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These were the 10 biggest European tech stories this week

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This week, Tech.eu tracked 23 technology M&A transactions, one IPO and 62 tech funding deals (totalling €255 million, not counting the £2.4 billion pumped into London-based data centre operator Global Switch by Chinese investors) in Europe, Turkey and Israel.

Here’s an overview of the 10 biggest European tech news items for this week:

1) Nokia said on Wednesday it had filed a number of lawsuits against Apple for violating 32 patents.

2) Russian carrier Megafon is acquiring a majority stake of 63.8% in Mail.ru for £602.21 million (about $ 738 million).

3) The European Commission Monday released the non-confidential details behind its ruling in August that Ireland gave illegal tax benefits to Apple worth up to €13 billion.

4) German meal delivery startup HelloFresh, a Rocket Internet company, has raised €85 million from a new unnamed investor along with previous investor Baillie Gifford.

5) Japanese electronics giant Panasonic is to acquire a majority stake in Belgian supply chain and mobility solutions company Zetes for €149.6 million.

6) Israeli startup Lumus, a developer of wearable augmented reality (AR) displays, has closed a $ 45 million Series C round.

7) Global Switch, a London-based data centre company, has sold a 49% stake to a consortium of Chinese investors for £2.4 billion.

8) BMW has partnered with IBM to add Watson’s cognitive computing capabilities to its cars as it plans a campus for autonomous driving near Munich.

9) Rightware, an automotive software company from Finland, has been acquired by Chinese firm Thundersoft for €64 million.

10) French book publisher Hachette Livre has acquired a majority stake in UK mobile app developers Brainbow, makers of Peak.

Bonus link: Inside Facebook’s Berlin-based team in charge of policing content on the social network

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Happy Friday! This week, Tech.eu tracked 9 technology M&A transactions, one IPO and 46 tech funding deals (totaling €158 million, about $ 167 million) in Europe, Turkey and Israel.

Here’s an overview of the 10 biggest European tech news items for this week:

1) US-based GoDaddy, a domain name and hosting provider, said on Tuesday it would buy its European rival Host Europe Group (HEG) for €1.69 billion, including debt.

2) Europe’s largest carmaker, Volkswagen, has launched a new digital business division called MOIA to take on services such as Uber, shifting its focus beyond selling cars to catering for customers who prefer to pay for use rather than own a vehicle.

3) In related news, BMW will test autonomous vehicles in Munich next year as it seeks to keep up with ride-hailing firms … like Uber.

4) German hotel booking site Trivago updated its plans for a US IPO in a filing that came out on Monday. The company expects to price its shares between $ 13 to $ 15, a $ 428 million offering at the top end of the range.

5) Germany’s Lilium Aviation, a startup that develops lightweight, electric planes, has raised a €10 million Series A funding round from Atomico. The investment will help to commercialize the Lilium Jet, which is a lightweight commuter aircraft that can take off and land vertically.

6) US tech giants like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Microsoft will have to act faster to tackle online hate speech or face laws forcing them to do so, the European Commission has said.

7) Facebook has secured an e-money license in Ireland, paving the way for Messenger payments in Europe.

8) VC firm Partech Ventures has closed its newest €100 million seed fund, Partech Entrepreneur II, to invest in 80 European and US startups at seed stages.

9) eFounders has raised €5 million from 40 investors to help build eight new startups at its two startup studios in Brussels and Paris over the next two years.

10) Germany-based fintech startup N26 is expanding its business to 17 European countries, opening new locations in Spain, Italy, Greece, Ireland, and Slovakia.

Bonus link: Balderton profiled almost 15,000 employees in over 1,000 venture-backed companies in Europe, and produced a report on the ‘European Talent Landscape’ (highly recommended read)

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These were the 10 biggest European tech stories this week

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Happy Friday Saturday! This week, Tech.eu tracked 5 technology M&A transactions, one IPO and 63 tech funding deals (totalling €125.5 million) in Europe, Turkey and Israel.

