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Natasha Lomas

London y Barcelona
Writer, TechCrunch Europe — TechCrunch

Words words words: Tech journalist, geek, poet*, feminist**, escuchando el latido del corazón. Owns cats, asks awkward questions. *part-time **full-time

Avast CEO on why it’s just spent $1.4BN to absorb security rival AVG — Security firm Avast has today confirmed the completion of a $1.4 billion acquisition of fellow Czech-based antivirus company AVG. The deal will see Avast's customer base nearly double - swelling from 230 million to more than 400 million in total, 160M of whom are mobile users.

WhatsApp’s privacy U-turn on sharing data with Facebook draws more heat in Europe — A dramatic privacy about-face by messaging app WhatsApp this summer, in which it revealed an update to its T&Cs would for the first time allow the sharing of its user data with parent company Facebook, is getting the pair into hot water in Europe.

Now CanvasPop wants to turn your Prisma photos into wall art — Art photo filter app sensation Prisma, which only launched this summer but racked up more than 55 million downloads in a matter of weeks, has sparked a rush of other photo-processing apps all promising to transform your selfies into art fit to hang on the wall.

Messaging platform Line ups its chatbot game — Line is ramping up incentives for third party developers to make chatbots, and thereby expand the utility of its platform, as the great scramble of messaging giants applying AI to keep users engaged continues.

Lystable adds Max Levchin to the list of investors backing its gig economy SaaS — Helping businesses better manage gig economy workers is turning out to be a pitch with serious pulling power for Lystable, the UK startup which closed an $11 million Series A this summer, led by Peter Thiel's Valar Ventures - following fast from its $3.5M seed round last year, which Thiel's fund also participated in.

Paddle banks $3.2M for an ecommerce platform targeting SaaS startups — It's definitely not the sexiest platform play in tech town but b2b startup Paddle thinks it's found an underserved niche - selling a SaaS ecommerce service to scaling SaaS startups seeking to offload the headache of administering international sales so they can focus on building core product.

Apple to move into a new London campus in 2021 — Apple is planning to consolidate its various London offices into a single campus, come 2021. The Evening Standard broke the news today that Apple's future home in the U.K.

Blackberry bows out of making its own hardware — Former smartphone giant Blackberry has said it will no longer manufacture its own devices. Instead it intends to outsource hardware making to development partners, although the core focus of its business is firmly on software services at this point.

Facebook ordered to stop harvesting data on WhatsApp users in Germany — Facebook has been ordered to stop harvesting the data of WhatsApp users in Germany. The move follows the latter's shock announcement last month that it would start sharing user data with its parent company, Facebook, including users' phone numbers and last seen time in the app. Stated uses for the data includes marketing/ad targeting.

Kano moves beyond Pi with code-your-own device kits for kids — It's been 16 months since Kano took to the stage at TC Disrupt New York 2015 to announce a $15M Series A, and to talk up its big ambition to build a creative computing brand. And 10 months since, flush with that VC cash, it started work on its next big product reveal.
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Sep 30, 2016

@robinwauters There's enough idiocy on the Internet without WILLFULLY adding to it Robin.. ;)

Sep 30, 2016

London startup folks! Point your browsers here if you want to bag discounted early bird tickets for Disrupt London > 

Sep 29, 2016

@euromaestro @48_enever @TechCrunch 40% of the office space. The site itself is far larger, given all the residential units being built etc

Sep 27, 2016

Must read disembowelling of Fox's 'cunning plan' for cutting international trade deals... #Brexit 

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