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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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Janssen Labs adds more "coworking lab space" for life sciences startups

A year ago, Johnson & Johnson opened an innovation center for life science startups in San Diego - under the brand name 'Janssen Labs'. The lab is named after Belgian pharmaceutical pioneer Paul Janssen, who started a lab with less than € 1500 and built a global pharmaceutical company on that, which was later sold to Johnson & Johnson. Apparently the coworking labs are so successful that they're now expa... Read more

Deezer comes to your smart tv (if it's a Samsung, LG or Toshiba)

Deezer announced today that it partnered up with Samsung, Toshiba and LG to bring a Deezer app to the "smart tv" models of the three TV brands. According to Deezer, this will make Deezer the "new dominant digital music service provider via Smart TV's". Deezer subscribers will have instant access to all their playlists, tracks and Deezer recommendations via their smart TV. For those without a subscription, you can ... Read more

Online privacy: "If EU allows right to be forgotten, it's war," says US

A US diplomat said at a conference in Berlin that "things could really explode", and that a "trade war" could erupt if the EU pushes ahead with its plans to offer citizens the "right to be forgotten". In January 2012, the Commission presented draft regulation to reform EU data protection rules. This would introduce a single data protection law for all EU member states - and it would also apply to US companies that p... Read more

TomTom launches a Taxi app (but not as we know it)

Have you ever wondered whether your cab driver wasn't driving around endlessly before dropping you off at your destination? You're not alone, and TomTom just released an app to solve the problem: the TomTom Taxi Booking App tells you whether your cab driver is taking the optimal route. After your taxi ride, you can rate your cab driver. Of course, you can also book a cab with TomTom Taxi. It's another taxi app, bu... Read more

Portugal Telecom teams up with mPowa for mobile payments via Bluetooth

Portugal Telecom is teaming up with mobile payments company Powa, to "create devices that enable businesses to take card payments by smartphone". Powa is a Square competitor/clone, much like Payleven and iZettle: it offers a dongle and an app that can turn phones and tablets into a mobile card terminal. The biggest difference is that Powa is concentrating on merchants which already accept cards, through partnershi... Read more