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VAT for European #SaaS founders: here's what you need to know

VAT for European #SaaS founders: here's what you need to know

Companies in EU or that have some of their customers in the EU have to know how VAT (Value Added Tax) applies to them. Keeping your business in good books with the VAT man is cruc...


7 things you thought you knew about Bitcoin (but that are wrong)

Bitcoin has made headlines again yesterday, reaching an all-time trading high of more than £21. This is a significant development for the fairly new alternative currency, which started at Zero in 2009. Bitcoins has slowly and quietly become a global phenomenon which is featured prominently in the media, and has started to attract the special attention of global regulators. So how exactly does Bitcoin work? Here a... Read more

What the Italian elections can teach us about disruption (hint: the internet rules)

Monday's election results will be remembered as a watershed moment in European election history. For the first time, a candidate who had decided to campaign without ever appearing on TV has won a substantial portion of the national vote (25%). Grillo's victory is a clear victory for the internet - not only did he never appear on television, he sacked one of his party candidates who had decided to appear on televi... Read more

Mobile World 2013: will Firefox OS and Tizen dethrone Android and iOS? [Interview]

A huge amount of the buzz around the Mobile World Congress 2013 (which is winding down today) was about operating systems. There was Tizen (Samsung), Jolla (a Finnish startup with ex-Nokians), Canonical (Ubuntu) and especially Firefox OS , which came out of the gate with very strong support from 18 mobile operators - Telefonica and Deutsche Telecom foremost among them. Reports indicate that Firefox OS and Tizen bo... Read more

How you can tell if a tweet is from a man or a woman [research]

There's already quite some research that shows that women are more into social networks than men (most recently a Pew research). A study by the Department of Computer Sciences at Johns Hopkins took a look at how women tweet differently from men. Something that might be interesting to remark first: the researchers found no big differences in how the networks of men and women are built up. They both have roughly th... Read more

Europe has the highest number of coworking spaces in the world [graph]

Coworking spaces are sizzling hot: in the last year, the number of coworking spaces in the world outright doubled, from 1320 in February 2012 to 2421 in February 2013, according to research by deskwanted. Europe is the world leader in coworking spaces, with more than 1000 coworking spaces. London is the capital of coworking spaces, with 81 coworking spaces, followed by New York (71), Berlin (68), Tokio (63), San Fran... Read more