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Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch: TubeMogul Surges 48% In Its Debut After Cutting Its IPO Price  —  TubeMogul is having a strong first day of trading as a public company, rising nearly 50 percent in midday trading.  The company went public for $7 per share, and is currently trading in the $10.30 range.  —  The IPO, however, came with caveats.

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Alyson Shontell / Business Insider: Yo raises a $1.5M seed round at a $5-10M valuation from Betaworks, Pete Cashmore, Tencent founders, others  —  An App That Just Says ‘Yo’ Has Raised $1.5 Million At A $5-10 Million Valuation  —  Simple notification app Yo has raised a $1.5 million seed round at a $5-10 million valuation, the company tells Business Insider.

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Michael Kan / PC World: Baidu launches search engine for Brazil  —  China's Baidu is stepping into another major market with a search engine geared for Brazil, and is preparing to set up a research and development center in the country.  —  The search engine formally launched on Friday.

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Emil Protalinski / The Next Web: Dell starts accepting Bitcoin for online purchases from consumers and small businesses in the US  —  Dell today announced it has started accepting Bitcoin for all items available on Dell.com (including Alienware products).  The company says it is “piloting” the digital currency for consumer …

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Jared Newman / PC World: Chrome's been eating your laptop's battery for years, but Google promises to fix it  —  Google is just now responding to a bug in Chrome for Windows that may have been sapping users' batteries for years.  —  Chrome's battery drain problem was brought to wider attention by Forbes contributor Ian Morris …

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betaworks: Betaworks invests in Yo seed round, says app has 2K+ developers working with API, 2M+ installs  —  Yo !  —  I am excited to announce that betaworks is participating in the seed round of Yo.  I wanted to share a few thoughts on how I see Yo fitting into the ecosystem of services on, and beyond, phones.

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Ginny Marvin / Marketing Land: At Last, Google Analytics App Comes To The iPhone  —  Google has released its official Google Analytics app for iPhone, now available for download in the app store.  —  The app is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, though is optimized for the iPhone 5.  It requires iOS 6.0 or later.

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Peter Kafka / Re/code: Forbes sells majority stake to Hong Kong-based Integrated Whale Media Investments, company reportedly valued at $475M  —  Forbes Sells to Hong Kong Investment Group  —  Forbes Media, which has been on the market for about a year, has found a buyer: Hong Kong-based Integrated Whale Media Investments …

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Steve Dent / Engadget: Google won't call games with in-app purchases free anymore (updated)  —  The European Commission has said that while Google addressed its concerns around games with in-app purchasing, Apple has yet to offer a strategy.  Following hordes of complaints by outraged parents …

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Kara Swisher / Re/code: Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian Joins Y Combinator as Partner  —  Alexis Ohanian has joined Y Combinator as a partner.  —  I ran into the high-profile Internet entrepreneur at an event in San Francisco yesterday, where he was sporting a very hipster beard and seemed even more excited …

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Mark Hearn / 9to5Google: Rumored NVIDIA Shield tablet pictured in leaked press renders  —  Back in May, a device made by NVIDIA that looked like a game controller hit the FCC and sparked rumors of a follow up to the company's Shield system.  Shortly after this filing surfaced, word broke that the chip maker …

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Dave Lee / BBC: Apple scolded by Europe over in-app purchase protections  —  Some parents have been shocked by charges for additional features in free-to-download games  —  Apple has been criticised by the European Commission for not offering any “concrete and immediate” plans to stop users being misled by “free” apps.

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Stuart Dredge / Guardian: Nokia MixRadio spins out of Microsoft as standalone streaming music service  —  Personal radio app will still be preloaded on Windows Phones, but now has scope to launch on iOS and Android too  —  As an independent entity, Nokia's MixRadio may now spread beyond Windows Phone.

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Matt Brian / Engadget: Amazon's Kindle Unlimited offers all-you-can-eat e-books for $10 a month  —  After teasing us with a possible launch, Amazon has confirmed Kindle Unlimited, its all-you-can-read e-book subscription service.  For $9.99 per month, the new service offers 600,000 books and “thousands” of audiobooks across a range of devices.

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Nellie Bowles / Re/code: Airbnb Founder on Vagina Logo: “Go Ahead, Laugh All You Want”  —  Airbnb launched a new corporate logo yesterday, and everyone — including their dinner guests last night — had an opinion about it.  —  At the Verdi Club in San Francisco's Potrero Hill neighborhood, many of the guests …

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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch: Chrome 37 beta supports Microsoft's DirectWrite API, which improves the appearance of fonts  —  Fonts In Chrome For Windows Will Look Better Soon  —  Google released the latest beta version of its Chrome browser today, and if you're a Windows user on a machine that runs at least Vista, fonts will now look better on your screen.

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Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge: Amazon's first Fire Phone ad is all about Amazon Prime  —  After announcing it a month ago, Amazon is finally about to release its first smartphone, the Fire Phone.  It's now beginning to air its first commercial for the phone too, and it's one of strange choices, to say the least.

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Cromwell Schubarth / Silicon Valley Business Journal: TubeMogul lowers IPO shares to $7, raises $43.8M ahead of first trade Friday  —  TubeMogul IPO raises $43.8M after hitting bottom of lowered target range  —  It's been a rough second half start Silicon Valley area companies going public, with TubeMogul the latest to raise less than had been hoped …

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Relcy Is Building A PageRank-Style Mobile App Search Engine With $9M From Khosla And Sequoia  —  As our connected world becomes more focused around mobile devices, we are increasingly app-centric, eschewing the wider mobile Internet in favor of individual, native programs that fulfill specific purposes.

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Bloomberg: Line Said to Pursue U.S. IPO With Confidential Filing to SEC  —  Line Corp., operator of Japan's most popular mobile messaging service, filed confidentially for an initial offering in the U.S., people with knowledge of the matter said, taking a step closer to a dual-listing in New York and Tokyo.

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Jon Russell / The Next Web: LG announces the G3 Beat, a 5-inch, mid-range version of its flagship G3 smartphone  —  LG has announced the G3 Beat, a new, mid-range version of its flagship G3 smartphone.  With a screen size of five inches, the G3 Beat is slightly smaller than its 5.5-inch older sibling, but LG claims the device …

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Ian Sherr / CNET: Oculus preparing motion controllers to complement its forthcoming goggles  —  Oculus to get hands on with new virtual reality gear  —  Facebook's virtual reality company is readying motion control prototypes for its headsets to offer a more immersive experience for consumers.  —  Sarah Tew

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Yoree Koh / Wall Street Journal: Twitter expected to unveil new metrics that count people who see tweets in embeds and on TV  —  Under Pressure, Twitter Tries to Resize Itself  —  Company Is Expected to Unveil New Metrics That Will Show Breadth of Its Audience  —  After a troubling start as a public company …

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Om Malik: Elop is the latest in a string of high-profile executives moving up the ranks despite being a dud  —  It is time to stop rewarding failure  —  Silicon Valley (the notion) has become very much like rest of corporate America — it has embraced the philosophy of failing upwards.

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Ina Fried / Re/code: Care.com Scoops Up Kid-Centric Subscription Service Citrus Lane for More Than $30 Million  —  Childcare marketplace service Care.com said Thursday that it had acquired Citrus Lane, an e-commerce subscription service that provides products to families with kids.

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