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Chris O'Brien

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European Correspondent, VentureBeat and Senior Writer, Rude Baguette — VentureBeat

European Correspondent for @VentureBeat. Previously @latimes and @mercnews.

Could enterprise sales help Microsoft's Surface eventually outsell Apple's iPad? — A couple of years ago, the respective fortunes of Apple's and Microsoft's tablets were clear. Apple was king thanks to the iPad. And Microsoft's awkward, overpriced Surface was just the latest hardware dud for the Seattle company. Now, the two companies are experiencing a surprising reversal of fortunes.

Trump's email campaign hints at plans to build a right-wing media empire — With Donald Trump's campaign sinking in the polls, there has been on and off speculation that he's got his eye on creating some kind of conservative media company after the election. Those rumors were fanned again recently with a report that his son-in-law was already in talks about implementing such a move.

Today in French Venture Capital: IbanFirst, Grisbee, ContentSquare, PopChef, Klaxoon, – The French Tech Journal — These six French startups raised a combined $45 million. IbanFirst : The French startup (which just changed its name from "FX4Biz") offers "banking as a service" for fintech companies that want to serve small and medium business across borders.

Tim O'Reilly's new obsession: How technologies like A.I. are changing the future of work — A lot of tech gurus like to pretend they have all the answers to our questions about the future. Not so with Tim O'Reilly. When it comes to what's next and what it means, the technology publisher and Silicon Valley forecaster isn't afraid to admit that he doesn't have everything figured out and boiled down to a five-point slidedeck that's easily shareable on Twitter.

Today in French venture capital:, Splio, Displayce, Shapr, F-Reg, Skello, Marché Privé – The French Tech Journal — Meet the seven French startups that together just raised $20 million. : Calling itself the "Google of rights," this Paris-based startup announced it has raised $2.2 million to expand its legal search engine. The company says it uses artificial intelligence to help lawyers search and monitor legal filings and information.

How Daphni wants to use its new $165 million fund to reinvent venture capital for Europe – The French Tech Journal — Co-founder Marie Ekeland explains how this "venture capital mutant" works. To say that expectations for Daphni, Europe's newest venture capital fund, are huge would still be understating the case. Hype around Daphni has been building steadily in two years since co-founder Marie Ekeland announced she was leaving Elaia Partners to start her own fund.

Peter Thiel's $1.25 million Trump donation draws Y Combinator into bitter Silicon Valley feud — As Donald Trump's presidential campaign has stumbled in recent weeks amid missteps and sexual harassment accusations, the developments have cemented hard feelings on both sides. His supporters are digging in harder, echoing Trump's claims of media conspiracies and rigged elections.

France’s big challenge: Solving its rural broadband problem – The French Tech Journal — Across Europe, France only tops Italy and Greece when it comes to advanced broadband. Closing the gap could test its commitment to "egalité." In the latest report on European broadband rates from the European Commission, released this week, France comes out looking just fine at first glance.

Today in French venture capital: Donecle, Boxtal, Tribe – The French Tech Journal — Three startups raise almost $12 million in a busy funding week. Boxtal : Located in Paris, this company (formerly 'Envoimoincher') was founded seven years ago to help small businesses make deliveries so they can compete in e-commerce. The company changed its name in September as it seeks to take a more international approach.

Will Twitter's 25% stock drop lure potential buyers back in? — With possibly only two weeks left in the Twitter sweepstakes, the best news for the company's sales prospects may be some bad news. The company has reportedly said it wants a deal in place by the time it reports earnings on Oct. 27.
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Oct 21, 2016

RT @daphnipolis: “How Daphni wants to use its new $165 million fund to reinvent venture capital for Europe” by @obrien

Oct 20, 2016

@buffalloid @KellyannePolls @AC360 Hopefully the poles are right, or all of our compasses are fucked. The polls on the other hand….

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