Natasha Lomas

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3/24/2021 Motosumo scores $6M to spin up a challenge to Peloton TechCrunch Natasha Lomas @riptari / 1 day Denmark-based Motosumo has scored a $6 million Series A raise led by London’s Magenta Partners, alongside existing investors. The new funding will go on doubling its network of spin class instructors across Europe, North America, Asia and Australia, expanding its tech team and upping its marketing.The 2015-founded fit-tech startup has developed a system for measuring cycling cadence without additional sensors ...
2/1/2021 Telemedico gets $6.6M to grow the reach of its digital health SaaS TechCrunch Natasha Lomas @riptari / 13 hours Poland-based Telemedico has closed a €5.5 million (~$6.6 million) Series A round of funding. The round is led by Flashpoint Venture Capital, Uniqa Ventures, PKO VC, Black Pearls VC (an existing investor) and Adamed.Telehealth services specifically, and digital health more broadly , have racked up plenty of growth during the pandemic as demand for remote consultations (and other types of support) has accelerated ...
1/26/2021 Facebook's secret settlement on Cambridge Analytica gags UK data watchdog TechCrunch Natasha Lomas @riptari / 7 days Remember the app audit Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg promised to carry out a little under three years ago at the height of the Cambridge Analytica scandal? Actually the tech giant is very keen that you don’t.The UK’s information commissioner just told a parliamentary subcommittee on online harms and disinformation that a secret arrangement between her office and Facebook prevents her from publicly ...
1/25/2021 Apple hit with another European class action over throttled iPhones TechCrunch Natasha Lomas @riptari / 3 days A third class action lawsuit has been filed in Europe against Apple seeking compensation — for what Italy’s Altroconsumo consumer protection agency dubs “planned obsolescence” of a number of iPhone 6 models.The action relates to performance throttling Apple applied several years ago to affected iPhones when the health of the device’s battery had deteriorated — doing so without clearly informing users ...
1/22/2021 Privacy complaint targets European parliament's COVID-19 test-booking site TechCrunch Natasha Lomas @riptari / 5 days The European Parliament is being investigated by the EU’s lead data regulator over a complaint that a website it set up for MEPs to book coronavirus tests may have violated data protection laws.The complaint, which has been filed by six MEPs and is being supported by the privacy campaign group noyb , alleges third-party trackers were dropped without proper consent and that cookie ...
1/22/2021 UK resumes privacy oversight of adtech, warns platform audits are coming TechCrunch Natasha Lomas @riptari / 5 days The U.K.’s data watchdog has restarted an investigation of adtech practices that, since 2018, have been subject to scores of complaints across Europe under the bloc’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).The high velocity trading of internet users’ personal data can’t possibly be compliant with GDPR’s requirement that such information is adequately secured, the complaints contend.Other concerns attached to ...
1/20/2021 Landbot closes $8M Series A for its ‘no code’ chatbot builder TechCrunch Natasha Lomas @riptari / 1 day Barcelona-based Landbot , a “no-code” chatbot builder, has bagged an $8 million Series A led by the Spanish-Israeli VC firm Swanlaab, alongside support from Spain’s innovation-focused public agency, CDTI . Previous investors Nauta Capital, Encomenda and Bankinter also participated in the round.We last chatted to Landbot back in 2018 when it raised a $2.2 million seed and had 900+ customers ...
1/6/2021 YouTube reverses ban on UK's TalkRadio for COVID-19 policy breaches TechCrunch Natasha Lomas @riptari / 7 days YouTube has reversed a controversial ban on the account of TalkRadio, a News Corp.-owned U.K. national radio station that covers news and current affairs.The station revealed yesterday its channel had been removed from YouTube but said it had not been provided with an explanation for the suspension. YouTube – A statement from talkRADIO.Listen live on DAB or online ► https://t.co/mcJAlihYJm ...
9/9/2020 UK wants pandemic levels of data sharing to be the new normal TechCrunch Natasha Lomas @riptari / 16 hours The UK government has published a national data strategy today, setting out a plan to promote the use and prioritize the reuse of data as a lever for economic growth and digital innovation. It has also opened up a 12-week public consultation on the policy plan. The top-line message from the secretary of state for digital, Oliver Dowden, is that government wants the ...
8/28/2020 Femtech poised for growth beyond fertility TechCrunch Femtech poised for growth beyond fertility Natasha Lomas @riptari / 1 day The market for female-focused health products (aka “femtech”) is set for growth via segmentation, per an analyst note from PitchBook which identifies opportunities for entrepreneurs to target a growing number of health issues that specifically affect women or affect women in a specific way — broadening out from a traditional focus on reproductive health. Femtech remains a “significantly underdeveloped ...
