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As SoundCloud Signs UMG, CEO Ljung Says Subscriptions Are Coming This Year

As free music streaming continues to grow in popularity, one of the bigger services has hit an important milestone in its bid to build a profitable business. SoundCloud — the Berlin-based audio uploading and streaming site with some 175 million users — has inked a licensing deal with Universal Music Group. For SoundCloud, it marks another step away from potential lawsuits from labels over lost revenues, and also provides ... Read More »

General Data Protection Regulation: A Milestone Of The Digital Age

J. Trevor Hughes is the president and chief executive officer of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). How to join the network The conventional wisdom is that the recently agreed-upon General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the most-lobbied piece of legislation in the history of the European Union. I’m not quite sure how you quantify that, but it’s not surprising. ... Read More »

PushDoctor, The U.K. Video-Based Doctor Service, Scores $8.2M Series A

PushDoctor, the U.K. ‘on-demand’ service that enables you to have a video consultation with a doctor, has raised $8.2 million in funding — money it plans to use to develop the data side of its offering to improve the way it integrates with other healthcare providers and to significantly bolster marketing. The round is being led by Oxford Capital Partners, ... Read More »

Withings Launches Incredibly Sophisticated Thermometer To Track Your Fever

You may know Withings for its beautiful smart watches, but the company has had a long history of health tracking devices. The $100 Withings Thermo is keeping up with this trend. It’s a smart temporal artery thermometer, and arguably the best thermometer you can get today. The device tracks your body temperature using your temporal artery. You just position the ... Read More »

Orange Is Thinking About Acquiring Bouygues Telecom

Who will buy Bouygues Telecom? Rumor has it that the telecom company has been looking for a buyer for a while now. And it looks like Orange might be interested after all in order to make sure it remains the telecom leader in France. Bouygues Telecom is in a tough position right now. It is stuck between two telecom giants ... Read More »

Hem.com Is On The Block, Swiss Furniture Maker Vitra Likely Buyer

It looks like another chapter is in the works for Hem, the home design startup headed by Jason Goldberg that first emerged as a pivot from the Fab.com design marketplace in 2014. We’ve heard from multiple sources that Hem.com has been trying to sell itself and that Vitra, a high-end furniture company based in Switzerland, is currently in the frame to buy it. From what we understand, Hem.com ... Read More »

RoboFisher Will Let You Fish In Even The Harshest Of Storms

Blow, blow, thou winter wind, thou art not so unkind as man’s inability to fish in thee! In northern, colder climes, fish, as we all know, tend to freeze right in place and take nutrients in through their skin because they have their pores open all the time. But what if you want to go catch some of those fish? ... Read More »

Gojimo, The U.K. Exam Preparation App, Picks Up Further $1.8M Backing

Gojimo, an app that helps U.K. high school students prepare for exams, has picked up a further $1.8 million in funding, bringing total raised by the 2013-founded startup to just over $3 million. Investors in this round include father and son duo Robin and Saul Klein, Deborah Quazzo of GSV Advisors, seed-stage investment platform Firestartr, and the London Mayor’s London ... Read More »

Kano Releases Screen Kit For The Holiday Season

I sat down with Co-Founder and CEO of Kano, Alex Klein, to talk about the new Kano Screen Kit and what’s next for Kano’s line of build-your-own computers. The new screen means the Kano is now a fully fledged computer anyone can make – particularly kids between the ages of 6 and 12. They can build a computer with plug-and-play ... Read More »

HomeTouch Picks Up Backing From Passion Capital To Disrupt The Notoriously Poor Agency Care Model

When I interviewed Hassle’s Alex Depledge on-stage at our London Disrupt conference, she had sympathy for my dislike of the ‘sharing economy’ moniker. However, she argued, if we put aside spurious claims that sharing economy startups are altruistic at their core, what many of these businesses do have in common is that they are disrupting the traditional agency model for ... Read More »

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