Antonio Barron

Antonio Barron

Followers 48
Following 39
US
Project A, the Berlin-based VC, just raised a new $200 million fund (€180 million) to continue backing European startups at Seed and Series A stage.In addition, the firm — whose investments include WorldRemit, Catawiki, Voi and Uberall — announced it will now have a presence in London and Stockholm in order to put people on the ground in what it says are “two of its favorite ecosystems.”What better time, therefore, to catch up with the team at Project A, where we talked investment thesis, why Stockholm and London, and the increasing interest in Europe from U.S. LPs and VCs.Other subjects we touched on include diversity in venture, and, of course, Brexit!TechCrunch: You last raised a fund in 2016, totaling €140 million, what changes have you noticed since then with regards to the types of companies you are seeing and the European ecosystem as a whole?Uwe Horstmann: Entrepreneurs definitely matured a lot over the last few years.
US
It is thought to account for around 27% of the universe, outweighing visible matter by a ratio of approximately six to one.Everything in the universe that we can detect — all the atomic matter that makes up galaxies, stars, planets, life on Earth, the device that you’re reading this article on — is just a tiny, tiny fraction of all the matter that exists.Dark matter is therefore theorized to be the secret ingredients that give these galaxies the extra mass they require to not tear themselves apart like a suicidal paper bag.Weak gravitational lensing to the rescueLooking for something that can’t be looked at sounds difficult.They do this by looking at the subtle ways that light that the gravity of big galaxy clusters bends and distorts the light from more distant galaxies.
US
Tesla announced on Thursday the release of a software update, called "software version 10.0," for its vehicles.The most striking new feature is "smart summon," which allows Tesla vehicles with the most robust version of the Autopilot driver-assistance system to drive in parking lots without anyone in the car.Many of the software update's other features are related to in-vehicle entertainment, including the ability to use Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, or Spotify from a vehicle's touchscreen.Software version 10.0 will begin rolling out to owners this week, Tesla said.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.In a post on its website, the electric-car maker referred to the update as the largest in its history.
US
American tuner Hennessey is well known for its work with V8-engined, high-horsepower muscle cars like the Chevrolet Camaro and the Ford Mustang.It will visit Porsche territory for the first time by releasing an array of aftermarket parts designed to fit the Taycan, the German firm’s first series-produced electric model.The Taycan stands out as the first Porsche Hennessey has ever worked on, and it’s also the first electric car it has put its hands into.Company founder and CEO John Hennessey explained his team has wanted to modify electric cars for a while, and the Taycan is the right platform to start with because it’s quick right out of the box.The upgrades available from the Texas-based tuner will initially be limited to fairly basic parts like alloy wheels, stickier tires, and new-look interior components, though photos of the upgraded cabin haven’t been released yet.Renderings show a wide vent right below the hood that reminds us of the 911 GT3.
US
Facebook vice president of global affairs and communications Nick Clegg provided some clarity on how the social network’s third-party fact-checkers will deal with posts from politicians and whether or not their posts will be treated as newsworthy content and exempted from its community standards.Clegg spoke at the Atlantic Festival Tuesday in Washington, D.C., and he shared his speech in a Newsroom post.He said politicians have been exempt from Facebook’s third-party fact-checking program for more than one year, and their organic content and ads are not eligible for review on that front, explaining, “We don’t believe … that it’s an appropriate role for us to referee political debates and prevent a politician’s speech from reaching its audience and being subject to public debate and scrutiny.”However, if a politician shares links, videos or photos that have previously been debunked by the social network’s fact-checkers, that content will be demoted, displayed with related information from fact-checkers and ineligible for use in ads.Facebook said in October 2016 that newsworthy posts that violated its community standards would still be allowed to remain live, and Clegg said Tuesday that speech from politicians will also fall under that protection from here on out.That does not apply to ads, which must still meet the social network’s community standards and advertising policies.
US
Kik‘s CEO, Ted Livingston, said in a blog post this morning that the ongoing fight with the SEC has left the company with no other decision but to shut down its messaging app.“This is a direct impact from the [SEC’s] legal action.”Kik is also reducing its staff of hundreds down to an “elite 19 person team,” – brutal – and says it will now focus on converting Kin users into Kin buyers.Not sure that’ll help its case with the SEC, though.It seems that Kik is stripping itself back to the bare essentials to continue to fight the SEC‘s claim that its Kin token is a security and not a currency.What’s more, it was reported that Livingston might also be going the same way as the app.
