• posted 8 hours ago

    Sticky Raises $3M To Improve Ad Accountability With Eye Tracking

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    Sticky, a startup using eye-tracking technology to measure ad effectiveness, has raised $3 million in new funding.

    The company is a rebranding of EyeTrackShop, a webcam-based eyetracking service which spun out of Tobii Technologies. The big selling point is the ability to determine not just whether an ad was served and rendered on a consumer’s screen, but whether they actually saw it. → Read More

    posted 11 hours ago

    Lanyrd Monetizes By Charging Companies To Track Conference Speaker Activity

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    With the relative decline of Plancast and Upcoming, the Lanyrd startup has solidly stepped in to the breach, aggregating content around speakers, attendees, venues, books, video and anything to do with conferences. It’s also benefitted from the shut down of the LinkedIn Events application. Now all it has to do is work out a business model. Well, today it does the big reveal on that, announcing the… → Read More

    posted 13 hours ago

    With Fujitsu’s Latest Move, GetApp’s Cloud Business App Platform Just Got Interesting


    This week Japanese tech giant Fujitsu acquired an obscure French company called RunMyProcess for an undisclosed amount. This “integration Platform as a Service” (iPaaS) company offered a platform to allow businesses to build and deploy business workflow apps in the cloud using simple drag and drop functionality. It sounds mundane enough, but the acquisition looks like being yet another pointer to… → Read More

    posted 18 hours ago

    Xeneta Raises $1.6M To Crowdsource Price Comparisons For Sea Freight


    Xeneta, which offers a crowdsourced price comparison service for sea freight, has raised a €1.2 million (~$1.6m) seed round led by the Stockholm VC Creandum, with participation from Norwegian private investment firm Alden. The new funding will be used to expand into new markets, specifically adding to the breadth of coverage for its comparisons in terms of the number of “trade lanes” in and out… → Read More

    posted yesterday

    Europe Takes Another Step Towards An Open Data Directive


    The EC has been banging the open data drum for a while now, launching its Open Data Strategy for Europe back in 2011. Today another step along the road to liberating government data across the region so that startups can get their hands on it: an EU committee has endorsed plans to modernise the 2003 public information directive to make all non-personal public sector info available for reuse. → Read More

    posted yesterday

    Wandera Gets $7M From Bessemer To Help Enterprises Compress And Control Mobile Data Costs


    Wandera, a startup that offers enterprises a cloud-based solution to reduce the costs of mobile data through compression and better management, is announcing that it has closed $7 million in funding. The Series A round comes entirely from Bessemer Venture Partners, and is in addition to a seed round Wandera quietly raised last year from angels including Klaus Hommels and Alex Zubillaga. Wandera… → Read More

    posted yesterday

    Google To Be Pushed To Improve The Visibility Of Specialised Search Rivals To Comply With EU Antitrust Probe, Says FT

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    With the outcome of a two-year long EC investigation into its search practices looming, Google is likely to have to change how it presents search results in Europe to improve the visibility of rival specialised search engines, according to the FT. The newspaper says the visibility of “vertical search” results in areas such as mapping, weather and finance is one of the key concerns of the EC. → Read More

    posted yesterday

    TransferWise To Pay It Forward With $100M In Free Money Transfers For European Startups


    TransferWise, the online currency exchange, has been pitching itself as the preferred method of money transfer for European startups for a while now. And today, born of its co-founder Taavet Hinrikus‘s own experience, the company is putting its money where its mouth is by launching a campaign to waive the fees for a total of $100 million worth of international money transfers for qualifying… → Read More

    April 9th, 2013

    AppGratis Was Indeed Pulled By Apple, But “Reports Of [Its] Death Are Greatly Exaggerated”


    iOS App Discovery Service AppGratis just confirmed that it was indeed pulled from the App Store on Friday. At the time, commentators were left wondering what was wrong with AppGratis’ app. Founder and CEO Simon Dawlat wrote a long blog post explaining the full story. “AppGratis is very much up and running,” Dawlat said. “The reports of our death are greatly… → Read More

    April 9th, 2013

    Yandex, Russia’s ‘Homegrown Google’, Looks At Gesture-Based Interfaces To Power Apps

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    Russian search giant Yandex has collaborated on developing an experimental gesture-based interface to explore how similar tech could be incorporated into future social apps and mobile products. As its search share has stagnated, future business growth for Yandex looks likely to depend on its ability to produce a pipeline of innovative products and services — hence its dabbling with gestures. → Read More

