Europe

The latest innovative tech coming out of Europe

  • Google, Microsoft, Verisign and IBM join OpenID

    Confirming my TechCrunch UK story in early January, Microsoft, Verisign, Google and IBM (I just missed out Microsoft) have all now formally announced they will be joining the OpenID foundation, taking seats as the organisation’s first corporate board members. The Foundation, formed 18 months ago, says it “will not dictate the technical direction of OpenID; instead it will help… Read More

  • Kobalt wins funding for web-based music royalty tracking

    Kobalt, a London-based developer of online royalties collection and management services, has won £8 million of investment from Balderton Capital. As part of the deal, the firm now holds a minority stake in the publishing company, and Balderton Capital partner Tim Bunting joins the Kobalt executive board. Kobalt has developed a web-based centralised administration service allowing publishers… Read More

  • People moves in UK startups: Palringo, Trutap, Webjam

    Kerry Ritz becomes CEO of push-to-talk voice and instant message startup Palringo, leaving the post of UK MD for Vonage. Trutap has appointed Wireless Industry Partnership (WIP) CEO Caroline Lewko to its board as a non-executive director. Kerry Ritz becomes CEO of push-to-talk voice and instant message startup Palringo (via Paidcontent). Webjam – a London-based European competitor to… Read More

  • Kindo wins seed funding to map your living family tree

    The area of family tree social networks is growing as people move from seeing the benefits of social networking for business and friends through to using it to map their family social graph as well. Ancestry.com is about ancestors and Geni.com is, in the main, genealogy, but few have tackled the issue of mapping and communicating with your living family. Yes, you could do its through Facebook… Read More

  • WAYN pimps credit card to users


    Social travel network WAYN is to offer a branded pre-pay credit card financed by Tuxedo Money Solutions. The card will be available to its 10.8m users who often start out as backpackers. VIP members will get the WAYN Lifestyle Card for free as part of their membership package, others will have to pay £9.95. Clearly WAYN will get a cut every time someone signs up to the card. This… Read More

  • Stealth mode Smarta aims at entrepreneurs


    Smarta, a site aimed at entrepreneurs, has launched a ‘taster’ version and plans a full launch some time later this year. It is backed by BrightStation Foundation, the “social” arm of the BrightStation Ventures investment vehicle set up by Dan Wagner and Shaa Wamund. So far it consists mainly of supportive sounding promotional videos by entrepreneurs, some of whom… Read More

  • Russian search ad market booms

    Europe: The contextual advertising market in Russia is worth $225 million. According to iConText the market has grown over two and a half times since 2006. Yandex, the Russian search engine and one of the biggest Russian Web portals online since 1997, could account for 64% of the market , accounting for $145 million. If you’re in the search ads market then it might be interesting to… Read More

  • Germany's Burda invests in Canadian socnet

    Europe: Germany’s Burda media group has invested “several million dollars” in a Canadian social networking startup called Nexopia which claims to be Canada’s largest social networking site for youth, writes AlarmClock. It has 1.2 million registered members and a billion impressions a month. Burda Digital Ventures, the venture capital arm of Hubert Burda Media made… Read More

  • Ireland – Tax incentives for US tech firms, but what happens to local talent?

    Ireland is well known for its technology industries, but lately there seems to be some discontent amongst entrepreneurs there that the tax-incentives created by the government to attract overseas tech businesses – particularly US firms – are not nurturing home-grown talent. Recently it emerged that the The Digital Hub, an incubation space for tech development, had 55 desk… Read More

  • Reevoo hires new CTO

    People: Reevoo, the customer reviews aggregator, has apointed Kyle McGinn as Chief Technology Officer. McGinn joins Reevoo from the Siemens/BBC technology partnership, where he was Head of Internet Technology. He will lead one of the the UK’s largest Ruby on Rails development team who have already released open-source initiatives such as mocha, uformats and the Ruby nabaztag library. As… Read More

  • A UK perspective on Yahoo! and Microsoft

    Some interesting figures from Hitwise on a combined Microsoft/Yahoo impact on the UK. According to HItwise Microsoft has a dominant market share with its Hotmail service in the UK, while Gmail has been flat for the last few months. Last week the combined market share of the Microsoft and Yahoo! services was 13 times that of Google. Google’s market share in News services is… Read More

  • European VC down, but getting more focused

    European venture capital firms are backing the fewest companies on record, according to VentureBeat. They invested in just 897 companies last year, the lowest number since 1999. However, more money is going into fewer startups, reaching €4.56 billion, a two percent rise from 2006, and the fourth year of consecutive increase. Obviously this is all VC (so Cleantech etc etc), not just Web or… Read More

  • eBuddy to expand in UK


    Amsterdam-based IM service eBuddy has raised €6.5 million in a Series B round of funding led by Prime Technology Ventures this week. The company had previously raised €5 million from Lowland capital. eBuddy will use the investment capital for serious growth and expansion into the UK and have already established a small office in London and have a small sales staff on the ground here. Read More

  • Liveaps page builder – invites ahoy

    UK-based Liveaps has a drag’n’drop page webpage builder currently in private beta prior to a launch late Feb/early March. Think online Dreamweaver for creative peple who want to build a site visually. In addition to the drag’n’drop web page builder it has tools supporting text, images, lines, shapes, hyperlinks, multimedia files, and html widgets. The back-end has… Read More

  • AOL acquires buy.at affiliate network


    AOL has acquired buy.at, a leading affiliate marketing network backed by VC house DFJ Esprit. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but well-placed sources say the deal is worth in the region of £75 million ($150 million). Although launched in the UK buy.at now has a growing US operation, which is what attracted AOL’s interest. Buy.at is the fifth advertising company AOL… Read More

  • Utterz pitches service to Europe


    Utterz, a US-based site that you post to your blog or social network with voice, video, picture, and text, has launched a version of the site for the UK and across 16 other countries. The site is also launching ‘conversational threading’ capabilities, which lets people reply to Utterz with messages of any combination of voice, video, picture and text. Users either record a… Read More

  • UPDATE: 16GB iPhone confirmed to launch today in UK

    BREAKING NEWS: Apple just released a statement saying the iPhone now comes in a new 16GB model for £329 (inc VAT), joining the 8GB model for £269 (inc VAT). The iPod touch now comes in a 32GB model for £329 (inc VAT), joining the 16GB model for £269 (inc VAT) and the 8GB model for £199 (inc VAT). My take on this is that this is not the move which will convince more UK consumers, who are… Read More

  • Hey developers, win an invite to the MySpace apps party (with beer)

    MySpace UK is having a launch party in London this Thursday (7th February) to get developers to talk about the launch of their new applications platform over a few beers at a swanky London location. And TechCrunch UK has been given 15 exclusive invitations to promote to the community. Speaking at the event will be MySpace CTO, Aber Whitcomb and Senior President of Technology, Jim Benedetto. Read More

  • Discount for TechCrunch readers to Plugg

    The Plugg Web/Mobile tech startups conference in Brussels in March is offering 25% discount to TechCrunch readers which will knock off 25% (or 100 €) off the entrance fee for the event, valid until the date of the conference, taking the early-bird price to 300 €. The deadline to get in before the price goes up to 400 € is 23rd of February. The discount code you can use is sweet and… Read More

  • Mydeco borked at launch?

    Maybe mydeco’s strategy of releasing their whole strategy and site to the press all on the one day (the world’s, blogs, media and TechCrunch combined) was not such a good idea after all. I have been trying since yesterday to reach deep links into the site, but most appear to have a polite “try again later” message (pictured), reminiscent of Twitter’s usual… Read More