The French ride-share service BlaBlaCar, already active in about a dozen countries including France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Spain, Ukraine and the U.K., is looking to expand its services after receiving $100 million in venture capital funding. Analysts say the application, which averages 200-mile trips for users, helps riders find competitive pricing and prohibits drivers from profiting from the service, separating itself from other ride-share companies like Uber and Lyft.
Amazon plans to expand its Android Appstore from serving only the U.S., U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Japan to cover about 200 countries, including Australia, South Africa, Canada and several Latin American markets. Developers can submit application ideas in these markets, and the Appstore storefronts will officially open over the coming months, the company said.
Hewlett-Packard has teamed up with British mobile music startup Omnifone to roll out a digital music service across several European countries. MusicStation, an effort to compete with Apple's iTunes, will be available in the U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Sweden, the Netherlands, Austria, Belgium, Spain and Switzerland.
Inditex, parent company of the Zara brand, announced that it will begin selling clothing online in 2010. The site will be launched in Spain, France, Germany, Italy, the U.K. and Portugal for the 2010 winter collection. "The Internet is becoming a more and more relevant channel, so it would be logical to continue expanding online with the other formats," the company's CEO said.