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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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Apple to Samsung: blablablasryblablabla

When a UK judge ruled that the Samsung Galaxy is not a ripoff of the Apple iPad, he also ordered Apple to take ads in selected newspapers and to post on its website about the ruling. Apple was ordered to use 14 pt Arial to issue a statement saying that Samsung did not rip off Apple. Some blogs said that Apple had been forced to "apologize" to Samsung. Well, Apple did that now, in 14 point Arial. An apology it is... Read more

Uh, oh: 5 $ buys you 1 MILLION European Facebook usernames & e-mails

A blogger claims he just bought a list of 1 million Facebook usernames with their corresponding e-mail address for the magnificent sum of 5 $. He was searching online for deals, when he stumbled across this offer: The information in this list has been collected through our Facebook apps and consists only of active Facebook users, mostly from the US, Canada, UK and Europe. There are users from other countries as ... Read more

P2P ride sharing shifts gears: BlaBlaCar goes to Benelux, Portugal & Poland

Ride sharing marketplace BlaBlaCar announced that they are rolling out their P2P ride-sharing model in five new countries: Benelux (Belgium, The Netherlands & Luxembourg), Portugal & Poland. In Poland, BlaBlacar will partner with Superdojazd, a local car sharing network that was just about to launch. BlaBlaCar Poland being run by Superdojazd founder Piotr Jás. BlaBlaCar now boasts more than 2.4 million... Read more

Book your seat on the Eurostar: VC fest this Wednesday

If you hurry, you might have a chance at pitching to one of the top VC's in London this Wednesday: top VC's ("partner or principal level") of these firms will hold joint open office hours: Passion Capital (Stefan Glaenzer, Robert Dighero, Eileen Burbidge, Greg Young) Index Ventures (Gil Dibner) Balderton Capital (Harry Briggs) PROFounders Capital (Sean Seton-Rogers) Notion Capital (Jos White) Eden Ventu... Read more

Trends in VC: rise of the mini fund?

There's a new trend in VC in 2012, according to Globes: so called mini funds, like the newly funded Glilot Capital Partners fund that will manage 30 million $ to invest in 12 Israeli startups. The firm said that it will invest in 12 Israeli start-ups, with an emphasis on early-stage companies in information security, software, and the Internet. The fund has invested in three companies to date: anti-hacking company ... Read more