Natasha Lomas

Natasha Lomas


Natasha is a senior reporter for TechCrunch, joining September 2012, based in Europe. She joined TC after a stint reviewing smartphones for CNET UK and, prior to that, more than five years covering business technology for (now folded into TechRepublic), where she focused on mobile and wireless, telecoms & networking, and IT skills issues. She has also freelanced for organisations including The Guardian and the BBC. Natasha holds a First Class degree in English from Cambridge University, and an MA in journalism from Goldsmiths College, University of London.

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Harvard Report Debunks Claim Surveillance Is “Going Dark”

Since the 2013 Snowden disclosures revealed the extent of government surveillance programs it's been a standard claim by intelligence agencies, seeking to justify their push for more powers, that thei

Silicon:Safe Bags $1M Seed For Its Hardware Fix For Bulk Password Theft

Sony Pictures. Ashley Madison. Twitch. Patreon. Snapchat. LinkedIn. Those are just a handful of the companies that have suffered massive password-related breaches in recent years. Bulk pass

Windows Phone Is An Ex-Platform

Microsoft announced its Q2 2016 results yesterday, reporting strong performance for its cloud business and leading to a stock bump in the wake of the news. Its Surface tablet hardware business also pe

Apple Recalls Two-Prong Plugs Over “Very Rare” Shock Risk

A rare Apple product recall -- the company has announced a voluntary recall of AC wall plug adapters made for certain regions because of what it says is a "very rare" risk of the two-prong adapters br

Balderton-Backed In-App Ad Platform Tapdaq Bags $6.5M Series A

London based in-app ad platform Tapdaq, which provides indie and mid-sized app developers with an option for driving app installs by selective cross-promotion of other devs' apps, has announced a $6.5

Travel Planner Platform GoEuro Finally Gets France’s SNCF On Board

A notable development for European multimodal travel planning platform GoEuro which has finally signed France's national rail carrier, SNCF -- with co-founder Naren Shaam dubbing this a "major milesto

Accel Leads $10M Series A For JobToday’s Service Industry Hiring App

IoT Security Turned Into An ‘I Spy’ Educational Book For Kids

Security can be a very dry and impenetrable topic. But if the steady creep of connected devices into people's homes and day-to-day routines continues there's arguably going to need to be a very broad

China’s Oppo Sold 50M Smartphones In 2015

In the game of thrones that is the Android OEM space, Chinese smartphone maker Oppo's star is rising. It said today it sold 50 million smartphones in the full year 2015 -- a growth rate of 67 per cent Is Another Shot At Rewarding People For Sharing Personal Data

There have been multiple attempts to convince web users of the value of their attention and/or personal data -- by, for example, offering them free mobile connectivity for watching ads (e.g. Blyk). Ov

Microsoft’s Personal Assistant Tech, Cortana, Now Generates Reminders From Emails

Microsoft's personal assistant tech Clippy Cortana is getting a few more feathers in its cap, with the company rolling out the ability to push reminders to users based on the contents of their email.

US-EU Safe Harbor Data-Transfer Talks Enter Final Week

As negotiations on a key transatlantic data-transfer agreement enter the final week, before the EU's end of January deadline, senior US and EU officials have been discussing the state of play at the S

The Repeat Political Madness Of Never-Ending Crypto Wars

What is it with politicians and encryption? There are now two bills in different U.S. states, one in California and one in New York, proposing that smartphones sold in the state must be able to be dec

Forthcoming Samsung Galaxy S7 Benchmarks Leak

The latest leaks purporting to detail the S7 are benchmark scores for the single core and multi core variants of the phone.

Kickstarter Needs Better Ways To Sanity-Check Complex Hardware Projects, Says Zano Review

At the back end of last year, it emerged that crowdfunding platform Kickstarter had commissioned a freelance journalist to report on the collapse of a high profile U.K.-based drone project that was al

Urban Transport App Citymapper Snags $40M From Index, Benchmark, Yuri Milner, Others

People who don’t take Uber frequently take the bus. And those Europeans folks now include some rather high profile investors in London-based urban transport startup Citymapper — who hav

Big Win For Uber In London As Regulator Drops Major Rule Changes

London's transport regulator TfL has concluded a review of a public consultation into changes to the rules for private hire vehicles, dropping a raft of measures that would have substantially impacted

Facebook Expands Tor Support To Android Orbot Proxy

Facebook has added what it dubs "experimental support" for accessing its services via Tor on Android, using the Orbot proxy app for Android. The feature will be rolling out over the next few days, it

FCC Urged To Rein In Broadband Providers On Privacy Grounds

More than 50 U.S. consumer and privacy organizations including the Center for Digital Democracy and the Electronic Frontier Foundation have co-signed a letter to FCC chairman Tom Wheeler calling for "

New Year, Two New Jobs For Ex-Twitter CEO Dick Costolo…

Former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, who stepped away from the big blue bird last June, has a new health and fitness platform startup in the works, focused on motivating people to make lifestyle improveme
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