Anyline, the Austrian startup that provides mobile OCR tech to enable developers to add text recognition to their own apps, has raised €1.5 million in funding. The list of investors is interesting, too. Read More
Apple is under pressure from the FBI to backdoor iPhone security. But how will any technology company be able to offer trusted services to consumers if government-mandated backdoors are being forced upon them? Read More
Last year TechCrunch Disrupt London really blew the doors of with an incredible conference as good as any you would see globally. London continues to be a fantastic bridge between Europe and Silicon Valley. So it was not a hard decision for us to bring Techcrunch Disrupt, our major conference, back for a third time running.
Disrupt is unlike any other tech conference out there. It pits its… Read More
TechCrunch is holding a Mini-Meetup During Mobile World Congress, Feb. 24. PLEASE ADD YOUR EMAIL HERE to get news about the TechCrunch Meetup or to apply to pitch. There’s be a chance to pitch TechCrunch writers as part of our pitch-off, featuring assembled investors. Winners will get free tickets to Disrupt New York. But we could use more sponsors to cover costs. Sponsors will get… Read More
Movebubble, the startup that wants to make renting in London suck a little less, has picked up $1.6 million in further funding, bringing total investment to just over $3.4 million. Investors include Adam Williams (former Spotify MD), Richard Leigh (co-founder and MD of London and Capital), and Robert Stiff. Read More
It’s Valentine’s Day, so what better time to interview Vana Koutsomitis, the self-proclaimed dating expert and finalist of this year’s U.K. version of The Apprentice. Koutsomitis almost certainly qualifies as a serial entrepreneur, having previously founded The CityStreet, a sort of Facebook for the banking and financial services sector, and most recently launched her own… Read More
Mobile World Congress, the biggest tradeshow specifically focused on mobile, kicks off in just over a week’s time in Barcelona so here’s a quick rundown of some of the big hardware-focused announcements we’re expecting to land during the best part of a week of fully mobile-focused news… Read More
(Reuters) – A French court ruled on Friday that a case against social networking company Facebook over a painting of a nude woman can be tried in France, rejecting Facebook’s argument that it is governed by Californian law.
Facebook blocked the account of a French professor and art lover after he uploaded a picture of Gustave Courbet’s 1866 canvas ‘The Origin of the World’, which shows a close-up view of female genitals.
The Paris Appeal Court’s decision upheld a lower court ruling in March 2015 that a clause in Facebook’s terms of agreement signed by users was ‘abusive’ in reserving exclusive rights to a California court to hear disputes.
Facebook, based in Palo Alto, California, had appealed against a Paris High Court’s authority to hear the case but the appeal court said Facebook’s claim was inadmissible.
Facebook said French courts were not competent to handle the case and that the contract with the user was “not a consumer contract because Facebook’s service was free.”
But a High Court judge ruled in 2015 that, “if the proposed service was free to the user, Facebook was generating significant profits from the business, including via paid applications, advertising and other resources.”
(Reporting by Gerard Bon; Writing by Bate Felix; Editing by Alister Doyle/Ruth Pitchford)
Meet Gorgias, an artifial intelligence-powered help desk to make you much more efficient when it comes to answering customer support requests. The company just raised $1.5 million from Charles River Ventures, Amplify Partners and Kima Ventures. Gorgias lets you make educated decisions without having to switch between multiple tools. Read More
A third UK parliamentary committee has now published a report on the government’s draft surveillance legislation. The report of the joint select committee, which is made up of a majority of Conservative MPs and Peers, takes a more supine approach than the ISC committee report earlier this week… Read More