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Daily Crunch: Toptal sues rival Andela for allegedly making ‘a perfect clone’ of its freelancer marketplace

To get a roundup of TechCrunch’s biggest and most important stories delivered to your inbox every day at 3 p.m. PDT, subscribe here. Hello and welcome to Daily Crunch for June 11, 2021. As a small note I am off next week, so my dear friend and TechCrunch lifer Henry Pickavet will be taking over. He’s more fun and a better writer than I am, so consider him a temporary upgrade. See you in a week or so! — Alex p.s. Cheap tickets to TC Early Stage 2021: Marketing & Fundraising are nearly gone. Flagg...
Tags: Apple, Google, TC, London, Tech, Eu, Atlantic, Volkswagen, Alan, Alex, Temasek, Didi, Newsletters, Andela, Dan Preston, Ulrich Kranz


Extra Crunch roundup: EU insurtech, 30 years of ‘Crossing the Chasm,’ embedded finance’s endgame

This morning, Anna Heim and Alex Wilhelm dug into the EU insurtech market, interviewing European VCs and collating the biggest recent rounds to take the temperature of the waters across the pond: Alex Timm, CEO, Root Dan Preston, CEO, MetroMile Luca Bocchio, partner, Accel Florian Graillot, investor, Astorya.vc Stephen Brittain, director and founder, Insurtech Gateway Several European-based insurtech startups entered unicorn territory this year, such as Bought By Many, which offers pet insuran...
Tags: Startups, TC, Transportation, London, Microsoft, Entrepreneurship, Insurance, Tech, Eu, Atlantic, United States, Venture Capital, Tanzania, Mobility, Alan, Anna


Maps in macOS Monterey: Interactive Globe, Detailed Terrain, 3D Landmarks, Updated Driving Features and More

Apple in iOS 15 overhauled the Maps app to add a much more detailed design in select areas, an interactive globe, improved driving directions, better transit info, and more, and all of those same changes are available in macOS Monterey. If you zoom all the way out in the Maps app you can get to an interactive globe view, which is new to Maps. You can rotate the globe and drill down into different areas around the world, and Apple has greatly enhanced the details you see for mountain ranges, d...
Tags: Apple, London, Featured, San Francisco, Monterey, Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco Los Angeles New York, Apple Park, macOS Monterey


Open source DAB+ encoder in use on London small-scale multiplex

London small-scale DAB stations, NME 1 and CDNX, are the first stations in the UK to install the newly updated Open Source DAB+ encoder. The latest version of the encoder (v2.02) is hailed as a significant improvement, providing a far better listening experience at any given bitrate – with a cleaner, more open and transparent sound. The encoder is currently being tested by both stations. Sammy Jacob, NME 1 and CDNX station manager told RadioToday: “The newly released encoder is a vast improv...
Tags: UK, Technology, London, Digital, Radio, Nme, Nme 1, Sammy Jacob, Cdnx, Scall Scale Dab, Open Digital Radio


Fresha raises $100M for its beauty and wellness booking platform and marketplace

Beauty and wellness businesses have come roaring back to life with the decline of Covid-19 restrictions, and a startup that’s built a platform that caters to the many needs of small enterprises in the industry today is announcing a big round of funding to grow with them. Fresha — a multipurpose commerce tool for independent wellness and beauty businesses such as hair, nail and skin salons, yoga instructors and more, based first and foremost around a completely free platform for those businesses ...
Tags: Health, Wellness, TC, Ecommerce, Europe, London, Marketplace, Funding, Tech, Paypal, Atlantic, Beauty, Alibaba, Square, General Atlantic, Lightspeed Pos


UK Competition Watchdog Secures Google Commitments on Third-Party Cookies

LONDON (Reuters) -Britain's competition regulator said on Friday it had secured commitments from Google about the tech giant's proposal to remove...
Tags: Google, UK, London, Reuters Britain


Productivity startup Time is Ltd raises $5.6M to be the ‘Google Analytics for company time’

