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European tech journalist; founder & editor of (@tech_eu), previously @TheNextWeb & @TechCrunch - in love with my family, tech, travel and Belgian beer.

Google CEO reportedly met with Telegram to discuss $1B purchase — A rather juicy, yet plausible story is being bandied about in Russian tech business media: a year ago, Pavel Durov - the colourful founder of successful messaging app Telegram - reportedly met with Google CEO Sundar Pichai to discuss an acquisition valuing the startup at around $1 billion.

European car rental marketplace startup Drivy raises €31 million — French startup Drivy wants to become the leading car rental marketplace in Europe, and has raised €31 million to make good on its plans through a boost in product development and further international expansion. Drivy has already attracted 850,000 users across France, Germany and Spain, and plans to launch in a number of other European countries (including the UK) before the end of the year.

Tripadvisor acquires holiday rental website Housetrip — HouseTrip, the UK-based operator of one of the largest holiday rental websites in the world, has been acquired by travel juggernaut Tripadvisor for an undisclosed sum. HouseTrip has raised around €54 million in funding to date, from the big boys in European VC (Balderton, Accel and Index are all investors).

Fintech Fusion: European mobile payment startups SumUp and Payleven confirm merger — European mobile payment system companies SumUp and Rocket Internet-backed Payleven have announced that they are merging, confirming an earlier report from Deutsche Startups. The shareholders of both startups have approved the transaction and will continue to support the combined company, which will operate under the name SumUp, in the future.

Rocket Internet’s ‘Global Fashion Group’ bags €300 million, valuing the e-commerce holding at €1 billion — Rocket Internet's 'Global Fashion Group' (the holding that comprises Zalora Dafiti, Lamoda and others), has secured commitment for a €300 million financing round that values the combined online fashion retail business at €1 billion after the transactions. Rocket itself is investing up to €100 million in the round, with its close ally, Swedish investment powerhouse ...

When Startup Europe met Silicon Valley — Some words, links, photos and videos after I spent 10 days in the U.S. (New York City and San Francisco + Bay Area) meeting with hundreds of people Having spent the better part of this week in Barcelona for the White Bull Summit, I haven't yet had a chance to jot down some of my thoughts after a very interesting trip to the United States (NYC and Silicon Valley) three weeks ago.

Munich IoT tech startup Tado raises $23 million — European smart home product maker Tado - sorry, 'tado°' - has secured $23 million in its quest to become the 'Nest of Europe'. The Munich, Germany-based startup, which competes for the latter title with the likes of Netatmo, Withings and Qivivo, has raised about $57 million in funding to date.

Nokia acquires French digital health company Withings for €170 million — Nokia this morning announced plans to acquire Withings, a connected health product maker based in France, in a transaction that values the company at €170 million. Withings will be part of the company's Nokia Technologies business. The company's products include activity trackers, weighing scales, thermometers, blood pressure monitors, home and baby monitors and more.

European startup SIRIN Labs raises $72 million (for starters) to build the 'Rolls Royce of smartphones' — SIRIN Labs, an Israeli-led venture with headquarters in London and initial R&D labs in both Tel Aviv and Lund (Sweden), has raised $72 million in funding to attempt to make some waves in the crowded global smartphone market. SIRIN's founding team consists of Kazakh investor Kenges Rakishev, Israeli venture capitalist Moshe Hogeg (Singulariteam) and McKinsey-trained ...

These were the 10 biggest European tech stories this week — Happy Friday! This week, tracked 26 technology M&A transactions and 57 funding deals (totalling €318 million) in Europe, Turkey and Israel. Like every week, we listed every single one of them in our free weekly newsletter, along with interesting news regarding fledgling European startups, tech investors old and new, a number of good reads ...
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Apr 29, 2016

RT @lourdesadt: A la caza de los chats: Google CEO met with Telegram founder Pavel Durov to discuss $1B acquisition. vía @tech_eu…co/AUrFXqJRgn

Apr 29, 2016

Should be interesting: @Uber CEO @travisk will be in Brussels soon, and he’s got a ‘special message’ to share

Apr 29, 2016

RT @samwierema: Oooh, interesting! "Google CEO reportedly met with Telegram founder Pavel Durov to discuss $1 billion acquisition"…/

Apr 29, 2016

RT @BarkowConsult: European #FinTech #VC Deals at Record in Q1, London Leads:… via @tech_eu & @kyb@kybernetikusps://…<a title="" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">

Apr 29, 2016

.@google’s been flirting with @telegram and founder Pavel @durov to advance its mobile messaging plans…

Apr 29, 2016

Google's CEO reportedly met with @telegram founder Pavel @durov to discuss $1 billion acquisition… tip @Techmeme

Apr 29, 2016

Anyone up for a good story?Anyone up for a good story?

Apr 29, 2016

RT @JamesLiamCook: will.i. am is launching a music streaming service for his smartwatch…

Apr 29, 2016

RT @ookcu: “European tech funding was almost flat in Q1 2016 — if you don’t include Spotify’s massive debt…” by @tech_eu…UtGT

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