Here’s an overview of the 10 biggest European tech news items for this week:

1) Skyscanner has been acquired for £1.4 billion by Chinese online travel company Ctrip (mostly in cash). The Edinburgh-based flight meta search company will continue to operate independently.

2) Facebook will hire an extra 500 workers in the UK when it opens a new headquarters in London, increasing its British workforce by half.

3) Microsoft is set to gain EU approval for its $ 26 billion buy of professional social network LinkedIn with tweaks to concessions aimed at addressing competition concerns, sources told Reuters.

4) France-based Wynd has secured €30 million from Sodexo Ventures, Orange Digital Ventures, Bpifrance and others to take its point-of-sale solution to international markets.

5) PM Theresa May to announce £2 billion annual fund to boost UK tech and science.

6) Paris-based Agricool has raised $ 4.3 million to harvest fruits and vegetables in shipping containers.

7) German interactive music TV channel tape.tv has filed for insolvency.

8) Paris, France-based investment firm Idinvest Partners has held the initial closing of its second capital growth fund at €250 million.

9) Monsanto has agreed to acquire VitalFields, an Estonian farm management software company, for an undisclosed amount.

10) Latvia has passed a new ‘innovation and startup tax law’ to double venture capital in the country.

Bonus link: Europe’s software industry brings a total value-added GDP of €910 billion to the EU’s economy, whether direct, indirect, or induced, according to a report from BSA, The Software Alliance.

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These were the 10 biggest European tech stories this week

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This week, Tech.eu tracked 12 technology M&A transactions, one IPO and 86 funding deals (totaling €280 million, about $ 307 million) in Europe, Turkey and Israel.Here’s an overview of the 10 biggest European tech news items for this week:

1) Cork, Ireland-based tech startup InfiniLED has been acquired by the Facebook-owned virtual reality company Oculus.

2) Rocket Internet-backed Wimdu is merging with its competitor, accommodation booking platform 9flats, in hopes to rival Airbnb in Europe.

3) Daniel Ek has replaced Spotify co-founder Martin Lorentzon to become both Chairman and CEO – which means Spotify likely won’t IPO in Sweden.

4) France has adopted a ‘Digital Republic Act’, which includes changes to laws surrounding net neutrality, data portability, video games, and copyright.

5) Navya, a Lyon, France-based company that builds electric, self-driving shuttles for use in urban areas, airports, amusement parks and whatnot, has raised €30 million.

6) Swedish media group MTG has invested in Hamburg-based online game developer, InnoGames,acquiring a 35% stake in the company at a €260 million valuation.

7) Estonian Funderbeam, a blockchain-based startup for trading in growth companies, has raised $ 2.6 million from Draper Associates, Thomson Reuters, and IQ Capital.

8) Founders Factory, the London-based accelerator/incubator founded by Brent Hoberman, Henry Lane Fox and Jim Meyerle, have partnered with and received a ‘multimillion pound’ investment from Chinese private equity holding CSC Group.

9) Uber will offer takeaway meal delivery services in Berlin in 2017 using bicycle courier services.

10) The crisis at Ericsson deepened on Wednesday when the world’s biggest maker of mobile network equipment reported a 94% plunge in quarterly operating profit and tumbling sales.

Bonus link: Early-stage investment firm Seedcamp is having a stellar year so far, which prompted it topublicly share (excellent) performance data for its first fund, which it raised all the way back in 2007.

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These were the 10 biggest European tech stories this week

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This week, Tech.eu tracked 12 technology M&A transactions, one IPO, and 86 funding deals, totaling €199 million (about $ 224 million), in Europe, Turkey, and Israel.

Here’s an overview of the 10 biggest European tech news items for this week:

1) Dutch food delivery company Takeaway.com went public on Euronext Amsterdam today. Its shares were priced at €23 in its IPO, giving it a market cap of around €1 billion upon opening.

2) Spotify had quite a lot of news to announce this week, like its introduction of Daily Mix, its launch in Japan, and a new board member (Netflix’s content boss). But the biggest news came from the FT, which reported that Spotify is close to buying Berlin’s SoundCloud.

