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The EU's Copyright Directive charm offensive pats Europeans on the head and tells them leave it up to the corporations

When it comes to the new Copyright Directive, some in the EU would prefer that Europeans just stop paying attention and let the giant corporations decide the future of the Internet. In a new Q&A about the Directive, the European Parliament – or rather, the JURI committee, which, headed by Axel Voss, spearheaded the shepherding of Article 13 and 11 through a skeptical Parliament, sets out a one-sided account of the most far-reaching regulation of online speech in living memory, insisting that ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Europe, Post, Copyfight, News, US, America, Eu, Parliament, Big Tech, Juri, Axel Voss, Article 11, Article 13, Fixcopyright


New Satellite Network Will Make It Impossible For a Commercial Airplane To Vanish

pgmrdlm quotes a report from CBS News: For the first time, a new network of satellites will soon be able to track all commercial airplanes in real time, anywhere on the planet. Currently, planes are largely tracked by radar on the ground, which doesn't work over much of the world's oceans. The final 10 satellites were launched Friday to wrap up the $3 billion effort to replace 66 aging communication satellites, reports CBS News' Kris Van Cleave, who got an early look at the new technology. On an...
Tags: Europe, Cbs News, America, Tech, Kris Van Cleave


Email security company Tessian is closing in on a $40M round led by Sequoia Capital

Continuing a trend that VCs here in London tell me is seeing an increasing amount of deal-flow in Europe attract the interest of top-tier Silicon Valley venture capital firms, TechCrunch has learned that email security provider Tessian is the latest to raise from across the pond. According to multiple sources, the London-based company has closed a Series B round led by Sequoia Capital. I understand that the deal could be announced within a matter of weeks, and that the round size is in the regio...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Europe, Balderton Capital, London, Tech, Silicon Valley, Sequoia Capital, Imperial College, Tim Sadler Tom Adams, Tessian, Ed Bishop Tessian


A Week In Amsterdam On A $55,542 Salary

Welcome toMoney Diaries , where we're tackling what might be the last taboo facing modern working women: money. We're asking millennials how they spend their hard-earned money during a seven-day period — and we're tracking every last dollar.Women over age 45: We want to read your Money Diaries! Submit here.Today: a digital planner working in advertising who makes $55,542 per year and spends some of her money this week on fries with mayo.Occupation: Digital PlannerIndustry: AdvertisingAge: 32Loc...
Tags: Google, Europe, Fashion, Music, Amsterdam, Harry Potter, States, Zara, Golden Globes, Mariah Carey, Jay, Venmo, Winnie, Don, Gollum, Lizzie McGuire


On-demand telehealth company Tyto Care adds Sanford Health, Itochu and Shenzhen Capital Group as strategic investors

Tyto Care, a telehealth company that enables physicians to conduct on-demand remote exams, announced today that it has added $9 million to its Series C, bringing the round’s total to $33.5 million. The new funding comes from strategic investors Sanford Health, Itochu, and Shenzhen Capital Group. First announced last year, the oversubscribed Series C was led by Ping An Global Voyager Fund, run by the Chinese financial conglomerate. Itochu, Shenzhen Capital Group, and Sanford Health, the largest r...
Tags: TC, Asia, Europe, Japan, New York, China, Medical, Tech, Canada, United States, Healthcare, Food And Drug Administration, On-demand, Japan China, Sanford Health, Gilad


Facebook is launching political ad checks in Nigeria, Ukraine, EU and India in coming months

Facebook is launching some of its self-styled ‘election security’ initiatives into more markets in the coming months ahead of several major votes in countries around the world. In an interview with the social networking giant confirmed it’s launching checks on political adverts on its platform in Nigeria, Ukraine and the European Union, reiterating too that ad transparency measures will launch in India ahead of its general election. Although it still hasn’t confirmed how it will respond in ot...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Europe, Advertising Tech, Indonesia, Australia, Government, India, Nigeria, Israel, US, Social Media, Tech, European Union, Ukraine, Philippines


