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Today we give you an overview of the 10 biggest European tech news items for the past week (subscribe to our free newsletter to get this roundup in your inbox every Monday morning):
1) Polish e-commerce group Allegro went public; its shares shot up more than 60 percent on its trading debut, giving the company a market value of close to $20 billion in Europe’s biggest IPO so far this year.
2) Norwegian user-generated gamified e-learning startup Kahoot!—which has clocked 1.3 billion “participating players” since launching in 2013—has picked up $215 million from SoftBank in a private placement.
3) Luxembourg-based Brighteye Ventures, which claims to be Europe’s first and largest edtech VC, has announced the $54 million first close of its second fund, bringing assets under management to above $112 million.
4) The European Union aims to spend up to 10 billion euros over the next seven years to help build up a homegrown cloud computing sector that could rival foreign corporations such as Amazon, Google and Alibaba. There were 25 EU countries that signed a joint declaration on Thursday pledging public money to power up the cloud sector and establishing the “European Alliance on Industrial Data and Cloud,” a partnership geared toward facilitating such projects.
6) Israel’s artificial intelligence-based machine monitoring solution provider Augury announced it has completed a $55 million Series D financing round led by Qumra Capital, and with the participation of Insight Venture Partners, Eclipse Ventures, Munich Re Venture Capital, Qualcomm Ventures and Lerer Hippeau Ventures.
7) U.S. tech giants are facing the threat of an EU attempt to break them up after France and the Netherlands jointly issued a call for the bloc’s competition authorities to take pre-emptive measures as they prepare sweeping legislation to curb the companies’ market power.
8) France will begin collecting tax on big digital companies this year after international talks failed to agree on a global levy, its finance minister said this week, risking a trade war.
9) German business transformation software maker Celonis has acquired Czech online automation startup Integromat. The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Celonis co-founder and CEO Alexander Rinke said the deal was over $100 million.
10) More than 1,000 U.K. startups have filed for administration, liquidation or dissolution since the lockdown began, according to new research released this week by Plexal and Beauhurst.
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