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Europe's got solid app growth, but it's trailing Asia

Europe’s “app economy” is still growing robustly and is expected to reach $16.5 billion in 2014, but its share of the global market has fallen to 19% in 2014 from 24% in 2012, according to a new research brief published by London-based Vision Mobile.

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Moscow-based Runa Capital to invest up to $200 million in European startups

Runa Capital, a Moscow-based global tech-focused venture capital firm, announced yesterday the first closing of its new fund, Runa Capital II. With a target size of $200 million, the firm will continue investing in tech-based companies worldwide, focusing especially on Europe. The amount of the first closing has not been disclosed.

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One-fifth of all websites blocked in the U.K.

In an effort to protect young adults from mature content, U.K. Internet service providers now block approximately one-fifth of all websites, according to a study conducted by Open Rights Group.

Quandoo closes $8M

Restaurant-tech startup Quandoo has taken $8 million in funding. The cash comes from DN Capital and Holtzbrinck Ventures.

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Sociomantic is Berlin’s hidden champion (interview)

Almost 10 percent of its workforce are former Google employees, including CEO Jason Kelly. From August 2012 to August 2013, the company announced it made more than $100 million in revenues.

European policy makers have introduced a number of amendments that would further regulate the cloud computing industry

Europe wants to regulate the cloud for a post-Snowden world

It’s not always clear where data travels on the Internet, but with American cloud providers like Amazon Web Services and others powering a sizable chunk of the modern web, there’s a fair chance the National Security Agency can examine and store your data — even if you live across the pond.

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JUSP is Europe’s Square (and maybe Africa’s too)

Today JUSP launched the Europe’s answer to the Square credit card reader in Milan, Italy. Like Square, this credit and debit card reader connects to any phone or tablet simply via your device’s headphone jack. But the company has plans not just for Europe, but also for Africa, Latin America, and parts of Asia that don’t have a developed point of sale infrastructure yet.