These were the 10 biggest European tech stories this week

Happy Friday! This week, **tracked 12 technology M&A transactions and 55 funding deals** (totalling €1.1 billion, thanks to Spotify) 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)** Spotify raised $1 billion in convertible debt funding, but there are some rather strict terms attached to the deal. What happens next?

**2)** We officially have a new unicorn in Europe (yup, a EUnicorn), as private equity group EQT has acquired a majority equity stake in Danish customer experience management software company Sitecore, in a transaction that values the tech company at approximately €1 billion.

3) Two weeks after signing its final licensing deal with a major record company, SoundCloud has (finally) introduced its subscription plan (Go).

**4)** Gett, a global ride-hailing service that started in Israel and is a chief rival to Uber, has offered to buy Radio Taxis in a move that would bring its London fleet to 11,500 cars.

**5)** Amazon is preparing to launch a two-hour delivery service in Berlin (oh, and it's considering buying a stake in mapping company HERE, previously owned by Nokia).

**6)** Berlin-based, Rocket Internet-backed online furniture retailer Home24 has raised €20 million and reinforced its management team to shoot for profitability.

**7)** Make way for another ‘Uber for private jets’, this time from and in Europe. OpenJet launched this week its real-time booking platform for private air travel, fuelled by €3 million in seed funding.

**8)** Rapper Jay Z is preparing what the Nordic business press is calling a ‘giant lawsuit’ against the former owners of streaming service Tidal, which he acquired for almost $60 million last year.

**9)** High-profile Berlin startup Auctionata is under fire for alleged 'management violations'.

**10)** Dublin's Atlantic Bridge Capital has confirmed the first close of a new €140 million fund for tech companies with potential to scale globally in the areas of big data, IoT, robotics and cloud computing.

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