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Atomico Partner Tom Wehmeier reviews ‘The State of European Tech’ 2019 report

Atomico Partner Tom Wehmeier reviews ‘The State of European Tech’ 2019 report Atomico, the European venture capital firm founded by Skype’s Niklas Zennström, has released its latest annual The State of European Tech report, published in partnership with Slush and Orrick. As part of the report, the authors surveyed 5,000 members of […]

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Messaging app Wire confirms $8.2M raise, responds to privacy concerns after moving holding company to the US

Messaging app Wire confirms .2M raise, responds to privacy concerns after moving holding company to the US Big changes are afoot for Wire, an enterprise-focused end-to-end encrypted messaging app and service that advertises itself as “the most secure collaboration platform”. In February, Wire quietly raised $8.2 million from Morpheus Ventures and others, […]

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JetPack Aviation raises $2M to build the prototype of its flying motorcycle

JetPack Aviation raises M to build the prototype of its flying motorcycle Flying cars are fine – but why use a car when you can have a motorcycle instead? YC-backed startup JetPack Aviation wants to answer that question with the world’s first flying motorcycle, a personal aircraft dubbed ‘The Speeder,’ a name […]

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The Station: A new self-driving car startup, Inside Tesla’s V10 software, Lilium’s big round

The Station: A new self-driving car startup, Inside Tesla’s V10 software, Lilium’s big round If you haven’t heard, TechCrunch has officially launched a weekly newsletter dedicated to all the ways people and goods move from Point A to Point B — today and in the future — whether it’s by bike, bus, […]

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Starship Technologies CEO Lex Bayer on focus and opportunity in autonomous delivery

Starship Technologies CEO Lex Bayer on focus and opportunity in autonomous delivery Starship Technologies is fresh off a recent $40 million funding round, and the robotics startup finds itself in a much-changed market compared to when it got its start in 2014. Founded by software industry veterans, including Skype and Rdio co-founder […]

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Microsoft tweaks privacy policy to admit humans can listen to Skype Translator and Cortana audio

Microsoft tweaks privacy policy to admit humans can listen to Skype Translator and Cortana audio Microsoft is the latest tech giant to amend its privacy policy after media reports revealed it uses human contractors to review audio recordings of Skype and Cortana users. A section in the policy on how the company […]

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PayU, Naspers’ global fintech firm, enters Southeast Asia with acquisition of Red Dot Payment

PayU, Naspers’ global fintech firm, enters Southeast Asia with acquisition of Red Dot Payment PayU, the Naspers owned fintech firm that specializes in emerging markets, is broadening its global reach into Southeast Asia after it announced a deal to buy a majority stake in Singapore-based Red Dot Payment. Naspers is best known […]

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Skype now supports up to 50 group call participants, topping rivals

Skype now supports up to 50 group call participants, topping rivals Skype is capitalizing on Apple’s struggles with Group FaceTime to attract attention to its own group calling features. Today, the company announced it’s doubling the number of people who can simultaneously participate in a group audio or video call. It now supports […]

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Skype can now blur the background during video calls

Skype can now blur the background during video calls Thanks to the rise of WhatsApp and other free calling and messaging apps, Skype is no longer the go-to service it once was for many people. But the company just added a new feature which might raise its appeal among users. The Microsoft-owned service’s […]

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Singapore activist found guilty of hosting ‘illegal assembly’ via Skype

Singapore activist found guilty of hosting ‘illegal assembly’ via Skype An ongoing case in Singapore is testing the legal boundaries of virtual conferences. A court in the Southeast Asian city-state this week convicted human rights activist Jolovan Wham of organizing a public assembly via Skype without a permit and refusing to sign […]

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