Productivity analytics startup Time is Ltd wants to be the Google Analytics for company time. Or perhaps a sort of “Apple Screen Time” for companies. Whatever the case, the founders reckon that if you can map how time is spent in a company enormous productivity gains can be unlocked and, money better spent. It’s now raised a $5.6 million late seed funding round led by Mike Chalfen, of London-based Chalfen Ventures, with participation from Illuminate Financial Management and existing investor Acc...
Tags: Apple, Google, TC, Europe, London, Microsoft, Articles, Tech, Ceo, Analytics, Google Analytics, Software, Computing, The Wall Street Journal, Leader, Business Intelligence


Fuel Ventures launches its new $63.6M early-stage VC fund, aiming for 60 startups inside 12 months

You may have heard of payments startup Paddle which has raised $93.3m or perhaps Heroes which raised $65M to become the “Thrasio of Europe” but you might not have heard so much about a backer of these startups, Fuel Ventures, at least not yet. That’s about to change as Fuel Ventures comes out of the door with a new £45million / $63.6 million early-stage focused VC fund, aiming at 60 UK tech startups over the next 12 months. This is quite the pace for an early-stage fund, but Fuel’s founder and m...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Europe, UK, London, US, Tech, Pearson, Mark Pearson, Fuel Ventures, MyVoucherCodes, Moot Group


Several macOS Monterey Features Unavailable on Intel-Based Macs (mac rumors)

While there are many great new features in macOS Monterey, several of them are not available on Intel-based Macs, according to Apple. On the macOS Monterey features page, fine print indicates that the following features require a Mac with the M1 chip, including any MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, Mac mini, and iMac model released since November 2020:Portrait Mode blurred backgrounds in FaceTime videos Live Text for copying and pasting, looking up, or translating text within photos An in...
Tags: Apple, London, News, Intel, Earth, Google Earth, MacBook Air, Monterey, Facetime, Joe Rossignol, San Francisco Los Angeles New York, MacBook Pro Mac


Rediscover your city through a new Lens this summer

With warmer weather upon us and many places reopening in the U.K., it’s the perfect time to go out and reconnect with your surroundings. Whether it’s soaking up that panoramic view of a city skyline that you’ve really missed, or wondering what that interesting tree species was that you pass every day on your park walk, many of us feel ready to reconnect with our cities in new ways. British cities are especially ripe for rediscovery. As the country emerges from a long lockdown and people start...
Tags: Google, UK, London, Liverpool, River Thames, Pixel, Lens, Google Pixel, London Bristol, Google Lens, Lou Wang, Liverpool Vibrant, Bristol Lens, Within Google Lens the Places


Daily Crunch: A crowded market for exits and acquisitions forecasts a hot AI summer

To get a roundup of TechCrunch’s biggest and most important stories delivered to your inbox every day at 3 p.m. PDT, subscribe here. Hello and welcome to Daily Crunch for June 9, 2021. Today was TC Sessions: Mobility, a rollicking good time and one that we hoped you enjoyed. Looking ahead, we’re starting to announce some speakers for Disrupt — including Accel’s Arun Mathew. Mark your calendars, Disrupt is going to be epic this year. — Alex The TechCrunch Top 3 Biden tears down Trump’s Chines...
Tags: Google, TC, Facebook, Europe, London, Tech, Cms, Ted, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Bill, Biden, East Coast, Accel, Crunchbase


Several macOS Monterey Features Unavailable on Intel-Based Macs

While there are many great new features in macOS Monterey, several of them are not available on Intel-based Macs, according to Apple. On the macOS Monterey features page, fine print indicates that the following features require a Mac with the M1 chip, including any MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, Mac mini, and iMac model released since November 2020:Portrait Mode blurred backgrounds in FaceTime videos Live Text for copying and pasting, looking up, or translating text within photos An inte...
Tags: Apple, London, Featured, Intel, Earth, Google Earth, MacBook Air, Monterey, Facetime, San Francisco Los Angeles New York, MacBook Pro Mac, macOS Monterey


