Apply to The Duke Of York’s next series of [email protected] events

 The Duke Of York in England runs a unique series of events called [email protected] which have become a respected fixture in the London startup scene. Application are now open for the … Continue Reading →

MasterCard jumps into UK payments technologies, buys VocaLink for up to $1.14B

 For those keeping tabs, one more big tech company built and operating in the UK has been snapped up by another company from abroad. Today, MasterCard Inc. announced that it has agreed … Continue Reading →

Number26 is now a true bank as it now has a full banking license

 Berlin-based startup Number26 is trying to reinvent the bank. This might sound crazy, and that’s why the startup has processed step by step. After partnering with Wirecard for the banking … Continue Reading →

CounterCraft bags $1.1M to fire up a security decoy play

 Spain-based security startup CounterCraft, founded last September, has closed a €1 million ($.1M) seed round to accelerate development of a b2b security decoy technology designed to engage hackers and keep … Continue Reading →

Learn-to-code startup CK targets the Minecraft modding craze

 The learn to code space is packed with ideas. But when it comes to what children want to do online, towering over everything else is the build-it-yourself Microsoft-owned Minecraft platform. … Continue Reading →

Rocket Internet’s GFC backs home care marketplace HomeTouch

 HomeTouch, the UK home care marketplace, has picked up £700,000 in new funding in a round led by Rocket Internet’s venture arm Global Founders Capital (GFC). Previous backer Passion Capital … Continue Reading →

SwiftKey officially unwraps its emoji prediction app 🎁😆💃🔛

 Keyboard app maker Swiftkey, which was acquired by Microsoft for $250 million in February, has officially launched its first product since that acquisition — and it’s an emoji-predicting keyboard app, … Continue Reading →

Product comparison engine Versus acquired by Germany’s MenschDanke Group

 Versus, the Berlin-based product comparison site and engine backed by Earlybird Venture Capital, and Dave McClure’s 500 Startups (amongst others), has been acquired by Germany’s MenschDanke Group, which owns several … Continue Reading →

Skycure lands $16.5M series B round for mobile cyber security platform

 Sitting in a Tel Aviv office, my interviewee borrowed my iPhone for a simple demo. Inside 2 minutes he was displaying my key strokes and web browsing onto a big … Continue Reading →

Apple Pay is now available in France

 Apple l’avait déjà annoncé lors de sa conférence d’inauguration de la WWDC en juin, mais maintenant c’est officiel. Apple Pay est désormais disponible pour les clients des banques partenaires possédant … Continue Reading →

Google, Trying to Endear Itself to Europe, Spreads Cash Around

The company is financing a series of projects supporting European culture and education as its regulatory woes continue to compound.

Bulk data collection only lawful for fighting serious crime, says Europe’s top court

 The European Court of Justice has issued a preliminary ruling on a data retention case brought by UK MPs and privacy rights groups seeking to challenge the government’s data retention … Continue Reading →

Deliveroo starts delivering booze in UK

 Following a successful trial that took place earlier this Spring, restaurant delivery startup Deliveroo is expanding into alcohol delivery. The London-headquartered company has launched a wine and beer delivery service … Continue Reading →

Bubble wants to tap users’ social graphs for an on-demand babysitting app

 Who would you trust more with your kids: a person sent by a babysitting agency or the sitter who watched your friends’ kids last weekend? Read More

PointerPointer points to your pointer

 Hello and welcome to the Internet. Those metal doors to your left and right are where they keep all the serious stuff like and Pinterest but right over here … Continue Reading →

UK government warned to act fast on Brexit risks

 A UK parliamentary committee looking at issues pertaining to the digital economy has warned of multiple risks in the wake of last month’s referendum vote to leave the European Union. … Continue Reading →

MarketInvoice, the UK invoice finance platform, raises another £7.2M

 MarketInvoice, which plays in the peer-to-peer lending space by enabling U.K. businesses to raise money from institutional investors and high net worth individuals by ‘selling’ outstanding invoices, has raised a … Continue Reading →

Health startup Lifesum raises $10M round led by Nokia Growth Partners

 What do you get if you combine the broad trends of smartphones, wearables, Internet of Things, an individual desire for control and healthcare costs for society? You get VCs investing … Continue Reading →

Opera renegotiates its $1.2B sale down to $600M for its browsers, privacy apps, Chinese JV

 Some more developments over at Opera, the browser company based out of Norway. The company announced that an offer to acquire the company for $1.2 billion has now been terminated, and in the meantime, … Continue Reading →

Arm Holdings confirms Softbank is buying the chip designer for £24.3B in cash in big IoT move

