Today in Germany: HomeToGo raises, Txtr sold, German privacy regulator vs. Google

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Berlin-based vacation rentals HomeToGo raises capital, Media-Saturn buys bankrupt Txtr, German privacy regulator orders Google to limit its use of customers’ data.

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HomeToGo receives capital from Acton Capital Partners, DN Partners

Different to peer-to-peer platforms such as Airbnb, HomeToGo has built a search engine for vacation rentals and compares prices on different platforms. The Berlin-based startup launched in January 2014 and claims to have accommodations in over 200 countries. The investment will be used to grow domestically and internationally. The fresh money comes from Acton Capital Partners and DN Partners. As Gründerszene reports, it’s a seven digit amount.
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 German Giant Media-Saturn Looks to Build On Bankrupt Txtr

Berlin-based txtr, which filed for bankruptcy in late January 2015, will be adopted as the ebook platform for the big consumer electronics retailing group Media-Saturn-Holding.
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Google lost another battle in Europe, this time against German privacy regulators

“It’s now in Google’s hands to implement our stipulations, e.g. by a transparent mechanism for consent to process user data,” said Hamburg’s Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information Johannes Caspar in a statement. He had originally ordered changes last fall following an investigation launched earlier in 2014. Google filed an appeal of that decision, however, Caspar overruled the objections and upheld the previous decision.
[VentureBeat]

 

Correction:
The investment for HomeToGo comes from Acton Capital Partners and DN Partners. An earlier version of this article said already existing business angels joined the round again. That information was incorrect.

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