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BTjunkie 'voluntarily' shuts down

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Popular BitTorrent site closes in wake of demise of Megaupload, QuickSilverScreen and othersOne of the most popular BitTorrent sites, BTjunkie, has been "voluntarily" shut down in the wake of last month's closure of Megaupload.The operators of BTjunkie, which launched in 2005, said in a message on the site: "This is...
BTjunkie 'voluntarily' shuts down

IA Ventures Doubles Down On Big Data With A New $105M Fund

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Before big data was a hot investing theme, Roger Ehrenberg was one of the first seed investors to focus almost exclusively on startups using data as a competitive edge. His NYC-based fund, IA Ventures, has backed companies such as Billguard, Coursekit, DataSift, Next Big Sound, Simple, ThinkNear, and Yipit. His...
IA Ventures Doubles Down On Big Data With A New $105M Fund

Dwolla Raises $5 Million In Series B From Union Square Ventures & Others

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Disruptive payments network Dwolla confirmed today it has raised $5 million in Series B financing in a round led by Union Square Ventures. Also participating in the round are Village Ventures, Thrive Capital, Artists and Instigators and Paige Craig of Betterworks. The company says that additional funding will be used...
Dwolla Raises $5 Million In Series B From Union Square Ventures & Others

CBS Interactive partners with Twitch.TV and Major League Gaming to form esports behemoth

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This, ladies and gents, is huge. If you had a single doubt that esports was here to stay, drop it. The die has been cast. In a simply stunning move, CBS Interactive, an online play, has at once locked in Major League Gaming and Twitch.TV as partners, taking over their...
CBS Interactive partners with Twitch.TV and Major League Gaming to form esports behemoth

Zynga’s plan to further monetize Draw Something: Make users draw brands

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With the ink still drying following the acquisition of OMGPOP and its hit app Draw Something, Zynga is putting its new mobile property to work by engaging advertisers and encouraging them to pay for words that allow users to literally draw their brands. AdAge reports that Zynga is pushing the...
Zynga’s plan to further monetize Draw Something: Make users draw brands

The ultimate Infographic that charts Draw Something’s explosive growth

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Draw Something was downloaded 50 million times in 50 days. Users created billions of drawings, adding 3,000 new pictures every second. On March 21st, OMPOP, the company behind the game, was bought up by Zynga for more than $200 million. On the first weekend in April, I downloaded the game for my...
The ultimate Infographic that charts Draw Something’s explosive growth

Paramount "humbled" by SOPA protests even as CEO blasts "mob mentality"

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Major Hollywood studios are still reeling from last month's resounding defeat of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the PROTECT IP Act. The latest sign of the studios's changed posture is a letter that Paramount Pictures has sent to a number of professors around the country seeking an...
Paramount "humbled" by SOPA protests even as CEO blasts "mob mentality"

Mobile ad firm StartApp lands $4.3m, helps developers monetize Android apps

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Mobile ad network startup StartApp, which specializes in the distribution and monetization of Android apps, has secured over $4.3 million in funding in a round led by Ascent Venture Partners with participation from previous backer Cedar Fund. Basically, StartApp provides Android smartphone owners with an additional search option and browser...
Mobile ad firm StartApp lands $4.3m, helps developers monetize Android apps

Silicon Valley needs humanities students

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Quit your technology job. Get a PhD in the humanities. That’s the way to get ahead in the technology sector. That, at least, is what philosopher Damon Horowitz told a crowd of attendees at the BiblioTech Conference at Stanford University in 2011. Horowitz is also a serial entrepreneur who co-founded...
Silicon Valley needs humanities students

ComiXology Announces 65M Downloads, Inks Exclusive Multi-year Deal With Marvel To Distribute Digital Comics

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Comics on the iPad. A match made in nerd heaven, right? Well, today it gets even better with the announcement that ComiXology and Marvel Entertainment have entered into a multi-year deal that sees the former exclusively distributing the latter’s digital catalog of English language single issues. Though the deal was...
ComiXology Announces 65M Downloads, Inks Exclusive Multi-year Deal With Marvel To Distribute Digital Comics

