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Brexit ad blitz data firm paid by Vote Leave broke privacy laws, watchdogs find

Brexit ad blitz data firm paid by Vote Leave broke privacy laws, watchdogs find A joint investigation by watchdogs in Canada and British Columbia has found that Cambridge Analytica-linked data firm, Aggregate IQ, broke privacy laws in Facebook ad-targeting work it undertook for the official Vote Leave Brexit campaign in the UK’s 2016 […]

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Laurel Bowden of VC firm 83North on the European deep tech and startup ecosystems

Laurel Bowden of VC firm 83North on the European deep tech and startup ecosystems London and Tel Aviv based VC firm 83North has closed out its fifth fund at $300 million, as we reported earlier. It last raised a $250 million fund in 2017 and expects to continue the same investment mix, […]

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European early-stage VC firm ‘Project A’ on Europe’s startup scene taking the next step

European early-stage VC firm ‘Project A’ on Europe’s startup scene taking the next step Project A, the Berlin-based VC, just raised a new $200 million fund (€180 million) to continue backing European startups at Seed and Series A stage. In addition, the firm — whose investments include WorldRemit, Catawiki, Voi and Uberall […]

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SexTech, Kobalt, sales efficiency, philanthropy and ethics, Brexit, and startup growth tactics

SexTech, Kobalt, sales efficiency, philanthropy and ethics, Brexit, and startup growth tactics Tech startups want to destigmatize sex Sex, despite being one of the most fundamental human experiences, is still one of those businesses that some advertisers reject, banks are hesitant to financially support and some investors don’t want to fund. That’s […]

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Brexit means clear your cookies for democracy

Brexit means clear your cookies for democracy Brexit looks set to further sink the already battered reputation of tracking cookies after a Buzzfeed report yesterday revealed what appears to be a plan by the UK’s minority government to use official government websites to harvest personal data on UK citizens for targeting purposes. […]

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Fitbit, Andela, AfricaTech, startups and Brexit, plus content moderation

Fitbit, Andela, AfricaTech, startups and Brexit, plus content moderation Programming note: Happy Labor Day! To our U.S.-based readers, happy Labor Day weekend. Extra Crunch will be off on Monday and will resume publishing next Tuesday. Reminder: EC ticket discounts for Enterprise Sessions and Disrupt SF Next week, we will be hosting our […]

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How UK VCs are managing the risk of a ‘no deal’ Brexit

How UK VCs are managing the risk of a ‘no deal’ Brexit Grab your economic zombie mask: A Halloween “no deal” Brexit is careening into view. New prime minister Boris Johnson has pledged that the country will leave the European Union on October 31 with or without a deal — “do or die” […]

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Brittany Kaiser dumps more evidence of Brexit’s democratic trainwreck

Brittany Kaiser dumps more evidence of Brexit’s democratic trainwreck A UK parliamentary committee has published new evidence fleshing out how membership data was passed from UKIP, a pro-Brexit political party, to Leave.EU, a Brexit supporting campaign active in the 2016 EU referendum — via the disgraced and now defunct data company, Cambridge […]

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‘The Great Hack’: Netflix doc unpacks Cambridge Analytica, Trump, Brexit and democracy’s death

‘The Great Hack’: Netflix doc unpacks Cambridge Analytica, Trump, Brexit and democracy’s death It’s perhaps not for nothing that The Great Hack – the new Netflix documentary about the connections between Cambridge Analytica, the US election and Brexit, out on July 23 – opens with a scene from Burning Man. There, Brittany […]

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UK asks competition watchdog to put adtech market review top of its to-do list

UK asks competition watchdog to put adtech market review top of its to-do list The UK government has written to the country’s competition authority to ask the watchdog to respond to concerns about the lack of transparency in the digital advertising market and carry out a formal market study “as soon as […]

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