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  • Immigrant eyes

    Immigrant eyes

    Over the past few years we’ve seen a lot of anger. We’ve seen a seemingly sane country cut itself off from mainland Europe and we’ve seen a seemingly beneficent border police force turn angry. We’ve heard that immigrants steal our jobs, kill our people and bring in drugs and terror. This is wrong. Read More

  • Atom Bank raises $102M at $320M valuation for a mobile-only bank for millennials

    Atom Bank raises $102M at $320M valuation for a mobile-only bank for millennials

    Atom Bank, a startup out of the U.K. that has built a mobile-only bank targeting consumers between the ages of 18 and 34, has raised another £83 million ($102 million) in funding led by BBVA, the Spanish bank and owner of Simple in the U.S. The funding gives Atom a post-money valuation of £261 million ($320 million), TechCrunch has confirmed with the company. BBVA also led… Read More

  • Kelvin Kwong leaves Jawbone for product VP role at Big Health

    Kelvin Kwong leaves Jawbone for product VP role at Big Health

    As Jawbone continues to work towards a pivot, the Up device maker also continues to talent that may not be core to its future. In the latest departure, Kelvin Kwong, who had been the Jawbone’s director of product management, has joined Big Health, maker of the Sleepio sleep improvement program, as VP of product management. Alongside that, Dr Jenna Carl is now the startup’s… Read More

  • Klarna buys BillPay, the PayPal of Germany, for $75M from Wonga

    Klarna buys BillPay, the PayPal of Germany, for $75M from Wonga

    Some chopping and changing is afoot in the world of payments in Europe. Today, Klarna, the startup out of Sweden that works with online merchants to enable flexible payment options, confirmed that it has acquired BillPay, a payments company based in Germany, from its previous owner Wonga, the startup that once achieved notoriety for predatory payday loans. The companies are not disclosing… Read More

  • AWS moves into IT training and job placement with re:Start, a UK cloud skills program

    AWS moves into IT training and job placement with re:Start, a UK cloud skills program

    Amazon’s cloud storage business AWS has been gradually expanding into a range of cloud services for people not to simply host their business or app with AWS, but to use the platform for productivity and their own work purposes, too. Today came the latest development on that theme: AWS launched re:Start, a new program for IT skills training, specifically in cloud computing, and job… Read More

  • EU court rejects data retention law, throwing cold water on UK’s ‘Snooper’s Charter’

    EU court rejects data retention law, throwing cold water on UK’s ‘Snooper’s Charter’

    The highest court in Europe today ruled that “general and indiscriminate” data retention directives contravene European Union law — dealing a significant blow to governments and organizations who have been pushing for stronger surveillance and data collection, and giving a boost to privacy advocates in the process. More specifically, European Court of Justice threw… Read More

  • Improbable teams with Google, opens SpatialOS alpha for virtual world development

    Improbable teams with Google, opens SpatialOS alpha for virtual world development

    Improbable, the London startup backed by Andreessen Horowitz that has been developing a platform for third parties to build virtual and simulated worlds, is today launching the alpha of its first product, SpatialOS. And with it, Improbable is also announcing a strategic partnership with Google, the first part of which will see Google providing its Google Cloud Platform as the backend… Read More

  • Amplify lets you play synchronized songs across every phone in the room

    Amplify lets you play synchronized songs across every phone in the room

    Say you’re at a party, and someone wants to get a silent disco going. Everyone opens their phone, someone yells “play,” and hopefully everyone gets it started at the same time. Well, that works, but it could be better. So at the TechCrunch Disrupt London 2016 Hackathon, a few developers in the United Kingdom built an app to make sure everyone’s at the same part in the song. Read More

  • Remind enters the payments space by letting parents pay for field trips with a credit card

    Remind enters the payments space by letting parents pay for field trips with a credit card

    We first covered Remind back in 2011, when it launched as a way for K-12 teachers to broadcast communications to a classroom full of parents. But over the past five years the company has evolved into an all-encompassing communication tool for teachers, parents and students in  over 75% of U.S school districts. And all of this has been free for users – Remind has raised about $60M… Read More

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