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Joe White MBE appointed new UK Consul-General in SF, with new Technology Envoy role

Joe White MBE — a general partner of Entrepreneur First, a Greylock-backed early-stage deep tech fund — is leaving after being appointed as Her Majesty’s Consul-General, San Francisco, and Technology Envoy to the United States in a new, combined and powerful, role for the U.K. government. One of the key figures from the last two decades of the tech industry in the U.K., most recently White has been co-chair of GBx, a curated network of British entrepreneurs; a non-executive director for the U.K....
Tags: Google, TC, Europe, UK, US, San Francisco, Tech, David Cameron, United States, Washington Dc, Silicon Valley, Biden, White, Brexit, Greylock, Entrepreneur First


Henry picks up cash to be a Lambda School for Latin America

Latin America’s startup scene has attracted troves of venture investment, lifting highly-valued companies such as Rappi and NuBank into behemoth businesses. Now that the spotlight has arrived, those same startups need more talent than ever before to meet demand. That’s where one seed-stage Buenos Aires startup wants to help. Henry has created an online computer science school that trains software developers from low-income backgrounds to understand technical skills and get employed. The company ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Europe, Education, Mexico, China, Tech, United States, Argentina, Isa, Edtech, Latin America, Buenos Aires, Nubank, Henry, Luz


Apple faces lawsuits in Europe over slowing down older iPhones

Apple is facing new legal action in Europe over its controversial practice of slowing down older iPhones.
Tags: Apple, Europe


NASA selects four companies for Moon material collection as it seeks to set precedent on private sector outer space mining

NASA has selected the winning candidates that they’ve decided to tap to collect lunar resources for eventual Earth return, from a number of commercial companies who applied. The four companies all have rides booked on future commercial lunar lander missions, and the agency is using this as a demonstration of what kinds of efficiencies it can realize by piggybacking on private industry for serving its needs – and a precedent-setting event for NASA paying private companies to retrieve materials...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Europe, Space, Japan, Science, Colorado, Gold, Tech, Nasa, Moon, Mars, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Artemis, Blue Origin


As Crypto comes back, Binance-backed Injective Protocol launches Testnet for its DeFi trading platform

Decentralized exchange protocols that allow crypto traders and investors to trade across different blockсhains have been in development for a while. A significant new development now comes with the launch of the ‘Testnet’ from Injective Protocol. Injective has been backed by Binance, one of the biggest centralized exchanges in the Crypto world. Injective Protocol is one of the first universal ‘DeFi’ (Decentralised Finance) protocols for cross-chain derivatives trading, so the launch of the testn...
Tags: TC, Europe, Tech, Paypal, Crypto, Stanford University, Pantera Capital, Pantera, U S Securities and Exchange Commission, Binance, Injective Protocol Injective, Injective, CME Group BitMEX LedgerX, Binance Labs Injective Protocol, Pantera Hashed, Kik Bitstampt


CEO of Yandex Self Driving Group predicts that autonomous vehicles will roam freely around major cities within five years

Yandex's self-driving car Mikhail Pochuyev/TASS (Photo by Mikhail Pochuyev\TASS via Getty Images Russian internet giant Yandex is competing with US tech giants such as Google in driverless cars. Its driverless cars unit claims 4 million kilometers driven, and has raised $150 million in fresh funding to spin out from its parent firm. Business Insider named CEO of Yandex Self Driving Group Dmitry Polishchuk to our list of 10 leaders transforming consumer tech in Europe. Vis...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Europe, UK, Putin, Russia, US, Trends, Moscow, Silicon Valley, Las Vegas, Self-driving Cars, Autonomous Cars, Yandex, Business Insider, TASS


