The latest innovative tech coming out of Europe

  • Belgium's Gimv puts 15 million euros into Onedirect

    Belgium’s Gimv – the investment firm that is behind companies like Inside Contactless, Openbravo and Telenet – has just put some 15 million euros into Onedirect, which specializes in e-commerce for B2B telephone devices and solutions. The financial details of the transaction were not disclosed but with this operation, Gimv will be the primary shareholder in the… Read More

  • Shazam launches major updates to iPhone app, now 20m users

    Music identification app Shazam has announced big feature updates to its iPhone and iPod touch music discovery apps. There are now customised settings for ‘tagging on start-up’ make the process of identifying a music track faster, a new UI, the ability to search for ringtones and videos on iTunes and better video. You can also share tunes you find via Facebook and Twitter. Shame… Read More

  • Startups in a cold climate: Finn plans Nordic startup tour. In Winter. In a car.

    Headline: Slightly insane Finn decides to drive all over the Nordic countries looking for startups. “The Travelling Salesman” aka Kristoffer Lawson, Co-Founder of, is setting out on expedition through every single Nordic city with a computer science department and a startup scene. So that’ll be over 30 cities, over 10000 km of continuous driving, through 5 countries… Read More

  • How Ping could morph into a new wave of social services from Apple

    Apple’s latest wave of new iPods and a re-iteration of Apple TV are ‘cool’ from a consumer’s perspective (ok, maybe not the new Apple TV which is once again a half-hearted product), but its movement into the social media space with Ping, a music focused social networking service, has the potential to impact the media market in a vastly different way. Analyst firm Frost… Read More

  • Yahoo! Connected TV to come pre-baked into Euro TVs

    Yahoo and Vestel Group, the largest TV manufacturer in Europe you’ve never heard of (because much of their business is white-label), have struck a deal to ship Yahoo! Connected TV to consumers in more than 40 countries across Europe starting in Q1 2011. The service covers movies, TV shows, social networks, videos, and other kinds of Internet content. The Vestel Group of companies, based… Read More

  • Look out Yammer – Podio emerges with full business social network

    When Danish entrepreneur Tommy Ahlers sold his ‘social phonebook’ ZYB to Vodafone in 2008 for €31 million and joined the company, it didn’t seem like he would stay forever at such a slow-moving corporate entity. And sure enough he has now left. But ever the restless entrepreneur he’s decided against lying on a beach somewhere and careered headlong into a new startup… Read More

  • Allmyapps grabs 1 million euros for iTunes-for-apps

    The iTunes-for-apps, Allmyapps, has just announced its first round of funding with French VC fund, Elaia Partners – the same firm that has backed French all-stars like Goom Radio, Goojet and Criteo. With 1 million in the bank, the Paris-based company founded in June 2009 plans to focus on product development and emerge as the leading Microsoft-dedicated app store. Just so happens… Read More

  • Spotify lands on Sonos home audio systems

    The European music streaming service Spotify has partnered with Sonos, the Californian maker of Wireless Multi-Room Music Systems. This will mean that by the end of this month, Spotify Premium subscribers – the same tariff that enables mobile access – will be able to stream Spotify’s music catalog around the home to a networked Sonos box (or multiple boxes), which is a… Read More

  • Televisa partners with Level Up to launch co-branded video game channel

    Televisa Interactive Media, the digital wing of Televisa, the largest Spanish-language media company, has partnered with Busca Corp-owned Level Up to launch an “exclusive” video game channel across Latin America. Level Up is the leading online social media and news site for the Spanish-speaking video-gamer market. The new channel will be co-branded and will have a content tie-in… Read More

  • AOL creates 20 new software engineer jobs in Dublin

    AOL has announced that it is creating 20 new software engineering jobs at its Dublin Development Centre, the majority of which will be with AOL’s Media Technology division and will focus on “developing AOL’s global media channels” which include AOL News, DailyFinance and the homepage, amongst 80 brands in total. The new jobs are in addition to 50 software… Read More

  • SCVNGR launches in the UK through partnership with 'stealth' rail search and booking service Quno

    The U.S. location-based social gaming platform SCVNGR is launching in the UK today through a partnership with Quno, a web based rail search and booking service due to launch later this year. It will give rail passengers the opportunity to “participate in fun challenges” in stations across the country. In line with other games built on top of SCVNGR, which runs on iPhone and… Read More

  • Withings scores 3 million euros for the tweeting wifi scale and more

    Withings, the Paris-based company behind the famous tweeting wifi body scale, has just scored 3 million euros from French VC firm, Ventech. It’s the company’s first round of funding and will be used primarily for the development of 2 new products, which should come out within the next 6 months. For anyone who isn’t already familiar with the company’s first product… Read More

  • Look out Groupon clones, here come the celebrities

    Goodypass, a new ‘flash offers’ startup which will offer members goods at cut down prices, looks to be more than just another Groupon clone. If you think about it, most offers sites are startups with no pre-existing brand or audience. The only thing they have to go on is the attractiveness of their offers. But Goodypass heralds a new wave. It’s fronted by UK breakfast TV… Read More

  • Alcatel-Lucent acquires OpenPlug for cross-platform mobile app developement

    It’s Alcatel-Lucent‘s second acquisition in 3 months and without a doubt, the company is trying to flex a little muscle in the mobile applications space. The company bought ProgrammableWeb, a well-known respository for web API’s back in June and has just announced the acquisition of OpenPlug for cross-platform mobile app development. With the acquisition of France-based… Read More

  • UK advertising watchdog to police ads on social sites, backed by Google

    Online marketing is now so mainstream and so prevalent that the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has finally – after about 15 years – decided to step in and start subjecting online advertising to the same regulations as ads that appear on TV, in newspapers or other media. The new rules will target ads that sell products. But the big news is they will also regulate… Read More

  • Spreadshirt CEO steps down as economy hits sales

    The CEO of T-shirt customisation startup Spreadshirt has stepped down amid difficult financial performance of the company and a tough economy for items like customised T-shirts. Jana Eggers had spent the last four years at Spreadshirt, the Germany-based startup which crowd-sources t-shirt designs, three of them as as CEO. Eggers posted the news on the Spreadshirt blog, but didn’t give… Read More

  • Vente Privee appoints a new marketing guru

    The grand daddy of online flash sales,, says it has appointed a new Marketing Director, Nicolas Cosson, although it appear he put the news on his LinkedIn account back in June. Typically of French companies the need to mentino that 39-year-old “studied at the prestigious ISG (L’Institute Supérieur de Gestion) and ESCP (Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de… Read More

  • TweeShot launches TwitPic-for-screenshots, wants to become "pause button" for the Web

    TweeShot has launched as a simple way to share screenshots of web pages via Twitter: a sort of TwitPic for screenshots. That’s in the short term anyway. Longer term, the service, put together by a team of Spanish developers, bloggers and designers, wants to become the “pause button” for the web by offering an API so that other applications can tap into the screen capture or… Read More

  • comScore acquires Dutch Web analytics company Nedstat for $36.7 million

    Audience measurement company comScore has acquired Nedstat, an Amsterdam-based provider of web analytics and video measurement solutions for approx. $36.7 million. ComScore says the purchase will help the company accelerate its global expansion strategy, particularly in European markets. Read More

  • helps consumers take products viral and get paid for doing so

    Hoping to tap into the social shopping phenomenon that enables products to go viral through social networks like Twitter and Facebook, is a newly launched site that lets users share links to products that they “love” and potentially get rewarded for doing so. The startup, founded by Oliver Krohne and Thorsten Singhofen, is funded by HackFwd, the investment vehicle set up… Read More