Today’s top headlines: Ivi.ru raises $40m, Index and Alven back Voiturelib

top tech headlines
top tech headlines

In today’s news digest, we wrap up some of the big deals recently announced in Europe:

The Hulu Of Russia, Ivi.ru, Raises $40M To Fight Off The Threat Of Hulu, Netflix, And YouTube

Ivi.ruIvi.ru, the “Hulu of Russia” that offers streamed premium TV and films from international and local big-name content holders, has raised another $40m round of funding. The investment was led by Baring Vostok, a private equity firm, along with existing investors ru-Net, Tiger Global, Prof-Media, and Frontier Ventures.

Read more on TechCrunch. For more on investment in Russia, try our guest post last week from Fast Lane Ventures’ Marina Treshchova.

French peer-to-peer car exchange startup Voiturelib lands $2.6m from Index, Alven

VoiturelibFrench startup Voiturelib is today announcing that it has secured €2m (roughly $2.6m) in Series A funding from Alven Capital, with ‘significant participation’ from Index VenturesRead more on The Next Web.

For related reading on VentureVillage, check out leading German carsharing service Tamyca – today’s “startup of the week”.

Madvertise launches real time bidding and reveals sudden growth spurt

MadvertiseGermany’s Madvertise on Monday unveiled real-time bidding technology – as part of its new madPlus platform – that it believes will give it the edge over rivals such as Mobclix and Smaato. The company also reported growth from two billion monthly impressions in May now up to six billion.

Read more on GigaOM and check out our coverage of Madvertise’s expansion into Turkey earlier in the year.

Music service Omnifone on acquisition trail as it moves to profit

OmnifoneWhite-label digital music vendor Omnifone, headquartered in London with extra offices in the UK and Hong Kong, has acquired Swedish indie online music distributor Global Media Bank, and looks set to bolt on more companies over the next year. Read more on paidContent.