Consolidation is coming to gaming, and Jam City raises $145 million to capitalize on it

A slew of banks are coming together to back a new roll-up strategy for the Los Angeles-based mobile gaming studio, Jam City and giving the company $145 million in new funding to carry that out. There’s no word on whether the new money is in equity or debt, but what is certain is that JPMorgan Chase Bank, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and syndicate partners including Silicon Valley Bank, SunTrust Bank and CIT Bank are all involved in the deal. “In a global mobile games market that is consolida...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Europe, Disney, Toronto, Los Angeles, Tech, Bank Of America, Software, United States, Zynga, Computing, Harry Potter, Pixar, King, Silicon Valley Bank


BeMyEye acquires Streetbee, a Russian crowdsourcing and image recognition provider

London-headquartered BeMyEye has made another acquisition, its third in a little over three years. This time the retail execution monitoring service is purchasing Russian crowdsourcing and image recognition provider Streetbee. The acquisition will see BeMyEye launch “Perfect Shelf,” which will use image recognition technology to lower the cost for consumer goods companies wanting to get “objective and actionable” in-store insights. These will typically include share of shelf and planogram compli...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Europe, London, Russia, Tech, CIS, BeMyEye, Streetbee, Luca Pagano, Andrey Elisev, Kirill Nepomnyashchiy, Vladimir Lyzo


Doctolib details how telemedicine appointments work

French startup Doctolib announced back in September that it would open up telemedicine appointments on its platform in 2019. The company is taking advantage of recent legal changes that finally make telemedicine legal in France. Doctolib is a marketplace matching patients with health practitioners — 70,000 practitioners and 1,400 medical institutions use it in France and Germany. Each health professional pays €109 per month to access the service ($124). By replacing your calendar with Doctoli...
Tags: Startups, Europe, France, Germany, Tech, France Newsletter, Doctolib, France Doctolib


The Square Off chess board melds the classical with the robotic

CES crowds can be tough — especially toward the end of the week. You’re physically and emotionally drained, and you’re pretty sure you’ve seen everything the consumer electronics world has to offer. And then something comes along to knock your socks off. Square Off was one such product, impressing the crowd at our meetup and walking away the winner of our hardware pitch-off. The company’s first product looks like your run of the mill wooden chess board. And that’s part of the charm. Turn it ...
Tags: Amazon, Europe, Hardware, Entertainment, China, Tech, Kickstarter, Indiegogo, CES 2019, Bhavya Gohil, InfiVention, Maker Faire Rome


A Supercomputer In a 19th Century Church Is 'World's Most Beautiful Data Center'

"Motherboard spoke to the Barcelona Supercomputing Center about how it outfitted a deconsecrated 19th century chapel to host the MareNostrum 4 -- the 25th most powerful supercomputer in the world," writes Slashdot reader dmoberhaus. From the report: Heralded as the "most beautiful data center in the world," the MareNostrum supercomputer came online in 2005, but was originally hosted in a different building at the university. Meaning "our sea" in Latin, the original MareNostrum was capable of per...
Tags: Europe, Tech, Intel, Barcelona SuperComputing Center, Gemma Maspoch, Maspoch, Torre Girona


CERN’s plan for 100-km collider makes the LHC look like a hula hoop

The Large Hadron Collider has produced a great deal of incredible science, most famously the Higgs Boson — but physicists at CERN, the international organization behind the LHC, are already looking forward to the next model. And the proposed Future Circular Collider, at 100 kilometers or 62 miles around, would be quite an upgrade. The idea isn’t new; CERN has had people looking into it for years. But the conceptual design report issued today shows that all that consulting hasn’t been idle: th...
Tags: Gadgets, Europe, Science, Government, China, Tech, Physics, Cern, Particle physics, Large Hadron Collider, Higgs, Hadron Collider, LHC, Particle Colliders, Colliders, Michael Benedikt