8/21/2020 Facebook trails expanding portability tools ahead of FTC hearing TechCrunch Facebook trials expanding portability tools ahead of FTC hearing Natasha Lomas @riptari / 1 day Facebook is considering expanding the types of data its users are able to port directly to alternative platforms. In comments on portability sent to US regulators ahead of an FTC hearing on the topic next month, Facebook says it intends to expand the scope of its data portability offerings “in the coming months”. It also offers ...
8/20/2020 Agtech startup iFarm bags $4M to help vertical farms grow more tasty stuff TechCrunch Natasha Lomas @riptari / 2 weeks Vertical farming technology provider iFarm has bagged a $4 million seed round, led by Gagarin Capital, an earlier investor in the startup. Other investors in the round include Matrix Capital, Impulse VC, IMI.VC and several business angels. The Finnish startup is focused on providing software that enables others to carry out vertical farming — targeting sales at food processing companies and FMCG giants, as well as ...
8/19/2020 Omio takes $100M to shuttle through the coronavirus crisis TechCrunch Natasha Lomas @riptari / 2 days Multimodal travel platform Omio (formerly GoEuro) has raised $100M in late stage funding to help see its business through the coronavirus crisis. It also says it’s eyeing potential M&A opportunities within the hard-hit sector. New and existing investors in the Berlin-based startup participated in the late stage convertible note, although omio isn’t disclosing any new names. Among the list of returning investors ...
8/14/2020 Travel startups cry foul over what Google’s doing with their data TechCrunch Natasha Lomas @riptari / 3 weeks As the antitrust drumbeat continues to pound on tech giants , with Reuters reporting comments today from the U.S. Justice Department that it’s moving “full-tilt” on an investigation of platform giants including Google parent Alphabet, startups in Europe’s travel sector are dialing up their allegations of anti-competitive behavior against the search giant. Google has near complete grip on the search market in Europe, with ...
8/4/2020 Google-Fitbit deal to be scrutinized in Europe over data competition concerns TechCrunch Natasha Lomas @riptari / 1 day In a set-back for Google’s plan to acquire health wearable company Fitbit, the European Commission has announced it’s opening an investigation to dig into a range of competition concerns being attached to the proposal from multiple quarters. This means the deal is on ice for a period of time that could last until early December. The Commission said it has 90 working days to ...
7/31/2020 Twitter finally bans former KKK leader, David Duke TechCrunch Natasha Lomas @riptari / 3 days Twitter has confirmed it has permanently banned the account of David Duke, former leader of white supremacist hate group the Ku Klux Klan. Duke had operated freely on its platform for years — amassing a following of around 53,000 and recently tweeting his support for president Trump to be re-elected. Now his @DrDavidDuke account page leads to an ‘account suspension’ notification (screengrabbed below). A Twitter ...
7/28/2020 Twitter restricts Donald Trump Jr.’s account for sharing COVID-19 misinformation TechCrunch Twitter restricts Donald Trump Jr.’s account for sharing COVID-19 misinformation Taylor Hatmaker Natasha Lomas 23 hours Twitter has temporarily frozen Donald Trump Jr.’s account after the president’s son shared a video making false and potentially life-threatening claims about the coronavirus pandemic. The younger Trump’s account was restricted Tuesday morning after he shared a link to the viral video, tweeting “This is a much [sic] watch!!! So ...
7/22/2020 Slack has filed an antitrust complaint against Microsoft Teams in the EU TechCrunch Natasha Lomas Alex Wilhelm 1 week Workplace instant messaging platform Slack has filed an antitrust complaint against Microsoft in the European Union, accusing the tech giant of unfairly bundling its rival Teams product with its cloud-based productivity suite. A spokeswoman for the Commission’s competition division confirmed receipt of a complaint, telling us via email: “ We confirm that we received a complaint by Slack against Microsoft. We will assess it ...
6/25/2020 Privacy not a blocker for “meaningful” research access to platform data, says report TechCrunch Privacy not a blocker for ‘meaningful’ research access to platform data, says report Natasha Lomas @riptari / 14 hours European lawmakers are eyeing binding transparency requirements for Internet platforms in a Digital Services Act (DSA) due to be drafted by the end of the year. But the question of how to create governance structures that provide regulators and researchers with meaningful access to data so platforms can be held accountable for ...
6/22/2020 Apple approves Hey bug fix update after Basecamp agrees to tweak app at center of store policy spat TechCrunch Apple approves Hey bug fix update after Basecamp agrees to tweak app at center of store policy spat Natasha Lomas @riptari / 1 week Update: Basecamp has confirmed Apple has given the greenlight to a version of its app which does not include an in-app purchase option for its paid email service, Hey, but does offer a free temporary email address — meaning there’s a degree of functionality for non-paying ...