'Dirty methods' in Brexit vote cited in push for new laws on Europe's elections

Sites such as Facebook will have to publicly disclose identity of people and entities funding such advertisingThe “dirty methods” of the Brexit referendum have been cited as a reason for new EU laws aimed at tackling disinformation and forcing online platforms including Facebook to publicly disclose the identity of people and entities funding political adverts.Věra Jourová, a vice president of the European commission, said the EU rule-book needed to be updated to deal with on-line political camp...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Politics, Technology, Social Networking, Advertising, Social Media, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Digital Media, Brussels, Brexit, Vera Jourova


Draft EU legislation seeks to counter 'dirty methods' in Europe's elections

Sites such as Facebook will have to publicly disclose identity of people and entities funding such advertisingEurope’s elections should not be a competition of “dirty methods”, a European commission vice-president has said as she unveiled draft legislation aimed at forcing online platforms including Facebook to publicly disclose the identity of people and entities funding political adverts.Věra Jourová said consumers should know why they are being targeted and by whom. The commission will also l...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Politics, Technology, Social Networking, Advertising, Social Media, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Digital Media, Vera Jourova


Europe to put forward rules for political ads transparency and beef up its disinformation code next year

New rules for online political advertising will be put forward by European Union lawmakers next year, with the aim of boosting transparency around sponsored political content. The Commission said today that it wants citizens, civil society and responsible authorities to be able to clearly see the source and purpose of political advertising they’re exposed to online. “We are convinced that people must know why they are seeing an ad, who paid for it, how much, what microtargeting criteria were use...
Tags: Google, Startups, Facebook, Europe, UK, Privacy, Eu, European Union, Policy, Commission, Brussels, Parliament, Gdpr, Vera Jourova, Jourova, DSA


More than 500,000 full electric cars sold in Europe in 10 months

Milestone comes as sales of all plug-in cars, including hybrids, pass 1m in 18 European marketsCarmakers have sold more than 500,000 battery electric cars in Europe during 2020, a milestone in a move away from fossil fuels.Sales of all plug-in cars, including hybrids, have surpassed 1m during the year in the UK and the largest 17 European markets, according to data collated by Schmidt Automotive Research. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, UK, Technology, Environment, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Automotive Industry, Motoring, Electric, Hybrid And Low-emission Cars, Schmidt Automotive Research Continue


Taking on the business scenario-planning giants, Pigment raises a $25.9M Series A led by Blossom Capital

Realizing that modern, complex businesses can no longer be adequately managed using spreadsheet-style programs, the founders of Pigment decided there had to be a better solution. Their business forecasting platform has now raised a substantial Series A of $25.9 million, led by Blossom Capital. Also participating was New York-based FirstMark Capital and Frst, as well as angel investors including Paul Melchiorre, former CEO of business planning giant Anaplan, and David Clarke, the ex-CTO of Workda...
Tags: Google, TC, Europe, New York, Tech, Paris, Anaplan, Minecraft, Nasdaq, FirstMark Capital, Cto, Index Ventures, Crespo, David Clarke, Ophelia Brown, Pigment


Portugal’s Bizay – a customized products marketplace for SMBs – just raised a $38.6M C round

Bizay, a marketplace for small-to-medium-sized businesses allowing them to create highly customized products (such as merchandise), has raised a $38.6 million (€32 million) funding round. The Series C financing round was co-led by investors Indico Capital and the European Investment Bank, with “strong support” from Iberis Capital and existing investors including LeadX Capital Partners, Omnes Capital and Pathena. This means Bizay has now raised a total of more than €54 million. The company previo...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Europe, America, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Software, Portugal, General Partner, Vieira, European Investment Bank, Sergio Vieira, Indico Capital Partners, Stephan Morais, Indico Capital, Iberis Capital


ultimate.ai scores $20M for a supportive approach to customer service automation

Ultimate.ai, a virtual customer service agent builder, has closed a $20 million Series A round of funding, led by Omers Ventures with participation from Felicis Ventures and existing investors HV Capital, and Maki.vc — bringing its total raised to date to $25M+. The European startup’s flagship claim for the data-ingesting bot-builder platform is it’s capable of automating up to 80% of customer support interactions. The focus, as tends to be the case for all these customer service conversational ...
Tags: Google, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Europe, Berlin, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Ai, North America, Felicis Ventures, Helsinki, Finnair, Markus, ARR, Maki


