Europe

The latest innovative tech coming out of Europe

  • BBC man checks out Seesmic

    BBC Technology editor Darren Waters got a privileged chat with Seesmic founder and prominent French entrepreneur Loic LeMeur in a London pub last night and was evidently impressed after a demo: Within minutes of posting the video to Seesmic, he had replies from the community all around the world, including from members sat around the corner in the same bar. LeMeur confirmed the company, which… Read More

  • Horsesmouth mentoring network launches

    UK-based Horsesmouth, a social network built around mentoring and volunteering, has come out of beta to give people and organisations a place to swap information around the topics of education, careers, health, families and relationships. So far it has picked up 2,000 users and launch partners include Everywoman, Media Trust and Youthnet. The site was founded by advertising entrepreneur MT… Read More

  • Good news for mobile startups as The Sun drives mass take-up of QR codes

    Startups offering Quick Response technologies and other services for mobile phones will be heartened by the news that The Sun – the UK’s biggest circulating newspaper – says its new mobile barcode service already has 11,000 users since its early December launch. Readers use a downloaded client application for a cameraphone to scan over the newspaper, thus triggering either a… Read More

  • (Legitimate) unlocked iPhones not selling much in Europe

    Orange is selling “very, very few” unlocked iPhones (cost: 749 Euros, or £560) without a contract, according to Didier Lombard, the head of Orange’s parent company France Telecom. By regulation Apple had to offer both locked and unlocked versions – with the latter being more expensive. Apple will be pleased, since it gets a monthly income from iPhone buyers who… Read More

  • Turmoil at Joost as CTO sacked then hired by BBC on the same day

    Is Joost going to last the year? The P2P TV yesterday confirmed it had fired CTO Dirk-Willem van Gulik, who then promptly turned up as a new hire at the BBC on the same day. He will be chief technical architect of the BBC Future Media and Technology Group, which is working on – guess what – the BBC iPlayer online TV project. A Joost spokesperson in the US told newteevee that Gulik… Read More

  • Yahoo! rumoured to be buying FoxyTunes

    Yahoo! is in negotiations to buy Israel-based FoxyTunes, according to TechCrunch.com. The Firefox plugin allows users to control their favorite media players from the browser. Yahoo has made overtures towards shaking things up in music and last week launched a new, stripped down, easy-to-use web based MP3 player, which could well be integrated with a browser based player like Foxy Tunes. Read More

  • House-keeeping note: Please use uk.techcrunch.com

    Some readers seem to have had trouble with the Techcrunch.co.uk web address, especially accessing headline links for some reason So for the time being, until we sort this out, please use uk.techcrunch.com – this is the ‘real’ address of this site. Thanks! Read More

  • Zoopla! launches property command and control system

    Zoopla! is a new online real estate play which more closely resembles a missile guidance system than the usual run-of-the-mill property aggregators. It appears to be capable of zeroing-in on just about every aspect of property, from hard-core buyers and sellers, to more passive casual browsers and ‘tempt me’ sellers who might be lured into the market for the right price. The site… Read More

  • VoxSwap language site launches, as FriendsAbroad adds features

    Privately-owned Voxswap, a person-to-person language learning site, launches today. The site features internal email, chat and forums to get people speaking to one another and allows users to personalise their profiles with video, pictures, tags and further information about themselves. Voxswap is hoping its extra linguistic-friendly features, such as a virtual keyboard which supports… Read More

  • Facebook considers Ireland for Euro hub

    Following moves to set up a sales office in London, uber social network Facebook is considering Ireland as the location for its European hub. Apparently executives from the company have met providers of business and technology services in Ireland in recent weeks, according to the Irish Times newspaper, whose subscription firewall prevents us from seeing much more on this story. However, a lot… Read More

  • WAYN said to be close to sale. The price? $200m. The buyer? AOL

    Social travel site WAYN is allegedly in talks with AOL over a possible $200m sale to the consumer portal giant. A spokesperson for the UK startup denied that any sale talks are taking place. However, I have tonight spoken to three well-placed sources who have all independently quoted the $200m figure to me, and named AOL as the prospective buyer. In a phone call tonight Anika Erskine… Read More

  • Pirate Bay faces deadline but plans a long fight

    Swedish prosecutors have sent 4000 pages of legal documents to Swedish BitTorrent tracker, The Pirate Bay. However, the group is unbowed. Even if convicted they plan to appeal all the way up to the European Court. Sweden, where the uber-file-sharing Kazaa originated, has a populus known for not caring a jot about file-sharing laws or copyright. Indeed seven members of the Swedish… Read More

  • Facebook leads the rise of social nets in UK, but niche players have a window

    Even as The Guardian was busy associating Facebook with a CIA plot yesterday, back in the world of its average UK users Facebook continued its inexorable rise. According to Hitwise and Experian today, Facebook accounted for one in every 50 UK Web visits in the last month of 2007, with its market share peaking on Christmas Day (I assume this was people updating their status to say… Read More

  • Germany's Hello2morrow wins investment for Java tools

    Euro News: Hello2morrow, a toolmaker for large scale Java projects, has received investment from mic AG, a listed German early-stage tech investor, which took a 25% stake. Hello2morrow has plenty of customers, many of which are reseller partners, and its tools are used in several open source distributions, reports Alarm Clock. Read More

  • Webnode launches with amnesia

    Euro News: Czech startup Webnode appears to have been on mars for the past few years as it is launching a Web site building tool, ignoring moves by some little-known players called Google, WordPress, Six Apart and others. Granted, Webnode compares itself to Weebly and Google Page Creator but claims to do more along the lines of Ning’s drag and drop functions and widget integration. Free… Read More

  • VC 2.0 over in Europe? It barely began.

    Overall venture capital investment in Europe fell last year, but investment in “Cleantech” rose. The news suggests that VCs are moving away from investments in Web 2.0 technology startups towards higher growth investments related to the boom in environmental technology. However, given that there were so few Web 2.0 related deals from European VCs last year anyway, the sector is… Read More

  • Pandora's shut-down made pointless by GlobalPandora

    Online radio station Pandora recently closed down in the UK and has been unavailable in Europe for a while. Of course, it’s possible to access it by playing around with a proxy service but it is often complicated and unreliable. But as TechCrunch France reports, now GlobalPandora has arrived to take the headache out of the process. It even identifies you with your existing Pandora account. Read More

  • Qype launches in France, as local reviews space hots up

    Qype, a venture-backed pan-European reviews site, has launched in France, reports TechCrunch France. The move follows UK and German launches which technically makes it the only local review site with a pan-Europe footprint in local language. The site should do well in France which already has among the most vociferous blogging population in Europe, so people are quite used to submitting opinions. Read More

  • European regulation is the one bug Microsoft just can't nuke

    European regulation continues to be a thorn in Microsoft’s side. After years of investigations over alleged anti-competitive practices, the European Commission now has a large body of experienced prosecutors only too ready and willing to take up the cudgels on behalf of European entities, and others. And organisations like Opera Software, the Norway-based web browser company, are only… Read More

  • Newspepper – soft launch for citizen journalism site

    Newspepper, a new UK ‘citizen journalism’ site, has soft-launched its first incarnation with a number of flash videos recorded to showcase the site’s future direction. The site intends (but can’t just yet) to allow people to submit stories and multimedia, and aims to receive these by mobile as well as conventional Web methods – something of a competitive… Read More