    April 9th, 2013

    Disrupt NY Early-Bird Sales End Soon, And Come To Disrupt Europe: Berlin In October


    Hey folks. This is just a little reminder that early-bird ticket sales for Disrupt NY (April 27 – May 1) and Hackathon end on Thursday April 11. So grab yours today. We’d also like to remind you that TechCrunch Disrupt Europe: Berlin will be held, of course, in Berlin, Germany. This will be TechCrunch’s only conference outside North America this year and we hope to make it as international as… → Read More

    April 9th, 2013

    Microsoft, Nokia, Oracle & Others Brand Android A “Trojan Horse” In EU Competition Complaint


    FairSearch.org group, a lobby group that counts Microsoft, Nokia and Oracle among its number, has filed a complaint about Google’s Android platform to the European Commission, describing Android as a “Trojan horse” designed to enable Google to “dominate the mobile marketplace and cement its control over consumer Internet data for online advertising as usage shifts to mobile”. → Read More

    April 9th, 2013

    Carpooling Marketplace BlaBlaCar Reaches 3 Million Members, Rides Into Germany


    Well, it looks like the carpooling race in Europe continues. BlaBlaCar, the European carpooling marketplace and competitor to Carpooling.com, has announced that it’s reached the milestone of 3 million members, almost double from this time last year. It’s also expanding to Germany, giving testimony to being a truly pan-European player. → Read More

    April 9th, 2013

    After Rebooting, Lulu Sees Its Database Of Guys App Hit 200K Users In 8 Weeks Across U.S. Campuses


    Lulu (formerly Luluvise), the controversial mobile app that lets girls anonymously review and recommend guys, is seeing some pretty decent traction since it rebooted in February to focus on launching across U.S. college campuses, early Facebook-style. The London/U.S. company, backed by Passion Capital, PROfounders and a host of prominent angels including Yuri Milner and Dave Morin, has garnered… → Read More

    April 9th, 2013

    UK’s EE Will Double 4G Speeds To 130Mbps As It Aims To Pass 1M LTE Users By Dec. 2013

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    EE, currently the only mobile carrier offering 4G LTE services in the UK, plans to double the speed of its mobile data network in the country’s 10 biggest cities to 130 megabits per second, as it braces itself for competition from other carriers that are scrambling to get their own LTE networks up and running. In a presentation this morning in London, Olaf Swantee, EE’s CEO, also says that the… → Read More

    April 9th, 2013

    Android Home Gaming Console GameStick, A Kickstarter-Funded OUYA Competitor, Gets Its Release Delayed Til June


    GameStick, a would-be OUYA competitor that got funded via Kickstarter, has had its launch delayed. The device achieved backing on Kickstarter in February and originally planned to start shipping in March, with “fulfilment to customer” pegged for April. But the launch has now been delayed until June — with the project creators saying it’s been a victim “of the success we have created”. → Read More

    April 9th, 2013

    Max Niederhofer Jumps From Accel To Sunstone As A Partner To Focus On The Series A Crunch


    In a widely rumored move, serial entrepreneur and investor Max Niederhofer has left his Vice President position at Accel Partners in Europe but not – as some thought – to create another startup, but to join another VC firm. This time, however, he will be a full venture partner with Sunstone Capital working out of Copenhagen. He will focus on early stage technology investments and support existing… → Read More

    April 8th, 2013

    Somo, Developer Of The Summly iOS App, Secures New Investment From MMC Ventures

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    Somo, the UK’s largest independent mobile marketing agency, has secured a second investment round led by MMC Ventures and participated in by existing investors. While we normally don’t bother with investments where terms are undisclosed, it’s worth noting that Somo, while it’s a large independent mobile agency, is also rapidly developing a reputation as a ‘product Lab’ than simply pure agency. → Read More

    April 8th, 2013

    Confirmed: Elsevier Has Bought Mendeley For $69M-$100M To Expand Its Open, Social Education Data Efforts


    Educational publisher Elsevier is diving further into the world of open and social educational data: it has bought Mendeley, the London/New York-based provider of a platform for academics and organizations to share research and collaborate with others via a social network. The terms of the deal have not been publicly disclosed but we understand it is for a sum between $69 million and $100 million. → Read More

    April 8th, 2013

    OnePageCRM Raises $749K For Its “Zero Admin” CRM For SMEs

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    OnePageCRM, the cloud-based CRM targeting small businesses or SMEs, has raised €575,000 (~$749k) from unnamed private investors and supported by Enterprise Ireland. The Irish Galway-based startup says it will use the new funds to staff up in engineering, specifically web and mobile developers, along with marketing and customer support — creating a total of 12 new jobs. → Read More

