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Future of airport security on show in London

A shoe scanner that works on passengers queuing at airport security is on show in London.
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UK upskirting ban proves sexual assault laws are only just catching up with tech

Until yesterday, upskirting was almost completely legal. The practice involves taking sexually intrusive photos up people’s clothing without their consent. But now, in England and Wales, it’s punishable by up to two years in prison — and it’s about time. Prior to this, most serious upskirting incidents would put the perpetrator on the sex offenders list, but not all cases are considered “serious” enough to be backed-up by criminal law. Gina Martin, a 26 year-old activist, started an online campa...
Tags: Startups, UK, England, London, Wales, Tech, Gina Martin


Facebook shuts hundreds of Russia-linked pages, accounts

LONDON (AP) — Facebook said Thursday it removed hundreds of Russia-linked pages, groups and accounts that it says were part of two big disinformation operations, in its latest effort to fight fake news. The social media company said it took action after finding two networks “that engaged in coordinated inauthentic behavior” on its Facebook and […]
Tags: Facebook, Business, Technology, London, News, Russia, Ap, Nation


German HR and recruiting platform Personio raises $40M Series B led by Index

Personio, the German HR and recruiting platform, has raised $40 million in a Series B funding. Leading the round is London-based Index Ventures, with participation from existing investors Northzone and Rocket Internet’s Global Founders. Founded in 2015, Munich-based Personio has set out to build a “HR operating system” for small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) ranging from 10 and 2,000 employees. The cloud-based software is designed to power all of a company’s HR and recruiting processes, e...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Europe, London, Tech, Munich, Index Ventures, Index, Renner, Personio, Hanno Renner


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 map of London's most toxic breathing spots

Dirty air is an invisible killer, but an effective one.More than 9,000 people die prematurely in London each year due to air pollution, a recent study estimates.This map visualizes the worst places to breathe in Central London. The Great Smog of 1952 London used to be famous for its 'pea-soupers': combinations of smoke and fog caused by burning coal for power and heating. All that changed after the Great Smog of 1952, when weather conditions created a particularly dense and persistent layer...
Tags: Health, Google, UK, New York, London, Thames, Eu, History, Beijing, Pollution, United Kingdom, Innovation, Environmentalism, Air, Victoria, Khan


Global trends shaping marketing in 2019

It’s tough enough for brands to keep track of the big emerging tech and innovation trends but 2019 is likely to see an acceleration and expansion of this change. From gaming, through to voice, to AI-driven content and social commerce, evolution will be all around us. To help marketers get to grips with this, some of the senior leadership from our offices around the world have shone a spotlight the big trends to look out for and identified their likely impact on the marketing industry in 2019. Na...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Mobile, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Hong Kong, Milan, London, Youtube, Berlin, Singapore, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, Brands, Seo


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


New Year, New Room: Enter to Win More Than $3,000 Toward a Room Refresh

New year, new you room. To jumpstart your New Year’s home refresh, we’ve partnered with our friends at Rejuvenation, Fireclay Tile, and Malin + Goetz  for the New Year, New Room sweepstakes to give away a prize package worth more than $3,000 that will help you achieve your home resolutions. To enter, visit the New Year, New Room sweepstakes page and enter your email address by Tuesday, January 29, at 11:59 p.m. EST. Above: Refresh your bathroom in the new year with a prize package from Firecl...
Tags: Books, London, Hardware, Lighting, Tiles, Bathrooms, Sonoma County, Malin Goetz, Fireclay, Giveaways & Contests, Kitchen & Bath Tile, Bathroom Accessories, High Road House, Katie Jameson, Hudson Valley Artist, Rejuvenation Fireclay Tile


Enter to Win Over $3,000 Towards a Room Refresh

New year, new you room. To jumpstart your new year’s home refresh, we’ve partnered with our friends at Rejuvenation, Fireclay Tile, and Malin + Goetz  for the New Year, New Room sweepstakes to give away a prize package worth over $3,000 that will help you achieve your home resolutions. To enter, visit the New Year, New Room sweepstakes page and enter your email address by Tuesday, January 29, at 11:59 p.m. EST. Above: Refresh your bathroom in the new year with a prize package from Fireclay Ti...
Tags: Books, London, Hardware, Lighting, Tiles, Bathrooms, Sonoma County, Malin Goetz, Fireclay, Fireclay Tile, Giveaways & Contests, Kitchen & Bath Tile, Bathroom Accessories, High Road House, Katie Jameson, Hudson Valley Artist