Patrick Schilling advocates for people with disabilities

Welcome to the latest edition of “My Path to Google,” where we talk to Googlers, interns and alumni about how they got to Google, what their roles are like and even some tips on how to prepare for interviews.Today’s post is all about Patrick Schilling, a Strategic Deal Manager on the Google Cloud team. In addition to helping big companies use Google technology to get ready for the future, Patrick uses what he’s learned through his experience breaking barriers to advocate for people with disabili...
Tags: Google, Europe, Germany, Middle East, West Coast, Googlers, Patrick, Southern Germany, NC State University, Google Cloud, Tuttlingen, Noogler, Life at Google, My Path to Google, Daphne Karpel, Patrick Schilling


Bolt unveils its fourth-generation scooter

Bolt is better known for its ride-hailing service. But the company also operates an electric scooter service in 45 cities across Europe. Designed by the company’s in-house hardware team, the new model focuses on safety. As you can see on the photo, it’s a big scooter that weighs 19kg — that’s more than an average bike. It has a battery with a 40km range and it is primarily made of aluminum. The company says it should last up to 60 months thanks to a modular design. Bolt can replace parts with...
Tags: Startups, TC, Europe, Tech, Bolt, Scooter


Food robotics startup Karakuri unveils automated canteen, plus $8.4M investment led by firstminute

Last week I witnessed for myself how a new kind of robot really could — as sci-fi has been telling us for many years — create and serve us food. Today, Karakuri, a food robotics startup, unveils its first automated canteen to make meals: the “DK-One” robot. It’s also revealing a $8.4 million (£6.3million) investment, led by firstminute capital, which includes funding from Hoxton Ventures, Taylor Brothers, Ocado Group and the UK’s government-backed Future Fund. It has now closed a total of £13.5m...
Tags: Food, TC, Europe, UK, Tech, United Kingdom, Food Waste, Robot, Chairman, Brent Hoberman, Wragg, Hoxton Ventures, Co-founder, Simon Watt, Karakuri, Hoxton Ventures Taylor Brothers Ocado Group


The Marines are getting new boots for fights in freezing temperatures as low as -20 degrees

US Marines hike in Sekiyama, Japan, March 15, 2017. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Isaac Ibarra The Marines are getting new cold-weather boots starting early next year, Marine Corps Systems Command announced Tuesday. The new boots will fill a gap in Marine footwear, providing comfort in temperatures ranging from 20 degrees Fahrenheit to -20 degrees Fahrenheit. "In order to effectively conduct your mission in a cold weather environment, you need to be warm," a Marine Corps project officer ...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Boots, Technology, China, Virginia, Russia, US, Trends, Marine, Middle East, Arctic, Marine Corps, Marines, Cold Weather, US Marines


Europe will push to work with the US on tech governance, post-Trump

The European Union said today that it wants to work with US counterparts on a common approach to tech governance — including pushing to standardize rules for applications of technologies like AI and pushing big tech to be more responsible for what their platforms amplify. EU lawmakers are anticipating rebooted transatlantic relations under the incoming administration of president-elect Joe Biden. The Commission has published a new EU-US agenda with the aim of  encouraging what it bills as “...
Tags: Security, Facebook, Europe, Privacy, Senate, Russia, Digital, US, Tech, Eu, G20, European Union, Joe Biden, Artificial Intelligence, Policy, Atlantic


Apple is facing a slate of lawsuits in the EU over intentionally slowing down old iPhones, just weeks after the firm settled a similar suit in the US for $113 million

