Europe – TechCrunch 11 January 2018

Kuzzle is building the backend for the Internet of Things

 Meet Kuzzle, an all-in-one backend solution for connected devices and beyond. The French startup is giving you a scalable solution so you don’t have to develop everything from scratch yourself. Think about it as Firebase but for different use cases. Read More

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Chronext raises $34 million to bring nice watches to your bare wrist

 There are a number of services that let you sell your used watches or simply purchase new watches but few have the funding war chest of Chronext. This online services lets you buy and sell fancy watches for a fraction of the price and, as evidenced by their performance and the performance of competitor Crown and Caliber, it looks like that market is heating up. Created by Philipp Man and… Read More

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ECJ to rule on whether Facebook needs to hunt for hate speech

 Austria’s Supreme Court is referring a legal challenge over the extent of Facebook’s responsibility to remove hate speech postings to Europe’s top court for an opinion. The case has clear implications for freedom of speech online. Read More

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Avid Larizadeh Duggan, GV’s sole female GP, leaves to join music tech startup Kobalt

 GV (formerly known as Google Ventures) has lost its one female general partner. London-based Avid Larizadeh Duggan is joining Kobalt​, a New York-based music tech company that acts as a publisher and provides royalty tracking services for tracks when any sample or full track is played across various digital platforms.  Larizadeh Duggan, who’d led an investment in Kobalt for GV,… Read More

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Unbabel raises $23M for its ‘AI-powered, human-refined’ translation platform

 Lisbon-headquartered Unbabel, a startup that has developed what it describes as an “AI-powered, human-refined” translation platform that makes it more cost effective to conduct business globally, has raised $23 million in Series B funding. Read More

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