Riding the RV revolution, Outdoorsy fuels up with $50 million in fresh funding

Outdoorsy is building for the road ahead. The three-year-old company, which connects customers with underused RVs and other trucks big enough to camp in overnight, just raised $50 million in Series C funding led by Greenspring Associates, with participation from earlier backers Aviva Ventures, Altos Ventures, AutoTech Ventures and Tandem Capital. That puts its total funding, in less than year’s time, at $75 million. (We’d separately reported on its $25 million Series B round last February. It...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Ecommerce, Europe, Yosemite, Australia, Tech, Austin, Automotive, New Zealand, Venture Capital, Aviva, Bay Area, Greenspring Associates, Cavin, Altos Ventures


NBCUniversal Planning a Streaming Subscription Service, May Take Back ‘The Office’ from Netflix

If you thought there were already too many streaming subscription services out there, you’re not going to like what NBCUniversal has planned for their library of TV shows and movies from NBC and Universal Pictures. Joining the likes of the forthcoming Disney and Warner Bros. streaming subscription services, media conglomerate NBCUniversal is creating their own ad-supported direct-to-consumer streaming subscription service that would be full of shows from NBC and movies from Universal Pictures, ...
Tags: Apple, Europe, Movies, Nbc, Office, Disney, Netflix, United States, Comcast, Nbcuniversal, Starz, Dreamworks Animation, Universal, Warner Bros, Nbc Universal, Hulu


Even the rightsholders think Europe’s Article 13 is a mess, call for an immediate halt in negotiations

With only days to go before the planned conclusion of the new EU Directive on Copyright in the Single Digital Market, Europe's largest and most powerful rightsholder groups -- from the Premier League to the Motion Picture Association (MPA) and the Association of Commercial Television in Europe -- have , repeating their message from late last year: namely, that the Directive will give the whip hand to Big Tech. Article 13 -- which still mandates copyright filters for big platforms, despite...
Tags: Google, Europe, Post, Copyfight, News, Eu, Premier League, Parliament, European Parliament, Big Tech, Motion Picture Association MPA, EUCD, Axel Voss, Article 11, Article 13, Association of Commercial Television


How do you fight an algorithm you cannot see?

That question in the headline was the challenge posed by a group of open knowledge junkies in Germany who wanted to understand how a person’s Schufa was calculated. Schufa is a credit bureau that generates financial scores for potential borrowers in Germany, and it is roughly equivalent to a FICO score in the United States. Schufa is not an open algorithm, and so important financial decisions are mediated by an unknown process that can be quite capricious in its scoring. So the activists created...
Tags: Google, Europe, Government, Germany, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Policy, United States, Kim, Algorithms, Deep Learning, Eric Eldon, Andrew, Danny, Richard Rothstein, Arman


Pia d’Iribarne joins Stride.VC as third partner

It turns out Stride.VC isn’t going to focus exclusively on the U.K. after all. Pia d’Iribarne is leaving Accel to join Stride.VC as a partner. Stride.VC was originally co-founded by former Accel partner Fred Destin along with Harry Stebbings, producer of “The Twenty Minute VC” podcast. Back in October, when TechCrunch’s Steve O’Hear covered the official closing of the £50 million fund, the pair said that they would focus on the U.K. at first. Arj Soysa also joined the firm as operating par...
Tags: Startups, Europe, London, France, Tech, Bloomberg, Paris, Venture Capital, Felix Capital, Accel, Fred Destin, DESTIN, Natasha Lomas, Steve O'Hear, Harry Stebbings, Stebbings


Workforce management solution Quinyx raises further $25M

Quinyx, the cloud-based workforce management solution, has raised a further $25 million in funding. The investment was led by the startup’s existing investors Alfvén & Didrikson, Battery Ventures, and Zobito. Founded in 2005 by Erik Fjellborg, Quinyx’s CEO, after he spent the summer working at McDonald’s, the company’s workforce management software helps businesses of all sizes manage employee scheduling, communication, task-management and payroll integration. Quinyx’s core focus is shift-based ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Europe, Tech, Erik, McDonald, Daniel Wellington, Odeon Cinemas Group, Quinyx, Alfvén Didrikson Battery Ventures, Erik Fjellborg Quinyx, Sweden Finland Germany Norway Denmark, Fjellborg Adds Michael Brown


