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Uh oh! European carriers are trying to get into ‘personalized’ ad targeting

As Google works on reconfiguring its adtech stack to move away from cookie-based ad targeting to something else that’s not yet fixed but which it claims will be better for individual web users&#

Dublin-based corporate gifting platform &Open raises $26M Series A led by Molten Ventures

Last year we covered how “&Open” (yes, “ampersand open,” pronounced “And Open”) had raised a raised $7.2 million seed to make it easier for brands to send gifts to customers to boost l

Amsterdam cyber startup Hadrian closes €10.5M Seed for platform that simulates hacker attacks

As companies grow they expose more of themselves online and become harder to defend in terms of cybersecurity. One report estimates that 30%-40% of a company’s IT infrastructure isn’t even known a

Italy’s data watchdog latest to warn over use of Google Analytics

Another strike against use of Google Analytics in Europe: The Italian data protection authority has found a local web publisher’s use of the popular analytics tool to be non-compliant with EU da

UK-based Playter closes $55M round for its BNPL platform aimed at SMEs

Europe has no shortage of buy now, pay later startups and a quick search is revealing. Berlin-based fintech startup Mondu has taken in €39.9 million to expand its B2B BNPL solution. Madrid’s RITMO

Paris-based Breega closes €250M fund, opens Barcelona office to back Iberian startups

Paris-originated VC Breega wasn’t enormously well known in the VC world (it only closed its first fund in 2015) until, perhaps, it started attracting attention with its second €110 million seed fu

SumUp raises $624M at $8.5B valuation, with its payments and business tech now used by 4M SMBs

A decade ago, SumUp was one of the army of fintechs that made names for themselves with dongles that turned basic smartphones into card payment terminals. Today, the London-based company has expanded

Tiger Global backs SaaS omnichannel social commerce platform SleekFlow in $8M funding

Social commerce — the process of buying and selling products or services directly through social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram and TikTok — is becoming the most natural way for consumer

Kiko Ventures joins the climate tech investment stampede with a $450m Evergreen fund

Given the dire predictions about the impending (and basically already here) climate crisis, the world can’t get enough climate tech funds right to power new innovation that can address the issue. FT

After EU child safety complaints, TikTok tweaks ad disclosures but profiling concerns remain

A long-running EU engagement with TikTok — initiated following a series of complaints over child safety and consumer protection complaints filed back in February 2021 — has ended, for now,

Personio nabs $200M at a $8.5B valuation as its HR for small businesses hits the big time

Personio — a startup out of Munich, Germany that styles itself as a Workday and ServiceNow focused on the small and medium businesses of the world — went on a funding tear through the COVI

This Ukrainian deep tech startup has trained an AI to paint war art

A Ukrainian deep tech startup is launching a charity NFT project to sell AI-generated artworks with the twin goal of raising money to support people affected by Russia’s war of aggression and al

Validio, a data quality platform based out of Sweden, emerges from stealth with $15M

Data quality has been shaping up as a salient and increasingly critical part of the world of data science: Enterprises are sitting on growing troves of information, but it’s only useful if we ca

Google drops appeal against €500M antitrust news licensing fine

Google has quietly dropped its appeal in France against an antitrust fine of half a billion euros levied against it last summer for major breaches in how it negotiated to remunerate local news publish

Google Maps restrictions trigger competition scrutiny in Germany

Germany’s competition regulator is looking into possible abuses related to how Google operates its Maps product. It’s the latest proceeding the Federal Cartel Office (FCO) has opened again

Echobot and Leadfeeder merge, raise $190M in Euro sales tech consolidation play

Sales and marketing has seen a huge boom in the last several years, fueled by developments in user experience and design, innovations around how companies can parse and leverage big data analytics to

Omio raises $80M as travel demand rebounds after years of COVID-19 crisis

It’s been a tough few years for Omio, the Berlin-based travel search and booking platform that saw 98% of its revenues evaporate overnight when COVID-19 hit Europe back in spring 2020. But the c

LocalGlobe becomes Phoenix Court Group, hits $500M first close for new funds, adds an Impact twist

Saul Klein is a busy man. As co-founder with his father Robin, of LocalGlobe, one of the longest-running VCs in Europe, he has overseen a wide range of initiatives. Among other things, the pair are pa

Samara is building tech to switch Spain’s households onto solar energy

Despite being one of the countries in Europe with the most hours of sunshine, Spain has extremely low levels of household solar installations. Madrid-based Samara, a startup founded in May this year &

Yandex shifts focus to ya.ru as it heads for media exit in Russia

TechCrunch has learned that Russia search giant Yandex is to switch from using yandex.ru as its main front page for Russian-speaking users to ya.ru — a less trafficked domain it’s owned si
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