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 Tiger Pistol, a startup offering social marketing tools for small businesses, is announcing that it has raised $3.1 million in Series A funding. The company started in Melbourne, Australia, and I first covered it in 2012, when it left beta testing. Since then, Tiger Pistol (named after the tiger pistol shrimp) has moved its headquarters to Los Angeles, though it retains an office in Melbourne. Read More

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 Is there room for another social network in your life? Inlope, a Munich, Germany-based startup which was founded last year and has just launched its app reckons so. And it’s not alone — having persuaded Microsoft to cover its costs for a year while it seeks to scale its idea into a living and breathing local social network. Read More

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 A company called Canopy launched last year to bring a more curated and community-driven experience to shopping Amazon products, with an organized catalog of recommended items, and a number of tools for finding and saving favorites. Today, Canopy is bringing that same experience to mobile with the launch of the Canopy iOS application. Like its web-based counterpart, the iOS app offers a… Read More

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 Apple has made a lot of people varying degrees of rich, but original third co-founder Ronald Wayne isn’t one of them. The lesser known member of theApple founding trio that also includes Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak sold his 10% stock in the company for $800 U.S. under two weeks after formalizing their original partnership, and then a later check for $1,500 to forfeit any future claims… Read More

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 Line has revealed that it sold more than $300 million (¥3.59 billion) in user-generated stickers from independent ‘creators’ during the first six months of launching its Creators Marketplace service. Read More

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 Appear Here, a marketplace for retail space aiding and abetting the fashionable craze of ‘pop-up’ shops, has raised a significant $7.5 million of new funding, in a round led by Balderton Capital. Existing investors MMC, Forward and Meyer Bergman also took part in the round, which follows on from a £1m fundraising in November 2013. The investment will be spent on customer service,… Read More

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 The U.K. government is once again amping up counter-terrorism rhetoric against Internet companies, with Prime Minister David Cameron telling Parliament yesterday that digital communications firms’ networks are “being used to plot murder and mayhem”, and asserting that web companies have a “social responsibility to act on this”. Read More

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 Rocket Internet-backed online retail Jumia is in the money today, after the Africa-based company announced that it has raised €120 million ($150 million) in new funding. The company confirmed that the round was completed at a valuation of €445 million ($555 million). Read More

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 Earlier this week, it emerged that BT was eyeing up a mobile carrier to expand its existing fixed line business, and that O2 was one of the two under consideration. Today the cat is out of the bag on who the other one is: according to a statement released by Orange, it is EE, the UK joint venture between France Telecom’s Orange and Deutsche Telekom’s T-Mobile. “Deutsche… Read More

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 Is there wriggle-room left in the last-minute offers space? U.K. startup Wriggle obviously thinks there is. The app, which matches you with last-minute availability at independent food, drink and entertainment establishments, is seeing its London launch today. Read More

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 This is what happens when you raise more than $1 billion in funding and want to build a strong network across the world. Read More

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 US-Australian startup Canva is injecting a dose of social into its easy-to-use graphic design platform after it rolled out public user profiles, a Twitter-style following system, and a real-time content stream. Read More

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 Samsung Electronics has announced that it will sell stakes in Samsung Techwin and Samsung General Chemicals to Hanhwa Corp. in order to raise money for new investments. Read More

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 Inzen, a Singapore-based mobile game developer, has raised a Series A round of $935,000 SGD (about $748,000). The company is setting its sights on China as it prepares to launch a new portfolio of titles for international markets next year. Its latest funding round, which brings the total Inzen has raised to $1,485,000 SGD (about $1,190,000) so far, was led by Japan’s Incubate Fund,… Read More

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 It’s strange, because until now most home automation system which involve accessing the power outlets seems to have been designed for nerds to show off their ‘touch sensitive’ switches. But it’s taken a 19 year old from Kent, England to produce a power socket aimed at the mainstream UK market which carries a real switch, that looks just like any other, but which… Read More

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 Do you have a question that you’re dying to ask Mark Zuckerberg? Did you miss your shot during the live Q&A session earlier this month? Fret not. It seems the “Q&A With Mark” concept is set to become a regular occurence. Earlier this morning, Facebook announced that a second Q&A event will occur on Dec. 11th at 2PM pacific. Meanwhile, they’re offering up… Read More

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 Imagine you’re an astronaut on the International Space Station. Congratulations! Childhood-you would be so proud. You’ve been sent a 3D printer. So… what do you print first? Read More

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 Dystopian futures have always imagined governments oppressing us with surveillance. Under the all-seeing, all-hearing eyes and ears of Big Brother, free will is curtailed and only “approved” behavior is allowed. Edward Snowden revealed this was no conspiracy theory, and we wouldn’t have to wait for the future. We’re already being watched, our liberty sacrificed for… Read More

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 SyFy has greenlit a new, six-episode series that will follow teams of startups through the accelerator process in the Valley. The show, called The Bazillion Dollar Club*, is expected to focus on 12 companies (six each) participating in the 500 Startups Accelerator and PCH International’s Highway1 program. Read More

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 On this week’s Droidcast, Chris Velazco joins us from a bathroom, Kyle Russell contributes from New Hampshire, Greg Kumparak rises from his sick bed, and Darrell Etherington hosts from the permanent midnight of Canada. Up for discussion are two new Android Wear devices, the LG G Watch R and the Asus ZenWatch, as well as Nvidia’s Grid streamed gaming service, and fashion… Read More

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 Video-focused startup Grabyo, which has a second-screen offering and partners with TV broadcasters to allow TV viewers to legally share real-time clips of its content, has landed $2m in funding from a clutch of globally recognised sports stars. UK Premier League Soccer stars Cesc Fabregas and Robin Van Persie, New York Red Bulls star Thierry Henry and current NBA champion Tony Parker are… Read More

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 Editor’s Note: Malay Gandhi serves as the managing director of the digital healthcare investment firm Rock Health, which recently announced its third seed fund. Startups should give up equity for only one of two reasons: work or cash. Startup employees and advisors work in exchange for equity (and salary) and they can be fired if they don’t perform, shutting down their vesting. Read More

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 In a surprising display of transparency, Jack Conte and Nataly Dawn aka Pomplamoose detailed what it took to run a 28-city tour of the US. The bottom line? The band made $135,983 in income… and incurred $147,802 in expenses. Essentially, they lost a little over $11,000. But what does this mean for a modern Indie band? Conte writes that all is not lost. First, obviously, is the… Read More

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 Earlier this month, Dropbox and Microsoft announced a partnership that would see Dropbox offer better support for Microsoft’s Office Suite, including the ability to edit Office docs from the Dropbox mobile app among other things. Today, those integrations have gone live for users of both the Android phone and iOS Dropbox applications. Explains Dropbox in a blog post announcing the… Read More

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 Today Apple topped the $700 billion value market cap threshold during regular trading, a remarkable achievement. The company’s shares have since slipped some, but it’s impossible to deny the technology giant’s massive rally. Apple, a company that was once small enough to be dismissed whole-cloth is now not only the world’s most valuable technology company, it’s… Read More

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