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ACLU asks court to release a secret order forcing Facebook to wiretap Messenger – TechCrunch

ACLU asks court to release a secret order forcing Facebook to wiretap Messenger – TechCrunch Earlier this year, the U.S. government tried to force Facebook to secretly recode its Messenger app to allow the feds to listen into an encrypted, real-time voice call on suspected members associated with the notorious …

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Skype co-founder snags $105M for fintech lending venture in Southeast Asia – TechCrunch

Skype co-founder snags $105M for fintech lending venture in Southeast Asia – TechCrunch A fintech whale quietly going about its business in Southeast Asia has come out from under the radar after Oriente, a Hong Kong-based business headed by Skype’s first employee, announced that it has raised a whopping $105 million. …

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Electric flying taxi service Lilium poaches key hires from Audi, Airbus – TechCrunch

Electric flying taxi service Lilium poaches key hires from Audi, Airbus – TechCrunch Lilium, the developer of a new, electric, vertical take-off and landing vehicle for a novel flying taxi service, has poached some pretty big former executives from Airbus and Audi as it builds out its technology and gets …

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An overview of Europe’s other big privacy rule change – TechCrunch

An overview of Europe’s other big privacy rule change – TechCrunch Gather round. The EU has a plan for a big update to privacy laws that could have a major impact on current Internet business models. Um, I thought Europe just got some new privacy rules? They did. You’re thinking …

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Ne-Yo wants to make Silicon Valley more diverse one investment at a time – TechCrunch

Ne-Yo wants to make Silicon Valley more diverse one investment at a time – TechCrunch Dressed in a Naruto t-shirt and a hat emblazoned with the phrase “lone wolf,” Ne-Yo slouches over in a chair inside a Holberton School classroom. The Grammy-winning recording artist is struggling to remember the name of “that …

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Meet the startups in the latest Alchemist class – TechCrunch

Meet the startups in the latest Alchemist class – TechCrunch Alchemist is the Valley’s premiere enterprise accelerator and every season they feature a group of promising startups. They are also trying something new this year: they’re putting a reserve button next to each company, allowing angels to express their interest …

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