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JobAndTalent wins $14m in new round

Spain and U.K.-based recruitment site JobAndTalent raised $14 million U.S. in a Series A round of funding. “We will work on developing a wave of new features and improvements to our platform to make JobAndTalent a global brand,” wrote co-founder Juan Urdiales in the company announcement. JobAndTalent uses linguistic algorithms to match users with jobs, eliminating the need for...

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easyJet founder to launch easyProperty

Stelios Haji-Ioannou, famous as the founder of the easyJet airline is set to bring his cheap and cheerful touch to property portals later this year with the launch of easyProperty.com.  Seemingly playing on public discontent with the cost of traditional agencies the site promises to “make property transactions straightforward and aggressively slash estate agency fees”.  A joint...

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Rightmove reveals figures

In a week in which the U.K.’s market leader has seen its share downgraded from ‘buy’ to ‘hold’ the company must have felt a certain sense of vindication today as it revealed its year end (to December) figures. Revenue for the year was up 17 per cent to 17% to £139.9m in the year to end-December, with underlying profit up 19 per cent to £104m with a total divident...

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Rightmove shares hit by new rival

m4s0n501 The announcement of a rival to the Rightmove/Zoopla duopoly seems to have given the stock market food for thought. Since the announcement that the larger agents are putting together Agents Mutual to rival the duopoly Rightmove has seen its shares fall as banks downgrade their recommendations. Investment bank Canacccord Genuity downgraded from ‘buy’ to ‘hold’ on...

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Trinity Mirror opts for Vivastreet partnership

Trinity Mirror has had a troubled couple of years with the forced (and very expensive) departure of ex Chief Executive Sly Bailey, a decline in recruitment ads, the closure of its daily deals site, and the ongoing problems with the Fish4 network of classifieds. In response it seems to have chosen to reduce its risk in classifieds by choosing to partner with Vivastreet in a new portal approach...

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Angry agents set up direct rival to Rightmove/Zoopla

Seemingly sick of the duopoly of Rightmove and Zoopla estate agents are rushing to sign up to a new property portal in the U.K. More than 500 agents with over 1,800 branches have signed up to new venture Agents Mutual which has reportedly pledged £6 million to setting up the Rightmove rival. Big names associated with the venture include Savills, Knight Frank, and Strutt & Parker and the...

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