 In the wake of the historic Brexit vote and the fall of the Pound, the UK is now witnessing its biggest-ever technology exit. Today, Arm Holdings confirmed that Japan’s Softbank Group … Continue Reading →

Encrypted comms company Silent Circle closes $50M Series C

 Encrypted comms company Silent Circle, which also makes a security-focused Android smartphone called the Blackphone, has announced it’s closed a $50 million Series C round of financing, led by Santander … Continue Reading →

UK surveillance bill includes powers to limit end-to-end encryption

 The UK government has explicitly confirmed that a surveillance bill now making its way through the second chamber could be used to require a company to remove encryption. And even, … Continue Reading →

Amazon eyeing up London restaurant delivery launch

 With Deliveroo and Uber currently battling it out on London’s streets to deliver food from local restaurants, a third player with deep pockets may be about to enter the fight. … Continue Reading →

Green City Solutions wins TechCrunch Berlin Pitch-Off

 The summer in Northern Europe may have been a bit hit and miss so far this year but no one had cause to complain of being chilly inside a packed … Continue Reading →

PureLiFi scores £7M Series B to commercialize pulsating light-based Wi-FI alternative

 PureLifi, the University of Edinburgh spin out that is developing what it calls ‘LiFi’ technology, an alternative to Wi-Fi that uses modulating LED light as a way of sending data … Continue Reading →

Google under fire again from Europe’s antitrust regulator over AdSense, comparison shopping

 After years of battles in Brussels and beyond, search giant Google has come under yet more fire from antitrust regulators in Europe concerned about the its dominance in online advertising. … Continue Reading →

Pokémon Go continues its worldwide march, now live in the UK

 One of the more interesting side effects from the explosion of new mobile AR game Pokémon Go is physical movement: a lot of people are finding themselves walking miles and miles (and miles) … Continue Reading →

Theresa May’s Style: Put Your Head Down and Get to Work

Britain’s new prime minister is widely seen as a safe pair of hands, but the times may demand that she be both steady and bold.

On Sports: The Dark Side of American Soccer Culture

A growing number of fan clubs imitate European traditions while ignoring their xenophobic history — and the significant Latino audience that already exists here.

London’s Behavox offers surveillance software to help financial institutions remain compliant

 Behavox is a London-based startup that has built “compliance surveillance software” to enable financial institutions to search and interrogate huge amounts of employee-generated data in real-time, such as emails, text … Continue Reading →

FiveAI picks up $2.7M to build AI-driven software for autonomous vehicles

 FiveAI is a rather ambitious U.K. startup that’s building AI-driven software to help accelerate the development of autonomous vehicles. The young company wants to apply the latest developments in computer … Continue Reading →

EU-US Privacy Shield now officially adopted but criticisms linger

 The European Commission has formally adopted a new framework for governing personal data transfers between the EU and the US, replacing the prior Safe Harbor agreement which was invalidated last … Continue Reading →

Voices From Europe’s Far Right

Hundreds of readers from across the Continent responded to our call to share their experiences as supporters of far-right parties.

On-demand sales force Universal Avenue closes $10M Series A

 Universal Avenue, the Stockholm-headquartered startup that lets companies access a local sales force on-demand, has closed a deal of its own. The company has raised $10 million in fresh Series … Continue Reading →

Revolut grabs $10 million for its mobile foreign exchange service

 British startup Revolut wants to make it easier to spend and send money in all kinds of currencies around the world. It’s not TransferWise, it’s not Number26 — Revolut sits … Continue Reading →

CornerJob bags $25M Series B to scale its blue collar jobs app via more TV ads

 CornerJob only closed its $10 million Series A in February. But the Barcelona-based jobs marketplace, one of several which focuses on low-skill, high-turnover recruitment via a smartphone messaging app, is … Continue Reading →

Molotov is now available in France with a freemium model

 French startup Molotov has been working on redefining the way we watch video content for a few years now. But after a long period in stealth, it’s time to open … Continue Reading →

We need to talk about AI and access to publicly funded data-sets

 If you think Google has a controversial reputation at this point in its business evolution, buckle up because things are really stepping up a gear — as its machine learning … Continue Reading →

The Brexit hangover has left UK startups drained — Are the brains next?

 As the UK referendum result dropped in that fateful Friday morning, the tech startup world didn’t immediately grind to a halt. Websites kept loading. Apps kept opening. But what left … Continue Reading →

Austria: The up-and-coming early-stage investment capital of europe

 To many, Austria can seem like a country of the past, one whose very charm lies in the fact that its best days are behind it. The Austro-Hungarian Empire collapsed … Continue Reading →