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  • Update on The TechCrunch BBC Debate

    Update on The TechCrunch BBC Debate

    Just to update you on The TechCrunch BBC Debate: A Common Platform, I can confirm that a few members of the press are now confirmed to attend, and we have added another great person to the panel: Tom Loosemore is leading Ofcom’s work exploring the proposal for a “public service publisher”, a new online operation that will have a budget of between £50m and £100m per year. He… Read More

  • Fav.or.it: Automatic commenting for the people

    Feeds and commenting aggregator fav.or.it has finally come out of the door into public beta, with a large number of new features aimed at simplifying interaction with news sites and blogs. Having realised that the site was being misinterpreted as a feed-reader in the style of, say, Google Reader, founder Nick Halstead has now focused on the core goal of making feed reading and commenting… Read More

  • Next2Friends launches against Qik, Flixwagon, with a twist

    Next2Friends launches against Qik, Flixwagon, with a twist

    Next2Friends, the mobile social media platform, today launches its ‘Live’ application designed to provide real-time streaming from mobile devices to the mobile and static web, and mashes it up with a proximity app. The pivately-backed startup will take on a number of startups including Seesmic, Qik, Kyte, Loopt and even Twitter. But Next2Friends says it has more tools for… Read More

  • Balderton refreshes its team

    Following news last moth that George Coelho, co-founder of venture capital technology investor Balderton Capital, had joined renewables investment firm Good Energies as managing director and head of venture capital, Balderton is refreshing its team. Now Bernard Liautaud, the founder of Business Objects, will join the firm as a General Partner. In January 2008, Business Objects was acquired by… Read More

  • Migoa closes €1m for Spanish property search

    Migoa closes €1m for Spanish property search

    Spanish property search start-up, Migoa has raised over €1 million in its first round for
    nuroa, its property search engine for Germany and Spain. Spanish venture capital firm Highgrowth Partners was the investor. It’s a big round for Spain. According to the FECYT (the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology), 71% of the VC investments made in Spain during the first half of… Read More

  • Berlin Meetup – Wunderba!

    Berlin Meetup – Wunderba!

    TechCrunch held a Berlin Meetup yesterday. And boy, was it a blast. Nearly 30 sponsors, 300 people, fantastic venue, great after-party. Oh, and I did actually do some work too, gathering stories from the German startup scene (watch this space) and taking a few videos which I’ll upload shortly. In the meantime, check out the pictures I took, and a little video interview with me, shot… Read More

  • The TechCrunch BBC Debate

    TechCrunch and the BBC are holding an event to rationally debate and discuss the issues around the BBC’s assets and technology, prompted by the debates here and here . We are encouraging startups and developers to attend and engage with these issues. Please get a ticket here (the event is free). Could or should the BBC develop an applications platform which third party developers and… Read More

  • TechCrunch Pitch! – The TechCrunch Summer event

    TechCrunch Pitch! – The TechCrunch Summer event

    TechCrunch UK will be holding a startup pitch competition on July 10th in Soho, London, entitled “TechCrunch Pitch!” The idea came about for this after I went to a number of demo and pitch events in the last few months and realised that too many startups were not actually getting to the point when they tried to get their idea across to the audience, and potential investors. So… Read More

  • O2 confirms free iPhone deal and more

    O2 confirms free iPhone deal and more

    I’m short of time today – covering the Being Digital conference – but my story of last night has been confirmed by O2’s release, pasted below: O2 to Launch iPhone 3G in the UK on July 11 O2 today announced that the innovative iPhone 3G will be available in the UK on July 11 for free on selected O2 consumer and business tariffs and that it will also be available for… Read More

  • iPhone 3G pre-registration likely on 02 site from Tuesday

    iPhone 3G pre-registration likely on 02 site from Tuesday


    02, exclusive carrier of the iPhone in the UK and Ireland, will be launching the iPhone 3G from their Web site tomorrow, as implied by a notice posted tonight right after Steve Jobs stepped down from his speech at WWDC. My sources say O2 will be using their site to control the initial sale of iPhones as they get them from Apple, though whether that’s because of production/supply delays… Read More

