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A chat about UK deep tech and spin-out success with Octopus Ventures

A chat about UK deep tech and spin-out success with Octopus Ventures New research commissioned by UK VC firm Octopus Ventures has put a spotlight on which of the country’s higher education institutions are doing the most to support spin outs. The report compiles a ranking of universities, foregrounding those with a […]

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This game uses troll tactics to teach critical thinking

This game uses troll tactics to teach critical thinking The best medicine against online disinformation is an informed society that’s thinking critically. The problem is there are no shortcuts to universal education. Enter Finnish Public Broadcasting Company, Yle, which is hoping to harness the engagement power of gamification to accelerate awareness and […]

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Facebook really doesn’t want you to read these emails

Facebook really doesn’t want you to read these emails Oh hey y’all, it’s Friday! It’s August! Which means it’s a great day for Facebook to drop a little news it would prefer you don’t notice. News that you won’t find a link to on the homepage of Facebook’s Newsroom — which is […]

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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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Cambridge Uni graphene spin-out bags $16M to get its first product to market

Cambridge Uni graphene spin-out bags M to get its first product to market Cambridge, UK based graphene startup, Paragraf, has closed a £12.8 million (~$16M) Series A round of funding led by early stage VC  Parkwalk. Also investing this round: IQ Capital Partners, Amadeus Capital Partners and Cambridge Enterprise, the commercialisation arm […]

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Facebook must change and policymakers must act on data, warns UK watchdog

Facebook must change and policymakers must act on data, warns UK watchdog The UK’s data watchdog has warned that Facebook must overhaul its privacy-hostile business model or risk burning user trust for good. Comments she made today have also raised questions over the legality of so-called lookalike audiences to target political ads […]

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Cambridge Uni graphene spin-out Paragraf gets $3.9M

Cambridge Uni graphene spin-out Paragraf gets .9M Paragraf, a Cambridge University graphene spin-out, has closed a £2.9M (~$3.9M) seed round. The funding is led by the university’s commercialization arm, Cambridge Enterprise, with Parkwalk Advisors, Amadeus Capital Partners, IQ Capital Partners and angel investors also participating. Graphene refers to the one atom-thick latticed carbon […]

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Cambridge University hits back at Zuckerberg’s shade

Cambridge University hits back at Zuckerberg’s shade Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony to the House yesterday was a mostly bland performance, punctuated by frequent claims not to know or remember certain fundamental aspects of his own business. But he gave a curiously specific and aggressive response to a question from congressman Eliot Engel. […]

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Palantir confirms a staff link with Cambridge Analytica

Palantir confirms a staff link with Cambridge Analytica Turns out there is a link between Peter Thiel’s secretive big data analytics firm, Palantir, and Cambridge Analytica — the political consulting firm at the center of the current Facebook data misuse scandal. Facebook responds to data misuse Starting in 2013, the New York Times reports […]

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