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The latest innovative tech coming out of Europe

  • Index Ventures closes new early-stage €350m Euro fund

    London-based VC Index Ventures has closed its new early-stage 350 million Euro venture fund. The fund follows its 2007 fund of the same size which saw it back Netlog (a European MySpace), OpenX, Viagogo, MyHeritage, Playfish and a number of other high profile startups. It also raised a $400 million late stage fund last year, and is known for exits including Skype and MySQL. Index remains… Read More

  • Doodle launches API for group events service

    Doodle is a free web app which helps you find suitable dates for group events, like an appointment, a conference call etc. It’s been around for a while as a hacker project, but after growing has now turned into a real startup. The proposition has always been simple: create a poll for a suitable meeting time and let people fill in the blanks about when they are available. It’s a an… Read More

  • News roundup

    • From today you can download the the restaurant listings from the 2009 Michelin guide Europe for the iPhone. But given that it’s £5.99 I think I’ll stick to something like the Rummble app on my iPhone, or indeed Qype, for free. It’s also only in French. • Berlin-based Plista has now gone public with its personalisation and recommendation network. It has an enhanced… Read More

  • CrunchBoard ad of the week

    This week’s first TechCrunch Europe Job of the Week is for a .NET Web Developer for Smarta, an interesting new startup promoting, other startups. Remember, it costs only £20 to post *any* kind of advert on the CrunchBoard related to your startup/business, whether it be jobs, searches for office space or requests for new projects. Every week we publish the Job of the Week here (8,000+… Read More

  • iPhone apps give rise to iPhone-based cover bands

    There are plenty of people trying to make the musical instruments applications on the iPhone sound like real music, but one of the more credible is that by unsigned all-female band called The Mentalists here in London. They’ve done an unusual cover of MGMT’s “Kids” entirely using their iPhones and iPod Touches, using apps from the application store. The result is… Read More

  • Skittles: the cause of all world evil or just clever marketing?

    Whoever is running the digital marketing for the Skittles sweet brand needs to be given a medal. They are clearly pushing the envelope on what a brand can do online and are not afraid of the Wildean maxim “The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.” In April 2006, well before Twitter launched, the Masterfoods brand sponsored a little-known mobile… Read More

  • OSLO accord pushes location-sharing between social networks

    We’ve had OpenId to make the transport of your ID easier between Web sites. We’ve had initiatives on Data Portability to make it easier for you to move your data around between social networks and other apps. But what we haven’t had yet is a way to allow you to share your location between different platforms. That’s something that a new, largely European-inspired… Read More

  • Startup news roundup

    • PutPlace.com spotted that HP-Upline is getting out of the consumer backup business and closing down the Upline service. They are putting together a discount plan for HP-Upline users, but in the meantime you can use the invitation code “joe” to get started with a free plan for three months. Something to do with founder Joe Drumgoole perhaps… • Comedian David Mitchell is… Read More

  • Pictures of you – Imagini secures $13.5 million for its visual profiling

    UK start-up Imagini has secured a significant $13.5 million in a second round of funding. The additional investment comes from Horizons Ventures, NorthZone Ventures and Atomico. The first round of $5m and came from NorthZone, Atomico, TAG, Brent Hoberman (co-founder of LastMinute.com) and Bill Draper. Imagini has an interesting technology called VisualDNA which effectively works out… Read More

  • UK Government lights a torch for open-source

    The Government has made a step-change in policy towards open-source IT. In a publication today, Tom Watson MP, Minister for Digital Engagement, has effectively said that open source solutions are going to be given far greater opportunity at government level. That means a number of thiings, not least of which is the opportunity for companies outside the usual coorporate IT structures to pitch… Read More

  • Liveblogging: Lord Carter's Digital Britain keynote at NESTA

    Lord Carter’s Digital Britain interim report made waves earlier this month, and not in a good way. Cory Doctorow roundly thumped it; Charles Leadbetter deconstructed it in the context of what he calls mutual media, reaching the rather damning conclusion in his report (PDF) that Digital Britain can be saved, so long as Lord Carter rethinks his entire approach (not kidding). This morning… Read More

  • 20 startups selected for WebMission09 – Next stop San Francisco

    WebMission09, the initiative to take 20 UK and Irish tech startups to Silicon Valley has decided on the 20 companies it will be taking. There are 18 new companies, plus 2 Alumni from WM08 (Huddle and Trampoline Systems). If you want to know what all this is about then check out our previous coverage. So the companies include: Cereproc, Concrete-media, Corebridge, Freshnetworks, Replify… Read More

  • This week's TechFluff.TV

    This week TechFluff TV has “Mike Arrington”, although he looks a little different to when I last saw him… amongst other fluffy news. TechCrunch Europe is a media pimper sponsor of TechFluff.TV. Hell, we just think it’s kinda fun. That is all. Read More

  • The most blatant use of sex to launch a startup ever? Probably.

    Social travel match engine Gekko has yet to even launch. But it’s seeding it’s emergence with a viral video which leaves absolutely nothing to the imagination. Gekko’s “Findyourgspots.com” promo says the service will match you with hotels and restaurants based on your profile and like minded people. So far, so similar. There are almost certainly a number of… Read More

  • The day iTunes died? Spotify is working on a killer iPhone app

    Ever since hot streaming music startup Spotify hired a director of “portable solutions” you just knew they were going to do something cool in mobile. And frankly there is no cooler place to do it right now than on the iPhone. There have been rumblings of an iPhone app for the service especially on Swedish blogs. Spotify is based in Stockholm. News that they are hiring a Symbian… Read More

  • Skimlinks secures first round investment

    Funny how recessions concentrate the mind. In just over a year UK startup Skimbit has made the full journey from Web 2.0 era “decision-making tool” with a vague business model about affiliate advertising, to re-engineer as an affiliate aggregator for publishers. Re-launching as Skimlinks, the site now aggregates 11 affiliate networks for clients like Future Publishing and The… Read More

  • Mix Twitter and Digg, add jokes, get Popjam

    Popjam is a new ‘social humour’ site which has launched using the Twitter ‘friend/follow’ model of social networking. In fact – but for the images of LOLcats and videos – it is so similar to Twitter in appearance and operation that it could be mistaken for a pure Twitter clone. But what we have here is a kind of Twitter-meets-Digg-meets-b3ta. And the more… Read More

  • Live From Barcelona: TechCrunchTalk – Mobile 2.0, Where Next?

    TechCrunchTalk in Barcelona: Panel on Mobile Disruption TechCrunchTalk Mobile 2.0 in Barcelona: Panel on Mobile Eco-System TechCrunchTalk Mobile 2.0 in Barcelona: Pitches by Livecliq & Mob4Hire TechCrunchTalk Mobile 2.0 in Barcelona: Pitches by Hiogi & Dubmenow Startup pitches: Yoose and Kalerion TechCrunch is hosting a Roundtable and Meetup at Mobile World Congress today. Read More

  • Video interview with Travis Katz of MySpace

    I managed to grab a video interview with Travis Katz, international head of MySpace at Mobile World Congress today. In it he talks about MySpace’s announcement of its integration with the new Palm Pre and the new Nokia flagship phones. MySpace will now have integrated apps for all the major phones, including the existing Blackberry and iPhone apps, and it’s the only social network… Read More

  • No Minister – you don't "listen" by leaving your own lunch

    Lord Davies of Abersoch, Minister of State for Trade & Investment is an ex-banker. That was one of his opening lines to a crowd of about 150 business people at a UK Trade and Investment lunch today at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. You would expect then that cutting and running – like a few bankers we could mention – would not be a great move from a Minister three weeks… Read More