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Skymind Global Ventures launches London office and an $800 million fund to back AI startups and research

Skymind Global Ventures is opening a London office, and launching a new $800 million fund to back AI startups and research, according to TechCrunch.  As an extension to its current Hong Kong office, the London office will help support research, development, and business ventures across Europe and Asia. According to a statement from founder and CEO […]

Indian ride-hailing firm Ola will launch in London, where Uber faces the loss of its license

The Indian ride-hailing firm Ola will launch in London this February, after transit authorities revoked Uber’s license to operate in the city last year, according to Business Insider.  The service launched in other UK cities in 2018, and was granted a 15-month license to operate in London last July.  To gain a foothold in the UK’s […]

Facebook launches tools for users to track and control third-party data collection

Facebook has launched its “Off-Facebook Activity” tool in the UK and other regions, giving users more transparency and a degree of control over data collected on their activities beyond the social media platform, according to BBC News.  Many websites and apps collect data on a user’s activity and send it to Facebook, where it’s linked to […]

Antler raises another $50m to help launch startups, with backing from Facebook co-founder

The ‘startup generator’ Antler has raised another $50 million to support fledgling startups, with investment from Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin, according to TechCrunch.  With locations in London, Amsterdam, Stockholm, New York, Sydney, Nairobi, and Singapore, Antler offers a company building program for selected applicants, focused on early-stage funding. They assist entrepreneurs in the first steps of establishing their […]

US states launch antitrust probes targeting Facebook and Google

US states attorney generals announced two new antitrust probes on Friday, aimed at large tech companies such as Facebook and Google, according to Reuters.  One probe, investigating Facebook, will be led by New York and includes seven other states as well as the District of Columbia. A second probe is expected to be aimed at Google, […]

The BBC will launch its own digital voice assistant, called ‘Beeb’

The BBC is developing its own digital voice assistant, called “Beeb,” to rival Amazon’s Alexa, according to The Guardian. Instead of building its own smart speaker or other hardware, Beeb will be available on BBC’s website, its smart TV iPlayer app, and on smart speakers from other manufacturers. Beeb will focus on connecting users to BBC’s existing […]

Berlin-based hospitality startup Cosi raises €5 million in pre-launch seed funding

The new Berlin-based hospitality startup Cosi has raised €5 million in pre-launch seed funding, drawing participation from big names in world of travel, real estate, and hospitality. The company aims to compete with boutique hotels by offering uniquely designed apartments for short-term stays and a streamlined digital service to facilitate the guest experience.   Cosi’s CEO, […]

O2 to launch 5G UK network, without Huawei’s help

UK telecom company O2 has announced the launch of its 5G mobile network this October, in Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Leeds, London, and Slough, according to BBC News. The following summer, it will expand the network to a total of 50 cities. The company will first deploy 5G in areas with capacity that is often pushed to […]

#FRENCHTECHFRIDAY: Five friends launch Fintech start-up Ticoon right out of school

    Never underestimate what you can do with a bunch of friends. It is such a bunch that created fintech start-up Ticoon right out of business school, well almost out.   Sébastien Bergès, Gatien Cantais, Mathieu Mhun, Antoine Grimal and Niels Rolland were all in the same preparatory class in Toulouse. Entering different Business […]

Backed by Rocket Internet, on-demand laundry service ZipJet launches in Paris

ZipJet is a London-based company offering an on-demand laundry service that collects, washes and delivers clothes. Currently active in London & Berlin and will launch in other markets in the near future. The company is supported by Berlin’s Rocket Internet which is famous for having built many successful Internet companies around the world. The service […]