Sweden

  • Fyndiq Raises $20M To Take Its Bargain Marketplace Beyond Sweden

    Fyndiq Raises $20M To Take Its Bargain Marketplace Beyond Sweden

    Fyndiq, a startup based out of Sweden that has built an online marketplace for merchants and brands to sell bargain-basement and end-of-run goods for as much as 70% off the original retail price, has raised $20 million — funding that it will be using to take its already-profitable business to new markets, with an eye to expanding specifically in the UK, Germany and Poland first. The… Read More

  • Swedish Fan-Made Subtitle Site Is Shut Down By Copyright Police

    Swedish Fan-Made Subtitle Site Is Shut Down By Copyright Police

    In a move that should give Twilight slash-fic writers pause, the Swedish copyright enforcement agency, called Intrångsundersökning, raided and seized the servers of Undertexter.se, a fansub site dedicated to collecting fan-made English and Swedish subtitles. The raid happened in Stockholm yesterday morning. Fansub sites supply specially coded text files that viewers can use to sync the… Read More

  • Magine Is The Best Internet-Based Cable TV Service You Can’t Use (Unless You Live In Sweden)

    Magine Is The Best Internet-Based Cable TV Service You Can’t Use (Unless You Live In Sweden)

    Hulu Plus, Netflix, Amazon Prime offer compelling alternatives to cable TV for those who don’t want to subscribe to regular cable. But what if you could subscribe to an Internet-based cable TV service that doesn’t need a set-top box, has a DVR-like catch-up TV feature and great search and still lets you watch live TV right on your regular smart TV at home (or stream shows from your… Read More

  • WTF
    Have Swedish Treasure Hunters Just Discovered The Millennium Falcon On The Sea Floor?

    Have Swedish Treasure Hunters Just Discovered The Millennium Falcon On The Sea Floor?

    Some readers may be upset by the content herein, as this doesn’t exactly involve APIs, Android, or SDKs, but it was just too good not to share. The international media has been abuzz today with some unusual news from Sweden. The “Ocean Explorer Team”, a Swedish expedition plumbing the Baltic Sea for underwater treasure, has discovered what looks to be the Millennium Falcon on… Read More

  • Calling all "Suckers for Hot Women on Bicycles" (TCTV)

    For the last few days we’ve been getting a series of increasingly loopy emails from a startup in Sweden asking us to write about their launch. (See photo to the left.) I realize this post may be the beginning of a slippery slope of relentless pitches from Scandinavians that ends up with someone breaking into my house to bring me a pitch and a latte. But what the hell? I like lattes… Read More

  • The Swedish Pirate Party moves The Pirate Bay to parliament

    Interesting developments coming out of Sweden vis-à-vis The Pirate Bay, a site that I’m shocked is still around. Do you know anybody who still uses it? I sure don’t. The Swedish Pirate Party—inspiration to pirate parties all over the world, including the USA Pirate Party—has decided to take advantage of an obscure clause in the Swedish constitution to defend the… Read More

  • Voddler, the Spotify-for-movies, gets more mystery funding

    [Sweden] Movie-streaming service Voddler (the so called ”Spotify for movies”) has received about 3.4 million Euros (35 million SEK) in funding from a group of private investors. The money will supposedly go to developing the service. Voddler has chosen to not to give out any info about the investors or how large their share in the company will be. The company has about 50 share… Read More

  • Swedish government promises superfast broadband to all

    [Sweden] The Swedish government is following in the footsteps of the Finns (well almost), as their IT-ministry is now promising that 90 percent of all Swedish homes will have access to a 100 mbit/s broadband connection before 2020. According to Swedish IT-minister Åsa Torstensson it isn’t possible to function in the information society of today without a fast internet connection. You… Read More

  • Swedish Government Promises Citizens 100MB Broadband

    [Sweden] The Swedish government is following in the footsteps of the Finns (well almost), as their IT-ministry is now promising that 90 percent of all Swedish homes will have access to a 100 mbit/s broadband connection before 2020. According to Swedish IT-minister Åsa Torstensson it isn’t possible to function in the information society of today without a fast internet connection. You… Read More

  • Swedish entrepreneurs get serious – to the bathrobes!

