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Amazon continues to faucet into the developer neighborhood to increase the ubiquity of its Alexa voice-based assistant, and it’s taking the technique worldwide. As we speak the corporate opened purposes for the Alexa Accelerator, this system for startups constructing options and companies for voice-based assistants, which Amazon runs at the side of TechStars. Most notably,
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Anyfin, a startup primarily based in Sweden that simply lets you refinance your current loans, together with by taking a photograph, has picked up €four.eight million in Sequence A funding. The spherical is co-led by Accel, and Northzone, with participation from Rocket Web’s International Founders Capital, and quite a few unnamed angel traders from the
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Europe-based cloud storage startup Tresorit, which primarily focuses on promoting to small to medium measurement companies, has added a file restore function to its e2e encrypted cloud storage platform. It’s touting this as a useful function in the event you’re making an attempt to get well from a ransomware assault. Or, extra prosaically, in the event
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So dangerous is London’s housing disaster, which sees home costs make homeownership a pipe dream for a lot of, a report by PWC reckoned that by 2025 greater than half of beneath 40-year-olds will likely be residing in rental properties. The reply, after all, is to construct extra inexpensive and/or social housing, however that scorching
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You’d be forgiven for pondering that the net property company market was a carried out deal within the U.Okay., evidenced by a plethora of proptech startups and extra established corporations that make it easier to promote your house or make it easier to listing and handle it for hire. However apparently not, if one London
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French startup Assur.com helps you to discover and examine all types of insurance coverage merchandise with out having to enter all of your private info. Whereas insurance coverage aggregators are nothing new, they normally ask you to your electronic mail tackle, telephone quantity and extra. And chances are high these firms are going to spam
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After I first heard of Blinkist, a service that breaks down current nonfiction books to simply digestible snippets and audio, I used to be afraid it could develop into some machine-learning-driven auto-summary factor. However in speaking to co-founder Niklas Jansen at Blinkist’s headquarters in Berlin, I used to be pleasantly shocked to study that the
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French startup Lydia is elevating a $16.1 million spherical (€13 million) led by CNP Assurances with current traders XAnge, New Alpha AM, Oddo BHF and Groupe Duval additionally taking part. Lydia isn’t the primary startup that desires to switch PayPal, and likewise in all probability not the final one. However it’s clear that the corporate
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The UK authorities has straight accused Russia of being behind the so known as NotPetya ransomware assault final yr — which rapidly unfold across the globe, together with affecting companies in Spain, France and India, demanding cost in Bitcoin to unlock contaminated machines. The malware initially appeared focused at Ukrainian networks. “Now we have entered a
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After London despatched ripple’s of shock by Silicon Valley final yr by denying Uber a renewal of its personal rent automobile license, the town’s transport regulator is doubling down on its scrutiny of the affect of app-based journey operators. In the present day it’s printed a coverage assertion setting out its intentions for adopting transport laws
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Monzo, one among numerous “challenger” banks within the U.Ok. aiming to re-invent the present account, has introduced step one in its plans for worldwide enlargement with information that’s has regulatory approval to function within the Republic of Eire. The strikes takes benefit of so-called ‘passporting’, a European-wide association that sees comparable regulation mirrored throughout the
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French startup Adikteev raised a $12 million funding spherical led by Ring Capital and BNP Paribas Développement, with current buyers ISAI, Ventech and Laurent Asscher additionally collaborating. It’s additionally value noting that it represents Ring Capital’s first funding after elevating its preliminary $170 million fund. Adikteev is an adtech startup that beforehand acquired Movement Lead,
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Third time is a appeal. Viva Expertise (or “VivaTech” for brief) hosted its kick-off press convention to current this yr’s occasion. And this yr goes to be fairly particular for TechCrunch as nicely as a result of we’re internet hosting a Startup Battlefield Europe at VivaTech and a Hackathon. Hosted on the Ministry of Overseas Affairs,
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TechCrunch Startup Battlefield is headed to VivaTech in Paris on Might 24th to search out and have one of the best early-stage startup throughout Europe! In partnership with VivaTech, Startup Battlefield Europe will characteristic startups from throughout continental Europe engaged on the cutting-edge applied sciences blooming this Spring. VivaTech is the right spot to host
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A court docket in Germany has dominated that Fb’s default privateness settings and a few of its phrases and circumstances breached native legal guidelines. The Berlin court docket handed judgement late final month however the verdict was solely made public this week. The authorized problem, which dates again to 2015, was filed by an area
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Starling, the U.Okay. challenger financial institution that provides a mobile-only present account, continues to execute on its market banking technique. Following the required regulatory approval, the Starling Market is including plenty of monetary companies integrations, spanning pensions, financial savings, journey insurance coverage and mortgage brokerage. Particularly, Starling is partnering with PensionBee, Wealthsimple, Kasko, and Habito,
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Finnish fintech startup Zervant, which offers on-line invoicing software program for small enterprise and entrepreneurs throughout Europe, has raised €6 million in funding. The spherical was led by Tesi, with participation from Northzone, NFT Ventures, and Conor Enterprise Companions. Based in 2010 and headquartered in Espoo, Finland, Zervant affords easy invoicing software program focusing on
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At first look a CoinHive crypto miner being served by an internet site whose URL comprises the string ‘ICO’ won’t appear so unusual. However when you recognize that ICO on this case stands for the UK’s Info Commissioner’s Workplace — aka the nationwide knowledge safety and privateness watchdog, whose URL (https://ico.org.uk) predates each Bitcoin and
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Burrow, the U.Okay. startup based by ex-VC Pradeep Raman and backed by Ardour Capital, is shutting down its on-line mortgage brokerage service, TechCrunch has realized. The transfer is the results of a change in technique because the nascent firm pivots to a B2B mannequin, providing software program instruments to lenders, mortgage networks and brokers. In
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Flux, the London fintech startup based by former early workers at Revolut, has deepened its partnership with U.Okay. challenger financial institution Starling so as to add Flux-powered loyalty factors to Starling’s cellular banking app. It builds on earlier Flux integration that sees Starling help item-level digital receipts powered by Flux and supported retailers (thus far,
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French startup Cityscoot introduced a $50 million spherical of financing yesterday (€40 million). RATP Capital Innovation and Inventure Companions are main the spherical, with current buyers Caisse des Dépôts and LeasePlan additionally taking part. Cityscoot operates an electrical scooter-sharing service in Paris and plans to develop to different cities in France and Europe. Now you
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It’s been greater than a 12 months because the well-funded startup Cyanogen introduced that it might shut down its cell OS growth, and since pivoted to self-driving know-how. But we’re nonetheless seeing some fallout among the many firms that had pinned their hopes on the unique plans of that taking pictures star. Wileyfox, a smartphone maker
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The European Fee has introduced a overview of Apple’s acquisition of music discovery service Shazam — agreeing to a request made by a number of international locations to weigh competitors considerations. Apple formally introduced it was shopping for UK tech veteran Shazam again in December. It didn’t disclose the price-tag for the deal however sources recommend
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The European Fee is holding a press convention later right this moment to trumpet progress made on ending “unjustified geoblocking”, because it tells it, with the acknowledged goal of greasing the wheels of pan-EU ecommerce in time for Christmas. Which, from a client viewpoint, sounds nice. Sadly it’s not fairly as nice because it sounds.
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