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OPay, a mobile payments firm founded by browser company Opera Ltd., has received approval from Nigeria’s Apex Bank Central Bank to conduct international money transfers. OPay said the Central Bank approval would make it easier and faster for global remittance companies to manage customer transactions via OPay’s wallet. This July, IDG Capital, which also previously invested in Norway-based Opera, led a $50 million investment round in OPay. Opera has 350 million users worldwide.
Trip.com Group, a Nasdaq-listed online travel service provider formerly known as Ctrip, and TripAdvisor, a Nasdaq-listed travel review website, have entered into a global joint venture. Trip.com Group will also join TripAdvisor’s board and acquire 6.95 million shares of TripAdvisor, valued at $317.6 million. In return, Trip.com will receive exclusive rights to TripAdvisor’s Chinese brand, content license and other assets. IDG Capital was an early investor in Ctrip, based in Shanghai and now valued at $20 billion.