Manual raises £5M to build its ‘wellbeing guide’ for men

Manual, a ‘wellbeing platform’ for men, has closed £5 million in seed funding. Backing the round is the U.K.’s Felix Capital, Germany’s Cherry Ventures, and U.S.-based Cassius Capital. The first iteration of the startup’s offering is being launched today: a new website that aims to arm men with the knowledge and tools they need “to proactively solve their wellbeing and look after their health”. “At Manual we want men to take control of their health and happiness by helping guide them to the choi...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Europe, London, Tech, Athens, Deliveroo, Manual, George Pallis, Pallis, Felix Capital Germany s Cherry Ventures, Cassius Capital, Michalis Gkontas, Michalis, National Pharmacy Association


Here, here: the Swedish online love army who take on the trolls

#Jagärhär (#Iamhere) aims to battle abuse in online threads and jumps to defend those on receiving endWhen a young woman with rainbow hair and a reputation for hostility towards sexual predators won a Swedish lawyer of the year award late last year, the online reaction came in two waves.The first was unpleasant, a torrent of bile from people who objected to Linnéa Claeson’s looks, her feminist politics, her gender, her youth and her instagram account @assholesonline. Continue reading...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Technology, Sweden, Social Media, Journalism, Society, Digital Media, Publishing And Public Relations, Online Abuse, Linnéa Claeson


For AR/VR 2.0 to live, AR/VR 1.0 must die

Tim Merel Contributor Tim Merel is managing director of Digi-Capital. More posts by this contributor The Reality Ecosystem: What AR/VR/XR needs to go big China could beat America in AR/VR long-term The future of AR/VR could be bright, but only if it moves beyond where it is today. 2018 was the first of what look like two transitional years, with a potential shakeout in 2019 before an inflection point in late 2020. Let’s look at whe...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Column, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, Microsoft, Steve Jobs, China, America, Tech, Walmart, Sony, Pokemon, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Lockheed Martin


Freelancer banking service Shine switches to paid subscriptions

French startup Shine wants to be the only professional bank account you need if you’re a freelancer. So far, 25,000 people signed up to the service and the company recently raised a $9.3 million funding round. Shine wants to help freelancers in France all steps of the way. After signing up, the app helps you fill out all the paperwork to create your freelancer status. You then get a card and banking information. This way, you can generate invoices, accept payments and also pay for stuff. Crea...
Tags: Startups, Europe, France, Tech, France Newsletter, Fintech, Shine


Financial Case Study: Rosemary and Claire – Authentic Food Quest

This post Financial Case Study: Rosemary and Claire – Authentic Food Quest appeared first on The Professional Hobo. Rosemary and Claire are co-founders of Authentic Food Quest. Their goal is to inspire you to travel through food and explore the local flavors. They believe travelers can have deeper connections with a destination and people by opening up to the local tastes and flavors. And that’s exactly what they do themselves! Learn more about their slow travel lifestyle and related career her...
Tags: Travel, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Europe, France, Southeast Asia, Singapore, Portugal, Argentina, Peru, Uruguay, Lima, Financial Case Studies, Financial Case Study, Natalie Sisson


Open Bionics closes $5.9M Series A for its affordable and cool bionic limbs

The world wowed a few years ago when a very clever startup from Bristol, UK, came up with 3D printed bionic limbs for amputees. Uniquely, the limbs were lightweight, cheap to make and could even be made into Iron Man-style arms to enthuse amputee children. They went on to sign a deal with the huge UK National Health Service to bring new technologies to amputees, announced at a Techcrunch Crunch Disrupt. Today Open Bionics has successfully raised $5.9 million from investors including F1’s William...
Tags: TC, Europe, Usa, UK, France, Tech, Spain, Williams, Nato, Kosovo, Mark Hamill, Coo, Open Bionics, Luke Skywalker, Payne, Williams Advanced Engineering


