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Startup Heatmap 2019 Unveils Europe’s Startup Highways

The recently published Startup Heatmap Europe report is a key study on the development of startup ecosystems and founder mobility in Europe to date. The analysis spans >100 startup cities in Europe, dozens of data points on ecosystem dynamics, like meetups and accelerators as well as a survey of >1,500 founders. The novelty this year …

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Catalan separatists have tooled up with a decentralized app for civil disobedience – TechCrunch

Is our age of ubiquitous smartphones and social media turning into an era of mass civil unrest? Two years after holding an independence referendum and unilaterally declaring independence in defiance of the Spanish state — then failing to gain recognition for la república and being forced to watch political leaders jailed or exiled — Catalonia’s …

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Europe’s Margrethe Vestager Uses a Rarely Used Weapon to Take On Big Tech

Already considered the world’s most assertive regulator of the technology industry, the European authorities on Wednesday signaled an even more aggressive approach by applying a rarely used rule to order a company to halt a potentially anticompetitive practice as investigators explore the case. The European Commission’s antitrust enforcer, Margrethe Vestager, said “interim measures” were being …

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Germany won’t ban Huawei from supplying 5G hardware — despite US pleas

Germany‘s new ‘security catalog’ — which is expected to be released later this week — will not exclude Huawei from supplying equipment for the country’s 5G mobile networks, Reuters reports. The US blacklisted Huawei back in May over its alleged ties with the Chinese government and imposed export sanctions on the company’s products. The US …

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83North closes $300M fifth fund focused on Europe, Israel – TechCrunch

83North has closed its fifth fund, completing an oversubscribed $300 million raise and bringing its total capital under management to $1.1BN+. The VC firm, which spun out from Silicon Valley giant Greylock Partners in 2015 — and invests in startups in Europe and Israel, out of offices in London and Tel Aviv — last closed …

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E.U.’s Top Court Rules Against Facebook in Global Takedown Case

LONDON — Europe’s top court said on Thursday that an individual country can order Facebook to take down posts, photographs and videos and restrict global access to that material, in a ruling that has implications for whether countries can expand content bans beyond their borders. The European Court of Justice’s decision came after a former …

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Pushing ahead with European expansion, Google plots new data center in Poland

Google LLC will open a cloud data center in Warsaw, Poland, to provide better service to Central and Eastern European companies, the company announced today. The search giant plans to build three so-called availability zones as part of the project. Availability zones are server farms that are located in close proximity to one another, usually …

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This game shows you how bots and trolls spread fake news on social media

Social media platforms off late have come under criticism for poisoning public discourse, even to the extent of getting labeled as “toxic swamps full of trolls, liars and bots.” But as Facebook and Twitter become a conduit for bad actors to manipulate news, set agendas, and propagate toxic viewpoints, they’ve moved far from being just a …

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‘Right to Be Forgotten’ Privacy Rule Is Limited by Europe’s Top Court

LONDON — Europe’s highest court limited the reach of the landmark online privacy law known as “right to be forgotten” on Tuesday, restricting people’s ability to control what information is available about them on the internet. In a decision with broad implications for the regulation of the internet, the European Court of Justice ruled that …

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Loot boxes in games are gambling and should be banned for kids, say UK MPs – TechCrunch

UK MPs have called for the government to regulate the games industry’s use of loot boxes under current gambling legislation — urging a blanket ban on the sale of loot boxes to players who are children. Kids should instead be able to earn in-game credits to unlock look boxes, MPs have suggested in a recommendation …

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Pento raises $2.8M seed round for its payroll SaaS – TechCrunch

Pento, a Danish startup working on a better payroll experience for companies and employees, has raised $2.8 million in seed funding. Leading the round is Point Nine Capital and Seedcamp, with participation from a number of smaller funds and angel investors, including departing Atomico Partner Mattias Ljungman. The company had previously raised $700,000 from the …

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Adarga closes £5M Series A funding for its Palantir-like AI platform – TechCrunch

AI startup Adarga has closed a £5 million Series A fundraising by Allectus Capital. But this news rather cloaks the fact that it’s been building up a head of steam since it’s founding in 2016, building up – what they say – is a £30 million-plus sales pipeline through strategic collaborations with a number of …

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