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Dropbox acquires Boxcryptor assets to bring zero-knowledge encryption to file storage

Dropbox has announced plans to bring end-to-end encryption to its business users, and it’s doing so through acquiring “key assets” from Germany-based cloud security company Boxcrypto

Lyst, the UK fashion marketplace, is laying off 25% of staff

Lyst, the U.K. fashion e-commerce site that last year raised funding at a $700 million valuation, is the latest tech startup to rein in spending by cutting staff. TechCrunch has learned that the compa

UK confirms removal of Online Safety Bill’s ‘legal but harmful’ clause

The U.K. government has completed a major revision to controversial but populist online safety legislation that’s been in the works for years — and was finally introduced to parliament ear

Founder factories: Alumni from 344 European and Israeli unicorns have birthed 1,018 startups since 2008

A new report has shone a light on the impact that European and Israeli unicorns have had on the broader technology ecosystem since the global economic crisis 14 years ago. The report, titled “Eu

AWS announces Digital Sovereignty Pledge

Right on time for its annual post-Thanksgiving re:Invent festivities in Las Vegas, AWS last night announced its “AWS Digital Sovereignty Pledge” — and before you click away, let me j

This startup is bringing precision control for gamers to the humble keyboard

You wouldn’t drive a car or fly a plane if the only controls you had available were on/off switches for left and right or up and down, and yet that’s pretty much what gamers are stuck with

Microsoft 365 faces darkening GDPR compliance clouds after German report

Legal trouble may be brewing for Microsoft in the European Union, where an assessment by a working group of German data protection regulators that’s spent around two years looking into a swathe

BackingMinds raises new €50 million fund to power-up normally overlooked entrepreneurs

Sweden-based venture fund BackingMinds, founded in 2016, likes to think it takes a different approach to venture in Europe. Its new €50 million fund will aim to take a road less traveled by most VCs

Meta hit with ~$275M GDPR penalty for Facebook data-scraping breach

Facebook’s parent, Meta, has been hit with another hefty penalty for breaching European data protection law. The €265 million (~$275 million) fine was announced today by the Irish Data Protect

Deepomatic wants to build the AI-based computer vision companion for field workers

French startup Deepomatic has raised a $10.5 million (€10 million) Series B funding round. While the round is relatively small, the startup has managed to convince some large-scale clients to use it

UK expands Online Safety Bill to criminalize encouraging self harm

The U.K. government has said it will further expand the scope of online safety legislation by criminalizing the encouragement of self-harm — in a bid to tackle what it describes as “tragic

Amie grabbed $7 million for its opinionated calendar and todo app

Amie raised a $7 million seed round led by Spark Capital. The round closed in June 2022 and the startup is disclosing it today. The company is building a productivity app anchored around your calendar

UK to criminalize deepfake porn sharing without consent

Brace for yet another expansion to the UK’s Online Safety Bill: The Ministry of Justice has announced changes to the law which are aimed at protecting victims of revenge porn, pornographic deepf

A new wave of Solo GP VCs is coming to Europe and Hypernova hopes to power it

The US has had solo VC fund managers for many years but the trend is only just starting to catch on in Europe. One of the newest is Underline Ventures, started this year by Bogdan Iordache in Romania.

Twitter layoffs trigger oversight risk warning from Brussels

In another move that’s being frowned upon by European Union regulators, Elon Musk-owned Twitter has closed its Brussels office per a report in the Financial Times — citing sources with kno

Stellantis to restructure European dealer network in July 2023

Stellantis, the parent company to brands like Jeep, Dodge, Fiat, Maserati and Peugeot, said Thursday it would reorganize its European dealer networks in July 2023 in an effort to cut costs and support

Surveillance powers in UK’s Online Safety Bill are risk to E2EE, warns legal expert

Independent legal analysis of a controversial U.K. government proposal to regulate online speech under a safety-focused framework — aka the Online Safety Bill — says the draft bill contain

Anne Hathaway backs Pact, an all-women led VC for mission-driven startups, from West to East

How many VC funds can you name where the three partners all had babies whilst raising the fund, have deep connections in Asia as well as Europe and the U.S. and include actress Anne Hathaway as an LP?

Atoa helps UK merchants cut down on card processing fees

Visa and Mastercard payments are convenient for customers but can cost merchants high processing fees. Atoa Payments wants to provide a cheaper alternative that is still easy for customers to use. The

Female Invest acquires sustainability-focused investment platform Gaia Investments

When Female Invest launched in 2019, it did so with the goal of creating a community where women who wanted to invest in the stock market, but weren’t sure where to start, could gain the knowled
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