VW investing $800M in Tennessee factory to make next-generation electric vehicles

Volkswagen will spend $800 million to expand a U.S. factory that will produce the automaker’s next generation of electric vehicles. The factory in Chattanooga, Tenn. will be the company’s North American base for manufacturing electric vehicles, VW CEO Dr. Herbert Diess said during a presentation at the Detroit Auto Show on Monday. The expansion is expected to create 1,000 jobs at the plant. VW’s Chattanooga expansion is just a piece of the automaker’s broader plan to move away from diesel in the...
Tags: Electric Vehicle, Europe, China, Germany, Cars, US, America, Tech, Ceo, Automotive, United States, Vw, Tennessee, Transport, Manufacturing, Volkswagen


Geoengineering could solve our climate problems if anyone allowed it

This weekend, I finished reading Oliver Morton’s The Planet Remade (thanks to reader Eliot Peper for recommending it). Morton has a multitude of goals with the book, but there were two I think are deeply valuable. First, geoengineering is a plausible approach to solving our climate problems this century, and second, engineering the climate generates tough policy challenges, but also opportunities to make the planet more equitable. TechCrunch is experimenting with new content forms. This is a rou...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Hollywood, Science, California, Government, China, Wordpress, Book Review, Tech, Policy, Beijing, West, Nato, Poland, Silicon Valley


Germany's Christian Democrat leader slams anti-diesel 'crusades'

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer also calls for CDU to reexamine handling of 2015 refugee crisisAngela Merkel’s replacement as leader of Germany’s Christian Democrats has criticised the country’s leading environmental organisations for leading “crusades” against diesel cars as she attempts to put distance between herself and her predecessor.In addition to her comments on diesel, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer this weekend called for the CDU to reexamine its handling of the 2015 refugee crisis, Merkel’s mo...
Tags: Europe, Business, Technology, Germany, Angela Merkel, World news, Merkel, Automotive Industry, Cdu, Christian Democrats, Annegret Kramp Karrenbauer


Wiliot nabs $30M from Amazon, Avery Dennison, Samsung for a chip that runs on power from ambient radio frequencies

As we continue the quest for better and more efficient sources of energy to link up our connected world, companies that are developing new power solutions are attracting attention. Today, a startup called Wiliot, which makes semiconductors that harness ambient nanowatts of electromagnetic energy from cellular, WiFi and Bluetooth networks to work without batteries or other traditional wired power sources, announced that it has closed a $30 million round of funding. The backers are a notable mix o...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Europe, Hardware, France, Funding, Israel, Samsung, Tech, Intel, San Diego, Qualcomm, Sigfox, Avery Dennison, Tamir, Wiliot


Goldman Sachs leads $8M round in cyber security skills platform Immersive Labs

Immersive Labs, a cyber security skills platform founded by James Hadley, who used to be a researcher at GCHQ, has raised $8 million in Series A funding. Leading the round is Goldman Sachs, with participation from a number of unnamed private investors. Operating in the cyber security training space, Immersive Labs helps enterprise IT and other cyber security teams acquire the latest security skills by combining up to date threat data with what is describes as “gamified” learning. This sees th...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Europe, Gchq, Tech, Goldman Sachs, Hadley, Immersive Labs, James Hadley, BAE Systems Sophos


Testing times for second wave scooter startups

Investors are still pouring millions into scooter startups, albeit sometimes at flat valuations. At the same time a little cash is flowing the other way, in cases where cities have realized the importance of prioritizing the needs of the local environment and its citizens, over and above the ambitions of VCs for a swift and lucrative exit. Scooter startups affected by such regulatory bumps in the road are, unsurprisingly, rather less keen to shout about this sort of policy friction and the negat...
Tags: Startups, TC, Transportation, Europe, Berlin, Collaborative Consumption, Tech, Spain, Barcelona, Sharing Economy, Madrid, GreenTech, Town, El Pais, Reby, Scooter Sharing



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