China and European Space Agency are talking about potential Moon outpost
Representatives of China and the European Space Agency are discussing potential collaboration on a human outpost on the moon and other possible joint endeavors, according to a spokesman for the European agency and Chinese media reports. The secretary general for China’s space agency, Tian Yulong, first disclosed the talks about the envisioned lunar base in Chinese state media. They were confirmed Wednesday by Pal Hvistendahl, a spokesman for the European Space Agency, or ESA. “The Ch...
Snapay aims at the unbanked with an app which replaces cash
 There are two billion unbanked people in the world today. Unfortunately the banking industry isn’t very interested in these people, so they are forced to use cash. But even though 4.5 billion people have cell phones, including many of the unbanked, the distribution of access to cash via a mobile is at 1%, more or less. As you can see, there’s a problem to be solved here.… Read More ...
Telegraph Media Group acquires UK exam preparation app Gojimo
 Gojimo, an app that helps U.K. high school students prepare for exams, has been acquired by Telegraph Media Group, the publisher of The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Telegraph newspapers. Terms of the deal remain undisclosed, but from what I gather the Gojimo team are staying on and the company will still be run as a separate entity. Read More ...
Babylon Health raises further $60M to continue building out AI doctor app
 Babylon Health, the U.K. startup that offers a digital healthcare app using a mixture of artificial intelligence (AI) and video and text consultations with doctors and specialists, has raised $60 million in new funding. Read More ...
Jimmy Wales’ Wikitribune to combat fake news with wiki-powered journalism
 With fake news continuing to dominate the discussion about the future of the media and role of social networks in spreading it, many in the tech world have tried to come up with ways to fight this new cancer. Various pronouncements have been made by Google, Facebook and Twitter about tweaking their algorithms. But it’s hard to get away from the fact that human beings are probably going… Read More ...
Flux, a fintech startup founded by ex-Revolut employees, wants to make paper receipts obsolete
 Flux, a London-based fintech startup founded by three early employees of foreign exchange and banking app Revolut, is on a mission to make store receipts truly digital. Read More ...
Flux, a fintech startup founded by ex-Revolut employees, wants to make paper receipts obsolete
 Flux, a London-based fintech startup founded by three early employees of foreign exchange and banking app Revolut, is on a mission to make store receipts truly digital. Read More ...
Apple Maps gets transit mode for Paris
 Apple is finally adding transit options to its Maps app for the city of Paris. Starting today, you can use Apple Maps to calculate itineraries using public transportation. You’ll find subway, RER and bus lines, and even Transilien lines. Just like in Google Maps, you can look around the map with a new subway layer or you can calculate an itinerary from A to B. If you tap on a station,… Read More ...
Books and roses
 Anyone who thinks paper books are dead has never been in a Barcelona bookshop the day before Sant Jordi. The Patron Saint festival is Catalunya’s equivalent of Valentine’s day. But as well as giving long-stemmed red roses people give books. Lots and lots of books. Some €20 million worth of books are sold (gifted) on the day itself. Read More ...
Online grocery platform Farmdrop raises £7M Series A led by Atomico
 Farmdrop, a farmer-friendly online grocery platform based in the U.K., has raised £7 million in Series A funding. Leading the round is Atomico, the London VC fund founded by Skype co-founder Niklas Zennström. Read More ...
Snap acquires the crucial geofilter patent from Mobli for a record $7.7M
 According to Snap’s S-1 Filing for its IPO, of the $400m in revenues the company has, $360 million is made by selling “Geofilters”, or photo filters based on location which advertisers can buy. So owning the patent on that concept would seem pretty crucial. But Snapchat has never had such a patent, until now. Mobli, an Instagram competitor launched 6 years ago which failed to… Read More ...
Orange is launching a bank because reasons
 French telecom company Orange is launching a bank this Summer in France. Orange CEO Stéphane Richard listed some of the features behind Orange Bank this morning at a press conference. And let’s just say that it doesn’t sound as groundbreaking as the company thinks. Just like N26, Revolut and others, you’ll be able to control your payment card directly from your phone. Read More ...
N26 launches business bank accounts for freelancers
 If you’re a freelancer or self-employed person, you can now open a dedicated business account with N26 in just a few minutes. These business accounts are pretty similar to the consumer accounts with one additional feature — you get 0.1 percent cashback on all your card purchases. Business accounts are available in all European countries where N26 already operates. You can’t… Read More ...
Ada is an AI-powered doctor app and telemedicine service
 Ada, a London and Berlin-based health tech startup, sees its official U.K. push today, and in doing so joins a number of other European startups attempting to market something akin to an AI-powered ‘doctor’. Read More ...
General Partner Ophelia Brown has left LocalGlobe
 More revolving doors at a London venture capital firm. TechCrunch has learned that Ophelia Brown has left LocalGlobe, the VC fund founded by father and son duo Robin and Saul Klein. Read More ...
Erdogan’s victory means uncertain times for Turkey’s startups
 In 2008 I had the privilege to travel to Istanbul to check out the tech scene.  I’d arranged a tech startups meet-up with Arda Kutsal, a local blogger who’d started Webrazzi, a tech blog. I landed at the airport and caught a taxi to the hotel we’d agreed to meet at, thinking the meet-up would be in the bar. “No sir,” said the lady on reception, “your event… Read More ...
Developer tools startup Wercker has been acquired by Oracle
Back in 2012 Wercker, a Dutch startup which helps developers test and deploy code at a rapid pace, appeared. It fitted into the space of emerging new platforms that help developers build apps such as CloudBees, CircleCi and newcomers like CloudMunch. After raising a seed round it raised a $4.5 million Series A funding round last year. It’s today been acquired by Oracle for an… Read More ...
A conversation about digital copyright reform
 The European Union is in the process of reforming copyright laws that date back to 2001, as part of a wider strategy to establish a Digital Single Market across the 28 Member States of the bloc, aiming to break down regional barriers to ecommerce. Read More ...
Facebook runs full page newspaper ads against fake news in France ahead of the election
 In just nine days, France is going to vote for the next French president — there’s going to be a second round face-off in three weeks too. And it looks like Facebook wants to avoid another fake news scandal as the company is preemptively running full page ads in major French newspapers. The ad gives ten tips to spot fake news on the internet. You’ll find it today in the… Read More ...
Facebook again under fire for spreading illegal content
 An investigation by a British newspaper into child sexual abuse content and terrorist propaganda being shared on Facebook has once again drawn critical attention to how the company handles complaints about offensive and extremist content being shared on its platform. Read More ...