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(CNN Business) —  

Europe’s Web Summit this week was buzzing with tiny startups hoping for the big break that would turn them into the rock stars of tech who crowded the conference’s main stage.

But after a year many would like to forget, the big questions hanging over the future of the industry also loomed large at the conference. Facebook’s data scandal, Europe’s new