$2 billion takeaway startup Deliveroo lost its CTO, chief people officer, and chief legal officer in a big reshuffle

Food delivery startup Deliveroo has reshuffled its executive team as its chief technology officer, chief people officer, and chief legal officer depart. The company's new vice president of engineering and chief product officer will now run the tech team. The departures come as expectation grows for a Deliveroo float, sale, or further fundraise. Deliveroo, the $2 billion food takeaway startup, has had an executive reshuffle, resulting in the departure of its chief technology officer, chief peo...
Tags: Google, Facebook, UK, New York, London, US, Trends, Britain, Cto, Deliveroo, Will Shu, Dan, Clutterbuck, Akshay, Rob Miller, T Rowe Price


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


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


Apple buys 50 business-class seats every day on flights to Shanghai, according to a confidential United sign (AAPL, UAL)

Apple buys 50 business-class seats every day from San Francisco to Shanghai, spending over $150 million a year on United Airlines. That's according to a photo of a "confidential" United sign posted to Twitter. Apple needs to fly its employees to Asia to keep an eye on its electronics supply chain. Some frequent-flyer miles are stacking up in Cupertino, California. Apple spends $150 million on a single airline each year, according to a photo of a United promotional sign posted to Twitter by L...
Tags: Apple, Google, Asia, Hong Kong, Cook, London, China, San Francisco, Trends, Taiwan, Shanghai, Tim Cook, SEC, Sfo, United, United Airlines


Apple buys 50 business-class seats every day on flights to Shanghai, according to a leaked 'confidential' United sign (AAPL, UAL)

Apple buys 50 business class flights every day from San Francisco to Shanghai, China, spending over $150 million per year on United Airlines.  That's according to a photo of a "confidential" United sign posted to Twitter.  Apple needs to fly its employees to Asia in order to keep an eye on its electronics supply chain.  There are some frequent flyer miles stacking up in Cupertino. The iPhone giant spends $150 million on a single airline per year, according to a photo of a United promotional ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Asia, Hong Kong, Cook, London, China, San Francisco, Trends, Shanghai, Tim Cook, SEC, Sfo, Cupertino, United


Lime halts scooter service in Switzerland after possible software glitch throws users off mid-ride

Just as on-demand electric scooters are trying to pick up speed in Europe, one of the scooter market’s most ambitious startups has halted operations in one country after its e-scooters started halting mid-ride, throwing off and injuring passengers. Lime, the Uber-backed bike and scooter rental company that is reportedly raising money at between a $2 billion and $3 billion valuation, has pulled its full fleet of scooters in Switzerland, in the cities of Basel and Zurich, for safety checks after m...
Tags: TC, Europe, UK, London, US, Tech, Vw, Paris, Switzerland, Bird, Madrid, Basel, Zurich, Lime, VOI, Switzerland Lime


Philip Glass Finishes His David Bowie Trilogy, Debuting His Lodger Symphony

Sometimes I feel The need to move on So I pack a bag And move on Move on --David Bowie, “Move On” We might have been calling it the Lake Geneva Trilogy, given David Bowie’s recuperative sojourn in Switzerland after the emptiness he felt in L.A. The first album in the Berlin Trilogy, Low, was mostly recorded in France, and the last album of the trilogy, Lodger, in Montreaux in 1979. But they were almost all written in, around, and about Berlin, where Bowie found what he was looking for—a ...
Tags: Google, Music, London, College, France, Berlin, Los Angeles, David Bowie, Switzerland, John Adams, Times, Gary Oldman, Low, Los Angeles Times, Philip Glass, Bowie


