Posts Tagged ‘European’
Ahead of the Geneva Auto Show, Tesla has announced plans to significantly expand its footprint in Europe. And for good reason. According to the news release announcing 30 new European service centers and stores, Telsa notes that it expects the combined sales in Europe and Asia to be twice as high as sales in North America. The proposed expansion comes after a recent trip to Europe by Elon Musk who… Read More
Your dream of cruising the Autobahn in a Model S is about to get an internet-enhanced soundtrack: Rdio is coming to European Teslas. While Yanks have had access to Slacker for some time, according to Tesla CEO Elon Musk a licensing issue prevented…
The advanced IPv6 standard reached the internet well over a year ago. But who’s really using it? Mostly Europeans, if you ask Akamai. The content delivery firm is now tracking IPv6 adoption as of its latest State of the Internet report, and it found …
Indiegogo co-founder and CEO Slava Rubin took the stage today at TechCrunch Disrupt Europe 2013, and he shared some interesting stats about the crowdfunding platform’s progress to date, and he specifically addressed some of the company’s international growth. Over the past year, Indiegogo has managed to expand its business 300 percent in Europe over the past year, and international funding now accounts for a full 30 percent of its platform activity.
A lot of the hard work about that came around adding new languages, Rubin said, and then it was also challenging because of the various currencies that had to be incorporated into the platform. Most of the heavy lifting is around working out how to take and receive payments in different countries, Rubin said, and adding a number of new international capabilities in that regard has really helped speed up their growth.
The international growth is actually a core part of Indiegogo’s vision, for an open and democratized future of funding.
“It’s really simple, we want to democratize funding across the world, the only way to do that is to be open,” Rubin said. “To be open is hard [...] The only way to create an open platform is to be totally global, if you only focus on one vertical or one country, you’re only creating liquidity in that space.”
It’s hard because you need to reach as many people as possible, you need to build a product that’s both open to all submissions but also reliable and consistent, and because you have to defend against fraud, which is hugely complicated when you’re trying to be open.
Yet defend against fraud is exactly what Indiegogo has done. The crowdfunding company has faced numerous fraud attempts since 2008, but Rubin says that they’ve had “virtually zero” actually carried out successful. Its net of anti-fraud detection, which includes community monitoring, advanced fraud detection algorithms, and people to track down and follow-up with flagged incidents, is so far pretty bulletproof, Rubin says.
As to what this means in terms of actually delivering funding to project creators, Rubin says that there’s now “millions” being distributed to between 70 and 100 different countries per week. Indiegogo may have strong competition in the form of Kickstarter, but it’s clearly focus on growing internationally quickly and covering as much ground as possible while Kickstarter moves a little more slowly on reaching new countries.
It doesn’t take much to get Half-Life fans stirred up about the long-rumored third installment of the legendary Valve first-person shooter. Earlier this week fans discovered documentation that appeared to show that Valve filed to trademark “Half-Life 3″ in Europe, but the paperwork has now disappeared from website for the EU’s Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market. The original documentation said the trademark was filed on behalf of Valve Corporation by firm Casalonga & Associés on September 29th, but it’s possible that it was all a hoax. Don’t think for a minute this will fizzle speculation about the title, however: the internet’s obsession with the sequel spiraled out of control long ago. For now Valve’s biggest (official)…
We knew Audi’s 4G-enabled rides were coming, but not exactly when. That changes now, as the company has announced that the S3 Sportback is hitting dealer lots in Europe starting today. Us Yanks will have to wait until next spring to use long term evolution speeds with the Audi Connect infotainment system, and even then it’ll be in the A3 sedan, not its sportier cousin. According to GigaOM, Europeans can access LTE from any carrier they choose, whereas domestic options remain ambiguous. The German automaker said that stateside, 4G connectivity will most likely be tied to a specific operator, similar to how smartphones are optimized for each carrier. Negotiations as to which “carrier or carriers” will supply mobile broadband are still up in the air too, with an announcement promised for a later date. We’d like to have pricing info then, too.
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Three months after Google Play Music All Access debuted in the US and a month after it launched Down Under, the music subscription service has finally made its way across the globe to Europe. Well, to nine European countries at least. According to Google’s support page, it’s now available in Austria, Belgium, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain and the UK. As with the other countries, there’s a promotional offer to help you get started. If you sign up for the 30-day trial before September 15th, you’ll only need to pay £7.99 or €7.99 a month after that. If you decide to wait however, the monthly subscription cost goes up to £9.99 or €9.99. No word yet on when the service will roll out to the rest of the world, but we’re sure the folks in Mountain View are hard at work making sure it does. After all, it has quite a bit of catching up to do.
Filed under: Google
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Source: Google Support
Not surprisingly, the European Parliament isn’t happy to hear that the NSA and other US agencies are allegedly snooping on communications in Europe and elsewhere. It isn’t just complaining loudly, however — the Parliament just voted 483-98 in favor of a resolution that will investigate US surveillance activities in Europe and report on their impact before the end of the year. The measure also asks EU officials to consider limiting the data they voluntarily provide to American authorities, such as shutting down programs that forward air passenger and bank records. There’s nothing in the resolution that would immediately affect the EU-to-US communication pipeline, but that could change in half a year — US intelligence outlets may not get their European information served on a silver platter for much longer.
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Filed under: Internet
Source: European Parliament
“To date, what information we have about Google Glass … largely comes from media reports, which contain a great deal of speculation, as well as Google’s own publicizing of the device,” wrote the officials. Though Google has created…