Cleo, a chatbot that wants to replace your banking apps, raises £2M led by LocalGlobe

Cleo, a chatbot that wants to replace your banking apps, raises £2M led by LocalGlobe

 Cleo, the London-based fintech startup that offers an AI-powered chatbot to help you manage your finances, has closed £2 million in further funding, adding to an impressive list of backers that already includes Skype founder Niklas Zennström. The new round is led by LocalGlobe, the seed VC firm founded by father and son duo Robin and Saul Klein, with participation from a number of… Read More

B-Secur’s heartbeat biometric ID tech bags $4.5M

B-Secur’s heartbeat biometric ID tech bags $4.5M

 Northern Ireland based B-Secur has closed a £3.5m (~$4.5M) late stage seed investment for its biometric authentication technology that utilizes an individual’s unique heartbeat pattern, known as an electrocardiogram (ECG), to — in its words — “quickly and securely authenticate identity”. Read More

Social media analytics company Synthesio acquires Social Karma

Social media analytics company Synthesio acquires Social Karma

 Synthesio is announcing its second acquisition of the year — it’s buying Social Karma, a company that uses social data to help marketers understand consumers. Back in January, Synthesio announced that it had acquired presentation software-maker Bunkr. Co-founder and CEO Loic Moisand told me that this is all part of a two-year strategy to buy up companies and technologies that can… Read More

Uber is going to provide accident insurance in France for free

Uber is going to provide accident insurance in France for free

 Uber drivers and delivery persons in France are automatically going to get covered by accident insurance over the coming months. Uber has partnered with French insurance company Axa on this insurance product. It’ll go live this fall and it’s going to be free for independent workers. Hold your horses for a minute though. Before you think Uber is a nice company and wants to help… Read More

Fleksy keyboard to get major reboot under ThingThing’s dev team

Fleksy keyboard to get major reboot under ThingThing’s dev team

 Third party keyboards might seem like an app fad blast from the recent past. But the smartphone keyboard space could be set for a shake up as long time player Fleksy gets a new team working full time on the app… Read More

Hungarian hacker arrested for pressing F12

Hungarian hacker arrested for pressing F12

 The Budapest Transport Authority (BKK, in Hungarian) recently launched an online payment system with the help of a T-Systems, Deutsche Telekom’s consulting arm. The system, which took three months to build, was supposed to be installed in time for the FINA world championships in Budapest. The software, not unexpectedly for such a project, was full of bugs including the discovery of an… Read More




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