The Ultimate Guide to the Best Restaurants in Brussels, Belgium

If you are looking for the best restaurants in Brussels, Belgium, look no farther. We’ve rounded up our top picks from 15 years of dining in Brussels to bring you those with staying power. Don’t read while hungry! The Brussels restaurant scene is always changing. New hot spots appear and disappear seemingly overnight, especially in hip neighbourhoods like St. Gilles and Ixelles. While we love taste testing what’s new and popular, for us, the best restaurants in Brussels are those with staying ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Facebook, Japan, London, Morocco, Paris, Italy, Belgium, Tokyo, Michelin, Brussels, Tripadvisor, Alison, Waterloo, Best Restaurants


Easy-to-Follow Rules to Make your Office More Secure

As a business owner, staying safe in the office and enhancing your employee’s security in the workplace may be one of the most important things you have to handle. We all have the right to know that we work in a safe and secure workplace and that the chances to fall victims to various incidents in the workplace are slim to none. For this reason, you have to pay extra attention to your on-premise security as well as what cybersecurity measures you take to protect your employees and yourself, at t...
Tags: Security, Facebook, Technology, London, Sales, Security Cameras for Extra Security Security


Can we make our home zero carbon?

I live in Luton, a large town 30 miles north of London, with my wife Louise and two children (aged 5 and 7). Our house is a three bedroom mid-terrace home built in 1928, and I’d like to see how close I can get it to zero carbon. Over the last few years my work […]
Tags: London, Future, Lifestyle, Luton, Louise


Experience: I lost $1m on bitcoin

I got caught up in the hype – and then the bubble burstUntil 2016, I ran an advertising agency in London. At our peak, we were highly successful; I had a team of 35 people, a £3m turnover and a Covent Garden office. When the agency folded, I decided to invest in bitcoin.Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency, a type of electronic cash that allows people to spend or trade via a peer-to-peer network without the involvement of banks or other intermediaries. It is a cheap, efficient way of transferring funds o...
Tags: Technology, London, Life and style, E-commerce, Bitcoin, Cryptocurrencies, Covent Garden


Experience: I made $1m on bitcoin – and lost it again

I got caught up in the hype. Then the bubble burstUntil 2016, I ran an advertising agency in London. At our peak, we were highly successful; I had a team of 35 people, a £3m turnover and a Covent Garden office. When the agency folded, I decided to invest in bitcoin.Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency, a type of electronic cash that allows people to spend or trade via a peer-to-peer network without the involvement of banks or other intermediaries. It is a cheap, efficient way of transferring funds or hol...
Tags: Technology, London, Life and style, E-commerce, Bitcoin, Cryptocurrencies, Covent Garden


Weekly Roundup, Friday 11 January 2019

Bet you don’t know what this is, where it is, and what it does (did)? See final item. Good morning It has been an exciting week, with our “next generation” daily news curation service taking shape behind the scenes.  Part of this is a new and more active Twitter feed. If you’re on Twitter, please do follow our new Twitter account, @TheTvlInsider.  If you were following our earlier Twitter account, feel free to unfollow that one, and please now follow our new @TheTvlInsider account. The new Twit...
Tags: Travel, Twitter, UK, Science, London, Trains, Disney, Siri, Tech, Aer Lingus, Karen, David, Atlantic, Britain, Heathrow, Gatwick


PeakSpan Capital just closed on $265 million more to fund business software companies

PeakSpan Capital, a four-year-old, Burlingame, Ca.-based venture firm, has closed its second fund with $265 million in capital commitments, shows a new SEC filing that shows that 68 investors were involved in the fundraise. That’s a meaningful jump in size from the firm’s $150 million debut fund, which it closed in 2016. PeakSpan was cofounded by Phil Dur and Brian Mulvey, longtime investors who’d spent the previous eight years together working for a firm that’s no longer around called Investor ...
Tags: London, San Francisco, Tech, Venture Capital, San Diego, SEC, Cb Insights, BURLINGAME, PeakSpan Capital, PeakSpan, Phil Dur, Brian Mulvey, PeakSpan According


Amazon struck a blow against Google by buying a tiny Israeli cloud company for a reported $200 million-plus (GOOG, GOOGL, AMZN)

