Europe

Payhawk raises $112M to better compete in the heated corporate card race

If you’ve followed corporate card and spend management startups in the U.S., you might be familiar with Brex and Ramp. Payhawk is also offering an all-in-one financial management solution for busine

Facebook’s lead EU privacy supervisor hit with corruption complaint

Facebook’s problems with European privacy law could be about to get a whole lot worse. But ahead of what may soon be a major (and long overdue) regulatory showdown over the legality of its surve

Facebook to delay full E2EE rollout until ‘sometime in 2023’

The company formerly known as Facebook is delaying a rollout of end-to-end encryption across all its services until “sometime in 2023”, according to Meta’s global head of safety, Ant

Lydia adds stock and crypto trading to its payment app

French startup Lydia is entering a whole new category by adding trading to its financial super app later this year. The company is partnering with Bitpanda for this feature. Lydia users will be able t

EU’s data protection adviser latest to call for ban on tracking ads

The European Data Protection Board (EDPB), an expert steering body which advises EU lawmakers on how to interpret rules wrapping citizen’s personal data, has warned the bloc’s legislators

Mixnet maker Nym tops up with $13M led by a16z’s crypto fund

Switzerland-based privacy tech startup Nym Technologies, which is trying to commercialize an old idea for privacy-centric infrastructure (mixnets) by combining it with buzzy crypto incentives, has clo

Eatron, which makes ‘intelligent automotive software’, raises $11M Series A led by MMC

An electric vehicle is, essentially, just “software on wheels”, and requires lots of moving parts, not physical but, of course, virtual. That software needs to continually optimize the per

Adviser to EU’s top court suggests German bulk data retention law isn’t legal

The battle between the appetites of European Union Member States’ governments to retain their citizens’ data — for fuzzy, catch-all “security” purposes — and the re

UK names five projects to get funding for CSAM detection

The U.K. government has named five projects that have scored public funding under a “tech safety” challenge announced in September — when the Home Office said it wanted to encourage

Remojo is building tools to combat digital addiction, starting with porn

Startups geared toward men’s sexual health have been doing a brisk trade for a few years now. But while the early wave of tech businesses mostly aimed to provide (easier) access to pharmaceutica

Packhelp raises $45.6M to expand its custom packaging biz

Warsaw-based Packhelp has been riding the boom in e-commerce and on-demand delivery to scale a business that helps even the smallest brands wrap their wares in eye-catching custom packaging, while cou

Cron is a new calendar app following in Sunrise’s footsteps

Meet Cron, a new calendar app for the Mac that wants to bring some innovation to this space. The startup directly mentions Sunrise as an inspiration (for those of you who still remember it; Sunrise us

In-game creation platform Overwolf raises $75M Series D led by Andreessen Horowitz

Overwolf, a platform that enables creators to build, share and monetize items inside games, has raised a $75 million Series D funding round, led by Andreessen Horowitz (a16z). Previous investors, incl

Apple, Google questioned by ICO over app age ratings after UK child safety charity raises concerns

The U.K.’s data protection watchdog has written to Apple and Google seeking details of how they assess apps to determine the age ratings they apply following concerns raised by an online child s

Fort Ross Ventures raises late-stage fund, expands European activity

Seven-year-old venture firm Fort Ross Ventures just raised its fourth fund. The firm focuses on fintech, cloud technologies, AI/machine learning, business process automation services, edtech, foodtech

Ultraleap’s mid-air haptics tempts Tencent to join its $82M Series D fundraising

It was way back in 2017 that the company that became Ultraleap (Ultrahaptics) demonstrated at TechCrunch Disrupt a technology that pioneered ultrasound to replicate the sense of touch. The impressive

Public cloud security startup Laminar emerges from stealth with $37M

The cloud may be the direction that much of enterprise IT is moving today, but it still remains a major source of security issues, with some 98% of all enterprises in a recent survey reporting that th

Roleshare launches job-sharing marketplace to match professionals, raises pre-seed round

Partly as a result of modern employment trends, and partly as a result of the pandemic’s effect on the world of work, there’s an increasing gap between traditional full-time employment and freelan

Defacto offers embedded credit products to small companies

Meet Defacto, a new French startup that wants to improve the credit infrastructure for small and medium companies. The startup wants to offer credit products using an API. It automatically analyzes yo

Balderton closes $600M fund, its biggest yet earmarked for early-stage investments

Funding for European startups is at a record-high so far for this year, with €73.7 billion raised in the first three quarters, and the full year on track for more than 8,000 deals, according to rese
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