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Online travel agency Exoticca bags $4.1M for market expansion

Barcelona-based online travel agency Exoticca — which sells “affordable luxury” holidays to popular destinations such as India, Kenya, Brazil, Thailand and South Africa — has

Uber to pop up a service in Spain’s Costa del Sol in time for summer

Uber is expanding its presence in Spain by launching a licensed service on the country’s southern Costa del Sol coastline — ahead of the summer season when the region draws in millions of

StudioBricks is a Barcelona-based startup that sends you a studio in a box

My friend Rick is a voice-over artist and works in Ohio — right along the flight path for jets taking off and landing at the Columbus airport. As a result, he said, he had to record late at nigh

BMW says in-car digital assistants have to go beyond being ‘Echo Dots in a cup holder’

BMW wants to bring personal assistants to the car, but it doesn’t want to build its own. Instead, it wants to work with Amazon, Google, Microsoft and others to bring the best features of their p

5G needs a “new mindset” towards Internet rules, telcos warn

Carriers have kicked off the world’s biggest mobile phone tradeshow with calls for an “investment friendly framework” to fund rollouts of next-gen 5G network technology and level the

HMD/Nokia’s smartphones join Google’s Android One program ‘leading the charge’

Alongside HMD’s big bet on reviving the legendary Nokia brand and business through a licensing deal and a new wave of handsets that it is unveiling today at MWC in Barcelona, the company also an

Badi bags $10M to build out its room rentals platform in Europe

Barcelona-based Badi launched a marketplace for urban room rentals in September 2015 with the goal of making it easier to find flatmates. The startup has now closed a $10M Series A investment, led by

Airbnb is asking hosts to offer free housing in Barcelona for people affected by the attack

Airbnb has activated its disaster response tool to help people affected by the recent attacks in Barcelona. Airbnb's tool offers free housing to anyone who urgently needs a place to stay. At the time

Ironhack raises $3 million for its coding bootcamp

As the focus on new educational models and coding bootcamps continues to attract attention (rightly or wrongly) as a cure for the world's economic woes, Ironhack, a coding bootcamp with campuses in M

Spain’s taxi drivers stage another anti-Uber strike

Taxi drivers in Spain are striking today in cities including Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia to protest at what they see as the exploitative practices of ride-hailing transportation apps Uber and Cabif

Europe’s top court leaning towards dealing Uber a big regulatory blow

Europe's top court appears to be leaning towards calling a spade a spade by judging Uber's business a transportation company, rather than just an enabling tech platform as the company prefers to think

Books and roses

Anyone who thinks paper books are dead has never been in a Barcelona bookshop the day before Sant Jordi. The Patron Saint festival is Catalunya's equivalent of Valentine's day. But as well as giving l

Nauta Capital closes out $170M third fund

Early stage VC firm Nauta Capital, which has offices in London, UK, Barcelona, Spain and Boston in the US, has closed out a 2016 fund raising -- capping it off at $170 million.

See you tonight at the Barcelona Mini Meetup

It’s almost here! The Barcelona Mini Meetup is happening tonight at 7pm and we’re getting ready for you. The event is being held at Bar Denou, Carrer de Pallars 122, in Barcelona and wil

Airbnb faces fresh crackdown in Barcelona as city council asks residents to report illegal rentals

Airbnb is facing a further squeeze on its activities in Barcelona, the Catalonian capital that's hugely popular with tourists -- ramping up tension with local communities dealing with inflating rents

LG Outs Its Next Phablet, The Slender LG Stylus 2

There's less than a week to go until LG's pre-MWC press conference, where the company is expected to lift the veil on a new flagship smartphone, the LG G5. But the South Korean mobile maker has anothe

What New Mobile Hardware To Expect At MWC 2016

Mobile World Congress, the biggest tradeshow specifically focused on mobile, kicks off in just over a week's time in Barcelona so here's a quick rundown of some of the big hardware-focused announcemen

Don’t Miss The TechCrunch Mini-Meetup During Mobile World Congress, Feb. 24!

We are planning on holding a mini-meetup in Barcelona during MWC, offering you a chance to pitch TC writers as part of a pitch-off. Winners get free tickets to Disrupt New York. PLEASE ADD YOUR EMAI

Sports Broadcast Wearable FirstV1sion Gets Sweat-Tested In EuroLeague Basketball

Smart garments are one of the fitness wearables Gartner recently pegged as having the “greatest potential for growth”. And lining up in that category is Spanish startup FirstV1sion, whose on-body

A Steady Erosion Of Confidence In Government

Governments around the world are facing significant political turmoil and enormous economic stress as they struggle with an alarming and unprecedented array of public policy crises today. And –
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