A tiny Israeli company called CloudEndure confirmed on Thursday that Amazon Web Services has acquired it. Reports indicate that Amazon paid between $200 million and $250 million for the startup, which has raised $18 million in its seven-year lifetime. Industry experts say this was a big miss for Amazon's arch competitor, Google. Tiny Israeli company CloudEndure confirmed on Thursday that Amazon Web Services has acquired it. Israeli news outlet Globe reported that Amazon paid $250 million for ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, London, Microsoft, North Korea, Trends, Cisco, Kim Jong Un, Aws, Dell, Deloitte, Las Vegas, Globe, Amazon Web Services, Velostrata, Cloudendure


Amazon struck a blow at Google by buying a tiny Israeli cloud company for a reported $250 million (GOOG, GOOGL, AMZN)

A tiny Israeli company called CloudEndure confirmed on Thursday that Amazon Web Services had acquired it. Press reports indicate that Amazon paid as much as $250 million for the startup, which had raised $18 million in its 7-year lifetime. Industry experts say that this was a big miss for Amazon's arch-competitor Google.  Tiny Israeli company CloudEndure confirmed on Thursday that Amazon Web Services has acquired it. The Times of Israel reported that Amazon paid about $250 million for the sta...
Tags: Google, Amazon, London, Beyonce, Microsoft, Trends, Cisco, Aws, Dell, Deloitte, Las Vegas, Amazon Web Services, PillPack, Velostrata, Cloudendure, Hewlett Packard Enterprise


Benoit Colas Long Spirent Communications: Sohn London Conference

We're posting up notes from the recent Sohn London investment conference.  Next up is Benoit Colas of PrimeStone Capital who presented a long of Spirent Communications (LON:SPT) Benoit Colas's Presentation at Sohn London Conference PrimeStone have been invested in Spirent for 3 years. Spirent is a fairly complex business that designs, manufactures and tests solutions for communications equipment across a wide range of technologies.  It operates in three divisions: Network and Security - helps...
Tags: Apple, London, Finance, Nokia, Connected Devices, US, Samsung, Cisco, Colas, EBIT, Spirent, Hedge Fund Portfolios, Primestone Capital, Sohn London Conference, Sohn London, Investment Conference


Mercedes-Benz showed off a bizarre-looking, self-driving concept car at CES that hints at how the company may be planning to cash in on autonomous tech

Mercedes-Benz showed off the electric, self-driving Vision Urbanetic concept at this year's International Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The Vision Urbanetic concept is a self-driving platform that can be outfitted with one of two bodies depending on the occasion. One module would hold up to 12 people and the other would hold up to 10 cubic meters of cargo. Ride-hailing and product delivery could become two of the most lucrative uses of autonomous driving technology, and the Vision Urbaneti...
Tags: Google, London, Trends, General Motors, Tesla, Ces, Ford, Arizona, Mercedes Benz, EQC, Waymo, Vision Urbanetic


Samsung will show off its foldable phone in February and it might be called the Fold, Galaxy Fold, or Galaxy F

The world's biggest phone company is reportedly ready to show off a fully functional foldable smartphone. Samsung is preparing to show off the device in London and San Francisco on February 20, according to the Wall Street Journal. The device might be called the "Fold", "Galaxy Fold", or "Galaxy F." Samsung still hasn't determined a sale date, but it's indicated the device will be available in the spring. Samsung is reportedly preparing to show off a fully functioning foldable phone on Februa...
Tags: Apple, London, China, Samsung, San Francisco, Trends, Barcelona, Las Vegas, Huawei, Wall Street Journal, Idc, Apple Samsung, Mobile World Congress Samsung, Wall Street Journal Samsung, Journal Samsung, Samsung IDC


Ofo cycle hire firm pulls out of London

At its peak the Chinese bike-sharing startup had 6,000 bikes in several English cities The Chinese bike-sharing firm Ofo, known for its yellow bikes that users can leave in the street, is pulling out of London.Alibaba-backed Ofo, which is reportedly teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, had already withdrawn from Norwich, Sheffield and Oxford to focus on London, after facing problems with take-up and vandalism. Continue reading...
Tags: Business, Technology, London, China, UK News, Smartphones, Mobile Phones, Cycling, Oxford, Alibaba, Transport, Cycle hire schemes, London Alibaba, Norwich Sheffield



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