried About China’s Digital Currency (link here) and Facebook-backed digital coin Libra renamed Diem in quest for approval (link here)

  6. Overexposed: DeFi indexes aren’t as diversified as you think (link here)

  7. Pizza Hut to accept Bitcoin for pies in Venezuela (link here)

  8. S&P Global strikes all-stock deal worth $44 billion to buy London-based financial data provider IHS Markit (link here)

  9. Kemper to acquire American Access in $370 million transaction (link here)

  10. Merge Cube AR Teaching Tools Co…

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