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London ‘proptech’ startup Goodlord, which offers cloud-based software to help estate agents, landlords and tenants manage the rental process, has announced the appointment of serial entrepreneur and investor William Reeve as CEO. It follows a recent restructuring of the company that saw nearly 40 people laid off, and the stepping down of co-founder Richard White,
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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 services for tracks when they are played across various digital platforms.  Larizadeh Duggan, who’d led an investment in Kobalt for GV, takes
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The UK’s data watchdog has handed mobile phone retailer Carphone Warehouse a £400,000 fine — just shy of the £500k maximum the regulator can currently issue — for security failings attached to a 2015 hack that compromised the personal data of some three million customers and 1,000 employees. Compromised customer data included: Names, addresses, phone numbers, dates of
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Goodlord, the London ‘proptech’ startup that has built a software platform to handle transactions and the “paperwork” normally associated with renting a home, has laid off nearly 40 employees, while TechCrunch understands from sources that co-founder and CEO Richard White will soon be leaving the company. The job losses are said to be in sales and
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We just could not stay away! In December, TechCrunch held Disrupt at the Berlin Arena. We were wowed by the Berlin startup scene and just couldn’t get enough. In fact, Germany’s own Blik became the 2017 runner-up of Startup Battlefield Berlin. Well now we are back, and we want to meet more of your startups. TechCrunch is
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Money transfer company TransferWise has begun a private launch of its “Borderless account” for consumers. It marks the first time the European unicorn has offered a debit card (pictured below), a move that is bound to draw further comparisons with newer fintech upstarts such as Revolut. Initially rolling out to a thousand customers, with several
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France’s president has said he plans to introduce new legislation aimed at curbing the spread of online fake news during election periods. Concern about how social media platforms are being misappropriated to channel and amplify disinformation has rocketed up the political agenda in recent years, most especially in the wake of the 2016 US presidential election
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The UK government has kicked off the new year with another warning shot across the bows of social media giants. In an interview with the Sunday Times newspaper, security minister Ben Wallace hit out at tech platforms like Facebook and Google, dubbing such companies “ruthless profiteers” and saying they are doing too little to help
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What a challenging, exhilarating year it has been for women everywhere, starting from the women’s March on Washington to former Uber engineer Susan Fowler’s eye-opening and now famous blog post to the #metoo movement that has swept the country, washing dozens of sexual predators out of their powerful roles in the process. All the while,
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Can a deep dreaming AI transform low res photos into crisply detailed high res images? Let’s Enhance is an Estonia-based startup that’s using a so-called ‘hallucinating AI’ deep neural network to power a freemium photo upscaling service. On its website it claims the learning software “hallucinates missing details to make image look natural”. It launched the
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As cryptocurrency fever grips the tech world, and blockchain technologies gradually become more viable, there is a new wave of accelerators and incubators appearing to service this growing ecosystem. Some are covering funding and services, some are about services only. It’s fair to assume, however, that some kinds of cryptocurrency will be changing hands, of
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If you publish a newsletter or blog, you’ll know that it’s a continuous battle to vie for readers’ attention. Even for subscribers, open rates for email are shockingly low, and RSS never did quite go mainstream. Meanwhile, delivering content via Facebook Pages has become more of a crapshoot than ever. Enter: Revoice.me, a new service
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Facebook, YouTube and Twitter faced another online hate crime grilling today by UK parliamentarians visibly frustrated at their continued failures to apply their own community guidelines and take down reported hate speech. The UK government has this year pushed to raise online radicalization and extremist content as a G7 priority — and has been pushing for
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On the heels of Lemonade raising $120 million from Softbank for its new “peer-to-peer” spin on insurance services, another company aimed at disrupting the insurance market is announcing a major round of its own. Bima, a Munich-based startup that builds and sells “microinsurance” services for low-income consumers in Africa, Asia and Latin America, has raised
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Facebook and WhatsApp have been issued with formal notices by France’s data protection watchdog warning that data transfers being carried out for ‘business intelligence’ purposes currently lack a legal basis — and consequently that Facebook Inc, WhatsApp’s owner, has violated the French Data Protection Act. WhatsApp has been given a month to remedy the situation
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A study by UK academics looking at how fake social media accounts were used to spread socially divisive messages in the wake of a spate of domestic terrorists attacks this year has warned that the problem of hostile interference in public debate is greater than previously thought. The researchers, who are from Cardiff University’s Crime
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Quinyx, a Stockholm-headquartered company that offers cloud-based software to help businesses manage things like employee scheduling, communication, task-management and payroll integration, has raised a further $12 million in funding. Backing the round is VC firm Battery Ventures, which sees Boston-based Battery General Partner Michael Brown join the Quinyx board. Founded in 2005 by Erik Fjellborg,