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  • Capitaine Train Releases Android App To Book Your Train Tickets On The Go

    Capitaine Train Releases Android App To Book Your Train Tickets On The Go

    Train ticket booking startup Capitaine Train just released its Android app. If you used the iPhone app at some point, you won’t feel lost as the Android app is very similar in design and features. As a reminder, Capitaine Train wants to improve the cumbersome process of booking train tickets online and on your phone. The service works for train tickets in Europe. But instead of using… Read More

  • Ebuzzing & Teads Merge To Create Global Video Ad Group, IPO Pegged For 2015

    Ebuzzing & Teads Merge To Create Global Video Ad Group, IPO Pegged For 2015

    Ebuzzing and Teads, a pair of European adtech companies focused on video advertising, are to merge — setting their sights on an IPO in 2015. The “Ebuzzing and Teads” group is being created in the hopes of building a global online video ad giant with complementary technology offerings that it can continue selling to both advertisers and publishers. The combined Ebuzzing… Read More

  • Orange Gives All Of Its Data To France’s NSA

    Orange Gives All Of Its Data To France’s NSA

    Orange has been cooperating allegedly illegally for years with France’s main intelligence agency (the DGSE). According to a newly found report by Edward Snowden and an investigation by Le Monde, the DGSE was given access to all of Orange’s data (not just metadata). Orange is the leading telecom company in France with more than 26 million clients. These clients have communicated… Read More

  • Hublo Is The Web Analytics Tool For The Rest Of Us

    Hublo Is The Web Analytics Tool For The Rest Of Us

    Meet Hublo, a recently launched analytics service that is easier to use than your average analytics tool. It works a lot like Mixpanel, KISSmetrics and others, but you don’t have to write a single line of code to make it work. “Hublo is the Mailchimp of analytics,” co-founder and CEO Cyril Gantzer told me. “We turn what was once a very technical field, into a… Read More

  • How Telecom Company Free Nearly Disrupted The French Mobile Landscape All Over Again

    How Telecom Company Free Nearly Disrupted The French Mobile Landscape All Over Again

    Last week, everything was very different in the mobile landscape in France. France’s disruptive telecom company Free was about to make the best strategic move I had ever seen. Yet, it all fell apart today. While it’s a boring industry, the acquisition of SFR is a story of secret agreements and betrayals. SFR (the second biggest telecom company behind Orange) is about to get acquired… Read More

  • Algolia Adds Asian Data Center While Taking Over Search On The Web

    Algolia Adds Asian Data Center While Taking Over Search On The Web

    Real-time search startup Algolia has been doing very well over the past few weeks. Slowly but surely, its search API is taking over every search engine on your favorite websites. The company also launched a new data center in Asia to improve response times with Asian users. As a reminder, Algolia is a developer-friendly hosted search engine for your website. After adding a few lines of… Read More

  • Flink Update Adds Social Features To Its Addictive Fashion App

    Flink Update Adds Social Features To Its Addictive Fashion App

    Fashion app Flink just received an update in the App Store. As a reminder, this app is the perfect time waster for fashion enthusiasts — you can browse new looks from your favorite fashion bloggers in an immersive app. With today’s update, you can now follow and unfollow your friends, comment, like and more. Flink is trying to create a community of fashion-savvy people. By default… Read More

  • VeryLastRoom Raises $2.1 Million To Compete With Hotel Tonight In Europe

    VeryLastRoom Raises $2.1 Million To Compete With Hotel Tonight In Europe

    French last-minute hotel app VeryLastRoom just raised $2.1 million (€1.5 million). The app is very reminiscent of its American competitor, Hotel Tonight. VC APlusFinance, Extend and Sigma Gestion invested in this round. Previously, the company had raised $550,000 from business angels (€400,000). It is one of the last standing European Hotel Tonight competitor with Hot Hotels as Blink… Read More

  • Appsfire Launches ‘Sashimi’, A New Native Mobile Ad Unit For Timelines

    Appsfire Launches ‘Sashimi’, A New Native Mobile Ad Unit For Timelines

    Advertising tech company Appsfire is rolling out a new ad unit, Sashimi. Like its previous units, the company is experimenting with native ads on mobile. Sashimi is very reminiscent of Facebook or Twitter ads in your timelines, except that the company is working with multiple third-party developers. Sashimi ads promote third-party apps. These ads are automatically generated from the app name… Read More

  • Le Camping 5th Demo Day: Meet StreamRoot, Hublo, Krack And More

    Le Camping 5th Demo Day: Meet StreamRoot, Hublo, Krack And More

    French startup accelerator Le Camping presented its fifth batch of startups today at Numa in Paris. Today is the first part of a demo day tour that will bring the 12 startups to London, Berlin and Luxembourg. When Le Camping started three years ago, the French ecosystem was very different. There weren’t a lot of events and Le Camping was one of the first startup accelerator in France. Read More