Luxembourg-based Wikio, Europe’s best hope against Digg, Google News and Technorati (it is sort of a mashup of all three), has closed a €4 million ($5.3 million) Series A round of financing. This follows a previous angel round of financing of an undisclosed size (investors in that round included as Loic Le Meur, Martin Varsavsky, Freddy Mini, Ouriel Ohayon, and Jeff Clavier). The financing round was led by Lightspeed Venture Partners along with Gemini Israel Funds.
The company recently launched English, German and Spanish versions of the site.
TechCrunch France editor Ouriel Ohayon is an investor and board member at Wikio, although we have no other conflicts with the company. Personally, I think Wikio has a lot of work to do before it can effectively compare itself to Digg, Technorati and others. This thing is no Skype.