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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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The internet of things: now telling you which train compartment is the quietest

You're probably familiar with the herd like stampede that emerges on the platfrom whenever a train enters the station. For some reason, everbody on the platform starts to move - in the same direction that the train is moving. It's hardly logical (who says the first railcars will be the least occupied) but it's also very hard to resist. The Dutch railways (NS) are coming to the rescue now with a system that tells p... Read more

French publishers: "We're going after Apple, Amazon, Microsoft next"

As you probably read by now, the French publishers and Google made a deal. Google will pay for a three year, € 60 million fund for innovation in publishing. The money will be paid out to projects approved by a commission, made up by people from the publishing industry, Google and some 'independents'. And what comes now? Google isn't the only internet companie which links to content. Is Yahoo! next? Nathalie C... Read more

Breaking: French publishers extract € 60 million from Google

So the deal was made between the French publishers and Google. The French publishers managed to extract € 60 million from Google. Here's the victory tweet from the Elysée - which is the official Twitter account of French President François Hollande. The tweet says "we're proud to announce this deal, which is a first in the world". That's not entirely true, by the way. There's already a similar deal between... Read more

Ads from next door's pizzeria on TV, targeted at YOU? It's here.

BSkyB, the satellite broadcaster, will start offering targeted TV advertising in the UK. The system, called 'AdSmart', will allow advertisers to target specific segments of the audience based on which television shows they like to watch, where they live ("right down to individual houses on particular streets", says the FT) and the type of family they live in. For now, the service is limited to "time-shifted" vi... Read more

Wow: SAP goes into sports and entertainment with acquisition of Ticket-Web

Wow: SAP is getting into the event market now. SAP just announced that it plans to acquire Ticket-Web. (There's a few "ticketwebs" out there. I'm assuming it's this one they're talking about). SAP's realtime database solution SAP HANA will become a key technology to enable event and concert organisers to offer realtime tweaks to their offerings. Of course, SAP also brings robustness to Ticket-Web. Popular concerts... Read more