Paul Sawers

Paul Sawers is a senior writer based in London, focused largely on the world of UK And European startups. However, he also writes about other subjects that he’s passionate about, such as the business of open source software.

Prior to TechCrunch, Paul gained more than a decade’s experience covering consumer and enterprise technologies for VentureBeat and The Next Web.

The Latest from Paul Sawers

AWS announces ‘sovereign cloud’ to support data residency in Europe

Amazon is joining the list of Big Tech companies to introduce a dedicated independent cloud for Europe, with news that it’s working on the “AWS European Sovereign Cloud” for governme

From zero to Employment Hero

In a startup world where down rounds prevail and much beyond low-million Series A raises are practically (but not totally) unheard of, those rare megabuck funding rounds stand out just that little bit

ChatGPT officially gets web search as DALL-E 3 integration arrives in beta

OpenAI has formally launched its internet-browsing feature to ChatGPT, some three weeks after re-introducing the feature in beta after several months in hiatus. ChatGPT, the generative AI chatbot that

London’s not calling for Par Equity, as VC firm targets £100M at UK startups in the north

Any conversation centered on the U.K. tech scene often has a strong center of gravity around the south of the country — to many, “the U.K.” and “London” may as well be th

Why Microsoft had to relinquish Activision’s cloud-gaming rights outside Europe

Microsoft has finally done it — nearly two years after the Xbox-maker first revealed plans to acquire gaming giant Activision Blizzard in a mammoth $68.7 billion deal, it has managed to secure U

It’s official: Microsoft closes $68.7B Activision Blizzard acquisition as UK approves restructured deal

After a prolonged antitrust tussle, Microsoft’s near-two-year attempt to buy gaming giant Activision is finally happening, after the U.K.’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) accepted

Lakera launches to protect large language models from malicious prompts

Large language models (LLMs) are the driving force behind the burgeoning generative AI movement, capable of interpreting and creating human-language texts from simple prompts — this could be any

Microsoft faces $28.9 billion tax bill in ongoing audit dispute

Microsoft says that it’s facing a hefty tax bill over historical accounting practices dating back nearly 20 years. In a filing yesterday with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the co

Backed by a16z, Relay races to market with Zapier in its crosshairs

A new automation startup is setting out to eat Zapier’s lunch, formally launching to the public today after an extended period in beta. Relay, as the company is called, touts itself as a workflo

Tidalflow helps any software play nice with ChatGPT and other LLM ecosystems

Much in the same way as companies adapt their software to run across different desktop, mobile and cloud operating systems, businesses also need to configure their software for the fast-moving AI revo

Accel leads $21M investment in UK care home marketplace Lottie

The U.K. care home sector was pegged as a £7.7 billion market in 2021, according to most recent estimates, yet capacity is shrinking at a time when the average age of the general population continues

AWS, Microsoft and Google face UK competition probe over cloud lock-in practices

The U.K. cloud market has been thrust firmly into the regulatory crosshairs, with news that the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is launching a full-scale investigation into whether the big clo

Science lab automation and robotics startup Automata raises $40M

Automata, a company that combines software and hardware to automate science labs around the globe, has raised $40 million in an equity-based round of funding, as the U.K.-based startup looks to double

HMD Global starts manufacturing in Europe with the ‘Made in Hungary’ Nokia XR21 5G phone

HMD Global, the phone maker and marketer behind the Nokia mobile phone brand, has launched its very first smartphone manufactured in Europe. The news comes some six months after the Finnish company fi

Open source Datadog rival SigNoz lands on the cloud with $6.5M investment

Every company is now a software company, as the cliché goes, which means every company needs to understand what’s going on inside their apps and infrastructure. Even the slightest lag can be th

Sequoia backs PartyKit to power real-time multiplayer collaboration for any app

If a company wants to offer in-app messaging or voice calls, they don’t have to develop the infrastructure themselves when there’s something like Twilio at their disposal. Likewise, if the

OpenAI gives ChatGPT a voice for verbal conversations

ChatGPT is evolving into much more than a text-based search engine, with OpenAI announcing today that it’s adding new voice and image-based smarts to the mix. The wildly popular generative AI as

Google expands its subsea cable infrastructure with Nuvem, connecting the US, Bermuda and Portugal

Google has announced another subsea cable system, as the internet giant strives to bolster its internet infrastructure and get more people using its array of cloud-based services. Dubbed “Nuvem,

Salesforce to acquire, a low-code platform for building AI customer service agents

Salesforce has announced plans to acquire, a low-code platform that helps e-commerce companies build AI-powered customer service agents. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Founded in 2017

GitHub launches passkey support into general availability

GitHub is formally launching its passkeys security feature into general availability, two months after first debuting it in beta. Passkeys offer cloud-synced authentication using cryptographic key pai
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