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Jonathan Keane

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Dublin, Ireland

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“We like it when it gets tough”: After regulatory headaches, ride hailing app Heetch kickstarts its second act

The days of startups moving fast and breaking things has seemingly come and gone. Paris-based ridesharing app maker Heetch found this out the hard way. Founded in 2013, its app was launched as a P2P service where anyone could sign up as a driver and give rides to users. The service was primarily marketed as a night-time service for young people getting home from nights out.
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In the face of obstacles, Ukraine’s startup ecosystem is finally seizing its moment

The event provided investors and startups opportunities to network and potentially make deals, headlined by a contest for CEE startups that leads to the Seedstars finals in Switzerland next April. Communications startup, EVE.Calls, a smart replacement for call centres, came out victorious and will advance to the finals in 2018.
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After Facebook, Will Global Ad Regulators Reject ICOs?

While crypto startups and ICO issuers worry about social media platforms cutting their ads, they could be missing an even more intimidating threat – regulators. Crypto entrepreneurs reeled late last month after Facebook announced it would be banning “misleading or deceptive” ads about financial products and services, including bitcoin and ICOs.
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How to check out your next penthouse from your armchair

Fancy visiting a condo halfway round the world without leaving the estate agent's office? Property hunting can be a grinding chore. But what if you could have a good nose round your prospective "des res" without getting up from your chair? This is what Sotheby's International Realty is offering viewers of its luxury properties through the application of virtual reality (VR) technology.
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Can technology bring lawyers into the 21st Century?

The legal profession is not known for embracing technological innovation. The legal profession is perhaps more associated with bulging files of papers, odd clothing and arcane procedures than with technological innovation. But several start-ups are trying to give this most conservative - and sometimes vexing - of professions a digital makeover.
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How European startups are grappling with the EU’s copyright reforms

The EU’s proposed copyright reforms have been the subject of much debate, especially in the finer details. Both sides of the debate fundamentally agree with the need for protections for creators and rights holders, but the nitty-gritty has caused a divide. Last Thursday, MEPs Eva Maydell (Paunova), Brando Benifei, and Julia Reda co-hosted an event with the Digital Agenda Intergroup at the European Parliament called ‘Digital Single Market – Rocket fuel for EU Startups?’.
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Trump’s stance on internet privacy puts U.S.–E.U. pact on thin ice

President Trump’s decision to kill key FCC privacy rules adds further stress to the already strained U.S. Privacy Shield agreement. Moves by the Trump administration to roll back key internet privacy rules have spooked the European Union over the stability of the Privacy Shield agreement. Last week, the European Parliament voted on a resolution asking the European Commission, the E.U.’s executive arm, to ensure that the Trump administration will guarantee safeguards for the protection of Europeans’ data.
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When a rare syndrome renders girls voiceless, tech helps them speak again

When 13-year-old Nathalia Lawlor was born, she seemed perfectly healthy, moving and babbling like any other baby. But at around six or seven months, she started to lose her coordination and ability to move. Once able to grasp small objects, she could no longer pick up pieces of food from her plate.
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Facial Recognition Apps Are Leaving Blind People Behind

Biometric logins like facial recognition are often discussed as being the real alternative to traditional passwords. But as companies develop apps that verify identity with a snapshot of the user's face, few are considering whether that method is accessible to people with visual impairments. According to the World Health Organization, there are 285 million people in the world with visual impairments of some sort, 39 million of which are blind.
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This Irish startup wants to be a Google Maps for people with disabilities

In 2012, Matt McCann visited London thinking he had booked the perfect hotel room. Beyond searching for a good price and decent location, he needed a hotel designed with accessibility in mind. McCann has cerebral palsy and uses a rolling walker to get around, and found a place that seemed to meet his needs.
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How one Paris startup is becoming an Uber for people with disabilities

When visiting Florida earlier this year, Parisian Charlotte de Vilmorin — who has been in a wheelchair her entire life — was desperately searching for a car adapted for people with disabilities. She finally found one, but soon discovered how expensive it was to rent — for 10 days, it cost her approximately $1,000.
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Catching a thief by their face

A man walks up to the front door of a jeweller in the centre of Rotterdam and buzzes to enter but it doesn’t budge. He waits. While he lingers by the door, a facial recognition camera quickly scans his face and cross references the image with a watch list of known shoplifters from the local police department.
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