13. June 2012–
In today’s daily digest of top tech headlines, we follow the money as Nokia and “Japanese Amazon” Rakuten buy and sell. Plus: Berlin-based favourite DaWanda expands into Poland – reportedly with an ex-Groupon chief at the helm. Enjoy!
Nokia in talks with EQT to sell Vertu: sources
Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia is in talks with private equity group EQT to sell its luxury handset subsidiary Vertu for around €200 million, sources “familiar with the matter” told Reuters today. The news follows the cash-strapped giant’s recent major patent win against Apple.
Pinstagram arrives for iPad before Instagram, Pinterest
Pinstagram, a mashup launched last month combining hot Internet properties Instagram and Pinterest, has launched its app for iPad. The app beats both startups it builds upon to launch an iPad app. Read more on Mashable, and check other hot spin-offs with our list of 9 hipster ways to bring your Instagram photos to (real) life.
Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten buys Spanish video-on-demand firm Wuaki.tv
Meanwhile, Pinterest investor Rakuten – often referred to as the Eastern version of Amazon – this morning announced the acquisition of Spain’s version of Netflix: streaming and video-on-demand company Wuaki.tv. It’s Rakuten’s fourth European acquisition in just two years. Read more on the Next Web.
DaWanda enters Polish market, ex-Groupon head at helm
Antyweb reports (in Polish) that Berlin-born craft marketplace DaWanda is heading to Poland – with ex-Groupon Poland general manager Marcin Szałek tipped to take a leading role. DaWanda secured a double-digit million sum of funding from Insight Ventures in April to help drive its international growth. For related reading on VentureVillage, try: More Groupon troubles as Daniel Glasner and Philipp Magin jump ship.