Today’s top stories: According to research by Thomson Media Control the German online advertising market has grown 28 percent; VCs including High-Tech Gründerfonds have invested in VoIP startup C2Call; and the Internet radio platform Aupeo has penned a deal with Mini to provide streaming music for car owners.
German online ad revenues grow 28 percent
Revenues from online advertising in Germany hit €912m in the first six months of 2010, according to a report by Thomson Media Control for German ICT federation Bitkom. This is an increase of 28 percent compared with the same period last year. Telecoms companies and providers of online services were the biggest spenders, investing a total of €226m on online advertising, 66 percent more than in the first half of 2009.
C2Call raises $2m in Series A funding
C2Call, a provider of browser-based VoIP solutions, has secured a $2m investment from Draper Investment Company, High-Tech Gründerfonds and Klaus Wecken, the co-founder of KHK Software AG. The Dortmund company says it now has 900,000 users of its FriendCaller application, which enables voice calls to be made in the browser without the need to install any software. FriendCaller is also available as an iPhone or Android app.
Aupeo cuts deal with car maker Mini
In an automobile industry first, the Internet radio platform Aupeo has signed a deal with Mini to give its cars built-in streaming music, as reported by VentureBeat. The Berlin-based startup has created four customised music channels for Mini, which will offer the service as an optional extra for €250. Owners will need an iPhone and Mini-created app to connect to the web radio platform.