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 Two companies targeting the “mom” demographic with a product lineup that includes party supplies, crafts, toys, and more, Seedling and P.S. XO, are now merging. The combined companies have also now raised $7 million in new funding from UpFront Ventures and Greycroft Partners, in light of the deal and the revenue projections as a combined entity. The two are expected to hit… Read More

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 The latest 12-week smartphone sales figures from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, up to September, indicate that Windows Phone’s already small share of the smartphone market has shrunk in Europe — dropping 0.3 percentage points in aggregate across the top five markets in Europe (the UK, France, Spain, Italy and Germany). Read More

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 Reddit is continuing it expand its presence beyond its wildly successful forums — known as the front page of the internet for many — after it jumped into the world of crowdfunding with Redditmade, a site that allows moderators to set up projects which can be backed by Redditors. Read More

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 Nintendo, which has seen several quarters of disappointing results, managed to pull out a quarterly operating profit of 215 million yen ($2 million) in its second quarter, compared to an 18 billion yen operating loss in the same quarter a year ago. According to Thomson Reuters Starmine, analysts had expected a 3.7 billion yen loss for the quarter. Read More

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 Sky is best known as a British satellite broadcaster, but it is increasingly becoming a startup investor after it announced its third deal in a month. The company has ploughed $7 million into Whistle Sports, a YouTube network that is focused on — you guessed it — sports videos for young people. Read More

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 Samsung is under-pressure as a long-period of growth continues to flatten out, but things couldn’t be going much better for fellow Korean phone-maker LG, which just announced that it shipped a best-ever 16.8 million smartphones in Q3 2014. Read More

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 ScoreBig, the online ticketing company, has raised a total of $18 million in Series D funding. In a blog post, the company said that Heart Ventures was the lead investor and that George Kliavkoff, the co-president of Hearst Entertainment & Syndication, is the latest addition to ScoreBig’s board of directors. Read More

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 Wall Street wants growth, or else. Twitter reported slow growth of 4.8% yesterday down from 6.3% last quarter and got hammered with a 9.8% share price drop today. And now, Facebook’s growth slowed from 3.125% last quarter to 2.27% this quarter, and now $FB is down 9.76% in after-hours trading. Meanwhile, Facebook broke out financials of its $22 billion WhatsApp acquisition for the… Read More

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 Code School, the online learning destination that grew out of founder Gregg Pollack’s longtime efforts in creating and sharing technical content with a developer audience, has now made the leap to mobile. With the new iOS application, developers can watch Code School’s over 300 instructional videos covering JavaScript, HTML/CSS, Ruby, iOS and Git as well as other popular… Read More

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 Facebook disclosed financials of its $22 billion acquisition WhatsApp for the first time today, and it looks like the 600 million user messaging app’s revenue is still small. In 6 months ending June 30th, 2014, WhatsApp brought in $15.921 million in revenue, but had a net loss of $232.5 million. However, $206.5 million of that was for share based compensation expense and issuance of… Read More

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 Slight amendment: Apple closed today at an all-time split-adjusted high. The company traded for a higher per-share price before its split, but today marks Apple’s highest close since its 7:1 share exchange. The company traded in the low 90s following the split, putting its current value up more than 10 percent since the division. Apple ended today worth $618.97 billion according to… Read More

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 For the ninth quarter straight, Facebook beat earnings projections thanks to 1.12 billion mobile users contributing 66% of its ad revenue. Facebook racked up $3.203 billion in revenue with a $0.43 EPS in Q3 2014. Total user count grew 2.27% to 1.35 billion monthly users, but that;s slower than its 3.125% user growth in Q2. The social network counts 864 million daily users, and 703 million… Read More

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 While giants like Facebook and Twitter try to package their acquisitions like crash-testing service Crashlytics or mobile-backend-as-a-service Parse into a suite of services that will entice app makers into their fold, gaming companies are doing the exact same thing for their communities. China’s Chukong has added Facebook support for its Cocos2d-x game engine and partnered with a slew… Read More

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 As a graduate of The New York Times Company’s “timeSpace” accelerator, New York startup Seen has been plying its wares since 2012, when capturing real-time events via social media was still relatively new and chaotic. They pitched it as a space in between Twitter and Google News. A number of competitors have arisen to also have a go at this area. Rebelmouse came out the same… Read More

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 The latest Droid device is fully unveiled, and it’s truly a beast of a device. The most prominent and highlighted feature of the phone, it’s ability to charge quickly and last for up to 48 hours, is hard to test properly in a matter of hours. However, the look, feel, and general build of the device is already making an impression on me. Read More

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 Detecting cancer could be as easy as popping a pill in the near future. Google’s head of life sciences, Andrew Conrad, took to the stage at the Wall Street Journal Digital conference to reveal that the tech giant’s secretive Google[x] lab has been working on a wearable device that couples with nanotechnology to detect disease within the body. “We’re passionate about… Read More

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 The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is suing AT&T for having “misled” millions of customers who purchase “unlimited” data plans for their phones, only to have the carrier later drastically reduce the amount of information they could access. According to the FTC’s complaint, AT&T throttled millions of customers tens of millions of times, sometimes after… Read More

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 Tumblr’s auto-playing video ads will begin rolling out to users’ dashboards today, in a pilot program that includes participation from ten big-name brands such as CW, Lexus, Universal, JCPenney, and Hulu, and others. The video ad test follows last week’s news of an updated video player offering auto-play capabilities, and looping, “Vine-like” videos. The new brand… Read More

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In a move to increase its mobile capabilities, Israel’s Matomy Media Group is to acquire Austrian mobile-advertising specialist MobFox for $17.6 million in cash and shares ($10.1 million in cash and $7.5 million respectively). The move boosts Matomy’s 2014 revenue from mobile-related activity to 20% from 7%, the company said. It expects MobFox’s technology to enable it to set… Read More

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 Because she is co-creator of one of the most popular apps of 2014. Because she is poised to make $200 million in cold hard cash from a mobile app this year. Because at $700K a day in earnings just from the app, she is still more successful than most startup founders, at least from a revenue standpoint. Read More

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 EMC announced some big changes today including the purchase of three cloud companies, a new hybrid cloud product and a reorganization designed to emphasize the cloud. For those of you who don’t speak technology-buzzword English, the Hybrid Cloud is an approach where some of your computing is done in an on-premises data center and some is delivered by a public cloud provider such as… Read More

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 YouTube is bringing its live broadcasting capabilities to the world of third-party app developers starting today with the launch of the new open source project called “YouTube WatchMe for Android.” The project, available on GitHub, offers a reference app designed for the Android operating system that creates a YouTube Live Streaming Event. The app also introduces a simple… Read More

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 More than four years ago, Steve Jobs declared war on Flash and heralded HTML5 as the way to go. You could be forgiven if you thought the HTML5 standard — the follow-up to 1997’s HTML 4 — has long been set in stone, given that developers, browser vendors and the press have been talking about it for years now. In reality, however, HTML5 was still in flux — until today.… Read More

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 U.K. startup Wranx is applying a learning technique called spaced repetition to the b2b space to help businesses train their staff more effectively. Read More

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 Most of the start-ups that achieved a $1bn valuation in the past decade came from outside Silicon Valley, according to research from London-based VC Atomico, the VC fund created by by Skype co-founder Niklas Zennström. Atomico looked at 136 companies that reached the billion-dollar mark after an IPO, sale or publicly-declared funding round over the past 10 years. It found 61% of these… Read More

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