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This Week On The TC Europe Podcast: Paris Gets A Supersized Incubator, Tesco Does A Tablet & Valkee Flogs In-Ear Light

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After a short hiatus, during which most of TechCrunch’s Europe-based writers packed their laptops and took off for San Francisco (for Disrupt 2013), the TechCrunch Europe Podcast is back to chew over a few choice nuggets of regional tech news.

On the slate this week, Paris getting its own supersized incubator: aka 1000startups — a massive startup factory that’s backed by Free CEO Xavier Niel. Our own resident Frenchman, Romain Dillet, is on hand to comment, albeit he’s not entirely convinced of the merits of this très grandes model…

Also taking up air-time this week, retail giant Tesco’s Amazon-style move into own-brand tablets with Hudl – as a way to expand the reach of other digital services it’s been trying to sell to shoppers, along with their Tesco Basics’ baked beans.

We also touch on Finnish startup Valkee’s winter-blues targeting headset, which takes the form of a pair of light-emitting headphones. Does it work? Who knows. Might we feel like shining light deep into our ear canals, during a long, dark Scandinavian winter? Frankly, who wouldn’t.

Join host John Biggs, plus TC’s Natasha LomasSteve O’Hear and Romain Dillet to discuss all these topics, along with an aside on the finer points of European irony. Background sound effects courtesy of the most fastidious money-counter in Montenegro.

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