  • Old news in an hour, but iPhone will be free on 02

    Old news in an hour, but iPhone will be free on 02


    I just got it confirmed from an O2 source (hat tip to Will Harris at ChannelFlip – you know why), that the UK 3G iPhone will be free on an 18 month contract to new O2 customers, but £100 for existing customers. Although announced today by Steve Jobs at the WWDC (see TechCrunch’s live coverage), the iPhone will ship to customers in the UK on July 11. The news is pretty astounding. Read More

  • TechCrunch / CrunchGear Berlin Meetup This Wednesday

    TechCrunch / CrunchGear Berlin Meetup This Wednesday


    I’m really looking forward to the TechCrunch / CrunchGear Meetup in Berlin this Wednesday, June 11. Organised with the excellent assistance of our local partner twidox, the event has been made possible by our fantastic sponsors, listed below. A full 250 people are coming, and the event (announced back in May) is now completely full. Imedo.de has kindly offered to throw the networking… Read More

  • Butcher's Bunch, the tech Podcast from Europe

    Butcher's Bunch, the tech Podcast from Europe

    After being exhorted to do so by a number of people, I’ve decided to start doing a regular podcast about the tech, startup and social media scene here in the UK and the rest of Europe. How regular it is we’ll have to see, but I’m hoping to make it weekly, starting next week. Admittedly I’m taking a little leaf here out of the Gillmor Gang’s playbook, but I think… Read More

  • Skimbit signs distribution deal with Add to Any

    Skimbit signs distribution deal with Add to Any

    Skimbit, the UK startup with a social decision-making tool which is rapidly heading towards being a social bookmarking player, has launched as the default ‘decision making’ partner with US-based Add to Any. Now whenever you see their ‘Share/Save’ widget, and click on ‘Consider for a decision?’ Skimbit’s ‘Skimmer’ widget is launched. Skimbit… Read More

  • MyMission2 secures £150k angel funding

    MyMission2 secures £150k angel funding

    UK startup MyMission2, which works like a dating site to get people who want to do things matched up with people who want to help them do it, has secured £150,000 of angel funding. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. The money will be used to establish revenue streams and add features. Mymission2’s intellectual property is in the algorithms that prioritise people according to… Read More

  • When Twitter fails, Twiddict will queue your tweets

    When Twitter fails, Twiddict will queue your tweets

    This is cute. Twiddict is an application launching today with impeccable timing. Assuming Twitter goes down today during Apple WWDC events (an iPhone 3G launch), you can use Twiddict to keep sending your Twitters messages. Twiddict continuously pings the Twitter API to see if it’s up again, and routes the stored messages back as soon as it’s stable. The site was built by Robin… Read More

  • Google's Cities in 3D Program hits Europe

    Google's Cities in 3D Program hits Europe

    Google Cities in 3D Program, which invites local governments to share their 3D data with the public by adding a model of their city to Google Earth, launched in March but now the initiative is being launched in Europe. Google has launched localised websites to encourage governments in the Germany, France, Italy, Spain and The Netherlands to share their data with with the search giant. Read More

  • Yaika launches life-casting

    Yaika launches life-casting

    Yaika! is a new lifecasting platform targeting European professional and amateur bloggers. The bootstrapped Estonian-based startup with a London presence claims it will be more versatile and easy to use than other lifecasting competitors, such as Ustream or Justin.tv. Yaika! is also launching fully localised for the UK, Netherlands, Sweden, Russia and Estonia and is aiming for the rest of… Read More

  • Thanks to our sponsors and advertisers

    Thanks to our sponsors and advertisers

    A huge thanks to both our headline sponsors Olswang and our CrunchBoard jobs advertisers for supporting TechCrunch UK and Ireland! You guys rock! Here’s a selection of recent CrunchBoard jobs: Mobile Applications Developer – Invitation Digital Senior ASP.NET/C# Web Developer – HotPrints Professional Services Engineer – Pluck Corporation Media Sales and Business… Read More

  • Inuk secures £9.5m second round for IPTV

    Welsh broadcaster S4C and Wesley Clover have put in £9.5million of second round investment into IPTV startup Inuk Networks’ freewiretv.com product. The money wil be used to further develop the platform and fund expansion in the UK, Ireland and North America. The move is not overly surprising. Wesley Clover is the venture vehicle of Wales-based Sir Terry Matthews, one of the… Read More