Disney has quietly acquired tech and assets of MakieLab, a startup that 3D printed dolls
 MakieLab, a London-based startup that 3D printed and sold custom dolls, has officially shuttered, with a partial exit to Disney. TechCrunch understands that the U.S. entertainment company acquired MakieLab’s tech and assets as early as July last year, a story that I have tried but failed to nail down ever since. Until now, that is. Read More ...
EU still unhappy with Windows 10 data collection, despite changes
Microsoft's announced changes to Windows 10 privacy policies around enough for the European Union (EU), which has let the company know that it's not doing enough to inform users of what data is collected, and why. The post EU still unhappy with Windows 10 data collection, despite changes appeared first on Digital Trends....
Dick Costolo joins Maybe Capital — a new satirical board game about Valley VC
 As the TV show ‘Silicon Valley‘ has shown, the tech community there is ripe for satire. So it’s not surprising that the next ‘product’ to be born into this satirical ‘vertical’ is a board game where you must go through the sometimes tortuous process of raising money. The Maybe Capital Board Game launched this week on Kickstarter, and its launch… Read More ...
Windows 10 privacy settings still worrying European watchdogs
 European Union data protection authorities continue to have privacy-related concerns about Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system, despite the company making some tweaks to privacy settings for users of the OS after criticism and concerns were raised last year. Read More ...
Meltwater acquires Oxford Uni spin-out Wrapidity to add AI to media monitoring capabilities
 Meltwater, the self-described ‘media intelligence’ company, has acquired Wrapidity, a U.K.-based AI startup that has built technology to automate the extraction of data from unstructured web-based content. Read More ...
Facebook on course to be the WeChat of the West, says Gartner
 It’s the beginning of the end for smartphone apps as we have known and tapped on them, reckons Gartner. The analyst is calling the start of a “post-apps” era, based on changes in consumer interactions that appear driven, in large part, by the rise of dominant messaging platforms designed to consume more and more of mobile users’ time and attention. Read More ...
Monzo, a UK digital-only bank, is closing in on new funding led by U.S.-based Thrive Capital
 Monzo, one of a number of new digital only or so-called ‘challenger’ banks in the U.K. aiming to re-invent the current account, is closing in on new Series C funding, which could be announced as early as this week. According to multiple sources, U.S.-based Thrive Capital is leading the round. Read More ...
Confirmed: Magic Leap acquires 3D division of Dacuda in Zurich
 Magic Leap, the augmented reality startup that has raised $1.4 billion in funding but has yet to release a product, has made an acquisition to expand its work in computer vision and deep learning, and to build out its operations into Europe. The company has acquired the 3D division of Dacuda, a computer vision startup based out of Zurich. One of Dacuda’s focuses had been… Read More ...
Car celebrity Richard Hammond talks about launching the DriveTribe startup
 Instead of acting like a traditional publishing site, DriveTribe has woven social media deep into the infrastructure of what it does. This is a site slightly reminiscent of Pinterest, but with the look and feel of a good-looking publishing site. It features “Tribes” hosted by the three celebrities, along with invited stars, bloggers, writers and videographers, who generate and… Read More ...
Soundtrack Your Brand, a ‘Spotify for B2B’ nabs $22M for expansion
 As Spotify continues its reign as the world’s biggest consumer music streaming business, a startup from its backyard in Stockholm (and even backed by Spotify itself) has raised a large growth round to take a leading place in providing music streaming services to businesses. Soundtrack Your Brand, started by an ex-Spotify executive and one of the co-founders of Beats (now part of… Read More ...
Listen to Monzo founder on building a ‘smart’ bank, fintech bubble, and turning down acquisition offer
 Yesterday I caught up with Tom Blomfield, co-founder and CEO of digital-only or ‘challenger’ bank Monzo. In our call, we talked about why Blomfield and his 80-plus team are building a new bank, whether or not we are in a fintech bubble, and what he thinks the impact will be of upcoming EU regulation intended to force incumbent banks to open up. Read More ...
Mark Zuckerberg warns against reversal of global thinking; wants Facebook to be “social infrastructure”
Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg laid out a vision on Thursday of his company serving as a bulwark against rising isolationism, writing in a letter to users that the company’s platform could be the “social infrastructure” for the globe. In a 5,700-word manifesto, Zuckerberg, founder of the world’s largest social network, quoted Abraham Lincoln, the U.S. president during the country’s 19th century Civil War known for his eloquence, and offered a philosoph...
Hivy is an office management service to manage all those startup perks
 Have you ever wondered why the snack bowls on the second floor of your fancy startup office never runs out of snacks? Your office manager is most likely in charge of all of this, and sometimes it can be hard for them to keep track of all requests and make sure everything is running smoothly. Hivy plans to be the only service office managers ever need. The company is participating in Y… Read More ...
Vize is a business intelligence tool for the rest of us
 Chances are that your current company is collecting a ton of data about your customers every second. It’s a goldmine and it often sits there in a corner, unused. Vize is a business intelligence tool that will let you learn more about your business and take advantage of all your data. The company is currently participating in Y Combinator’s winter batch. “The main use case… Read More ...
UK startup PawSquad brings the vet to your door, on-demand
 UK startup PawSquad is expanding coverage for an on-demand service that brings vets to pets — offering convenience and reduced stress for pet owners willing to stump up a little more than they’d pay for a check up at a bricks-and-mortar vet. Read More ...
Brexit bumps up the UK price of Microsoft’s Surface Book
 Another Brexit bump: Microsoft has increased the cost of its Surface Book laptops for UK consumers. Read More ...
Gamed-learning app Smartup raises $5.5M from Notion Capital, Hong Leong
 Back in 2015 we were intrigued by the launch of a brand new take on online learning. It was driven by mobile and also ‘gamed’ users into learning. That was the idea behind SmartUp.io, a mobile app which had a points-based game which would incentivize learning. It’s early implementation was clunky to say the least, and content-lite. But that hasn’t held them back.… Read More ...
London fintech Soldo launches multi-user expense account for businesses
 Soldo, the London-based fintech startup founded by Carlo Gualandri, who previously helped create Italy’s first online bank, is rolling out a new product in the U.K. today aimed at businesses who need to deploy and manage expenses across an entire company. Read More ...
The Nimb aims to be a smart personal security platform, not just a cool ring
 Video How it works The idea is simple: A ring with a panic button sends emergency alerts via Bluetooth to pre-set list of contacts on your phone, including friends, family members, first responders, people nearby and other people you can specify inside the Nimb app. You would be unlikely to accidentally press the panic button on the ring — in theory at least — because you have… Read More ...
ACLU calls for tech firms to lobby for surveillance reform
 The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has put out a fresh call for tech companies to push for reform of the surveillance regime in the U.S., warning of the added urgency given new U.S. President Donald Trump — who has already been demonstrably hostile to foreigners’ privacy rights in his first few days in office Read More ...