3) Qualcomm is reportedly in talks to acquire The Netherlands-based NXP Semiconductors, a deal that likely would cost more than $ 30 billion and accelerate a consolidation rush in the semiconductor industry.

4) German enterprise software giant SAP has earmarked $ 2.2 billion for the expansion of its Internet of Things portfolio. As part of that overall effort, SAP also says it is acquiring Italian IoT firm Plat.One and Norwegian analytics software maker Fedem Technology.

5) Salesforce urges EU to probe Microsoft, LinkedIn for antitrust issues.

6) This week saw the creation of Europe’s first Automotive-Telecom Alliance. The Alliance includes six leading sectorial associations, as well as 37 companies, including telecom operators, vendors, automobile manufacturers, and suppliers for both cars and trucks. Its main goal is to promote the wider deployment of connected and automated driving in Europe.

7) Apple’s new UK HQ will be in London’s iconic Battersea Power Station.

8) Renault’s carmaking alliance with Nissan is partnering with Microsoft to develop cloud-based services for cars, a step toward the group’s plans to build self-driving automobiles by 2020.

9) German fintech pioneer Smava has raised a $ 34 million round.

10) France’s Lydia raised €7 million for its peer-to-peer payment service.

Bonus link: Map shows VCs invested €23.8 billion in European startups since 2014.

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How to Use Instagram Stories: A Simple Guide for Marketers

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On Tuesday, Instagram introduced Instagram Stories, a new feature with remarkable similarities to Snapchat.

Stories provides Instagram users with a place to share posts at a higher frequency. While Instagram photos are typically reserved for perfectly composed shots, Stories allows you to share the little moments that may not be as picture-perfect.

Instagram is positioning this feature as a solution to overposting. Stories live in a separate space, and you can post as frequently as you want without worrying about over saturating your friends’ feeds or filling the grid on your profile page. Download our essential guide to Instagram for business for more helpful tips  and tricks.

So how do you build a Story? And what does this mean for your strategy? Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered.

How to Build a Story on Instagram

Ready to get started? We’ll walk you through the basic steps for building your first Instagram Story, and fill you in on some cool features along the way.

1) Tap the plus sign in the upper left corner of your screen to get started.

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2) Take your photo by tapping the round button, or take a video by pressing down for up to 10 seconds.

The thunderbolt icon turns on the flash, and the two arrows allow you to switch between the front and forward facing cameras.

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Want to upload something from your camera roll? You can. Simply swipe down to chose your photo or video. This includes Boomerangs and Hyperlapses.

3) Select one of the three pen type options to doodle on your photo, add an emoji using your keyboard, or swipe right to select a simple color filter.

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Pro Tip: While it may seem like it at first glance, you’re not limited to the colors that appear at the bottom of the screen. To open up more advanced color options simply press and hold one of the colors to pull up this screen:

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4) When you’re done, tap the checkmark icon to share.

Your Story will appear here, at the top of your friends’ feeds. It’ll also be visible on your profile page by tapping your profile picture.

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Once your Story is live, you can save your masterpiece by opening it and tapping the three dots on the bottom right, then selecting “Save Photo.”

6) Check out who saw your Story by swiping up when viewing the photo or video.

Realized someone’s seeing those photos who shouldn’t be? Tap the “X” next to their name to block them from seeing anything you add to your Story.

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Want to keep your stuff private? You can adjust your privacy settings by going to your profile and selecting the “Settings” icon in the upper right. From there, you can chose to hide your Story from certain users, and restrict who can reply to your messages.

Wait, Isn’t That the Same Thing as Snapchat?

One only needs to look as far as the name to realize Stories is a Snapchat competitor. Similarities include photo/video functionality, a 24-hour window before the content disappears, basic filters, and the doodle tool.

However, there are a few advantages Snapchat has right out of the gate. For one, Instagram Stories is lacking Snapchat’s new “memories” feature, and there’s no screenshot notification. Not to mention, there are no stickers in Stories, and the filters leave something to be desired. And facial recognition — one of the most addictive Snapchat features — is noticeably absent. (If you can’t turn yourself into a bee, why bother?)

