Uber loses its license to operate in London

Uber loses its license to operate in London

 In a huge blow to Uber in the UK London’s transport regulator has rejected its application to renew its license to operate in the city. In a statement today TfL said it has concluded that Uber is “not fit and proper to hold a private hire operator licence”. “TfL’s regulation of London’s taxi and private hire trades is designed to ensure passenger… Read More

DogBuddy, the European dog sitting marketplace, scores €5M Series A

DogBuddy, the European dog sitting marketplace, scores €5M Series A

 DogBuddy, a pan-European online marketplace for dog sitting, has closed €5 million in Series A funding, money it plans for further expansion. Backing the London-headquartered startup in this round is existing investor Sweet Capital, the investment fund started by the founders of King.com, and a number of new unnamed private investors. It brings total raised by DogBuddy to €10 million. Read More

Pointy, a startup that lets local retailers easily put stock online with a simple gadget, raises​ ​$6M

Pointy, a startup that lets local retailers easily put stock online with a simple gadget, raises​ ​$6M

 Pointy​,​ ​an Irish start​ ​startup​ ​that​ lets ​local​ ​retailers put their stock online so that they can be discovered via search engines, has raised $6 million in Series A funding. The round is being led by Frontline Ventures, alongside Paul Allen’s Vulcan Capital, Draper Associates and a number of notable angel investors. Read More

Tech giants told to remove extremist content much faster

Tech giants told to remove extremist content much faster

 Tech giants are once again being urged to do more to tackle the spread of online extremism on their platforms. Leaders of the UK, France and Italy are taking time out at a UN summit today to meet with Google, Facebook and Microsoft. This follows an agreement in May for G7 nations to take joint action on online extremism.  Read More

German dating app Lovoo is acquired for $70M by The Meet Group

German dating app Lovoo is acquired for $70M by The Meet Group

 You’ve probably never heard of Lovoo but in German-speaking countries (Germany, Switzerland, and Austria) it’s the number one dating in terms of app store downloads. It’s also in the top 3 in Southern Europe (such as Italy, Spain, France). It’s now being sept off its feet (ok, acquired) by The Meet Group, which owns other dating properties. The price is a romantic… Read More

iZettle raises $36M from Europe, earmarked for AI and other new tech

iZettle raises $36M from Europe, earmarked for AI and other new tech

 iZettle, the startup based out of Sweden that competes against the likes of Square and Paypal to provide card transaction services from smartphones and tablets, is adding a little more money to its coffers today, specifically to ramp up in emerging technologies like artificial intelligence. The company has announced that it has received €30 million ($36 million) funding from the European… Read More




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