Carlyle acquires 1E.com, an endpoint and hybrid working specialist, in $270M deal

Remote work was the order of the day for the past 16 months, but as we (fingers crossed) move out of the pandemic, it’s looking like a lot of people may move into a new era of hybrid work: less focus being present in offices to feel like you are getting things done, less time commuting, and more time to be productive. To help better address that opportunity, a company called 1e, which builds solutions for companies to enable hybrid working along with managing the wider space of endpoint manageme...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Europe, London, Enterprise, Microsoft, Tech, Remote Work, M&a, Private Equity, Nomad, Carlyle, The Carlyle Group, Fernando Chueca, Carlyle Europe Technology Partners CETP, AT T Nestle, Mark Blackburn


Mint House claims top NYC hotel after COVID changed its hospitality business

What’s the top-rated hotel in New York City? According to Tripadvisor users, it’s Mint House at 70 Pine, and it’s easy to see why as you click through the photos. Throughout NYC, hotel rooms are essentially bento boxes, carefully constructed to contain all the necessary bits. But not Mint House rooms. Mint House rooms are virtually complete apartments, and travelers have taken notice. The COVID-19 pandemic changed the way Mint House operates, and as the world starts to reopen, the company is wel...
Tags: TC, London, New York City, Tech, House, Hilton, Marriott, Starwood, South America, Airbnb, States, Tripadvisor, Lucas, Thompson, Marriott Hotels, Paul Sacco


‘Tehran’ Co-Producer Paper Entertainment Gets Funding from U.K.’s Channel 4

U.K. broadcaster Channel 4’s Indie Growth Fund has taken a minority stake in London-based Paper Entertainment, co-producer of hit Apple TV Plus series “Tehran.” Paper Entertainment was set up by Julien Leroux to develop, finance and produce TV content in partnership with talent and producers around the world. The outfit is co-producing the second season […]
Tags: Apple, London, News, Global, Channel 4, Tehran, Apple TV Plus, Julien Leroux, Indie Growth Fund


The Station: Aurora gets closer to a SPAC deal, Spin’s new strategy and Waymo One app numbers

The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here — just click The Station — to receive it every weekend in your inbox. Hello and welcome back to The Station, a weekly newsletter dedicated to all the ways people and packages move (today and in the future) from Point A to Point B. We are days away from TC Sessions: Mobility 2021, a one-day virtual event scheduled for June 9 that is bringing together some of the best and brightest minds in transportation. I’ll...
Tags: Google, Transportation, Lyft, Apps, Europe, New York, London, Australia, Washington, Russia, Berlin, Milwaukee, Singapore, India, America, San Francisco


An asset manager nicknamed '50 Cent' made $1.1 billion on bitcoin in 5 months - and could place more crypto bets in the future

50 Cent. Money (Music Video) | 50 Cent Music An asset manager nicknamed "50 Cent" made a $1.1 billion profit on bitcoin in five months. Ruffer invested about $600 million in November and cashed out the last of its coins in April. The firm warned that younger people could lose interest in crypto once lockdowns end. See more stories on Insider's business page. An asset manager nicknamed "50 Cent" made a $1.1 billion profit on bitcoin in the space of five months, The Sunday Times reported...
Tags: Apple, Elon Musk, London, Trends, Tesla, Venezuela, Sunday Times, Curtis Jackson, The Sunday Times, Ruffer, Baillie, Theron Mohamed, Hamish Baillie


Amazon could sidestep new G7 corporate tax measures because its profit margins are below a 10% threshold

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. Andrej Sokolow/picture alliance via Getty Images Amazon could escape new G7 measures to further tax tech giants, The Guardian reported. Amazon's slim profit margin could put it below a 10% threshold being considered for the tax. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has said separately that Amazon would be caught by the new measures. See more stories on Insider's business page. Amazon may be able to avoid new taxes agreed by the G7 because its profit margins are ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Europe, Politics, UK, London, Singapore, Trends, News UK, Treasury, Guardian, Janet Yellen, Oxfam, US Treasury, OECD


