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  • Risks And Red Lines As UK Prepares To Reforge Surveillance Law

    Risks And Red Lines As UK Prepares To Reforge Surveillance Law

    This year the U.K. has a historic opportunity to lead the world in creating a transparent legal framework for the operation of secret state surveillance powers. But there is a parallel risk of forging bad law and encouraging other countries down a similarly problematic path. The stakes could not be higher… Read More

  • Movebubble Makes Renting Suck Less

    If you’ve lived in a big city where renting (versus owning) is a popular option for residents, then you likely know the endless struggle of trying to find a place to live. The listings that often intrigue you are no longer available, and in London, around 50 percent of listings posted to websites are stale, left only for marketing and data capture purposes. Movebubble, a company… Read More

  • Rocket Internet’s Oliver Samwer Talks Cloning, Uber And New Frontiers

    Rocket Internet’s Oliver Samwer Talks Cloning, Uber And New Frontiers

    What’s it like to be the billionaire co-founder of a sprawling digital business empire that wasn’t born in Silicon Valley? Oliver Samwer, co-founder of Rocket Internet, gave a glimpse during an on stage interview with TechCrunch’s Mike Butcher, here at TC Disrupt London 2015. Read More

  • Human Code Project Hack Aims To Demystify Code

    Human Code Project Hack Aims To Demystify Code

    Meet Roslyn Scott and Dalton Scott, a mother and son team who just demoed a neat idea for making code more accessible, here at the Disrupt London 2015 hackathon. Their hack, called the Human Code Project, uses several IBM Watson APIs, including its Natural Language Classifier, to power a search interface for translating JavaScript code terms into plain English. Read More

  • BlaBlaCar COO Nicolas Brusson To Talk About France’s New Unicorn At Disrupt London

    BlaBlaCar COO Nicolas Brusson To Talk About France’s New Unicorn At Disrupt London

    It seems like nothing can stop BlaBlaCar. The company has been building a global ride-sharing marketplace for long distance rides. And it’s working, as it recently raised €180 million at an insane valuation of €1.4 billion (or $200 million at a $1.6 billion valuation). That’s why we are excited to announce that Nicolas Brusson will join us on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt London… Read More

  • Uber London Revs Its Lobbying Engines Against “Bureaucratic” Rule Changes

    Uber London Revs Its Lobbying Engines Against “Bureaucratic” Rule Changes

    Transport for London, the local body responsible for transport regulations in the U.K. capital, has published a set of proposals for changes to regulations pertaining to the operation of private hire vehicles (PHVs) in the city — with the stated aim of improving passenger safety. Read More

  • Let’s Talk About Uber, Congestion And Urban Air Quality

    Let’s Talk About Uber, Congestion And Urban Air Quality

    The U.K. government’s Department for Transport (DfT) has released updated statistics on the number of taxis and private hire vehicles operating in England — which shows a marked increased in the latter since 2013. In case you were wondering, ride sharing service Uber soft-launched in London in summer 2012. Coincidence? I’d wager not. Read More

  • When The Bus Will Be Its Own Boss Crunch Network

    When The Bus Will Be Its Own Boss

    Thousands of cabs make their way through the streets of London. Hundreds of buses pick up and drop off passengers. Trucks carry their cargo. They are, of course, autonomous; like Google’s self-driving car, they all move without a driver. This vision is almost a cliche. Everyone is already talking about a future where professional drivers are unemployed and all vehicles will drive… Read More

  • Cities As Platforms Crunch Network

    Cities As Platforms

    Take a look at the last decade’s fastest-growing companies. You’ll notice they have one thing in common: They’re all platforms.YouTube was not the first video-hosting site, but it was the first to disrupt the stagnating online broadcasting model, creating a platform with digital engagement at its core. And the catalyst for Google’s exponential growth trajectory was when… Read More

  • London Is No Silicon Valley, But It Brings Together Many World-Class Industries Crunch Network

    London Is No Silicon Valley, But It Brings Together Many World-Class Industries

    While London is no Silicon Valley, or even New York, it is a melting pot of talent, and its tech scene is growing fast. In the whole of 2010, the total funding raised by London tech firms was less than £10 million. So far in 2015 it’s close to £1 billion, and there is an increasing amount of capital (“dry powder” in industry parlance) available to help identify and scale… Read More

  • London Is Redefining Tech Startups Through Adventurous Capital Crunch Network

    London Is Redefining Tech Startups Through Adventurous Capital

    London hit an important milestone this month, but you may have missed the news as it emerged with a characteristically British lack of fuss. For the first time, the city’s technology startups attracted in excess of half a billion dollars of VC funding in a single quarter – $646.98 million for the period January to March 2015. Read More

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