The latest innovative tech coming out of Europe

  • The Europas Shortlist: Best Design

    The Europas, the TechCrunch Europe Awards 2009 for European and EMEA tech companies, will be held on July 9 in London. Over 400 entrants were voted on by the industry and these results merged with those from 19 expert advisors. Here are the shortlisted nominees in alphabetical order: Babbel
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  • The Europas Shortlist: Best Web Application Or Service (EMEA)

    The Europas, the European Startup Awards 2009 for European and EMEA tech companies, will be held on July 9 in London. Over 400 entrants were voted on by the industry and these results merged with those from 19 expert advisors. Here are the shortlisted nominees in alphabetical order: Amiando
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  • James Tipple takes over as senior marketing director for Yahoo Europe

    Following the recent reshuffling of Yahoo’s global marketing executive team with the appointment of Elisa Steele as CMO, the hiring of Penny Baldwin as SVP of global integrated marketing and brand management and most recently the promotion of Kristof Fahy as international marketing VP, it was apparently time for Yahoo Europe to get a new marketing chief as well. We’ve learned… Read More

  • European ad network operator AdLink Media finds a buyer in Hi-media

    Paris-based online media group Hi-media has announced its acquisition of AdLINK Media, the display advertising unit of AdLINK Internet Media (also the company behind SEDO and Affilinet, which are not being sold), itself a part of Germany’s ISP United Internet. Still with us? The acquisition comes about 18 months after the latter assigned Morgan Stanley to assist in the sale of the… Read More

  • Video Interview: The Europas Awards & The European Tech Scene

    I was kindly interviewed by the tech video site last Friday about The Europas Awards coming up this week and the European tech scene in general. The 15 min video is here , or embedded below, in case it’s of interest. (Click on the video to stop and start, and here’s the embed code). Read More

  • SimilarWeb’s integration with Twitter is, well, questionable

    Web applications and services are all the rage right now and Twitter app creations are even hotter. So, not soon after SimilarWeb launched its website, their sister project SimilarSites, which is basically SimilarWeb’s search engine, presented an interesting twitter integration that brings most of their core functionality to twitter. What is their core functionality exactly? Read More

  • What a week to be in London

    Well, it’s shaping up to be an awesome week in London this week for tech companies. Here are just a few of the events going on: SUNDAY (today)
    At 5:00 PM: Traveling Geeks Tweetup: Welcome to London! NESTA and the SYmbian foundation welcoming the Traveling Geeks to London! This is a Tweetup to welcome Robert Scoble, Craig Newmark, Sarah Lacy, Howard Rheingold, Meghan Asha, JD Lasica… Read More

  • Why is #moonfruit trending on Twitter? It's the rebirth of a startup

    It’s not often that Internet companies last 10 years, but Moonfruit in the UK has proved pretty resilient. It survived the dotcom boom the first time round, launching with VC-backing, growing to 65 staff and cutting back to two staff in the space of a couple of years. It’s a wonder why they didn’t exit in the most recent boom, but here they are still, plugging away. And… Read More

  • TrustedPlaces one step closer to profitability thanks to LocalPeople

    Local reviews startup TrustedPlaces has partnered with Northcliffe Media to power the regional newspaper publisher’s experimental hyperlocal web strategy. News of the deal comes six months after its founders stepped back from speculative sales talks to focus on building revenue and cash flow. LocalPeople beta-launched 20 community sites targeted at small towns and neighbourhoods… Read More

  • Online content + printing press = customised newspapers FTW

    Following the success of AudioBoo, 4iP has unveiled another investment with the potential to completely change the face of mainstream media – though this time, it’s all about print. Newspaper Club is a tool to help people make their own newspapers using online content. The site’s in private beta, with a public launch planned for late summer. Newspaper Club will let users… Read More

  • Now Al Jazeera integrates Twitter into its shows

    In a sign of the growing importance of micro-blogging in communication, and let’s face it Twitter is the daddy of this, the icon of Middle Eastern TV network Al Jazeera is now integrating Tweets from its viewers into its output. During the popular Minbar Al Jazeera talk show, Twitter users can now send comments and feedback about popular topics. This may sound like old news to those of… Read More

  • comScore: Russians Spend More Time On Social Networks Than The Rest Of World

    comScore has aggregated some data based on its World Metrix audience measurement service and put together a study on social networking worldwide. Surprisingly, it appears that the Russians are more engaged with social networking than the rest of the planet (or the biggest slackers at the office, depends on how you look at it). The study found visitors in Russia to spend 6.6 hours and viewing… Read More

  • Italy's Dada acquires Fueps in move into casual games

    Italian internet giant has acquired 51% of the assets of online gaming startup Fueps in a deal worth €1.36 Millions. Fueps launched in 2008 and grossed over €600k while total ebitda was €750,000 in the red. Seems more of a rescue than an acquisition to me. Dada decided to take over the 51% stake of the company that belonged to RCS Digital. The other 49% is owned by Digital… Read More

  • Voting in The Europas ends tonight, so get to it

    Public voting in the The Europas, the Europan tech startup awards, will close today, Wednesday July 1 at 11.59pm London time (GMT/BST). So best get your vote out now. This public vote will be mixed with voting from our advisory board of European tech luminaries to produce the final shortlist. The awards will take place on July 9 next Thursday, with over 300 people attending from all over… Read More

  • Hello realtime – Cognitive Match raises a Series A from Dawn Capital

    The wave of investments in “realtime” is continuing with today’s announcement from Cognitive Match that it has raised Series A investment from Dawn Capital. Terms were undisclosed but it’s understood the figure was in the £1m+ ballpark, in tranches. The UK company applies artificial intelligence, learning mathematics, psychology and semantic technologies to match… Read More

  • Zoopla may acquire PropertyFinder for £1.5m as MBO fails

    UK real estate startup Zoopla has confirmed that it is in advanced talks to purchase the PropertyFinder Group, which was put up for sale recently by joint owners REA Group and News International. My sources say the deal is all but done at a price of £1.5m. A potential management buyout appears to no longer be in the running. It’s a far cry from 2005 when News Corp and Australian… Read More

  • UK government creates £150m fund to help VCs back startups. Good for you? Or just the VCs?

    Back in December last year the UK government announced it would back the creation of a “£1bn venture fund” to invest in startups. At the time it sounded rather far-fetched. However, yesterday it was confirmed that this would indeed be going ahead, along the lines proposed by the NESTA, the National Endowment for Society, Technology and the arts. The fund is broadly aimed at… Read More

  • Kimengi takes on Zemanta with its content recommendation engine

    Kimengi is a new Dutch startup providing ”related-content” to bloggers and publishers via a recommendation widget called “f>>dforward” (feed forward). Once installed, the widget automatically provides related articles from multiple sites based on a combination of tag matches and  collaborative filtering techniques (“Users similar to you liked…”). Read More

  • The Europas Advisory Board features some of the best of Europe

    I’m delighted to announce the members of The Europas Awards Advisory Board. As you can see there is an enormous wealth of talent here – these are people who know the pan-European tech and startup scene like few others. Over the next few days, until the Wednesday deadline for public voting, our Advisory Board will also be looking at the nominations and selecting their winners for… Read More

  • Yaar! The Pirate Bay fires its Video Bay cannon at YouTube

    Supposedly, the The Pirate Bay guys were found guilty in their recent trial in Sweden, and, supposedly, they got sentenced to a year in prison and had to pay $4.5 million in damages. But back in the parallel universe which happens to be the real world, they’ve appealed the verdict and could probably do so for the next few years. Which means that in the meantime they need to keep busy… Read More