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The latest innovative tech coming out of Europe

  • SwiftKey’s Predictive Keyboard App Is A Free Download On iOS

    SwiftKey’s Predictive Keyboard App Is A Free Download On iOS

    Rejoice, long-time iOS users, for you can finally throw off the shackles of the native Apple keyboard — cursing its erratic autocorrect habits for (hopefully) the last time — as you download a third party keyboard adventure of your choice, including Android veteran SwiftKey, which is releasing its first system-wide keyboard software app on iOS as a free download. Read More

  • Uber No Longer Banned In Germany

    Uber No Longer Banned In Germany

    A nationwide injunction issued against on-demand ride-hailing service Uber in Germany has been lifted by a local court in Frankfurt during an appeal hearing. The ban was issued by the same court late last month, after a civil action brought by the German taxi industry. The taxi industry had argued that Uber lacked a transport permit to operate its UberPop service in Germany, which uses… Read More

  • Mail.ru Takes Over ‘Russia’s Facebook’ Vkontake In $1.47B Deal, Settles Durov Suit

    Mail.ru Takes Over ‘Russia’s Facebook’ Vkontake In $1.47B Deal, Settles Durov Suit

    Some big shareholder shifts at Vkontake, the social network with 92 million monthly active users that’s often described as Russia’s Facebook and has been embroiled in political controversies that resulted in the ousting of its founder, Pavel Durov. Mail.ru, the publicly-traded Internet giant, has now taken full ownership of the company, by buying the 48% it did not already own… Read More

  • Accel Puts $8M Into Semmle To Grow Its Software Dev Analytics Platform

    Accel Puts $8M Into Semmle To Grow Its Software Dev Analytics Platform

    Semmle, a b2b startup with a business analytics platform that aims to optimize other companies’ IT projects by analyzing the quality of code their developers are writing and also by looking at factors such as how much money the business is spending on particular software development projects, has closed a new funding round — raising an $8 million Series A, led by Accel Partners. Read More

  • Netflix Is Available In France, But It Still Needs Work

    Netflix Is Available In France, But It Still Needs Work

    French readers, Netflix is here! But don’t get too excited; it’s an imperfect launch. After an astute media campaign to put Netflix under the spotlight, the unlimited movie and TV show streaming service is available for everyone to see. And with a limited catalog, a limited availability on set-top boxes and a limited set of features compared to its competitors, it’s going to be… Read More

  • Qualcomm Quietly Acquires AI-Based Image Recognition Startup Euvision

    Qualcomm Quietly Acquires AI-Based Image Recognition Startup Euvision

    Another acquisition in the area of image recognition technology, and another exit for a European startup to a U.S. giant. Qualcomm has acquired Euvision Technologies, a specialist in image recognition applications powered by artificial intelligence, originally spun out of the University of Amsterdam in The Netherlands. Its first publicly-released app was Impala — an app for iOS and… Read More

  • Places Is A Sharing Platform That Puts Privacy First

    Places Is A Sharing Platform That Puts Privacy First

    Places is a privacy-centric startup that’s building a secure Dropbox-style platform for file sharing and messaging — but one that has end-to-end, client-side encryption built in. It’s currently launched in early alpha and is inviting people to sign up for a forthcoming beta at Joinplaces.com. Read More

  • European Personal Finance App Tink Raises $4 Million Series A

    European Personal Finance App Tink Raises $4 Million Series A

    Tink, a personal finance mobile app that is popular in Sweden, has closed a $4 million Series A round led by Sunstone Capital, with participation from financial entrepreneur Sven Hagströmer and existing investors. Read More

  • Festival Travel Site Festicket Raises $2.7M Series A

    Festival Travel Site Festicket Raises $2.7M Series A

    Festicket, the UK startup that offers a travel booking and discovery site for festival goers, has closed a $2.7 million Series A round. The new funding, which adds to a $680,000 seed round raised in March 2013, is being led by European VCs, Wellington Partners and PROfounders Capital. Previous investors, Windcrest Partners, Playfair Capital, and Jacques-Antoine Granjon (founder of… Read More

  • Looop, An Online Learning Platform For Employees, Raises $2M To Enter The UK

    Looop, An Online Learning Platform For Employees, Raises $2M To Enter The UK

    Australia’s Looop provides a mobile-friendly platform to enable small-to-medium sized business to deliver training online. Today, the company is disclosing a $2 million seed round from an undisclosed education investor, specifically raised to fuel expansion into the UK. Read More

