• 99designs Makes Its First Acquisition, Scoops Up European Rival 12designer

    99designs Makes Its First Acquisition, Scoops Up European Rival 12designer

    99designs, the polarizing crowdsourced design marketplace, announced its first acquisition tonight, as the Accel-backed startup scooped up its European rival, 12designer, for an undisclosed amount. In the near-term, 12designer will continue to operate as a standalone site. Since raising $35 million from Accel, 99designs has been focused on international growth, said Patrick Llewellyn, the… Read More

  • Deutsche Post DHL Buys IntelliAd To Ramp Up Its Adtech Business

    Deutsche Post DHL Buys IntelliAd To Ramp Up Its Adtech Business

    Some more consolidation in the adtech space: the German logistics, communications and postal giant Deutsche Post DHL has acquired IntelliAd, a German online marketing agency that specialises in optimizing search ad buys, as part of a larger strategy to make a bigger push into online advertising and marketing. Financial terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed; we’ve contacted… Read More

  • Push Comes To Shove: Apple Appealing Another iCloud, MobileMe Push Email Ruling To Motorola In Germany

    Push Comes To Shove: Apple Appealing Another iCloud, MobileMe Push Email Ruling To Motorola In Germany

    Another development in the ongoing fight between Apple and Motorola over patent infringements in Germany: a court has decided against Apple Inc. in a case involving push email service on iCloud and MobileMe services in the country. This is effectively an extension of the same ruling that was originally handed down in February against Apple International, a case that Apple is appealing. A judge… Read More

  • Motorola Gets Its Way In Germany: Apple Disables Push Email In Patent Dispute, Says It’s Appealing

    Motorola Gets Its Way In Germany: Apple Disables Push Email In Patent Dispute, Says It’s Appealing

    Another development in the very long and winding road of mobile patent disputes: Apple has now had to disable the push email function used through MobileMe/iCloud, after a court ruled earlier this month that Apple had infringed on a Motorola patent claiming IP on push email. A spokesperson from Apple told TechCrunch that the turn-off happened overnight, and that it will be appealing the ruling. Read More

  • Google: Unlocking The Door For More Android Originality?

    Google: Unlocking The Door For More Android Originality?

    It sometimes feels like a absurd story without an ending, trying to track who is attacking whom in the mobile patent game. But Google has now secured one patent that may demonstrate how companies are figuring out ways of getting around would-be infringement issues — and possibly produce more differentiated products in the process. A Google patent, published by the U.S. Patent and… Read More

  • Conceptboard receives funding from HighTech Gruenderfonds, Seedfonds

    Conceptboard, a virtual whiteboard startup, which was in the news recently with their G+ Hangout feature, just announced that’ve raised “a 6-figure funding round” from two German investors. Details of the investment have not been shared publicly, but TechCrunch has learned that it was around 500.000 euros. It’s the startups series A round, and was led by… Read More

  • Bus/Tram Combo Charges Battery As It Picks Up Passengers

    Bus/Tram Combo Charges Battery As It Picks Up Passengers

    German researchers are testing a unique form of public transportation that borrows the best from busses, electric cars, trains and trams without contributing emissions. The vehicle, named AutoTram, is fully electric, but instead of running on a single charge, it charges when it stops, gaining enough power in 30 seconds to move another mile. The project comes from the Fraunhofer Institute… Read More

  • DaWanda secures €4 million to go international

    The discussion regarding copycats of US startups in europe is still an ongoing one, and largely due to the fact that the copycats are often heartless rip-offs. DaWanda, a marketplace for DIY goods, took the successful concept of Etsy, which was founded in 2005, to Europe and has since then grown into a company with 65 employees and 1,9 million products for sale. But in contrast to other… Read More

  • Das Kindle In Deutschland Erhältlich

    Gute Nachrichten! The Kindle is now available in Germany and includes 650,000 titles as well as thousands of free German classics including (as far as I know) “Wurst And Peace,” “Anne Of Oktoberfest,” and “A Tale Of Two Lagers.” Read More

  • Genesis: German Men’s Watches By A Woman

    Genesis is not just a neat sounding word that someone thought would make for a good watch brand name. It is rather the name of the brand’s founder and designer – Christine Genesis. How convenient is that? To have a cool last name like that? Christine is a rare breed being a full-on watch maker and a female. I wouldn’t make a big deal of that fact if it was more common. I for… Read More

  • Will Germany Become The World's First Post-Nuclear Nation?

