Tobias Stone talks about identity, cryptography, and the future of citizenship
 In this episode of Technotopia I walk to Tobias Stone, a writer, entrepreneur, and academic. Tobias has been writing on Trump and Brexit and worked with Identity.ee, a workgroup focused on cryptographically proven citizenship. Stone believes that the Estonian model of e-idenity is the future and that the mission for every country should be to make their workers, citizen, and expats digital. Read More ...
Tobias Stone talks about identity, cryptography, and the future of citizenship
 In this episode of Technotopia I walk to Tobias Stone, a writer, entrepreneur, and academic. Tobias has been writing on Trump and Brexit and worked with Identity.ee, a workgroup focused on cryptographically proven citizenship. Stone believes that the Estonian model of e-idenity is the future and that the mission for every country should be to make their workers, citizen, and expats digital. Read More ...
Is it a bird? Is it a bug? No it’s a biomimetic microdrone with flapping wings
 UK biomimetic engineering startup Animal Dynamics is being funded by the military to build a microdrone with wings inspired by the flapping flight of a dragonfly. Read More ...
Samsung is aiming to widen access to contactless payments
 While Samsung’s most high profile contactless payment push is the eponymous Samsung Pay — aka its mobile payments product, which competes with the likes of Apple Pay and Android Pay — the company is today bigging up another approach it’s backing, with the not so catchy name of Contactless Companion Platform (CCP). Read More ...
Italy’s MotorK, a company that offers digital services to the automotive industry, raises $10M Series A
 MotorK, an Italian company that offers a number of digital products to the automative industry, has raised $10 million in Series A funding. The round was led by 83North, with participation from Zobito, a Swedish private equity and VC firm. Read More ...
Blue Yard Capital and Earlybird Capital join Disrupt Berlin in December
 Berlin will see Disrupt Europe, our major conference, arrive this December, featuring some of the best known names from the Valley and Europe. Ciarán O’Leary of Blue Yard Capital and Christian Nagel of Earlybird Capital will be among those speaking. Ciarán O’Leary joined Earlybird in 2009 as a Senior Associate and was promoted to Partner in January 2012. He later left in 2016 to… Read More ...
Elvie pulls in $6M Series A to build a global female health tech brand
 The UK startup behind a connected kegel exerciser called Elvie is today announcing a $6 million Series A round led by European VC firm Octopus Ventures. Female focused VC AllBright is also joining the round… Read More ...
After YouTube boycott, Google pulls ads from more types of offensive content
 Google is pulling display ads from being placed alongside a wider range of content on YouTube and other sites, in the wake of a spike of criticism that its automatic, programmatic advertising seemingly cannot stop mainstream brands from appearing alongside extremist and offensive material. Read More ...
Mobile advertising startup Databerries raises $16M
 Databerries is announcing that it has raised $16 million in Series A funding — money that will help the Paris-headquartered company launch in the United States. The startup describes its approach as “real life targeting.” It works with brick-and-mortar retailers to direct their ads at consumers who have been to their store or a competitor’s store… Read More ...
Akeneo grabs $13 million for its CRM of products
 French startup Akeneo just raised a $13 million Series B round led by Partech Ventures with existing investor Alven Capital also participating. Akeneo is a product information management (PIM) service to manage all information about your products in your stores, online and in your good old paper catalogs. At heart Akeneo is an open source PIM application — 40,000 people downloaded Akeneo… Read More ...
Online giants must bolster free speech against abuse, or watch innovation die
 It’s no wonder politicians feel justified in saying enough is enough. The news last week that the German government had proposed fining Facebook and Twitter up to $53m (€50m) for failing to remove abuse, slander, fake news and hate speech within 24 hours once again threw into sharp relief the differences in attitudes between Europe and the US to online content. If followed through, such… Read More ...
European Commission asks Facebook, Twitter and Google+ to comply with EU consumer rules
Media reports last week indicated that the European Commission was on the verge of making social networks amend their terms of service to comply with European Union (EU) regulations. EU consumer authorities and the European Commission have met with the representatives of Facebook, Twitter and Google to discuss proposed solutions. The European Commission has given the companies one month to finalise their proposals, after which the authorities will review them. The companies stand to face en...
European Commission asks Facebook, Twitter and Google+ to comply with EU consumer rules
Media reports last week indicated that the European Commission was on the verge of making social networks amend their terms of service to comply with European Union (EU) regulations. EU consumer authorities and the European Commission have met with the representatives of Facebook, Twitter and Google to discuss proposed solutions. The European Commission has given the companies one month to finalise their proposals, after which the authorities will review them. The companies stand to face en...
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. On the pro-side we know that immigrants, as a whole, commit less crime… Read More ...
EU orders Facebook, Google, Twitter to protect users from scams
Trying to fight consumer fraud on the internet as a whole is a never-ending battle due to its nature as an open system. Social media platforms, however, can be more directly controlled, with companies having the power to curb widespread scams. That’s the way the EU feels, as regulators have ordered Facebook, Twitter, Google, and other social media networks to … Continue reading...
Google offers more control, after ads on offensive content leads to brand boycott
 Google plans to give its advertising clients more control over where their ads appear on YouTube and the Google Display Network, which posts advertising to third-party websites. It announced the move in a blog post from its European business after major brands pulled ads from the platform because they appeared against offensive content, such as videos promoting terrorism or anti-Semitism. The U.K. Read More ...
Samsung’s Z-SSD PCI Express storage device found to have 800GB of storage
During London's Cloud Expo Europe convention, Samsung showcased an upcoming Z-SSD storage device that fits into a PCI Express 3.0 slot. It had a storage capacity of 800GB using the company's super-secret Z-NAND storage technology The post Samsung’s Z-SSD PCI Express storage device found to have 800GB of storage appeared first on Digital Trends....
Social media firms given a month to fix consumer rights issues in Europe
 Facebook, Twitter and Google are under more pressure in Europe to comply with regional rules. The latest issue they find themselves on the hook for relates to complaints pertaining to a variety of consumer rights that have been investigated by EU regulators since last year. Read More ...
Piwic raises $2 million to truly liberate your analytics
 You know when you set up a website and you add a Google Analytics tracker to see how many visitors you have? What you’re actually doing is giving Google and other parties access to your stats and users. Sure there are privacy protections in place and things aren’t all that bad but what if your website or app is particularly sensitive? Then you use something like Piwik or, now,… Read More ...
Huawei P10 Lite finally announced, hitting UK later this month
We recently found ourselves in an interesting situation with the Huawei P10 Lite. Even though retailers over in Europe were posting listings for the device – it was first spotted in The Netherlands at CoolBlue and then at Italy’s Monclick earlier this week – Huawei didn’t give the device any kind of official reveal. The wait is finally over today, … Continue reading...