However, Instagram Stories does have one big advantage over Snapchat: As part of the larger Facebook/Instagram umbrella, they have less of a hurdle to jump in regards to adoption. Snapchat’s 150 million daily active users look like chump change compared to Instagram’s 300 million. Snapchat has much more ground to cover, while Instagram already has a captive audience.

What Marketers Need to Know About Instagram Stories

If you have an active audience base on Instagram, you should jump on Stories quickly. You have the opportunity to create ephemeral, lighthearted, Snapchat-like content without the challenge of building up a Snapchat audience or launching a new channel.

In addition to the built-in audience, you also have the opportunity for increased discoverability. The content you produce on Snapchat needs to be promoted regularly across other channels or else no one will see it. On Instagram, there are hashtags, geotags, and the Discover section to increase your chances of being found. Snapchat content can disappear into the void unless someone knows exactly what to look for.

If you’ve wanted to experiment with Snapchat-style content without making the leap, this is your chance.

But will it stick?

It’s worth noting that Stories is the complete opposite of Instagram’s current value proposition. Each social network has its differentiating factor, and Instagram has always been a place to showcase the most beautiful, curated version of your life. Stories is at the other end of that spectrum: ephemeral, unpolished, and silly.

And the way we see it, Stories is part of a larger shift we’re seeing towards ephemeral content — a format that Snapchat has seen a ton of success with thus far. Now, rather than painstakingly adjusting the colors and shadow on each picture, Instagram users have the opportunity to embrace and create content that’s transient. As a result, the stakes aren’t as high — especially considering Stories can’t even be “Liked.”

Between the lack of public feedback and the time limitations, Instagram Stories take the pressure out of sharing content on the platform. So regardless of which platform ends up leading the pack, the popularity of ephemeral content won’t be slowing down anytime soon.

So can these two conflicting ideals live in harmony within one platform? And if so, will users adopt Stories and abandon Snapchat?

Chances of Stories catching on is much higher because it’s housed within the Instagram platform, and not the Facebook platform. The demographic overlap between Snapchat and Instagram makes it much more likely users will simply migrate their goofy stories to the other platform. But only if Instagram gets on the facial recognition game, and quickly. Millennials love that puppy filter.

Are you experimenting with Instagram Stories? What do you like? What don’t you like? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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These were the 10 biggest European tech stories this week

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(Tech.eu) – Happy Friday! Here’s an overview of the 10 biggest European tech news items for this week:

1) Big exit in European tech: Antivirus software company AVG Technologies was acquired by rival Avast Software for $ 1.3 billion.

2) The Privacy Shield agreement between the U.S. and Europe that will regulate data transfer between both regions has been signed off on by member states of the EU, and could come into effect very soon.

3) U.K.-based security startup Darktrace and Germany’s Brillen.de raised the two largest rounds of funding in Europe for the week, at $ 65 million and $ 49 million, respectively.

4) Swedish payments company iZettle announced revenue growth of 81 percent last year, but its operating loss widened because of heavy spending to attract customers.

5) Also on the payments front, Stripe launched its “Connect” product in the U.K., Ireland, and several Nordic countries to help startups receive payments from any country where Stripe is live.

6) Reactions to Brexit continue, as technology giants like Facebook say that their opinion should be taken into consideration in Brexit talks. Will Emerald City be the new startup hub in Europe?

7) One of the bigger worries of U.K.-based technology companies has to do with access to talent, and London tech heavyweights call for European talent to remain in the capital following Brexit vote.

8) French automotive giant PSA Groupe is to launch a €100 million venture capital initiative.

9) Remember the EU’s cookie law? The tech industry gangs up on the European Commission, calls for cookie law to be scrapped.

10) The EU this week proposed stricter rules on Bitcoin and prepaid cards as part of efforts to fight terrorism. Ars Technica is worried that this could undermine fundamental rights.

Bonus link(s): A German political party explained why it drove a van around London encouraging startups to move to Berlin.

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