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...


Norwegian publisher Schibsted to increase startup funding and acquisitions in France

Norwegian publisher Schibsted will increase its funding and acquisitions of French startups. To this end, Schibsted Développement France hired Marc Brandsma who helped found companies like Lesmobilizers, Netvibes and Comwax. Schibsted will focus on early stage media and mobile startups, and the investments are to lead to acquisitions later on, after the Schibsted team helped the startups drive traffic and build a... Read more

Google "Tax": are the German publishers inching closer to a victory?

While Google is negotiating with the French publishers about paying a licensing fee for indexing their content with small snippets of text, a German law about ancillary copyright is getting a second reading today. It is backed by the three majority parties and it was part of the coalition agreement, so there's a good chance that it will pass in some form. Big publishers like Axel Springer (Die Welt and Bild) are a... Read more

Online payments provider Ogone acquired for € 360 million by Ingenico

Ogone, the Brussels based specialist in online payments, was acquired by Ingenico, the French payments player specialized in in-store payments. Ingenico pays € 360 million for 100 % of the shares of Ogone. Ogone, formerly Absyss Consulting, was founded in 1996 by Harold Mechelynck and Thierry Pierson. In 2003, the company was the first to develop, integrate and certify a merchant plugin interface module for onli... Read more

Privacy: WhatsApp downloads all your contacts (and keeps them)

Both the Dutch and Canadian privacy authorities concluded an investigation into WhatsApp and found that it violates ‘certain globally accepted standards’ about privacy. Whatsapp is taking steps to remedy some of the problems outlined in the joint report, but not all of them, say the authorities. The most important privacy breaches were: 1. WhatsApp downloads all your contacts (and keeps them) Whatsapp access... Read more

XING goes Elance with a marketplace for freelancers

Xing, still the biggest professional network in the German speaking part of Europe, is experimenting with a marketplace for freelancers. The service is called 'Xing Projekte' (Xing Projects). Xing says it has about 600 000 freelancers on its platform, and it will try to monetise them. Companies that have jobs for freelancers can post them on Xing. To post a project, Xing charges € 195 for a thirty day job postin... Read more