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The latest innovative tech coming out of Europe

  • Phuser fuses web apps for work

    Only a few days after Huddle, a UK enterprise 2.0 startup, announced it had raised $4m in a Series A funding round from VCs Eden Ventures, another UK startup is gunning for the ‘team collaboration’ space. Phuser has turned its formerly consumer focused site 180 degrees around to face towards the working world, promising to bring together presentations, conference calls, videos… Read More

  • Google launches video ad network in UK, Ireland

    Google is now offering its video ad-network to its Adsense partners in the UK, Ireland (and Canada), thus enabling them to display ad-supported video clips on their sites. Google is trying to further monetise content from YouTube using the new formats. The video units were launched in the US in October and publishers are offered a share of CPC or CPM deals. Partners can choose those videos… Read More

  • Startup thinking from our friends in the North

    Planning to launch a tech startup? Then you could do worse than locate your project in the North and Midlands of the UK. Now, before you tell me I’m mad, and shouldn’t we all be rushing to OpenCoffee in London to guffaw loudly with trustafarians about startups, consider this: theNetStart is a new project being put in place to establish an ecosystem for startups, working with… Read More

  • Facebook starts company profile cull, favours 'exciting' social ads

    Since launching it’s Social Ads offering, where companies can pay for the privilege of creating a profile, Facebook has started to crack down on companies that created their own (free) profile previously. In the UK we haven’t heard loads about this until today when well-known digital media consultants Broadsight had the profile for their popular Broadstuff blog deleted for… Read More

  • Twitter starts to limit outbound SMS in UK

    It appears Twitter is starting to smart from sending so many SMS messages to the Text-obsessed UK population. A small item has appeared on the right side-bar of Twitter profiles displaying “Received SMS 0/250″. This links through to a page explaining “How many SMS messages am I allowed to receive on my mobile per week?” There is a weekly limit of 250 messages per week… Read More

  • Stealth-mode app turns InBox 2.0 into Life 2.0

    Yesterday Mike Arrington noted the stories that both Yahoo and Google are planning to build social networks around their email services. This is based on the premise that you already ‘socially network’ with people via email, so why not put a social graph wrapper around that? Yahoo’s plans look pretty uninspiring so far, with widgets, profile pages, yada yada. Google appears to… Read More

  • Live Blog: Android and the Open Handset Alliance

    Today at 3pm (London/GMT) Dave Burke, an engineering manager within Google’s mobile team, will stand up at the Future of Mobile conference in London and talk about Android and the Open Handset Alliance (OHA), the new open platform initiative from Google. This is the the first conference presentation in Europe on the subject since Google’s announcement on November 5th. Check back… Read More

  • Hello Europe

    One of the things that really hit home to me when I went to the Berlin Web 2 Expo last week (as soon as I have sorted out the ton of business cards I got there, I’ll do an overview!) was the increasingly pan-European nature of the tech startup scene. And it’s something I would like UK-based startups to start thinking more deeply about. The signs are that this is beginning. Read More

  • 20,000 fans now own and run a football club. Equally.

    Talk about crowd sourcing. Fans’ community website MyFootballClub has agreed a deal to take over Blue Square Premier outfit Ebbsfleet United. The 20,000 MyFootballClub members have each paid £35 to provide the £700,000 necessary for the takeover and will all own an equal share in the club, be able to vote on transfers, player selection and major decisions. Ebbsfleet chairman Jason… Read More

  • Huddle wins $4m from Eden Ventures

    In a clear signal that the principles of Web 2.0 are entering the work space, Huddle, a UK ‘enterprise 2.0′ startup, has raised $4m in a Series A funding round from VCs Eden Ventures to expand the team, increase marketing and generally amp-up their game. Eden Ventures has previously invested in Reevoo and Truphone. Ben Tompkins, Partner at Eden Ventures commented in a release… Read More

  • Blogfriends launches next week

    Blogfriends, the Facebook application for adding blogs to your Facebook feed, plans to come out of beta next Monday with a full launch, promising to do something to monetise blogs in a way they haven’t been before [Update: they now say they won't 'monetise' for a while yet and the app will be available from here]. It’s a tall order, but there’s something about… Read More

  • Google really starts motoring on mobile

    Hot on the heels of last week’s announcement about the Open Handset Alliance and Android, the OHA has released the software development kit for Android and Google announced the Android Developer Challenge, which will reward the development of applications for Android with $10 million in prizes. Helpfully, Android has released a Youtube video showing what they have so far: Read More

  • Doof aims to socialise casual gaming

    Doof, a new UK startup about playing games and meeting people (sometimes described as social gaming), launched its open beta a short while ago and – I hear – is poised to start beating the marketing drums. Casual games are little time-wasting games (at least in my dystopian world) which appeal to the masses, so mash those up with a social aspect and you should, at least in theory… Read More

  • Accelerate your startup this Friday

    Breaking news: Today’s the last day you can apply to this Friday’s Creative Business Accelerator event in London which supports creative and innovative early stage London businesses looking to raise finance. Here’s the application form or contact angela.p@gle.co.uk or 020 7089 2337. All London-based companies are eligible to apply (as this is essentially a local event, not… Read More

  • Momail launches UK service

    Stockholm-based Momail, a free consumer-focused mobile service that lets you read and answer your emails from your mobile conveniently and cheaply, launches in the UK tomorrow. The site essentially acts as a gateway, optimising emails before delivering them to your phone. It does this by keeping track of 2300 phones across 450 features including screen resolution, screen size, pixel depth… Read More

  • Startups flex their apps as iPhone launches

    UK startups appear to be getting ready to take advantage of that big wide iPhone screen as the Jesus phone launches today. Local review social network Trusted Places is among the first to take the opportunity to roll out an optimised version of its site for the iPhone at trustedplaces.com/iphone. It makes sense as a strategy since people often want information about a bar or restaurant via… Read More

  • The iPhone cometh – so win a Nano instead

    The Apple iPhone launches in the UK this Friday, and we’re already running a comp to win one. However, you may be happy with your Nokia/Samsung/LG/Crackberry/whatever smartphone, so to win one of five iPod Nanos instead, just do this simple task and indicate which UK or Irish town/city you live in. Remember to enter your correct email address when you comment so you can be contacted. Read More

  • True Knowledge launches open beta

    True Knowledge, ‘plain English’ answers engine, has today launched its open beta. Back in September the site won around £600,000 in backing from Octopus Ventures. Developed by AI software developer and entrepreneur William Tunstall-Pedoe, True Knowledge is out to change the way factual information is made accessible via the Internet. By structuring facts in a way that machines… Read More

  • 100 Wuala invites for readers

    Over in Berlin Web 2 Expo I ran into Dominik Grolimund, CEO of peer-to-peer storage application Wuala (see previous coverage), who has kindly offered TechCrunch UK & Ireland readers 100 invitations. If you want to take up the offer do this: 1. Goto http://techcrunchuk.wua.la
    2. Download Wuala
    3. Use the invitation code “techcrunchuk” when prompted The skinny on Wuala is that it… Read More

  • Netvibes launches "Ginger" social widgets platform

    [UPDATE: Tariq got in touch to say that social features like flow (the Netvibes news feed which can be public or private) will run natively with Google's OpenSocial and Facebook and be launched in private beta for developers in a couple weeks. You can view videos about Ginger here and here.] So it looks like Netvibes is launching a social widgets platform they have dubbed “Ginger”. Read More