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 As Apple rides a cresting wave in the stock market with its market cap now dancing around $700 billion, a dark cloud moves in from IDC. The analysts report today that full-year iPad shipments will decline for the first time in its history, amid a sluggish market overall for tablets. Apple — which ironically now offers more models of its iPad tablet than ever before — will… Read More

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 Tumblr this morning is rolling a new mobile-only ad unit called “Tumblr Sponsored Apps” which will allow app publishers to target the social blogging service’s largely Millennial and heavily mobile audience with creative posts designed to drive users to the iTunes App Store and Google Play to download new applications. App install ads, as these units are commonly called,… Read More

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 Feastly, a startup that connects diners with chefs offering unique food experiences outside of restaurants, is announcing that it has raised $1.25 million in seed funding. We first wrote about the company in April, describing it as an “Airbnb for dinner.” Basically, it’s a site where chefs (who need to be approved by the Feastly team) can offer things like this four-course… Read More

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 Google continues to build out its lineup of content partners for the Chromecast streaming media device. This time, partners include Comedy Central, Sesame Street Go, Nickelodeon, and TuneIn, providing a good mix of comedy, kids and radio/podcast content for direct broadcast to your TV or display. Other new channels include EPIX, YuppTV and Encore, which add additional TV and movie content… Read More

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 The two co-founders behind AppGratis are working on a new project for mobile developers. Batch Insights is a push notification aggregator that will let you search, filter and manipulate notifications from thousands of popular apps. This service is a good way to benchmark your competitors when it comes to push notifications. “With Batch Insights we’re on a mission to index all… Read More

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 Addappt, released in 2012 as an application to keep your contacts up to date, relaunched this morning with a new focus on messaging. Its re-designed iOS app still has a focus on your address book — it forms the locus of your social data — but Addappt now includes a feature the company calls ‘Tapp.’ Tapp is a 100 character text and emoji tool that allows you to send… Read More

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 Online, and now, mobile measurement service SimilarWeb has raised $15 million in Series D funding from prior investors Naspers and angel investor Lord David Alliance, chairman of clothing catalog retailer N Brown Group, as the company prepares to expand its capabilities in terms of measuring mobile application data, including app engagement metrics. To date, Tel Aviv-headquartered… Read More

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 VigLink just announced that it’s acquiring Boulder, Colo.-based startup LinkSmart. Aside from the obvious connection of having “link” in both company names, VigLink founder and CEO Oliver Roup pointed to LinkSmart’s focus on helping online publishers promote to their own content, whether it’s an important article or a sponsored story. That complements… Read More

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 Nifty, a hardware startup which has previously turned heads which it’s clever SD card (the MiniDrive) designed to expand the memory of ultra books like Macbook Air’s, has come up with a new product. The XOO Belt is a designer belt that will charge a smartphone. Launched recently on IndieGoGo, it packs 2,100mAh of power – enough to fully charge an iPhone 6 with power to… Read More

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 Flipboard has spent the last several years tying to convince publishers the value of having their content show up in its apps. Today the Wall Street Journal, one of the last major holdouts in the U.S., will allow Flipboard users to view its news stories there. Read More

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 AOL just announced that Allie Kline, who was already chief marketing officer for AOL Platforms, has been promoted to CMO for the company as a whole. AdAge reported yesterday that Erika Nardini would be leaving her role as CMO of AOL Advertising, and that Kline would be taking on Nardini’s duties. Read More

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 YPlan — the app that gives people with no plans a curated selection of things to do and the ability to buy tickets to do them — has some big plans of its own. TechCrunch has learned and confirmed that the startup has raised another $24 million — funding that comes at a key time for the company. YPlan is planning a pivot, of sorts: in a bid to boost the number… Read More

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 Just over a month ago, Twitter announced Fabric, a toolkit for developers to build applications on top of the Twitter platform. If you’re wondering what developers are actually doing with it, well, Twitter just published a blog post with one success story. The product in question is MixChannel, an app created by Japanese social media company Donuts. MixChannel allows users to create… Read More

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 It’s widely thought that Central And Eastern Europe (CEE) provides some of the best technical talent in Europe, while the U.K. — and London particularly — is not only one of the largest tech hubs in the continent but, arguably, has some of the best access to VCs and acts a bridge to other markets. Hoping to capitalise on the two is Fiedler Capital, a CEE-based VC, and the… Read More

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 Audio accessory startup Muzik is launching its product after two years of design and gearing up production, making the Muzik smart over-ear headphones available to consumers today for $299 and a ship date ahead of the holidays. The headphone maker has also raised an additional $10 million to help bring its product to market. The smart part of the Muzik headphones revolves around four hot… Read More

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 Nintendo needs hits right now, and Super Smash Bros. is a hit – the game sold 500,000 copies in just three days, from its debut on November 21 until November 23, the company announced today. That makes it the fastest selling Wii U game in the new console’s history, knocking Mario Kart 8 off that perch. It also should make for a decent accompanying bump in Wii U console sales, if… Read More

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 Roomer is doing for hotel rooms what Airbnb did for your very own home. According to the startup, which has just raised $5 million in Series A led by Disruptive, there are 81 million hotel room cancellations in the United States every year. Roomer tries to solve that problem by letting users sell their unwanted hotel room, which would otherwise cost a cancellation fee, at a discounted price.… Read More

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 Everything But The House operates a full-service estate sale service that combines the best of the online and offline worlds to drive efficiency in the process. To do that, EBTH takes what you might do for any typical estate sale and adds a bit of marketplace dynamics to the process. Read More

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 Today Elance-oDesk is announcing that it has brought on an additional $30 million in funding led by Benchmark Capital, which it will use to further investment in its products and expand into new markets. In addition to Benchmark, additional shareholders that include T. Rowe Price, FirstMark, Sigma West, NEA, and Stripes Group also participated in the round. Read More

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 A new digital skills training fund will be piloted in the U.K. in January which will offer loans to non-graduate young people from East London with the dual aim of tackling the ongoing U.K. tech skills shortage while also addressing a socio-economic gap that tech risks exacerbating. Read More

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 New EU VAT regulations could end up being extremely onerous for early-stage tech startups and could drastically slow sales of digital products in the 28-member state block. The new rules are an attempt to curb the big web giants like Amazon, Google and Twitter from funneling all EU sales through Low-VAT Luxembourg. But with no threshold to exempt tiny small businesses – including… Read More

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 It’s nearly a month since Nimbuzz, the mobile messaging service that’s particularly popular in India, was bought by UK telecoms company New Call in a $250 million deal. Today, Nimbuzz has launched its first product post-acquisition, a dialer app for Android called Holaa!. Read More

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 Tencent is now HBO’s exclusive online partner in China, the two companies announced today. That means Tencent (which, along with Alibaba and search giant Baidu, is one of China’s largest and most influential Internet companies) will be the only official provider of HBO content through Tencent Video. TV series that will be shown on the online video platform include “Game of… Read More

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 In addition to helping tell the news with Dow Jones and The Wall Street Journal, U.S. media giant News Corp also makes news with strategic investments. Today the company announced its first investment in India, paying $30 million for a 25 percent stake in Elara, the company that runs real estated portal PropTiger.com. Read More

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 Hong Kong’s close proximity to manufacturing hubs like Shenzhen, China, and its small but growing startup ecosystem will make it a fertile growing ground for wearable tech startups. At least that’s what Nest, an early-stage venture capital firm, and AIA, one of Asia’s largest insurance providers, are hedging their bets on. The two have teamed up to launch AIA Accelerator,… Read More

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