These were the 10 biggest European tech stories this week

Happy Friday! This week, tracked **9 technology M&A transactions and** **68 funding deals (totalling €296 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 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)** Earlier this year, Twitter invested about $70 million in Berlin-based streaming music service company SoundCloud, the companies unexpectedly announced/confirmed this week.

**2)** China's Tencent is reportedly nearing a deal to buy Supercell, the Finnish maker of the popular 'Clash of Clans' game in a deal that values the company at more than $9 billion.

**3)** Scotland's FanDuel is reportedly in talks with DraftKings to merge the world's two biggest daily fantasy sports companies. There's some logic to this.

**4)** In a rare move for a VC firm, Draper Esprit has made an IPO on stock exchanges in Dublin and London, raising more than £100 million on its first day of trading.

**5)** Twitter’s head of EMEA (one of its most senior execs outside the US) has departed the company to join Dublin-based VC firm Frontline Ventures as investment partner.

**6)** The HelloFresh IPO may eventually happen, but it could be another year or two.

**7)** Tech leaders from across Europe this week came together for the annual 'The Europas' Awards in London. Here's a list of all the winners.

**8)** The US government has asked to be joined as a party in the Irish High Court case between the Austrian privacy activist and lawyer Max Schrems, and Facebook.

**9)** Madrid-based online job marketplace Jobandtalent has raised $42 million in Series B funding led by Atomico.

**10)** Sweden is conducting tests to put the country's land registry system on blockchain, the underlying technology supporting the digital currency bitcoin.

**Bonus link:** The surreal world of an Icelandic bitcoin mine, where they literally make digital money.

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