Happy Friday! This week, Tech.eu tracked 22 technology M&A transactions and 70 startup funding rounds in Europe 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 published elsewhere, government and policy news, as well as an overview of interesting lists, facts and figures from a wide variety of sources.
You can subscribe to our newsletter below to receive all this information in your inbox every Friday afternoon for free, but here’s an overview of the 10 biggest European tech news items for this week:
1) Swedish music streaming giant Spotify announced two acquisitions this week. We wrote about why the company acquired Dublin, Ireland-based startup Soundwave, and what happens next.
2) Meanwhile, one of Spotify’s biggest rivals, France-based Deezer, raised €100 million.
3) Rocket Internet is launching a new investment vehicle, and this week announced the first close of its fresh fund, which came in at $420 million (to which Rocket contributed $50 million).
4) Speaking of Rocket Internet, one of its biggest portfolio companies, Delivery Hero, may just end up raising €1 billion in an IPO later this year.
5) Now that we’re on the topic of billions: Apple may owe $8 billion in back taxes from its use of potentially illegal tax shelters in Ireland.
6) London’s transport regulator backed down on a series of tough proposals for Uber.
7) Speaking about transport in London: startup Citymapper just raised $40 million in Series B funding.
8) VC firm Atomico announced a number of fresh ‘Entrepreneur Partners’, ‘Entrepreneurs-In-Residence’ and ‘Executives-In-Residence’ from and in around the world. Some big names involved, including Brent Hoberman (co-founder of Lastminute.com, Made.com and Founders Forum), Ilkka Paananen and Mikko Kodisoja (co-founders of Supercell), and Alex Asseily (co-founder of Jawbone and State).
9) Facebook has kicked off a Europe-wide campaign against extremist posts.
10) Second Home, the London-based club and work space co-founded by Rohan Silva (former adviser to the UK Prime Minister), announced $10.7 million in funding and an upcoming expansion to Lisbon.
Bonus link: Top 25 EMEA Start-Ups to Watch In 2016 (Informilo)