Europe

Austria’s Supreme Court is referring a legal challenge over the extent of Facebook’s responsibility to remove hate speech postings to Europe’s top court for an opinion (via derStandard.at). The case has clear implications for freedom of speech online. The original lawsuit against Facebook was filed by the former leader of the Austrian Green Party, Eva Glawischnig,
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GV (formerly known as Google Ventures) has lost its one female general partner. London-based Avid Larizadeh Duggan is joining Kobalt​, a New York-based music tech company that acts as a publisher and provides royalty tracking services for tracks when any sample or full track is played across various digital platforms.  Larizadeh Duggan, who’d led an investment in
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The UK’s data watchdog has handed mobile phone retailer Carphone Warehouse a £400,000 fine — just shy of the £500k maximum the regulator can currently issue — for security failings attached to a 2015 hack that compromised the personal data of some three million customers and 1,000 employees. Compromised customer data included: Names, addresses, phone numbers, dates of
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Some nice momentum for Barcelona based Red Points which has closed a $12M Series B, led by Northzone. Previous investors Mangrove and Sabadell Venture Capital also participated in the round. This follows a $2.2M Series A in September 2016 when customers numbered in the region of 75. It’s now reporting customer numbers have passed 300, up from 100
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France’s president has said he plans to introduce new legislation aimed at curbing the spread of online fake news during election periods. Concern about how social media platforms are being misappropriated to channel and amplify disinformation has rocketed up the political agenda in recent years, most especially in the wake of the 2016 US presidential election
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The UK government has kicked off the new year with another warning shot across the bows of social media giants. In an interview with the Sunday Times newspaper, security minister Ben Wallace hit out at tech platforms like Facebook and Google, dubbing such companies “ruthless profiteers” and saying they are doing too little to help
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Can a deep dreaming AI transform low res photos into crisply detailed high res images? Let’s Enhance is an Estonia-based startup that’s using a so-called ‘hallucinating AI’ deep neural network to power a freemium photo upscaling service. On its website it claims the learning software “hallucinates missing details to make image look natural”. It launched the
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As cryptocurrency fever grips the tech world, and blockchain technologies gradually become more viable, there is a new wave of accelerators and incubators appearing to service this growing ecosystem. Some are covering funding and services, some are about services only. It’s fair to assume, however, that some kinds of cryptocurrency will be changing hands, of
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Back in August, ‘challenger’ bank Tandem said that it had signed an agreement to acquire Harrods Bank, the banking arm of the U.K.’s most famous luxury department store, subject to regulatory approval. Today, the startup bank is announcing that it has now received the go-ahead from the Prudential Regulation Authority, a division of the Bank
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Facebook, YouTube and Twitter faced another online hate crime grilling today by UK parliamentarians visibly frustrated at their continued failures to apply their own community guidelines and take down reported hate speech. The UK government has this year pushed to raise online radicalization and extremist content as a G7 priority — and has been pushing for
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Facebook and WhatsApp have been issued with formal notices by France’s data protection watchdog warning that data transfers being carried out for ‘business intelligence’ purposes currently lack a legal basis — and consequently that Facebook Inc, WhatsApp’s owner, has violated the French Data Protection Act. WhatsApp has been given a month to remedy the situation
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Quinyx, a Stockholm-headquartered company that offers cloud-based software to help businesses manage things like employee scheduling, communication, task-management and payroll integration, has raised a further $12 million in funding. Backing the round is VC firm Battery Ventures, which sees Boston-based Battery General Partner Michael Brown join the Quinyx board. Founded in 2005 by Erik Fjellborg,
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