With 70 Million Registered Users, Viber Brings Beta Apps To BlackBerry, Windows Phone

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We’ve been covering Viber since the very beginning, through the launch of an Android app and the addition of photo/location sharing capabilities, to the moment the company announced 50 million users, 150 million calls, and a billion text messages per month. In fact, those milestones only sprung up a few...
With 70 Million Registered Users, Viber Brings Beta Apps To BlackBerry, Windows Phone

Drawing game is 'fastest growing'

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Mobile game Draw Something notches up 50 million downloads in 50 days making it the fastest growing mobile game ever, its owner says....
Drawing game is 'fastest growing'

Dwolla raises $5m Series B round led by Union Square Ventures (Video)

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Dwolla, now at around 20 employees, expects to double in size following its latest raise of funds. Above, the Dwolla team at its meetup in December. Dwolla, an online and mobile payments network based in Des Moines, announced today it raised $5 million in a series B round led by...
Dwolla raises $5m Series B round led by Union Square Ventures (Video)

Tumblr Tuesday: Meet the Editor behind #RealTalk from your Editor

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Welcome to our 30th Tumblr Tuesday, where every Tuesday we celebrate our love of Tumblr by interviewing the mastermind behind a new blog. Tumblr, a New York City based startup, is like the FFFFound for the rest of the world. It’s as shareable and fast-paced as Twitter but populated with more inspiring text...
Tumblr Tuesday: Meet the Editor behind #RealTalk from your Editor

Yammer Closing Monster $50M+ Funding Round Imminently

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We hear that the paperwork has just been signed on a monster new funding round for Yammer. There was more than $100 million in interest, and the company took just north of $50 million, last we heard, although that  may still creep up as the deal closes. The earlier reports...
Yammer Closing Monster $50M+ Funding Round Imminently

Brightcove Prices IPO At $10-$12 Per Share

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Online video service Brightcove will price its IPO between $10 and $12 per share, according to a new filing with the SEC. The company first filed for the IPO back in August of last year, saying it wanted to raise up to $50 million. Now, $50 million is at the...
Brightcove Prices IPO At $10-$12 Per Share

Buddy Media Acquires Social Ad-Buying Tool Brighter Option To Sync Paid and Owned Marketing

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Brands are buying more social advertising, and increasingly those ads build off of published content like Sponsored Stories and Promoted Tweets. To absorb this spend, social marketing platform Buddy Media has acquired and integrated the tech and team of Facebook ad-buying tool Brighter Option. Buddy Media started as social publishing...
Buddy Media Acquires Social Ad-Buying Tool Brighter Option To Sync Paid and Owned Marketing

Tumblr Tuesday on a Wednesday: Because this guy was busy texting Hillary Clinton

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Welcome to our twenty-ninth Tumblr Tuesday, where every Tuesday we celebrate our love of Tumblr by interviewing the mastermind behind a new blog. Tumblr, a New York City based startup, is like the FFFFound for the rest of the world. It’s as shareable and fast-paced as Twitter but populated with more inspiring text...
Tumblr Tuesday on a Wednesday: Because this guy was busy texting Hillary Clinton

Holy Moly: Bible App ‘YouVersion’ Hits 50 Million Downloads

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Newfangled social and gaming apps are popular and all, but it turns out that content dating back thousands of years can still more than hold its own in today’s tech landscape. YouVersion, a Bible reading app made by nationwide Christian megachurch LifeChurch.tv, has crossed the 50 million download mark...
Holy Moly: Bible App ‘YouVersion’ Hits 50 Million Downloads

How Notion will spend $100m on Euro cloud startups

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Good news for European cloud startups, as U.K.-based Notion Capital announced a $100 million fund for investing in software as a service companies across the continent. Started by Brits Stephen Chandler and Jos White, who sold their messaging security company Messagelabs to Symantec for around $700 million in 2008, Notion...
How Notion will spend $100m on Euro cloud startups