Apple chief design officer Jony Ive (L) and Apple CEO Tim Cook inspect the new iPhone XR during an Apple special event at the Steve Jobs Theatre on September 12, 2018 in Cupertino, California. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Apple is facing a slate of new lawsuits in Europe that are seeking $217 million over the company's past practice of intentionally slowing down old iPhones. In a statement to Business Insider, an Apple representative said: "We have never — and would never — do anything to ...
Tags: Apple, Europe, News, US, Trends, Eu, Bloomberg, Cnn, Italy, Arizona, Tim Cook, Iphones, Jony Ive, Tech Companies, Mark Brnovich, L


Apple faces lawsuits in Europe over slowing down older iPhones

Apple is facing new legal action in Europe over its controversial practice of slowing down older iPhones.
Tags: Apple, Europe, Cnn


Bizzabo raises $138M for a platform that helps you build and run virtual conferences

Conferences have — for better or worse (and if you’ve ever been trapped in a cavernous CES exhibition hall, you might say worse) — become a significant cornerstone of how industries engage with their audiences, whether they are comics superfans, or iOS developers, or insurance brokers. This year has undoubtedly seen a huge shift in how those conferences exist. The Covid-19 health pandemic has drastically curtailed travel and how people spend time in crowded places, decimating the wider event ind...
Tags: TC, Europe, Tech, Google Microsoft, Viola, Kaltura, Bizzabo, Eran Ben Shushan, Tel Aviv New York, Insight Partners, Matt Gatto, Ben Shushan, Alon Alroy, COVID, Boaz Katz, Uber Gainsight Github WeWork Accenture


Consumer Group Sues Apple in Belgium and Spain Over iPhone Throttling

An EU consumer advocacy group has filed class-action lawsuits against Apple in both Belgium and Spain for "unfair and misleading commercial practices" related to the iPhone performance management system it introduced in iOS 10.2.1 without informing customers. Brought by Euroconsumers, which describes itself as the "world's leading consumer cluster organization," the suits allege that the system introduced via iOS update in order to preserve battery life amount to "planned obsolescence." In a...
Tags: Apple, Europe, Lawsuit, Eu, Spain, United States, Italy, Portugal, Belgium, Iphone Slowdown, Apple Apple, Consumer Group Sues Apple, Financial Times Consumers, Els Bruggeman


Monzo, the U.K. challenger bank, picks up additional £60M in funding

Monzo, the U.K. challenger bank now with more than 4.8 million customers, has closed another £60 million in funding, priced the same as and effectively an extension of the its previous top-up round in June. This saw Monzo valued by private investors at around £1.2 billion, marked by industry observers as a down round because it was lower than the upstart bank’s previous — perhaps overheated — valuation before the Coronavirus pandemic skewed leverage in favour of investors or forced a legitimate ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, TC, Europe, UK, Tech, Las Vegas, Amex, U K, Anil, Tom Blomfield, Monzo, TED Global, Sujata Bhatia, Novator Kaiser


The UK approves the BioNTech/Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use

The UK government has approved the BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine against COVID-19 for emergency use, following the recommendation of the national medicines regulator. The UK is the first country to approve the vaccine for widespread use — paving the way for some of the most “high risk” citizens, such as elderly care home residents and front-line healthcare workers, to get the jab before the end of the year. The BBC reports that the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has sa...
Tags: Health, Europe, UK, Tech, Bbc, NHS, National Health Service, Simon Stevens, Boris Johnson, Pfizer, Vaccine, Hancock, Matt Hancock, MHRA, BioNtech, Albert Bourla


Revolut launches early salary feature in the UK and web app

Fintech startup Revolut has two new features this week. First, the company is launching a web app for its regular users — not just business users. Second, in the U.K., Revolut has partnered with Modulr to let you receive your salary a day early. Revolut has historically focused its efforts on its mobile app. If you have a business account with Revolut, you know that you can see your past transactions and access your account from a regular web browser. But the company’s 13 million customers co...
Tags: Startups, Europe, UK, Finance, Tech, Fintech, Revolut, Challenger Bank, Modulr, U K Revolut


