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...


First 'Nordic Startup Awards' wants to liberate Scandinavians from excessive modesty

Does the world need more award shows? Some people seem to think so: James Digby (partner at Rockstart Accelerators) organises the first Nordic Startup Awards, to choose Scandinavia's most promising startup. It's a hugely ambitious and glamourous program, but that was kind of the point, says Digby: [caption id="" align="alignright" width="200"] James Digby, CEO of Nordic Startup Awards. Feature image: elevator pit... Read more

Facebook Opens First Non-U.S. Engineering Center in London - Tech Europe - WSJ

Facebook officially opened its first engineering centre outside the US today, and it picked London for it. Facebook engineer Philip Su explained that the centre will concentrate on three things: mobile, platform building and machine learning: “London is the world’s second highest concentration of Facebook-registered third party developers. There is so much PhD-level talent in machine learning that our team hop... Read more

Dutch author Charles Den Tex: "Amazon, Apple and are too greedy, kthxbai"

Dutch thriller writer Charles den Tex will sell his books on his own website from now on, because he feels the commission that etailers like Apple, Amazon and take is excessive (up to 30 percent of the price). The author will sell his books via his own website from now on, in the form of watermarked ePub-files. The writer says that he had wanted to do this earlier, but he couldn't because the book publishe... Read more

Finally, VW builds a car with WiFi (and 5 other nifty technologies)

As Martin Varsavsky said last week, he didn't understand why cars aren't on the internet all the time. It's hard to argue with that. Volkswagen seems to have answered his prayers and rolls out the VW Golf 7 series (the photo above was the best picture we could find on Flickr when searching for "VW Golf 7" ;) ), which comes packed with these features: 1. WiFi!! You can turn the car into a hotspot for all your passe... Read more

Apple pays Swiss railways for clock design

The Swiss railways contacted Apple after the launch of iOS 6 asking basically: what's up with ripping our patented clock design? The two parties have now struck a deal. SBB, a Swiss railway operator, has held the clock design patent since 1944. Zurich-born engineer Hans Hilficker designed the clock face. It's instantly recognisable by the red second hand, that's shaped like a railway guard's signaling disc. Accord... Read more