Europe’s justice ministers unsure on whether to push for decrypt law

 European justice and home affairs ministers are putting their heads together to try to decide on a collective response to Internet companies’ use of strong encryption. And, ultimately, whether to push for legislation requiring backdoors in end-to-end encryption to afford the region’s law enforcement agencies access to user data on-demand. Read More

Readdle hires Apple Mail engineering manager to work on Spark

 Third-party app developer Readdle has developed some of the most successful productivity apps on iOS and macOS. And email client Spark in particular is going to be Readdle’s next big bet. Readdle just hired Terry Blanchard, an engineering manager for Apple Mail for six years. He’s going to build a new team in Silicon Valley. Readdle has built an entire company on the App Store… Read More

LiveSmart, a London-based employee health platform, raises £700,000

 LiveSmart, a London-based startup that offers a platform to help employees track and improve their health, has raises £700,000 in funding. Read More

Backed by LocalGlobe, London-based Flourish launches data visualisation platform

 Flourish, a new startup out of London, has launched what it describes as a data visualisation platform, designed to make it easier for companies, including media organisations, to visualise and tell stories through data. The company is also disclosing $1 million in backing from Robin and Saul Klein’s LocalGlobe, and U.S.-based Founder Collective. Read More

Uber to pull out of Denmark, blaming new taxi law

 Uber says is will pull out of Denmark next month, on April 18, after the government agreed a new taxi law that introduces additional requirements such as mandatory fare meters and seat sensors. Read More

Google’s Amazon Echo competitor and wifi router launching in UK on April 6

 Google has announced that its Google Home connected speaker will launch in the UK on April 6, along with the Google Wifi router. Read More

Canon acquires London-based printing tech startup Kite

 Canon Europe seems to be developing a penchant for buying up London-based startups in the photo or printing space. Following the acquisition of parental photo-sharing app Lifecake in 2015, the company is on a shopping spree again, this time acquiring Kite, a print tech startup that lets developers add on-demand printing features to their apps. Read More

London’s social impact accelerator BGV plans seed fund

 London-based ‘social impact’ accelerator, Bethnal Green Ventures, which backs pre-seed startups with ideas for using tech to tackle social and/or environmental problems, has taken £1.3 million in funding from three social tech and innovation funders: Big Society Capital, Nominet Trust and Nesta. Read More