US
Internal emails from NASA show that the space agency was unaware of asteroid 2019 OK, described as a "city killer," until the last moment on July 24.The giant, football field-sized space rock was not detected by researchers until 24 hours before it was set to whiz past Earth at a distance of just 48,000 miles, traveling at 55,000 miles per hour.“Because there may be media coverage tomorrow, I'm alerting you that in about 30 mins a 57-130 meter sized asteroid will pass Earth at only 0.19 lunar distances (~48,000 miles),” Lindley Johnson, NASA’s planetary defense officer, wrote in a July 24 email, adding the asteroid "was spotted about 24 hrs ago.”NASA CHIEF WARNS ASTEROID THREAT IS REAL: 'IT'S ABOUT PROTECTING THE ONLY PLANET WE KNOW TO HOST LIFE'The internal messages were obtained by BuzzFeed News through a Freedom of Information Act request and have also been verified by Fox News.Swinburne University astronomy professor Alan Duffy described asteroid 2019 OK as a "city killer" and an asteroid that "would have hit with over 30 times the energy of the atomic blast at Hiroshima" to the Sydney Morning Herald.
US
The first teardown of the iPhone 11 Pro Max is officially out, courtesy of DChannel on YouTube, and it reveals the inner workings of the newest extra-large iPhone.The most interesting part: the 11 Pro Max has a 15.04 watt-hour battery, nearly 25 percent larger than the iPhone XS Max’s 12.06 watt-hour cells — suggesting the size of the battery, and not any software optimization, is likely the main reason for the new device’s greatly improved battery life.Apple claims the iPhone 11 Pro Max will get five hours more battery life than the iPhone XS Max, and while it’s difficult to exactly replicate Apple’s internal battery tests, Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel found his iPhone 11 Pro Max review unit lasted for 12 to 14 hours on a single charge, up from roughly eight to 10 hours on his XS Max.Some of the battery gains may also be due to the A13 Bionic chip, which Apple claims is the most power efficient chip it’s ever made.Also interesting: the new battery looks like a solid L. Phone batteries don’t traditionally come in odd shapes — most of the time, they’re rectangular.By using that custom L shape, Apple can maximize the available space inside the phone to pack in as much battery as possible.
China
South Korean automakers Hyundai and Kia Motors are getting their hands on India’s mobility sector by exploring to acquire stakes in Bengaluru-based Ola Electric Mobility and its parent company ANI Technologies, which owns cab-hailing unicorn Ola.The details of the transaction are not known yet, according to local media.Hyundai and Kia Motors have approached India’s antitrust body, Competition Commission of India (CCI), to get its approval for the deal.All major investments and mergers between two big companies in India need CCI’s approval.“It is submitted that the Parties believe that the Proposed Transaction does not give rise to any competition concerns regardless of the relevant market defined for the purpose of this filing,” the filing by the automakers said.Ola Electric, which was valued at over US$1 billion earlier this year, is a subsidiary of ANI Technologies and was forked out of Ola as a separate entity last year to ride with India’s electric vehicles tide.
US
Alex Castro / The VergeMixer, Microsoft’s answer to Twitch, has just rolled out its first ads, but it appears the only entity earning money from the ads will be Mixer itself.Some of the ads will show up on channels run by Microsoft itself — but other partnered channels, like Ninja’s, will now see ads appear in front of their content that don’t support them financially.Mixer announced the move last Friday on its “Level Up Cast,” a weekly show about what’s happening on the platform.Ads were always part of the plan, said Mixer community manager Andy Salisbury and guest host Ethan Rothamel.People who have Mixer’s premium monthly subscription offering Pro won’t see the ads, they said, and neither will people who have subscribed to a partnered channel.
US
Nearly 700,000 times heavier than Earth.A team of researchers has discovered the "most massive neutron star ever measured," one that is considered "almost too massive to exist."The star, known as J0740+6620, is approximately 4,600 light-years from Earth and is only 5 miles across, a measurement that "approaches the limits of how massive and compact a single object can become without crushing itself down into a black hole.""Neutron stars are as mysterious as they are fascinating," said Thankful Cromartie, a graduate student at the University of Virginia, in a statement."These city-sized objects are essentially ginormous atomic nuclei.They are so massive that their interiors take on weird properties.
