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Clinic reports Natural Cycles app for 37 unwanted pregnancies since September

 Swedish startup Natural Cycles, which offers an app-based product which it bills as a ‘digital contraceptive’, has been reported to Sweden’s Medical Products Agency (MPA) by a local hospital after it recorded 37 unwanted pregnancie

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Uber announces “safety” cap on UK driver hours

 Uber has confirmed it will cap the amount of hours drivers on its platform in the UK can be logged in to accept trips. After ten hours the new policy will require drivers take an uninterrupted six hour break before they can log back into the app again

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AI researcher Monty Barlow teaches a computer to figure out American accents

 Monty Barlow is a researcher at Cambridge Consultants and his recent work involves teaching a computer to discern between British and American accents. The project, which Barlow sees as part of a suite of machine-learning solutions that will grow to e

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GV co-leads $27.1M Series A in Oxford Uni life sciences spinout Vaccitech

 Leaning on its in-house life sciences expertise GV has backed another biotech startup in the UK, co-leading a £20 million ($27.1M) Series A in Oxford University spinout Vaccitech, which is developing a universal flu vaccine.Read More

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Softbank invests €460M in Germany’s Auto1 car dealer platform

 Softbank’s Vision Fund has made another investment: The Japanese conglomerate has agreed to invest €460M in Berlin-based online car dealer Auto1.Read More

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Avid Larizadeh Duggan, GV’s sole female GP, leaves to join music tech startup Kobalt

 GV (formerly known as Google Ventures) lost its one female general partner. London-based Avid Larizadeh Duggan has joined Kobalt​, a 17-year-old, New York-based music tech company that acts as a publisher and provides royalty tracking ser

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Amsterdam to halve Airbnb-style tourist rentals to 30 nights a year per host

 City councillors in Amsterdam have decided to reduce by half the number of nights Airbnb hosts can rent out their apartments in the city — imposing a cap of 30 nights per year, down from the current 60 nights per years. The new limit will go in

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Red Points takes $12M to help brands beat fakes

 Some nice momentum for Barcelona based Red Points which has closed a $12M Series B, led by Northzone. Previous investors Mangrove and Sabadell Venture Capital also participated in the round.Read More

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Hey Crypto Valley! Come to the TechCrunch Zug Meetup, January 29th

 I guess it had to happen sooner or later. TechCrunch has decided to get to the bottom of the Crypto and Blockchain boom by heading to one of its main geographical centers. Since welcoming the regulation of Initial Coin Offerings with open arms, Zug, t

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Concerns raised over new ethics regime for UK public sector data processing

 Health data privacy advocacy group MedConfidential believes ministers are trying to sneak in a data protection law carveout, in order to hand politicians the power to judge the ethics of — for example — applying AI to taxpayer funded med

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Berlin-based Yoga startup Asana Rebel raises $6.5M led by e.ventures, La Famiglia

 Today, Yoga is known worldwide as an attractive way of staying healthy and fit. However, there remains a psychological barrier for many people confused by what style of yoga they want to do (Kundalini, Vinyasa, Bikram, …?) and how it matches wit

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UK eyeing ‘extremism’ tax on social media giants

 The UK government has kicked off the new year with another warning shot across the bows of social media giants.Read More

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