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Angela Merkel to startups and entrepreneurs:

Angela Merkel to startups and entrepreneurs: "Can we be friends?"

It's quite a love fest in startup world. There was Neelie Kroes recently in Brussels calling them "rebels without a cause" and saying she had decidedly motherly feelings about entr...

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Robert Scoble brings Google Glass to Europe

When Robert Scoble took the main stage at NEXT Berlin on Wednesday afternoon, he first wanted to talk about his concept and theory the "Age of Context" (and the upcoming book of the same name he writes with Shel Israel). However, for the majority of the audience, including myself, cared, he could have skipped right to talking about the exotic piece of hardware he recently got and brought with him from the US only. ... Read more

Neelie Kroes presents her club of top European entrepreneurs: Zennström, Hed, Van Zanten,...

Today, Vice President of the European Commission (aka "digital chief") Neelie Kroes presented her ‘Leaders Club’ of web entrepreneurs at an informal gathering with some European journalists and tech bloggers. The goal is to create European entrepreneurial role models. (It’s a role that some are more willing to take on than others - Boris Van Zanten of The Next Web looked like he just walked in from a Vanity Fai... Read more

You didn't see this coming: Moleskine (backed by Index Ventures) goes public

Remember when Index Ventures said it had "a dozen or so" companies that were ready for IPO? I'm sure Moleskine wasn't one of the first names that came to mind. And yet, here it is: Moleskine, producer of luxury and lustworthy notebooks, will go public on the Italian stock exchange: If its shareholders and the investment bankers who are advising the firm’s management have judged the market correctly, Moleskine,... Read more

Is Marissa Mayer paying a HUGE premium for Dailymotion?

According to the WSJ, Yahoo is talking to Orange about buying a majority stake in Dailymotion (up to 75 percent). It would be Marissa Mayer's first major acquisition, and obviously it would be aimed straight at Google's YouTube. According to most observers, such a deal would be a win for Yahoo, which doesn't have a strong video property - as well as for Dailymotion, which has been looking for a big US partner in o... Read more

BMW strikes a partnership with mobile parking payments app

BMW i Mobility Services announced that it signed an agreement with Estonian tech company NOW! Innovations. For BMW i, the partnership allows it to extend its ParkNow service from off street parking (parking garages) to on-onstreet parking. Now! provides mobile payment and billing solutions for parking services. It's a SaaS that allows cities and parking operators to add mobile phone payments to their existing par... Read more