These were the 10 biggest European tech stories this week

Happy Friday! This week, tracked 13 technology M&A transactions and 67 startup funding rounds in Europe and Israel.

Happy Friday! This week, tracked 13 technology M&A transactions and 67 funding deals (totalling €293 million) 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) Index Ventures closed its eighth venture fund of $550 million. The firm now has $1.25 billion to back seed, venture, and growth stage startups.

2) Microsoft went shopping in Europe once again. This time the Redmond-based giant acquired UK's SwiftKey for $250 million.

3) If you're a fan of ordering takeaway food online and live in Spain or Italy, this is relevant to you: Rocket Internet has sold off various of their food ordering businesses to Just Eat for €125 million.

4) Rocket Internet-backed startup Spotcap raised €31.5 million from Russian investor Finstar and Holtzbrinck Ventures. The second largest round in the European fintech sector in 2016.

5) European and US agreed to a new 'Safe Harbor' deal, but it seems as if legal fights around data transfers are far from over.

6) Another VC, this time Creandum, announced the closing of its new €180 million early-stage fund.

7) IBM bought not one, but two German digital services companies this week.

8) Israeli-American cyber security startup Skybox raised $96 million in late stage funding.

9) Remember the UK signing 'back tax' deal with Google? Now Italy and France are also pushing the search giant in a similar direction.

10) Airbnb paid the city of Paris €1.2 million in tourist taxes.

Bonus link: This is how you raise a seed round in 2016

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