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...


Neelie Kroes to US companies: "Want to track European customers? By our rules then"

Neelie Kroes, digital chief of the European Union and Vice President of the European Commission, was obviously not amused when she gave a speech yesterday about the new Do Not Track standards, that are currently being finalised in the World Wide Web Consortiom (W3C). Kroes made it clear that she was worried about the delays in the work toward DNT standards, and also by the turn that things are taking, with many ad... Read more

Deezer celebrates first UK anniversary with a promise: we're not going to the US

Deezer is celebrating its first UK anniversary today, with a livecast of CEO Axel Dauchez. Deezer is fresh off a new investment round of 100 M € by billionnaire Len Blavatnik (75 M as new financing, 25 M to buy out previous investors). Dauchez made a promise 'that would make Deezer users in 160 countries happy': while Spotify is trying to get a firm footing in the US, Deezer is trying to grow outside the US. "D... Read more

Introducing Whiteboard: a grassroots platform for European entrepreneurs and innovators

'If it's not talking to each other, it's not a market.' Europe, despite being a political union (of sorts), does not yet feel like a real market. Part of the solution would be to know more about each other, and to talk to each other more often. That's what 'Whiteboard' wants to offer: a place to find information about interesting businesses and innovation, and to talk about it. 1. The Problem An advertising veteran... Read more

Nokia's mapping tech will be in 90% of all cars WORLDWIDE next year!

The news we're getting about Nokia is really confusing: on the one hand, we hear news about Nokia planning to sell off Nokia House. On the other hand, Nokia's mapping business seems to be thriving. Seeking Alpha made this interesting list about the company's latest business partnerships: Nokia's latest business partners are Oracle (ORCL), BMW (BAMXY.PK), Mercedes (DDAIF.PK), Garmin (GRMN) and Hyundai (HYMLF.PK). N... Read more