Italy

  • A fresh Italian tech scene emerges over wine and pizza

    Italy, like a few other European countries, is way behind in the construction and creation of a “tech startup scene”. That being said, as of last Saturday there was almost no scene in Italy. Not because we lack the actual people, but because we do lack the sense of community and cluster of a place like, for instance London or Berlin. There are different explanations for this. Read More

  • Google News investigated by Italian antitrust authorities

    The FIEG, an association of Italian editors, recently tried to sue Google’s News service. They claim: “Google is preventing editors from choosing freely which articles should be posted on the website”. The editors are also claiming that websites which don’t want to be published on Google News would also be automatically excluded from Google’s standard search… Read More

  • Italy's H-Farm is an incubator with ideas – and it's coming to London

    Italian startup incubator H-Farm Ventures is running a competition with $200,000 prize money to fund the the 10 most original and potentially successful ideas for web shows, interactive formats and what they call “trans-media narration”. Cirkus is a competition that ends on September 5th, 2009, and is open to anyone who can come up with a fresh and engaging web based program. Read More

  • Passpack raises €74,000 more to manage your passwords

    Online password management startup Passpack, announced it’s follow-on funding. The company raised €350,000 in June 2008 and now previous investor Zernike Meta Ventures is topping that with additional €74,000. This new capital injection will enable the company to finish the development of their product and start to actively market it. They blog about it here. The Rome-based company… Read More

  • Italy tries to keep up with a new €35M fund for startups

    Fact: cash is very hard to get for Italian startups. This has been the major problem of the Italian innovation ecosystem since the dawn of time, there simply isn’t money. Investors prefer to rely on non-risky businesses such as constructions, pharmaceutical and clothing. Web startups are facing a real hard time, but there might be hope. We already reported Google’s Italy… Read More

  • Nike's T90 Ascente football: So damn advanced they might as well throw Google Chrome OS on it

    New season, new ball. The three big football leagues—England’s Premier League, Spain’s La Liga, and Italy’s Serie A—begin in just a few weeks, and Nike has developed a fancy, new ball that’s loaded with all types of hi-tech goodness that may pique your interest. It’s called the T90 Ascente. Goalkeepers will hate it; flashy forwards will love it. Read More

  • Italy's Dada acquires Fueps in move into casual games

    Italian internet giant Dada.net has acquired 51% of the assets of online gaming startup Fueps in a deal worth €1.36 Millions. Fueps launched in 2008 and grossed over €600k while total ebitda was €750,000 in the red. Seems more of a rescue than an acquisition to me. Dada decided to take over the 51% stake of the company that belonged to RCS Digital. The other 49% is owned by Digital… Read More

  • Italian boy diagnosed with ‘PlayStation addiction’

    An Italian boy has been diagnosed with “PlayStation addiction” following a marathon gaming session. The boy, 13, was rushed to a hospital where doctors thought he had suffered a stroke or some other serious condition. Nope, just played a little too much Mega Man! It gets better. After leaving the hospital, the boy told his father to throw away the PlayStation for fear of… Read More

  • The Pirate Bay back online in Italy

    The Pirate Bay is back online in Italy. I suggest grabbing Gary Unmarried, featuring the aggravatingly funny Jay Mohr. The Web site was blocked by Italian ISPs last month. In other Italy news, my money’s on Inter this weekend. Bwin, baby. Read More

  • Italians may get to activate their iPhone 3G from home


    Bear with us, readers. We know you’re sick of iPhone news, but it’s almost over. This may or may not put your panties in a bunch, but the Italians supposedly have the pleasure of activating their iP3G from home because Vodafone and Telecom Italia are incapable of the task. However, Voda and TI customers will have to agree to a 2-year contract. Hutchison G3 Italy has also come out… Read More

  • Diceria: iPhone 3G to have 2-part activation process

    The iPhone 3G will require a two part activation, conflicting with earlier reports. Well, rumors. And this is a rumor, too, and an Italian one at that, so don’t freak out when it, too, is refuted in 18 minutes. Such is life online. Anyhow, an Italian site claims that the iPhone 3G will be activated in two parts, once in the store and once at home. The in-store activation will tell the… Read More