Longtime investor and operator Adam Nash says he just launched a new fintech startup

Adam Nash, a Silicon Valley-born-and-bred operator and investor, is back at it again. Today, on his personal blog, he announced that he has started a consumer fintech company that has already garnered initial funding from Ribbit Capital, along with other “friends and angels” who appear to have also pitched into the round, including Box CEO Aaron Levie, Mighty Networks founder Gina Bianchini, Superhuman founder Rahul Vohra, and Amy Chang, who sold her startup Accompany to Cisco in 2018. Nash d...
Tags: Apple, TC, Twitter, Europe, John Sculley, Ebay, Stanford, Boston, San Francisco, Linkedin, Tech, Cisco, Nasa, Venture Capital, Silicon Valley, North America


Obvious Ventures outlines the “world positive” impact of its startups and shares what’s next

Today, the early-stage, mission-focused, San Francisco-based venture firm Obvious Ventures released a very readable overview of how each of its portfolio companies is benefiting the world in its own way. Its report shines a light on the grocery deliver service Good Eggs, for example, sharing that roughly 70% of the products sold by the company are grown or produced within 250 miles of its food hub in Oakland, Ca. That matters because fresher food is more nutritious. The electric bus company Prot...
Tags: TC, Asia, Europe, US, San Francisco, Tech, Williams, Venture Capital, North America, Oakland, Ev Williams, Obvious Ventures, James Joaquin, Biz Stone, James, Beyond Meat


Voi, the European ‘micromobility’ rental company, raises $160M additional equity and debt funding

Voi, the Stockholm-headquartered micro mobility company known for its e-scooter rentals, has raised $160 million in new funding. The round, about two thirds equity and one third debt, is led by The Raine Group. Others participating include VNV Global, Balderton, Creandum, Project A, Inbox, and “sustainability-focused investor” Stena Sessan, along with individual backers with links to tech companies such as Delivery Hero, Klarna, iZettle, Zillow, Kry/Livi and Amazon. Voi co-founder and CEO Fredri...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Europe, London, Tech, Cambridge, Stockholm, Hjelm, VOI, Fredrik Hjelm, Raine Group Others, VNV Global Balderton Creandum Project A Inbox, Stena Sessan, Zillow Kry Livi, Amazon Voi


Voi, the European ‘micro mobility’ rental company, raises $160M additional equity and debt funding

Voi, the Stockholm-headquartered micro mobility company known for its e-scooter rentals, has raised $160 million in new funding. The round, about two thirds equity and one third debt, is led by The Raine Group. Others participating include VNV Global, Balderton, Creandum, Project A, Inbox, and “sustainability-focused investor” Stena Sessan, along with individual backers with links to tech companies such as Delivery Hero, Klarna, iZettle, Zillow, Kry/Livi and Amazon. Voi co-founder and CEO Fredri...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Europe, London, Tech, Cambridge, Stockholm, Hjelm, VOI, Fredrik Hjelm, Raine Group Others, VNV Global Balderton Creandum Project A Inbox, Stena Sessan, Zillow Kry Livi, Amazon Voi


Stadia Savepoint: November updates

It’s time for another update to our Stadia Savepoint series, recapping the new games, features, and changes for Stadia in November. The month marked one year since Stadia launched. In the past year, we’ve quadrupled our library on the Stadia store and significantly increased the number of free games offered in Stadia Pro. In addition, we’ve introduced new ways to play like the ongoing exclusive demo of Immortals Fenyx Rising or Crowd Choice in Baldur’s Gate 3 and Dead by Daylight on YouTube. ...
Tags: Google, Europe, Lara Croft, Stadia, Playerunknown, Andrey Doronichev, Creed Valhalla, Kine Monster Jam Steel Titans Everspace, Celeste Jotun, BetweenTom Clancy, Stadia Community Blog Facebook YouTube



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