  • Mapping Startup CartoDB Raises $8M To Aim At Being A Geospatial Standard

    Mapping Startup CartoDB Raises $8M To Aim At Being A Geospatial Standard

    Mapping and geospatial platforms are crucial to the web and app world we live in today. Remember the craziness when Apple Maps launched with a sub-standard product? Yeah, that. So companies trying to take on mapping continue to play in a fascinating and important space because dynamic or real time maps and visualisation is still a big problem to solve. Thus today, ‘all-in-one’… Read More

  • SwiftKey Shows Off Its iOS 8 Keyboard For The First Time

    SwiftKey Shows Off Its iOS 8 Keyboard For The First Time

    SwiftKey, the predictive keyboard startup that was embedded on more than 100 million Android devices last year, and more than 200 million cumulatively, has demoed its software working on iOS 8 for the first time here at TechCrunch Disrupt SF. SwiftKey’s machine learning software learns its users’ syntax, slang and social language usage to offer intelligent next word predictions… Read More

  • Rocket Internet Confirms It Will Hold An IPO Later This Year

    Rocket Internet Confirms It Will Hold An IPO Later This Year

    After much speculation, German super-incubator and clone factory Rocket Internet has confirmed that it plans to launch an initial public offering later this year on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. Rocket Internet intends to raise up to $970 million in the IPO and plans to use the proceeds to “finance its future growth through the launch of new businesses and [provide] further equity capital… Read More

  • WhatWine Scans A Restaurant’s Wine List To Pair Your Dish With The Right One

    WhatWine Scans A Restaurant’s Wine List To Pair Your Dish With The Right One

    I’ll confess, I know very little about wine, except that too many glasses of cheap red plonk can make you very sick as a 14-year-old child. WhatWine, a new app from serial entrepreneurs Cedric Maloux and Matthew Gertner, who previously founded AllPeers together, could help fill in a few of my gaping sommelier blanks. Read More

  • Tempo’s Smart Calendar Launches Further Into Europe With Local Languages

    Tempo’s Smart Calendar Launches Further Into Europe With Local Languages

    The calendar app market has been getting crowded with apps like Cue, Sunrise, Timeful, Accompli, Lowdown and others vying for attention. One that I’ve been using has been Tempo, mainly for its fully-integrated approach, such as Uber integration and automated call dialling. The maker, Tempo AI, is now doing a push into Europe with localised language support in Spanish, French, Italian… Read More

  • Sciencebite Is Metasearch For Scientific Expertise

    Sciencebite Is Metasearch For Scientific Expertise

    A great startup idea often has a chunk of science at its core. But getting the discrete worlds of industry and academe to combine is not as easy as it could be. So says Berlin-based Sciencebite: a startup co-founded by Oxford and Cambridge educated scientist, Samson Rogers, who spent ten years working in academia and consulting for industry before deciding to make a business out of… Read More

  • Property Partner Secures Seed Cash For Its Real Estate Crowdfunding Platform

    Property Partner Secures Seed Cash For Its Real Estate Crowdfunding Platform

    A new startup that lets users invest as £50 in the booming buy-to-let housing market in the UK has launched with £1.25m seed funding led by Octopus Investments. The investment round in Property Partner also includes participation from a number of high profile European funds and investors. These include venture accelerator Seedcamp; Betfair co-founder and Funding Circle Board member Ed… Read More

  • Amazon Fire Phone Up For Pre-Order In The U.K.

    Amazon Fire Phone Up For Pre-Order In The U.K.

    Amazon’s first smartphone, the Fire Phone, is now available on pre-order in the U.K. on carrier O2. The phone will ship to U.K. buyers on September 30. It’s being offered for no upfront cost for customers signing up to for a two-year £33 per month tariff on O2. Read More

  • TheFamily Launches TheFamily Full Stack, A Risky Bet On Full Stack Startup Investment

    TheFamily Launches TheFamily Full Stack, A Risky Bet On Full Stack Startup Investment

    French startup accelerator TheFamily is launching a new project called TheFamily Full Stack. As the name suggests, a small part of TheFamily team will now focus on full stack startup investments. The company will set aside $1.3 million (€1 million) for the next 18 months to invest in full stack deals. Similarly, Tristan Vyskoc will become a partner. It’s an experiment, and a risky one… Read More

  • Azendoo Lets You Collaborate On Tasks And Documents Between Multiple Services

    Azendoo Lets You Collaborate On Tasks And Documents Between Multiple Services

    Azendoo is not yet another task manager — it’s the glue that brings together all the services that you already use. The French startup took another approach to task and document management by focusing on third-party integrations. Let’s say you use Evernote for your to-do lists. Your coworker can assign a task to you in Azendoo, and the service will seamlessly add it to… Read More