UK
Freema Agyeman is back in action in the Whoniverse – but it’s not for Doctor Who itself.Martha Jones makes a return, and this time, it’s Torchwood business that’s come calling.Big Finish has just announced that Agyeman will reprise her role as Martha for a new Torchwood audio drama, Torchwood: Dissected, also starring Eve Myles as Gwen Cooper.Set after Martha’s previous appearances in Torchwood’s second season – after she’d left the Tenth Doctor behind and joined up with UNIT to continue her work as a doctor-slash-defender of the Earth – Dissected, penned by Tim Foley, sees Gwen and Martha re-enter each other’s lives over a mysterious dead body.The problem goes beyond a peculiar corpse though, because Martha’s been through a lot since she last met her Torchwood allies, and so has Gwen, and the two have to get through their lost friendship before they can really solve what’s going on.It marks the first time Agyeman has actually returned to Martha Jones since 2008, outside of the character’s brief cameo in David Tennant’s swan song episodes of Doctor Who, “The End of Time,” back in 2010.
Sweden
It is popular the service is a Little slumped in her first report as a public company.the Report was released after the börsstängningen on Wednesday, and the stock fell by 13.7 per cent to 26,81 of dollars in efterhandeln.Therefore, the stock is down about 30 percent since the börsdebuten on the 20th of June.The cut Over was not in the report itself, which was above the expectation, but the weakness of the vinstguidningen in the current quarter.the Company anticipates that earnings per share will be less the 8 to 9 percent, while expected, was down 7 cents, according to Factset.in Addition, the concern analytikerkåren of the company's growth rate does seem to slow down.
UK
An Oculus VR founder has been accused of sexually assaulting a woman during a VR demo in 2016.Earlier this week Autumn Rose Taylor, a marketing director at video game developer Owlchemy Labs, posted a thread of tweets describing an incident in which Michael Antonov assaulted her.In the tweets, Taylor said the assault took place on a day she was attending a VR party at a Game Developers Conference.Initially, she only described the person as “a founder/exec of a well-known VR hardware company.” In a follow-up thread she posted later, she revealed that the executive she was referencing is Antonov.In the tweets, Taylor said the executive first offered to show her unreleased demos.“I was so excited but so naive!
UK
Apple has become the latest tech firm to be embroiled in a privacy scare over workers listening to recordings from digital personal assistants.The iPad maker has issued a formal apology for using human contractors to listen in on conversations between its Siri and users.It pledged to change its policies going forward.Earlier this month Microsoft and its Skype VoIP application were revealed to be using human contractors to occasionally listen to real Skype conversations that have been processed by its translation software.“We know that customers have been concerned by recent reports of people listening to audio Siri recordings as part of our Siri quality evaluation process – which we call grading,” said Apple.“We heard their concerns, immediately suspended human grading of Siri requests and began a thorough review of our practices and policies.
US
Sure, higher resolution screens and faster processors may be the sexy features pushed by smartphone makers.These are incremental improvements," said Nikolas Schreiber, CTO and co-founder of Hoplite Power.Until someone invents a better battery, it's worth reminding smartphone owners that a little power management goes a long way.On an iPhone, turning off apps can be as simple as accessing the app manager and swiping the apps off your screen.Android phones have more granular settings than iOS does for power management, said Jack Gold, principal analyst with J.Smartphones have built-in GPS functions, which is great when you want to know how far away you are from a location or if you need directions to the nearest coffee shop.
US
If federal prosecutors successfully prosecute Anthony Levandowski for 33 federal charges of theft and attempted theft of trade secrets, the self-driving engineer could face millions in fines and decades in prison.The accusations aren’t new—they rehash the core of Waymo’s civil case against Uber, which settled in February 2018—but their resurfacing in this format threatens to put a dismal end to a career remarkable for its range and variation.For nearly 20 years, the French-American Levandowski has played a kind of purposeful Forrest Gump for the world of autonomous driving.Rather than stumbling into the center of one momentous event after another, Levandowski has put himself there.The Kid With the MotorcycleAfter spending his childhood in Belgium (where his mother worked for the European Union), Levandowski moved to the US at 14 to live with his father and attend high school in Marin County, north of San Francisco.
