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 French startup La Belle Assiette just raised $1.7 million (€1.3 million) from angel investors, such as BlaBlaCar’s Nicolas Brusson, eFounders’ Thibaud Elzière, Nicolas Bourdin, the three founders of l’Atelier des Chefs and Kima Ventures. As a reminder, with La Belle Assiette, you can browse and find the perfect chef for your lunch or dinner party. He or she will then… Read More

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 Siri sucks. We’re all aware of this. Which works out well for IO, the Russian company behind a social concierge app that can answer any question you have about restaurants. The product is called TalkTo, and if I wasn’t here to tell you that TalkTo is a machine, you might mistake it for a real-life, brilliant human being. Read More

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After recently managing to stuff two feet into his mouth at the same time, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella stopped by CNBC for a wide-ranging interview covering not only his recent comments on women in the workplace, but also his company’s bets on the cloud, and how Microsoft has long had an implicitly freemium business model. Read More

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 Lobster hopes to take advantage of the wide array of content users are already freely posting on apps like Instagram or on sites like Flickr… and to help them make a little bit of money on it. And all they have to do is add the #ilobsterit hashtag, which will opt them into making a particular piece of content available for sale. Read More

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 Big data is (still) hot, but setting up the backend servers to work with huge amounts of information isn’t easy. It often involves involves setting up many different services and once you’re done, you still don’t know how well you’ll be able to scale everything. Crate, which is presenting at TechCrunch Disrupt Europe in London today, massively simplifies this process.… Read More

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 Mobile payments startup Sign2Pay, launching today here in London at TechCrunch Disrupt Europe, is aiming to improve low conversion rates on mobile devices by simplifying and streamlining the payment process for debit card transactions. Read More

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 The cosmetics industry is massive. It’s also massively secretive when it comes to the ingredients contained in its expensive lotions and potions. That’s something CosmEthics — a startup launching its app today at TechCrunch Disrupt Europe — is determined to change. Read More

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 A week after popular file-sharing site Dropbox confirmed user accounts were compromised but denied claims of its own servers being breached, the company has rolled out an update to its iOS application which introduces support for Apple’s Touch ID. With this change, iOS 8 users will now have the option to unlock and access their Dropbox accounts using their own fingerprints. Dropbox is… Read More

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 AOL CEO Tim Armstrong addressed the latest rumors that Yahoo and AOL might merge while on-stage today at TechCrunch’s Disrupt Europe conference. Specifically, Armstrong said AOL has a board meeting tonight (I guess he’s flying back really soon), for which he’s prepared what he described as a 30- to 40-page presentation outlining his plans for 2015. “I don’t… Read More

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 Why does it still take two days in Europe for a card transaction to show up in your bank statement? Meet Number26, the Simple of Europe — a fintech startup that promises to fix all the oddities of the European bank system. In other words, Number26 is a bank that doesn’t suck. The startup is launching today in private beta on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt London. “We are… Read More

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 Tim Armstrong, CEO of TechCrunch’s owner AOL, today confirmed that the company is in early discussions to spin off CrunchBase, the database of tech companies and people that became a part of AOL as part of its acquisition of TechCrunch in 2010. “I think CrunchBase could be a very big company on its own,” Armstrong said on stage today at the Disrupt conference in London. Read More

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 CrunchBase, the business graph to TechCrunch’s business laugh, is launching a new feature here at Disrupt Europe in London. It’s a new events section that old CrunchBase is rolling out with some snazzy new features. “With CrunchBase events, anyone in the community can add information about an event,” says CrunchBase president and my ex-boss Matt Kaufman. Read More

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 Brazilian internet conglomerate Movile is pushing deeper into consumer investments in Latin America through a $2 million investment in mobile movie ticketing company, CinePapaya. The company says it will use the funds to enter new markets, hire new staff, and increase product innovation as part of the Movile network of companies. The Peruvian-based company has expanded to Chile, Colombia,… Read More

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 In 1935, Sir Allen Lane and V. K. Krishna Menon founded Penguin Books, a company dedicated to producing high-quality, small-format paperback books for the world market. These small, well-made little books introduced some amazing fiction, philosophy, classical thought and spiritualism to a hungry audience, and the low price made it easy to build a library of amazing titles that could fit into… Read More

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 From Chicago’s city of big shoulders to the new businesses bolstering Detroit’s renaissance; in Cleveland and Cincinnati and Kansas City and St. Louis, startup economies are flourishing across the Midwest. The proof is in events like Steve Case’s Rise of the Rest tour, a whistle-stop paean to entrepreneurship whose first leg wrapped up over the summer. Case just finished… Read More

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 A group of important ecosystem builders took the stage at Disrupt Europe to give us a picture of the European tech landscape. The common thread was about the current state of the ecosystem compared to five years ago. Things have changed dramatically — and in a good way. Carlos Eduardo Espinal from Seedcamp, Rohan Silva from Second Home, Tine Thygesen from Everplaces, and Jason Whitmire… Read More

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 Jason Goldberg, the co-founder of Fab.com, says that the design marketplace was burning through $14 million per month at its peak before it went through a drastic round of layoffs and decision to pivot the business. Speaking at our Disrupt London conference, he said that the startup’s decision to pivot was inevitable after the company didn’t raise as much money as they had… Read More

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 Use email? Own an Android device? Not a fan of Gmail? There’s good news coming your way. Google is preparing a major update for Gmail for Android that will, among many things, finally handle email accounts from other service providers, such as Microsoft Outlook, Yahoo and AOL [mandatory disclaimer: AOL is, of course, the owner of TechCrunch]. That’s according to the sleuths at… Read More

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 Android 5.0 Lollipop is coming soon, and shipping on Google’s new Nexus hardware, but a newly discovered Easter Egg in the build is already available in the developer preview. The hidden, fun feature in Android 5 is accessible via the Settings menu, with repeated tapping on the Android version number listing, and gives users the chance to play through an Android Lollipop-themed version… Read More

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 Selling itself as “Big data processing. Simplified.” the Tel Aviv-based Xplenty, which has developed technology to make data processing possible for professionals who aren’t versed in the arcane arts of Hadoop programming, has raised $3 million in a Series A round of financing. Hadoop, the open-source software project that’s used to process large data sets in… Read More

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 The European Commission’s Neelie Kroes has urged those with “interesting business ideas” burning a hole in their brain to “apply, apply, apply” for research funding from the EC — despite conceding that the application process can be a “jungle” to fight through. Read More

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 In 2000, some companies had big data problems before the concept we know today even existed. Back in those days, these organizations used a concept called the data warehouse to deal with large amounts of data, and a company called Netezza formed to build an appliance to simplify data warehousing. The company was sold in 2010 to IBM for a cool $1.7B, but they have decided to get the band… Read More

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 Lots of startups start with good ideas, but few of them become huge successes. More important than a good idea to their success is just having the resilience required to keep going even if your idea isn’t so great, according to Y Combinator partner Justin Kan. Read More

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 At Disrupt Europe today, TechCrunch senior editor Jon Shieber talked to Peter Hames from Big Health, the National Director for Patients and Information in the National Health Service Tim Kelsey, and Dr. Dominic King from the HELIX Centre. Unsurprisingly, given these panelists, the first part of the panel focused on Ebola and the role tech can play in handing this and similar crises. Read More

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 Global investment bank Credit Suisse is launching a new initiative called the Entrepreneurs Circle to support African-American entrepreneurs in the U.S. The bank has selected 12 members to start the program, which will offer access to bank loans, members of the investment bank’s staff, and an ability to share tips and tactics for growing their business ventures among the membership. Read More

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