Ready, Set, Crowdfund: President Obama To Sign JOBS Act Tomorrow

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On March 22nd, a slightly modified “Jumpstart Our Business Startups (or JOBS) Act” was approved by the Senate in a 73-26 vote. Last week, the House of Representatives, too, showed its support for the bill, giving it the green light in its own 380 to 41 vote. Tomorrow, President Obama...
Ready, Set, Crowdfund: President Obama To Sign JOBS Act Tomorrow

Vibergrowth: 50 Million Users, 150 Million Calls And Nearly A Billion Text Messages Per Month

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Viber, the smartphone app that lets people call and text other users free of charge, has recently surpassed 50 million registered users. Yes, but how many of them are active users, you ask? Well, the Israeli startup doesn’t say, but provides some impressive usage stats to back up the fact...
Vibergrowth: 50 Million Users, 150 Million Calls And Nearly A Billion Text Messages Per Month

Zuckerberg negotiated and wrapped up Facebook-Instagram deal in 3 days, “mostly on his own”

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Facebook’s board was kept in the dark during the lead-up to its acquisition of Instagram, according to a Wall Street Journal report, which claims CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg led and concluded the deal himself in just three days. Zuckerberg, who said to have been “negotiating mostly on his own”, reportedly...
Zuckerberg negotiated and wrapped up Facebook-Instagram deal in 3 days, “mostly on his own”

1M Students Strong, Echo360 Secures $31M From Steve Case, Ted Leonsis To Flip Higher Ed

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As the old school gives way to the new, technology has begun to play an increasingly active role in the learning process — from primary to higher education. This has given rise to “blended learning,” or the strategic blending of face-to-face instruction with learning environments mediated by technology — be...
1M Students Strong, Echo360 Secures $31M From Steve Case, Ted Leonsis To Flip Higher Ed

Free calling app Viber hits BlackBerry, Windows Phone (but without the free calling)

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Viber Media, the company that it is challenging Skype and a plethora of cross-platform communication app makers with its free calling, texting and photo sharing application for mobile phones, is doubling the number of platforms it supports. Already available for iOS and Android, and used by over 50 million people,...
Free calling app Viber hits BlackBerry, Windows Phone (but without the free calling)

Tumblr hits 20 billion posts, nears 50 billion hosted blogs

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New York City-based sharing service Tumblr continues to grow at an incredible pace, hitting 20 billion posts on Monday night, doubling in size in just over 6 months. Understated in its response to the milestone, the Tumblr team posted a tweet to notify its followers: Forgot to make a big...
Tumblr hits 20 billion posts, nears 50 billion hosted blogs

MHL Consortium: 50 Million MHL-Equipped Devices Shipped Globally In 2011

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MHL had a huge 2011. The mobile high-definition connectivity standard went from a relativity unknown port to making its way onto more than 50 million devices. More than 90 licensees are on board with MHL and the connectivity option is nearly standard on tablets, smartphones, HDTVs, and is now making...
MHL Consortium: 50 Million MHL-Equipped Devices Shipped Globally In 2011

SEC Filing: Chris Sacca Raising $25M For New Fund, Lowercase Spur

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According to a new SEC filing, investor Chris Sacca is raising as much as $25 million for his new fund, Lowercase Spur. As Bloomberg BusinessWeek reported a month ago, Sacca is in the process of raising capital for Lowercase Spur, which is set to invest in startups over the next...
SEC Filing: Chris Sacca Raising $25M For New Fund, Lowercase Spur

Who’d have thought? ‘Tumblr’ to soon overtake ‘blog’ on Google searches

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Tumblr is on the cusp of doing something quite incredible. Google searches mentioning the service are poised to surpass searches for ‘blog’ by the end of the year, showing that the New York-based company has truly established itself as the Web’s most popular blogging platform. Comparing the two terms, ‘blog’ is...
Who’d have thought? ‘Tumblr’ to soon overtake ‘blog’ on Google searches

Instagram Soars To 50 Million Users And Gains 5 Million New Users Per Week

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Instagram has more than 50 million users and it's gaining about 5 million users per week, Mashable reports. It started April with 30 million users and had about 35 million when it was acquired by Facebook for $1 billion. It hit the 40 million milestone in mid-April. The recent release...
Instagram Soars To 50 Million Users And Gains 5 Million New Users Per Week
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