YC-backed Ziina raises $7.5M seed led by Avenir Growth Capital and Class 5 Global

Cash is the predominant method of sending and receiving payments in the Middle East. If you owe someone a cup of coffee or a trip over a long period, repaying via cash is your best bet. This is one problem out of many financial issues that haven’t been addressed in the region. The good news is that startups are springing up to provide solutions. Last month Telda, a in Egypt, raised an impressive sum as pre-seed to offer digital banking services . Today, Ziina, another startup based...
Tags: London, Saudi Arabia, Tech, Paypal, Egypt, Middle East, Dubai, Jordan, Tunisia, Sarah, Uae, Yc, Mena, Anim, FAISAL, Monzo


Watch Apple’s WWDC keynote live right here

Today, Apple is holding a (virtual) keynote on the first day of its developer conference, and the company is expected to talk about a ton of software updates. At 10 AM PT (1 PM in New York, 6 PM in London, 7 PM in Paris), you’ll be able to watch the event right here as the company is streaming it live. As usual with Apple’s developer conferences, you can expect to learn more about the next major updates of the company’s operating systems. Get ready for iOS 15, iPadOS 15, a new version of macO...
Tags: Apple, Ios, Google, Startups, Gadgets, Mobile, Apps, New York, London, Developer, Paris, iMac, Apple Events, watchOS, Wwdc, Macbook Pro


Google’s Gradient Ventures leads $8.2M Series A for Vault Platform’s misconduct reporting SaaS

Fixing workplace misconduct reporting is a mission that’s snagged London-based Vault Platform backing from Google’s AI focused fund, Gradient Ventures, which is the lead investor in an $8.2 million Series A that’s being announced today. Other investors joining the round are Illuminate Financial, along with existing investors including Kindred Capital and Angular Ventures. Its $4.2M seed round was closed back in 2019. Vault sells a suite of SaaS tools to enterprise-sized or large/scale-up compani...
Tags: Google, London, La, US, Tech, Eu, SEC, Volkswagen, Boeing, Vault, SPAC, Panasonic Avionics, Meidav, Anna Patterson, Gradient Ventures, EU Whistleblower Protection Directive


Global G7 deal may let Amazon off hook on tax, say experts

Exclusive: communique from ministers suggests deal only applies to ‘profit exceeding a 10% margin’, which could rule out AmazonExperts have raised concerns that Amazon may escape paying significantly more tax in some of its biggest markets unless world leaders close a large loophole in a historic global deal.Finance ministers in London from the G7 group of wealthy nations, including representatives of the UK, US and EU, on Saturday agreed the landmark deal aimed at making the biggest companies s...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Technology, London, Microsoft, Eu, World news, G7, UK US, Apple Microsoft Google


G7 deal is as much about balance of power as global tax reform | Richard Partington

The real story includes the reconciling of domestic interests with international demandsA historic agreement has been reached. For decades multinational corporations have abused gaps in an international tax system that has barely changed since agreements made at the League of Nations in the 1920s.After meetings in London at the weekend, the message from the G7 group of wealthy nations is clear: time is up on tax havens. In a landmark move, a global minimum rate of corporation tax has been agreed...
Tags: Google, Europe, Business, Politics, London, Economics, European Union, UK News, World news, Joe Biden, US news, Tax Avoidance, Corporate Governance, Brexit, G7, Facebook Apple


Interview: Apple TV+’s Lisey’s Story Series Composer Clark

Apple TV+ released its Stephen King series adaptation Lisey’s Story on June 4. ComingSoon’s Jeff Ames got the chance to talk with the series’ composer Clark (aka Chris Clark), who discussed everything from his views on classical music and his ventures into the world of sound design. You can check out ComingSoon’s interview with the composer below! RELATED: Lisey’s Story Trailer: Julianne Moore Leads Apple’s Stephen King Series Based on Stephen King’s 2006 novel, Lisey’s Story is a deeply pers...
Tags: Apple, TV, London, Movies, Drama, Interview, Julianne Moore, Horror, Stephen King, Apple TV, Oscar, TV News, Streaming, King, Composer, Air Studios


