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Facebook’s Dating Service Hits European Privacy Wall
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Looks like Facebook is perennially on the wrong side of the regulators. Having gotten into trouble over privacy issues back home, the company now has egg on its face as it has been forced to postpone the launch of its dating service in Europe because it did not give the EU regulators enough advance notice. […]

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Lucid opens European pre-orders for its currently unfinished EV
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Last week, Lucid Motors unveiled a production model of its electric sedan the Lucid Air. The company has been struggling to bring the vehicle, which it first unveiled in 2016, to the market, and it isn't planning to unveil its customer-ready version…

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Balderton Capital raises new $400M fund to back European tech startups at Series A
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Balderton Capital, one of the so-called “big four” early-stage VC firms in London (the others being Accel, Atomico and Index), has raised a new $400 million fund to continue backing European tech startups at Series A. Dealroom recently released a report that pegged Balderton as the most active Series A investor in Europe (between 2014-2018), […]

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The European SpaceTech industry is firing up its booster rockets
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A new space race is forming globally, energized by venture capital and the hype around companies like Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin. The privately-funded space industry is still in its infancy, but there has been an explosion of startups and investors in the sector, and the fever has, in the last few […]

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Alchemist Accelerator is launching a European program
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Enterprise-focused startup accelerator Alchemist is expanding its footprint this morning with the launch of an initiative focused on European startups. While Alchemist was happy to accept European companies into their US program before — they tell me they’ve had about 25 European startups go through Alchemist already — it hasn’t been a focus. With the […]

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Another European heatwave, another link to climate change
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Enlarge / Satellite-estimated surface temperatures for July 25, 2019. (credit: NASA Earth Observatory) It’s becoming standard procedure that extreme weather events will quickly be analyzed by the World Weather Attribution team—a group of climate scientists who estimate the influence of climate change on individual events. But even so, covering fresh results on a record-breaking European […]

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Trump Blockade of Huawei Fizzles In European 5G Rollout
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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Last summer, the Trump administration started a campaign to convince its European allies to bar China’s Huawei from their telecom networks. Bolstered by the success of similar efforts in Australia and New Zealand, the White House sent envoys to European capitals with warnings that Huawei’s gear would […]

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Rocket Report: Soyuz soars, Firefly plans, SpaceX warns of European aid
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Enlarge / The Electron launch vehicle is ready to soar. (credit: Rocket Lab) Welcome to Edition 1.38 of the Rocket Report! We’ve got globe-spanning launch news this week from France, Spain, and even South Africa. But probably the biggest news is the imminent launch of SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft from Florida, early Saturday morning. It’s a […]

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xDedic servers, domains seized by European law enforcement agencies
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Enlarge (credit: Office of the United States Attorneys) The notorious website xDedic, where online criminals offered access to compromised computers and more, has been shuttered by numerous law enforcement agencies. According to federal prosecutors in Tampa, Florida, the site “facilitated more than $68 million in fraud.” Law enforcement agencies in Germany, Belgium, and Ukraine seized […]

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