US
How well can a vehicle fly in the Mars atmosphere?NASA just got a step closer to finding out, announcing Wednesday that its Mars Helicopter has been attached to the Mars Rover it intends to send to the Red Planet next year.The 2020 Mars Rover should arrive on the planet in February 2021, and if all goes to plan, the helicopter will then become the first aircraft to fly on a planet other than Earth.The Mars Helicopter will serve a double duty.NASA will use it to see how the conditions on mars affect aviation, and to prove that we can fly helicopters, drones and other aircraft on Mars.Once in the air, the camera-equipped copter will then showcase the viability of surveying Mars by sky.
UK
Labor Day is fast approaching, and aside from a long holiday weekend, it also means massive savings from your favorite retailers.Dell is kicking things off with its Labor Day Early Access sale that starts today and lasts through September 4.You can save up to 40% on laptops, TVs, desktops, headphones and more with new doorbuster deals added every day.Dell's top deals include the Bose QuietComfort 35 wireless headphones on sale for $299, the Alienware 25 gaming monitor on sale for $407.96, and the Inwhich is 15 5000 2-in-1 laptop that's on sale for $699.99 and includes a $100 Visa prepaid card.Our top early access pick is the LG 70-inch 4K TV that's on sale for $669.99.That's a $530 discount and Dell is including a $100 Dell eGift card to sweeten the deal.
US
As much as enterprises might want to modernize IT and go cloud, it’s still a stubborn fact that 95 percent of IT spending remains firmly on-premises.While those numbers are impressive, they’d be even better if a host of factors didn’t impede the best of cloud intentions, according to VMware vice president Kit Colbert.“Each app needs to be refactored or rewritten,” he continued, “with new operations tools figured out,” and more.Well, that depends on their appetite.Project Pacific, says Colbert, enables enterprises to “get some of the benefits of cloud, containers, etc., but without all the work.” In fact, he stresses, it involves “just slightly more work than they’re putting in today to keep the lights on.”In some ways, Project Pacific is similar in strategic intent to VMware Cloud on AWS, Colbert says.
China
The Redmi Note 8 series is the next launch taking place in a tight-packed last week of August.And while the majority of focus will be on the world’s first 64MP camera, the Redmi Note 8 could also see a few big changes.A new teaser shared by Redmi has revealed that the Note 8 will sport a Qualcomm processor instead of the rumoured MediaTek Helio G90.Also, the RedmiBook 14 has now been officially teased to launch on the same day as the same event.The standard Note 8 will feature the same Snapdragon CPU as the Mi A3, that is the Snapdragon 665 SoC.We earlier thought that it could feature the MediaTek Helio G90 but that has not turned out to be.
US
Epic Games has further nerfed the controversial mechs of Fortnite, though the question remains whether the changes are enough to consider them fair enough for competitive play.vehicles were added to Fortnite at the start of Season X.Equipped with powerful weapons, mobility features, and the ability to instantly harvest materials from structures that it destroys.Epic Games already toned down the mechs in version 10.10, but not by much, if you can call it a nerf at all.A targeting laser and directional audio were added to the B.R.U.T.E.’s missile launcher to let players know where the rockets are heading.After backlash from the Fortnite community, the developer lowered the spawn rates of the mechs in competitive modes.
Sweden
Bloombergs Mark Gurman och Debby Wu har publicerat sina förväntningar inför Apples produktlanseringar den närmaste tiden.För nya Iphone har de två nya uppgifter.För det första ska telefonen tillverkas med ny teknik som gör glaset mindre benäget att krossas, och en ny Face ID-sensor ska ha vidare betrakningsvinkel så att du kan låsa upp telefonen även om den ligger en bit bort på skrivbordet eller liknande.Iphone 2019: Trovärdigaste ryktena om nästa IphoneTelefonen ska dessutom få åtminstone ett färgalternativ med matt baksida istället för glansig, och A13-processor med en ny hjälpprocessor kallad AMX eller Matrix.Bloomberg-skribenterna påstår vidare att Apple kommer uppdatera Ipad Pro med bättre kameror och snabbare processor, att en 16-tums Macbook Pro kommer någon gång under hösten, och att Apple Watch inte kommer få någon större uppdatering utan fokuserar på nya material i boetten.