    April 8th, 2013

    Liberty Global’s $15.8B Acquisition Of Virgin Media Is Sailing Through EU Antitrust Court

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    Reuters has reported, and TechCrunch has now confirmed with an independent source close to the situation, that the European Union’s competition commission is approving the deal for Liberty Global to buy UK’s Virgin Media for $15.75 billion, first announced in February when it was calculated to be worth up to $23.3 billion with debt factored in. As we understand it, there will be no antitrust… → Read More

    April 8th, 2013

    Enthuse.me Is An Online Profile Creator To Help You Pimp Your Personal Brand

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    It’s probably hard to get people enthusiastic about another service that lets you build a professional profile online. But that isn’t stopping Enthuse.me from giving it a go. The startup, based in London’s “Silicon Roundabout”, recently launched a public Beta of its one-page profile creator that targets the self-employed, small business owners, and other kinds of individuals who want to… → Read More

    April 8th, 2013

    Mayor Pumps $33M Into London Startups With New MMC London Fund, TechCity To Benefit


    London is about to get a shot in the arm as a hub for UK and European technology startups that choose to HQ themselves there. For a long time the funding problem for startups here was at the Seed stage. That pain has been greatly eased in the last few years with multiple seed and early stage funding sources appearing such as Passion Capital, EC1 Capital, Playfair Capital and Hoxton Ventures for… → Read More

    April 7th, 2013

    Apple Pulls iOS App Discovery Service AppGratis From App Store


    Apple pulled discovery service and daily deal app AppGratis from the App Store. So far, AppGratis is not communicating on the issue and users can only speculate about what the issue is. Sometimes, Apple pulls an app because its latest update crashes or because the app uses a private API. Then, the developer has to submit a new release to return to the App Store. But there could be a bigger issue. → Read More

    April 5th, 2013

    Language Learning Startup Busuu Hits 30M Users And Launches New Kids iPad App


    Just this week Rosetta Stone acquired Seattle-based online language-learning community Livemocha for $8.5 million in cash. At exit Livemocha had a 16 million member online language-learning community. It had also raised $19 million over six years. But today Busuu, a competing language-learning community based out of London, announces that it has reached 30 million users and its launched a… → Read More

    April 5th, 2013

    Raspberry Pi Microcomputers Are Powering A School Computing Lab In Rural Cameroon

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    The Raspberry Pi microcomputer has already put more than a million Pis in the hands of makers, tinkerers, parents and kids in its first year on sale — its original mission being to get U.K. kids learning to code. But here’s a sign of how much more potential Pi has: Pis are being used to power a secondary school computing lab in rural Cameroon. → Read More

    April 5th, 2013

    DFJ Esprit To Close Another Fund Of Up To $15M For UK/Euro Angel Investments

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    Angel investing in Europe is getting another boost: DFJ Esprit, a UK-based member of the Draper Fisher Jurvetson network of VCs, is preparing to close its second EIS Angel Co-Investment fund, up to £10 million ($15 million) that will be used to help angels invest as syndicate partners alongside DFJ Esprit’s larger investments from its institutional funds, with the latest of these valued at £90… → Read More

    April 5th, 2013

    Jolla Adds Sailfish SDK Installers For Windows, OS X, Linux To Push More Developers To Build Native Apps For Its MeeGo Platform

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    Jolla, the Finnish startup that carried the MeeGo torch out of Nokia in order to light a fire under its own smartphone OS: Sailfish, has taken the next step in its platform play, launching SDK installers to encourage developers to get building native Sailfish apps. It’s offering graphical installers for Windows, OS X and Linux (in 32 bit and 64 bit flavours). → Read More

    April 4th, 2013

    9flats, The European Airbnb Competitor, Now Accepting Bitcoin Payments


    9flats, which operates a short rentals marketplace similar to and competing with Airbnb, has flicked the switch on Bitcoin support. The Berlin-headquartered startup now accepts Bitcoin payment, alongside its existing support for various credits cards and PayPal. → Read More

    April 4th, 2013

    Orange France, EE In The UK Will Get First Facebook Home HTC First Phones In Europe In Summer 2013

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    Facebook announced them earlier, and now Orange France and EE in the UK have confirmed it: they will be the first two carriers in Europe to carry the 4G HTC First, the first Android device with Facebook’s new Android launcher, Facebook Home, embedded in it. Although AT&T revealed pricing and preorders from today — at $99 — the two European carriers are still mum on how much it will cost and… → Read More