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 Just one month after striking a distribution partnership with Warner Music Group, Tencent, one of China’s biggest Internet companies and the maker of WeChat, has made a similar deal with Sony Music Entertainment. As with the earlier agreement, Tencent will have the right to distribute Sony Music Entertainment’s catalog through various online channels, including microblogging… Read More

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 Bangkok-based gaming startup Infinity Levels has landed $500,000 in funding to help it follow the lean development model popularized by Supercell and its blockbuster smash title Clash Of Clans. Read More

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 Each year, Google releases a list of the topics we’ve collectively searched for the most over the past 12 months. Each year, I try and see how many I can guess beforehand. This year, I got about half. How many can you get? [Pro tip: remember, people generally search for depressing/scary stuff more than pretty much anything else.] Read More

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 SoftBank’s investment spree in Asia is continuing today after the company announced a $90 million round for Locon Solutions, the company behind India’s Housing.com property portal. Read More

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 Miyabaobei, a Chinese site that sells formula, clothes, and other items for babies and toddlers, has raised a $60 million Series C round from H Capital, with participation from returning investors Sequoia Capital and ZhenFund. Read More

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 Back in September, Netflix began using Facebook to let users recommend content to friends without having to share it to publicly on the social network. Now the company has brought that feature to Android devices. Read More

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 Seoul’s city government hopes to get more people interested in its startup scene by sponsoring Global Hackathon Seoul, which will take place from July 29 to August 1, 2015. According to the event’s organizers, this is the first time Seoul has sponsored a hackathon. Read More

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 If you want a solid example that backs up the startup maxim “hardware is hard,” look no further than the cautionary tale of Goldee, a software startup that turned its attention to hardware and the connected home, only to have the situation go from bad to worse, and culminate in hurt feelings, permanently damaged code and a lot of backers who are left without anything to show for… Read More

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 We’ve heard about startups that, intentionally or not, take advantage of bad weather and worse, so it’s nice when a new company actually offers to help out without making a profit. Last week, I wrote about The Happy Home Company, a startup that helps home owners manage their repairs and maintenance. Well, after the recent storms in the San Francisco Bay Area (which, yes, generated… Read More

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 For the latest episode of Built in Brooklyn, we visited a locale that’s particularly close to my heart — a liquor store. That store, located in Brooklyn’s Dumbo neighborhood, is run by Mouth, a startup that sells food, alcohol, and “tasty gifts” from independent producers. While the business mostly revolves around its online marketplace, co-founder and Chief… Read More

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 Microsoft’s Sway, an online tool for creating presentation-documents, is now generally available to the public. Previously, a waiting list was in place. That Sway has taken down its rope line isn’t surprising. What is perhaps slightly unexpected, are the metrics that Microsoft announced in its blog post concerning the product’s availability. Here’s the company:… Read More

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 Homejoy, the U.S. domestic cleaning startup that’s backed by the likes of Google Ventures to the tune of $38 million, is putting another of its international operations on hold. Following news earlier today that its Canada-based business was being “paused”, TechCrunch has learned that Homejoy’s activities in France have been met with the same fate. Read More

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 Hiptic Games, a Y Combinator alum that’s been operating in stealth since the Summer 2011 batch, has launched GameThrive, a push notifications service that aims to help developers engage players when they’re least likely to be annoyed. Read More

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 Hang with startup kids long enough, and you’ll notice that they have their own language. No, bro, it’s a SaaS play in the on-demand food space. Think of it as the Uber for gluten-free Whole Foods delivery, ok? It never ends: We’re actively raising, but really want to make sure that we hit investor-board fit before product-market sync, you know? This can be confusing.… Read More

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 Amazon just made good on its promise. HBO GO is now available on the Amazon Fire TV and will hit the Fire TV Stick this coming spring. Best yet, the app fully supports Amazon’s impressive voice search that let’s users find content with a button built into the Fire TV remote. Read More

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 Are you ready to amp up your acoustic guitar to the MAXXXX? The ToneWoodAmp has got you covered. This surprisingly cool Kickstarter project is essentially a speaker that takes the sound coming in from your acoustic guitar, modifies it, and then reproduces it automatically so you can hear it out of the guitar body. It’s great for folks who might not have access to effects pedals or a… Read More

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 Your house is cold, but your thermostat is way over there. You could walk over to your thermostat and crank the heat, but pft, walking. If you have a Nest, you could open up the app and control it that way, but, pft, opening apps by hand. What is this, 2007?! As of this morning, you can now control a Nest with your voice. Making use of that $3.2 billion acquisition they made earlier this… Read More

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 SurveyMonkey, the Silicon Valley company that runs an online survey and questionnaire platform, announced today that it has raised $250 million in a new round of funding. The raise was first reported last night by the Wall Street Journal, and was officially confirmed by the company this morning. The new money will be used at least in part to fuel more M&A transactions, and to allow… Read More

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 Amazon this morning has rolled out an updated version of its Kindle app for iOS users which now offers readers a number of new features, including integration with Amazon acquisition Goodreads, personalized book suggestions, and, for those who subscribe to Kindle Unlimited, access to over 700,000 titles in the app, among other additions. The update follows the upgrade of the Kindle software… Read More

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 While this footage isn’t as exciting as I’d like it to be – I’d really prefer a big old gross close-up of a splayed knee joint – what it represents is pretty wonderful. Essentially, doctors at the Columbia University Medical Center have been able to print a knee meniscus using a degradable plastic scaffold and a protein growth system. The body then subsumes the… Read More

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 Messaging app Kik is embracing one of the hallmarks of social networks after it introduced hashtag on its service. An update to the iOS and Android apps today turns hashtags into clickable links to chat groups where Kik believes like minded users can congregate to discuss topics, share information and (potentially) meet new people. Read More

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 Work management tools tend to come in two flavors: either as a really expensive but customizable enterprise solution or as a more consumerize product that gives you very little flexibility. Wrike hopes to bridge this gap with the latest update to its work management and collaboration service today. “Before [today’s launch], Wrike was like many other collaboration tools,”… Read More

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 “No one’s private life can totally withstand public scrutiny,” reads an NYT op-ed penned by screenwriter and playwright Aaron Sorkin, angrily blasting the media for reporting the private details revealed through the recent hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment, in what’s shaping up to be one of the largest corporate data breaches to date. “…every news outlet… Read More

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 Microsoft recently announced that it would not release another Windows 10 build this year. That statement became ironic when the company did, by accident, when a new version of its new operating system leaked. The Microsoft-watching community quickly dug in, finding goodies like Cortana, and a new Xbox app; here were the consumer-facing pieces that were not supposed to be out until… Read More

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 UK telco BT has confirmed it is in talks to acquire mobile carrier EE for £12.5 billion — the largest of the U.K.’s carriers, and the first to roll out a 4G/LTE network, back in fall 2012. Read More

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