China
While China has universal basic healthcare in name, the emphasis is on basic – people often pay from half to 70% of expenses out of pocket for minor ailments, according to a McKinsey study.Serious conditions like cancer or a huge accident can leave patients on the hook for sums that force them to sell their homes.It’s not as bad as the US, but it’s far from the true universal health coverage enjoyed, for instance, in the UK and Germany.With rising incomes, Chinese people are increasingly opting for private insurance, while at the same time, private healthcare options are on the rise.Support quality journalism and content.This content is a premium content.
US
Business Insider now has a suite of weekly newsletters designed to get the top stories of the week in key industries directly to you, our readers.These are written by our top editors and reporters in areas ranging from tech to investing, advertising to cannabis.Check out the list below and sign up!Get your weekly fix of markets and investing news and analysis every Monday with this newsletter from Joe Ciolli, Business Insider's investing editor.Sign up to receive the newsletter here.Whether you work in Silicon Valley or compete with its denizens, Trending aims to deliver the info you need to stay ahead of the pack, with exclusive, fly-on-the-wall reporting from inside tech's most innovative companies.
US
This story requires our BI Prime membership.To read the full article, simply click here to claim your deal and get access to all exclusive Business Insider PRIME content.
UK
Brexit is one of the most interesting political controversies of recent times.It is so interesting that it has become the subject of a new zombie apocalypse TV series directed by Ben Wheatley.Wheatley, who has directed movies such as "High Rise," "Sightseers," "Kill List" and "Free Fire," has been commissioned to direct a new series set in post-Brexit Britain by Channel 4.The show will be called "Generation Z," and the story will be focused on a group of teenagers fighting with residents of a local retirement home.The retirees have turned into zombies due to the leakage of a toxic substance which comes from the military.The show is set in a hypothetical post-Brexit scenario, where austerity, increasing property prices and increased student and political issues present a bleak present and future for the country.
US
With Google's Stadia cloud-gaming service launch only months away, it shouldn't surprise me that Nvidia's almost ready to release its big competitor, GeForce Now, into the wild.In one of its many announcements at Gamescom on Monday, the company revealed "the sun is starting to set on the free beta period."It's possible that the company's been waiting for one of the heretofore big missing pieces, Android support, to be put in place, and now the beta app for the beta service is rolling out to beta subscribers.The RTX Blade servers Nvidia announced last March are also coming online to (hopefully) bring better scalability, quality, performance and stability to the service, starting with Germany and California.Nvidia highly recommends using a Bluetooth controller for Android, since "some games will be unplayable on an Android phone without a gamepad."Of course, we still don't know how much it will be when people have to start ponying up or if Nvidia will stick to its "for x hours of gaming" model, two of the huge unanswered questions.
UK
Google confirmed it has shut down a programme that provided user data to mobile network operators, in a move said to be a response to heightened scrutiny of the way companies handle customers’ personal information.The move indicates the way Google and other companies are changing their operations as regulators in Europe and elsewhere crack down on their use of users’ data.The scheme launched in March 2017 to help mobile operators spot areas in their networks where performance could be improved.It did so by providing aggregated data on the signal strengths and connection speeds users experienced in given areas.The service was free of charge and the anonymised data was collected only from users who opted into sharing location and diagnostic data with Google.The data provided included the operator’s own network performance as well as that of competitors, who were not named, according to unnamed sources cited by Reuters, which earlier reported the move.
US
Microsoft announced this morning that it was acquiring jClarity, an open source tool designed to tune the performance of Java applications.It will be doing that on Azure from now on.In addition, the company has been offering a flavor of Java called AdoptOpenJDK, which they bill as a free alternative to Oracle Java.The companies did not discuss the terms of the deal.As Microsoft pointed out in a blog post announcing the acquisition, they are seeing increasing use of large-scale Java installations on Azure, both internally with platforms like Minecraft and externally with large customers including Daimler and Adobe.The company believes that by adding the jClarity team and its toolset, it can help service these Java customers better.
More

Top