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Slack co-founder Cal Henderson to talk on Slack’s progress at Disrupt Berlin

 While Yammer (launched at TechCrunch Disrupt, BTW) might have pioneered what was, at the time, dubbed “Twitter for work”, it wasn’t until Slack came along that people started to realise just how powerful this method of communication

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Consumer report warns over safety of kids’ smartwatches

 A report by an EU consumer watchdog has flagged up myriad problems with smartwatches designed for children, including security flaws, privacy concerns, and risks posed by unreliable features.Read More

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Gett inks cross-network partnership with Carey to share tech, expand to 1000 cities

 A lot of the conversation today about on-demand transportation is focused on how new players like Uber and Lyft are rapidly expanding and disrupting the established transportation market (alongside whether they have been overvalued and overplayed in t

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London-based on-demand delivery startup Jinn shutters

 Jinn, the London-based startup that offers a same-hour ‘shop on your behalf’ delivery app that operates quite similarly to Postmates in the U.S., has shut down, with the company is in the process of going into administration. TechCrunch u

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EU uses Privacy Shield review to press for reform of U.S. foreign surveillance law

 A one-year-old data transfer mechanism that’s used by thousands of companies to authorize transfers of personal data between the European Union and the U.S. for processing has been given the thumbs up after its first annual review.Read More

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Polkadot passes the $140M mark for its fund-raise to link private and public blockchains

 Polkadot is a project which has emerged from the Blockchain world, and was designed to do something increasingly important. In effect, Polkadot is the interchange and translator between multiple blockchains which creative people developing on the Ethe

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Unpacking the late-stage funding round at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin

 TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin this December is a chance for the European tech scene to take stock and assess the biggest trends affecting the industry. One of those trends is that European startups are raising later and later rounds while staying in Europ

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BridgeU raises $5.3m to close the gap between education and industry needs

 Students deciding on their next phase in higher education face a daunting choice and a array of options. Most schools have zero capability to deal with sifting 40,000 undergraduate courses in the UK, alone. Why not apply big data to the problem and cr

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Uber files appeal against London license loss

 Uber has today filed notification of its intention to appeal the London transport regulator’s decision to withdraw its license to operate in the market.Read More

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Microsoft’s Windows 10 breaches privacy law, says Dutch DPA

 The Dutch data protection authority has concluded that Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system breaches local privacy law on account of its collection of telemetry metadata. The OS has been available since the end of July 2015.Read More

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LG to open Europe’s largest EV battery factory in Poland next year

 LG is opening Europe’s largest factory for building lithium-ion batteries destined for use in electric cars, the company announced. Its LG Chem division is going to open the doors for the facility in 2019 in Poland near Wroclaw, per Reuters, an

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No quick win for Uber in London over license loss

 Disappointment for Uber today if it was hoping an apology and a personal visit from its new CEO would quickly reboot relations with the local transport regulator in London, which last month stripped the company of its license to operate.Read More

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Aaron Patzer, founder of Mint, has unfinished business with AI

 This year marks the 10th anniversary of Mint’s win at the first ever TechCrunch Startup Battlefield competition (back then – lost in the mists of time – it was known as TechCrunch 40). But what is less known about founder Aaron Pa

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AI-powered customer marketing platform Ometria raises $6M Series A

 Ometria, a customer marketing platform which says it’s “AI-powered” has raised $6m in Series A funding. US-based Summit Action led the round, along with an investment syndicate backed by individuals with roles inside some key retail

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Social media monitor Brandwatch acquires content marketing platform BuzzSumo

 Brandwatch, a social media monitoring company has acquired BuzzSumo, a content marketing and influencer identification platform, for an undisclosed sum. BuzzSumo never raised beyond Seed stage and was in effect bootstrapped by its founders. The acquis

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Uber and Deliveroo get a gig economy rights grilling

 Uber and Deliveroo execs faced questions from a UK parliamentary committee today as the government continues to deliberate on changes to employment law to account for the rise of gig economy work facilitated by tech platforms.Read More

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Used car buying site Carspring goes quiet after Rocket Internet pulls investment

 Carspring, the London and Berlin-based startup that makes it easy to buy a used car, has gone quiet, amid reports that its recent £5 million in Series B funding fell through. According to sources, Rocket Internet has pulled its investment in the co

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Nokia pulls out of OZO VR hardware, lays off 310, steps up in health and patents

 Nokia, the once-mighty phone maker that eventually retreated to a business based around networking equipment and targeted verticals like health and imaging, is rethinking its business strategy once again. Today, the company announced that it would cea

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SoftTech’s McLoughlin and Pipedrive’s Rein join TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin

 TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin, our premier European event is fast approaching this December. And that means some of the top players from Silicon Valley will be coming over. In this context, we are always interested in the experiences of European entrepren

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Here’s how to find a learn to code event for EU Code Week

 The annual, European Commission supported EU Code Week kicks off tomorrow, running for two weeks through to October 22.Read More

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Secret Escapes, the members-only travel club, closing in on £50M Series D

 Secret Escapes, the members-only travel club offering discounted rates on luxury hand-picked hotels and holidays, is closing in on Series D funding. According to sources, the London-headquartered company is on the verge of announcing a £50 million

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Legal fight against UK state hacking seeks crowdfunds

 Privacy rights group, Privacy International, is running a crowdfunding campaign to try to raise funds to help cover its legal costs as it continues to challenge the UK government’s use of hacking as a mass surveillance technique for domestic se

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NearGroup chatbot startup lands $1.6m Seed round led by OpenOcean

 In Arabic, Indian or Eastern cultures where people can’t really have an open dating profile, the traditional Tinder/Happn/Bumble/Badoo etc dating apps don’t work too well as they are based on images. It turns out chat bots may be the way

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Alexa is about to disappear into other devices, thanks to a new technology

 The reason you have an Amazon Alexa sitting on your coffee table or by a couch is because it needs to be able to hear you clearly when you speak. Too near the TV and it’ll go ordering strange things whenever someone says “Alexa!” Wh

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Orange is launching Orange Bank on November 2

 French telecom company Orange is launching a bank. But it turns out that launching a bank is harder than expected. After many delays, Orange CEO Stéphane Richard finally announced that Orange Bank will be live on November 2 — La Tribun

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Europe hits Ireland over $15B in unpaid Apple taxes; Luxembourg liable for $294M in Amazon taxes

 The European Commission under Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager definitely means business. Today it issued not one but two notices related to ongoing investigations of tech giants Apple and Amazon and how they are not paying what is du

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