    [Sweden] During the last 24 hours the cream of Sweden’s tech entrepreneur scene have exchanged jeans for yukatas (Japanese bathrobes), chairs for bean bags and isolated themselves in a zen style hotel outside Stockholm. Why? To come up with 60 new startups and then take over the world, of course! Well, maybe that isn’t what they think, but the location definitely has a Bond… Read More

  • What is it with all these Swedish startups? Videoplaza signs new UK deal

    [Sweden] First they found a way to make music streaming legal and free, now they’re trying to bring more TV content online through an advertising platform. I’m talking about Swedish entrepreneurs of course. This week Swedish ad-server Videoplaza has signed another deal with a UK company, branching out into a wider European market. They’ve signed on Myvideorights.com, a… Read More

  • Mystery maintenance bug causes Swedish websites to fail

    Monday night was a dark time for Internet users in Sweden. For about an hour the Swedish Internet failed, meaning it was impossible to access any websites with a domain name ending in .SE (that’s about 900,000 domains folks). No one seems to know how the problem occurred, except that it happened during routine maintenance work. It makes you wonder how easy it would be to shut down the… Read More

  • Swedish startup RunAlong wants to make you sweat. With your friends. In the dark.

    FOWA’s known for being a launching platform for startups. The joy of being surrounded by 600-odd web people though is that there are bound to be a few other startups in the house apart from the ones that make it to the stage. One that caught my eye yesterday is RunAlong.se, which as the domain suggests is a Swedish venture, founded by former user interaction designer Heidi… Read More

  • Sweden's anti-piracy law sure seems to be working

    Sweden’s anti-piracy law, IPRED, seems to be working, insofar as various Internet traffic monitors have seen a significant downturn in piracy. The day after the law went into effect, Web traffic fell by some 30 percent, and now, several months later (the law went into effect on April 1), an ISP there says piracy-related traffic is still “free-falling.” Read More

  • Video: This is what Sweden's Pirate Party is all about

    Probably the name needs to change, but Sweden’s Pirate Party has its heart in the right place. It doesn’t aim to give everyone the right to download the latest Modest Mouse album from privatetorrents.com all willy nilly (as the Huffington Post implies), but rather to reform copyright laws so that they accurately reflect the 21st century. And as you may already know, the party had… Read More

  • Flint, MI will hopefully soon get its own biogas facility

    There isn’t a spot in the country that has been harder hit by the financial meltdown than Flint, MI. Forbes recently labeled Flint as the city that has the longest road to recovery too. It’s bad in the birthplace of General Motors and the financial climate is bad there right now – really bad. I know this first hand. That’s where I live. But the city might soon lead… Read More

  • Sweden's Pirate Party on track for 2 seats in European Parliament

    Those of you in Euroland are probably sick of hearing about the <european elections, especially because, as I learned in college, something like two dozen people in the whole of Europe even bother to vote. (Democracy deficit!) No matter, because it looks like some people in Sweden voted for the Pirate Party, whose raison d’être is to reform copyright law, patents, etc. In fact… Read More

  • Protesters take to the streets post-Pirate Bay verdict

    Whatever. Last week’s guilty verdict (that will be appealed till we’re all bored of the topic) in the Pirate Bay trial caused all sorta of comfortable outrage online. Now people are taking to the streets. I can’t imagine what they’re chanting at these gatherings: “We demand the right to download music and movies without having to pay for them!” Have these… Read More

  • Guilty: The Pirate Bay found guilty of copyright infringement

    We’ll probably do more with this as the day goes on, but quickly: The Pirate Bay guys were found guilty in their trial in Sweden, and will spend the next year in prison. They will also have to pay $4.5 million in damages, which one of the guys said he’d rather “burn everything [he] owned” than pay. Read More

  • Pirate Bay server heads to Swedish museum

    Hey, have you guys heard of The Pirate Bay? It’s this cool Web site that has all these things called BitTorrents. You just double click ‘em and this program opens and then you can download movies and music and stuff. It’s gonna get real popular, you wait and see! In fact, a museum in Sweden will display one of the site’s servers as part of an exhibit. Read More