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...


Another telecom goes vertical: Belgacom now sells alarm systems

As predicted by Swisscom Participations CEO Dieter Bernauer, the European telecoms are looking at verticals where they can't be as easily disrupted by lower cost virtual operators or "over the top" apps like Viber or Skype. A week ago, Telefonica announced that it had acquired a majority stake in a Brazilian remote care provider. Today, Belgian market leader Belgacom announced that it will start selling high end ... Read more

No more apps scrolling: insta-content via the homescreen of HTC One

Cool news from HTC and Deezer. One of the most irritating aspects of apps and smartphones is the scrolling through your apps, selecting one and then diving into the app. The HTC One phone skips that process, and makes partner content directly accessible from the home screen, as explained on the Deezer blog: We’re proud to announce yet another important partnership for us as we continue to work to make the music yo... Read more

Seedmatch aims for new crowdfunding record (€ 400k in equity based funding) this week

The guys at Seedmatch do like to pursue ambitious goals. We wrote earlier about how they raised the ceiling of equity based financing in Germany - and successfully raised € 200 000 in record time (48 minutes!) a short while after. This week, they're trying to smash a new record, they announced on their website. They will try to raise € 400 000 euro in equity based funding for Honestly, a customer feedback app... Read more

Telefonica starts testing phone-to-phone and cardless NFC payments

It’s funny to see how payment innovations seem to go full circle (from the perspective of the customer, at least). We started out with small boxes that read the chip on your debit or credit card. The merchant inserts the card, inserts the amount, you pin, ready. Next came solutions that allow you to pay with your smartphone: Square, iZettle, Payleven. Here, the idea was that you can do away with the card ent... Read more

Targeted ads come to TF1 too (only on PC for now)

On the heels of the news that Sky will start offering targeted ads on its time-shifted video on demand catalogue, TF1 announces that it will be the "first" to offer targeted advertising on its video-on-demand offering. TF1 signed a deal with Weborama, which specialises in audience segmentation, to match viewer's profiles to advertising. Advertisers will be able to choose from 10 classes of consumers to target, sa... Read more