    It certainly looks that way. The country has been having a national discussion ever since the Japan nuclear crisis, and the consensus seems to be that nuclear isn’t worth the risk. Instead, the country will embrace alternative forms of energy, including renewable sources. Read More

  • YouHelp launches as a Kickstarter-for-NGOs

    It’s about time that somebody took the highly efficient Kickstarter crowdfunding model, added a dash of gaming metrics, and applied it to something that’s purely about benefiting society. This is great. YouHelp, a recently launched Austrian startup, is doing just that. It enables users to create “challenges” that benefit certain NGOs or participate in ongoing social… Read More

  • Clever thinking – Skobbler turns its hand to gaming with GeoBrain

    Skobbler, best known for its free sat-nav app for iPhone, has entered the world of gaming. GeoBrain for iPhone and iPad is described as “a fun yet educational game experience that tests and trains geo-knowledge.” Basically, you spin a giant globe and answer questions to demonstrate your knowledge of the world. Fun, huh? OK, it’s probably no Angry Birds. The idea is to build… Read More

  • Madvertise brings location-based mobile ads to Germany

    Madvertise, the Berlin-based mobile ad network, has added location-based targeting to its array of options – a first in Germany, claims the company. Advertisers can now reach customers based on their exact GPS location, city, region or state. This is in addition to existing targeting such as channels, carriers, operating systems and devices, which, says madvertise, allows for… Read More

  • Qeep secures multi-million Series B for its mobile gaming and entertainment soc network

    Blue Lion Mobile, the German company behind mobile gaming and entertainment social network qeep, has raised a multi-million euro B round led by French VC firm XAnge with co-investment from KfW. In addition, Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments, who originally invested in Blue Lion’s Series A round back in 2007, has also participated. The precise amount of the round isn’t being… Read More

  • Lovefilm begins streaming to Germany

    Lovefilm, the Netflix-of-Europe, has rolled out its streaming service in Germany, albeit in Beta. Previously, Germans only had access to the DVD and Blu-ray rental via the post element of Lovefilm, but slowly but surely the company is growing its video-on-demand proposition. Subscribers of can now stream films to their PC as part of their subscription package. Content comes from… Read More

  • Video Test Drive: Audi R8 E-tron

    The first ever electric vehicle with Quattro is still a few years away, but we were invited to Ingolstadt, Germany to try one out. E-tron is the name of Audi’s new line of electric vehicles including an R8 and an A1. We didn’t get to drive the red concept E-tron that’s all over the internet, instead we drove one that looked and drove more like a real production car. Read More

  • Google Street View Launches In Germany (But With A Win For Privacy Advocates)

    Google may have ended its feud with the Federal Trade Commission, but its standing in Europe isn’t as cut-and-dry. Street View, the mapping service that has caused much consternation, has just gone live in Germany, but in a modified form. So far, the only place where it’s gone live is Oberstaufen in Munich Read More

  • Holtzbrinck shuts down its eLab incubator

    German trade publication W&V is reporting that Holtzbrinck, one of Germany and Europe’s leading publishing groups, is shutting down their incubator “Holtzbrinck eLab”, launched in 2006. Holtzbrinck is famous for backing some of the most successful German Internet startups and also for acquiring not so successful companies. Most notably, StudiVZ, the early Facebook… Read More

  • Chocri partners with chocolate maker Ritter Sport, launches in the UK

    There’s probably hundreds of sites out there that are trying to sell customized things on the web. MyMuesli, a successful and still growing German startup was one of the first ones in that field and they paved the way for these types of e-commerce websites. Furthermore they showed that there is apparently a demand for pricey yet customizable cereals. Chocri, a site for mass-customization… Read More