Get thrifty, and your startup might just acquire a generation

Etsy, a marketplace for kitschy and creative DIY goods, acquired Depop, a hippy and thrifty marketplace for resale goods, for $1.625 billion this week. So, today we’ll discuss the tale of two marketplaces, a deal that has given us a peek into the evolving ethos of social shopping. Depop, for those that don’t know, is a London-based company that targets millennial and Gen Z shoppers. Within the past two years, Depop has grown its user base of stylists, designers, artists, vintage sellers and more...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Europe, UK, London, Etsy, Ipo, Digital, Tech, Equity, Ev Williams, Coinbase, Medium, Sprinklr, James White, Newsletters


Big Tech and government officials have praised the 'significant, unprecedented' G7 deal to back a global corporate tax rate of at least 15%

Group of Seven finance ministers in London on Saturday. Henry Nicholls/Reuters Tech companies signaled approval of a "significant" deal to back a 15% global minimum corporate tax. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said it was a "significant, unprecedented commitment." Facebook welcomed "the important progress made at the G7," VP Nick Clegg told Insider. See more stories on Insider's business page. As finance ministers from the Group of Seven countries agreed on Saturday to back a 15% gl...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, UK, London, Singapore, US, Trends, Nick Clegg, European Commission, Treasury, Janet Yellen, Oxfam, OECD, G7, Yellen


Big Tech Companies to Be Hit by 'Historic' International Tax Agreement

Some of the world's richest countries have today reached a landmark agreement to close international tax loopholes used by some of the biggest multinational corporations, including big tech companies like Apple, Google, and Amazon (via Reuters). At the G7 summit in London, representatives of the U.S., UK, France, Germany, Canada, Italy, and Japan reached an agreement on a coordinated effort to support a minimum global corporation tax rate of at least 15 percent and committed to ensure that mu...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Japan, London, France, Tax, Turkey, Ireland, United Kingdom, Janet Yellen, Corporate Tax, Reuters, U S Treasury, Apple Google, Apple Google Amazon


G7 leaders reach 'historic' agreement to crack down on tech giants by forcing Amazon, Facebook, and others to pay more tax

G7 finance ministers meet in London on June 5, 2021. Henry Nicholls - WPA Pool/Getty Images The G7 group of wealthy nations has reached a "historic agreement" on taxing multinational companies. The agreement will ensure that tech giants pay more tax where they operate. It also pledges to introduce a global minimum corporate tax rate of 15 percent. See more stories on Insider's business page. Finance ministers for some of the world's wealthiest nations have reached a "historic agre...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Politics, UK, London, Taxes, News, Microsoft, US, International, Trends, Joe Biden, Economy, Bbc


G7 leaders reach 'historic' agreement to crackdown on tech giants by forcing Amazon, Facebook, and others to pay more tax

G7 finance ministers meet in London on June 5, 2021. Henry Nicholls - WPA Pool/Getty Images The G7 group of wealthy nations has reached a "historic agreement" on taxing multinational companies. The agreement will ensure that tech giants pay more tax where they operate. It also pledges to introduce a global minimum corporate tax rate of 15 percent. See more stories on Insider's business page. Finance ministers for some of the world's wealthiest nations have reached a "historic agre...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Politics, UK, London, Taxes, News, Microsoft, US, International, Trends, Joe Biden, Economy, Bbc


G7 aims to reach historic deal on corporate tax abuse this weekend

Talks hosted by Rishi Sunak believed to be very close to agreement in principle on global reformsThe G7 group of wealthy nations is close to a historic agreement to radically reshape international tax rules by using a global minimum rate of corporation tax to prevent abuse of the system by multinationals.Finance ministers from the world’s biggest western economies were negotiating details late on Friday with the aim of reaching a landmark deal early on Saturday as part of talks being held in Lon...
Tags: Europe, Business, Politics, Technology, London, France, UK News, World news, Tax and spending, Corporate Governance, G7, Rishi Sunak



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