These were the 10 biggest European tech stories this week


Happy Friday! This week, tracked 11 technology M&A transactions and 37 funding deals (totalling €159 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) Google has failed in its latest attempt to appeal against a Russian competition over its mobile operating system, and faces a $6.8 million fine.

2) Uber has launched legal action against new rules in London such as written English tests for its drivers, in the latest battle between regulators and the company.

3) France-based Essilor is to acquire the UK’s MyOptique Group, an online platform for sales of prescription glasses, contact lenses and sunglasses, in a deal worth more than €100 million according to our sources.

4) Berlin-based startup Outfittery, which helps men shop for outfits online with the help of style experts, has raised $22 million in funding from Octopus Ventures, U-Start Club and prior backers.

5) The Netherlands-based has shuttered its British business and sold its assets to competitor Just Eat, after buying the latter's business in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg.

6) Alipay, an affiliate of Alibaba, is pushing forward with plans to expand in Europe, unveiling a partnership with Ingenico that paves the way for hundreds of continental retailers to accept China’s biggest mobile wallet in popular destinations.

7) Israeli startup SAIPS was bought by Ford to advance autonomous cars.

8) US-based companies have been slow to sign on to a new international data-transfer agreement with the EU for reasons that include uncertainty that the terms will survive legal tests in the bloc.

9) UK antivirus maker BullGuard is acquiring Israeli startup Dojo-Labs to expand its portfolio of security products to the Internet of Things.

10) Exclusive Nokia-licensee HMD has appointed Pekka Rantala, a former CEO of Angry Birds publisher Rovio, as its CMO to head the relaunch of the Nokia brand on the mobile phone market.

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