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Facebook, Google and Twitter: Three distinctly different approaches to China

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As the social media space in Western markets edges closer to the point of saturation, the Internet’s top firms are tightening their focus on emerging markets where they can continue to grow their user bases, activity and revenues. With a population in excess of 1.3 billion, which makes it the...
Facebook, Google and Twitter: Three distinctly different approaches to China

Since 2009, Mobile Internet Usage Has Doubled Every Year

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The growth of the mobile Web is on a steady rise. While pundits throw around words like "explosive" and "outrageous" the more precise word is probably "consistent." According to analytics firm StatCounter, users accessing the Web through mobile devices has almost doubled every year since 2009. In its latest report,...
Since 2009, Mobile Internet Usage Has Doubled Every Year

Facebook: 60 million users access apps through a mobile device

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Facebook threw out some interesting numbers during a fireside chat with Inside Facebook. Speaking to the blog.the world’s most popular social networks claimed that 60 million of its users are engaging with Facebook apps through their mobile phone. Director of Product Management Carl Sjogreen clarified that in saying mobile apps, he referred...
Facebook: 60 million users access apps through a mobile device

Android poised to hit its peak this year, Windows Phone to become No. 2 smartphone OS by 2016: IDC

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A new report from research firm IDC suggests that Android will reach the peak of its growth in 2012, as overall mobile shipments begin to slow, but states that it will be Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform that will make inroads into the smartphone market currently dominated by Google and Apple....
Android poised to hit its peak this year, Windows Phone to become No. 2 smartphone OS by 2016: IDC

Valley Vets Launch $10M Savannah Fund, Sub-Saharan Africa’s First Accelerator

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We’ve written about i/o Ventures in San Francisco and its glitzier cousin in LA. The newest venture by i/o co-founder Paul Bragiel and i/o entrepreneur-in-residence Mbwana Alliy is significantly different. Today, at a conference in Nairobi, they are launching the first Sub-Saharan African Incubator and Accelerator, called the Savannah Fund....
Valley Vets Launch $10M Savannah Fund, Sub-Saharan Africa’s First Accelerator

Startup Labs launches a fund for entrepreneurs in emerging markets [video]

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Startup Weekend has been instrumental in inspiring entrepreneurs all over the world to build and launch thousands of startups. But what happens when the weekend comes to an end? Do the startups continue to grow or do they fizzle out into oblivion? Cue Startup Labs, a seed-stage fund started by...
Startup Labs launches a fund for entrepreneurs in emerging markets [video]
Chrome Briefly Becomes World’s Most Popular Browser, Thanks To Emerging Market Usage

Russian Classified Giant’s $75m From Accel Shows It’s 1999 In Emerging Economies

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Avito.ru, the biggest online classified ads site in Russia, has secured a fresh $75 million round of funding from Accel Partners’ London office. Founded in 2008, Avito has so far landed $101 million from Accel, Baring Vostok Private Equity, Kinnevik, and Northzone. The capital will be used for expansion and...
Russian Classified Giant’s $75m From Accel Shows It’s 1999 In Emerging Economies

Microsoft Inks Its Biggest Cloud Deal Yet: 7.5M Students And Teachers In India

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Microsoft has announced that it has signed its largest-ever cloud services deal, an agreement with the All India Council for Technical Education to deploy Microsot’s Live@edu service to some 10,000 technical colleges in the country, covering 7.5 million users. The deal is significant not just for its size but also...
Microsoft Inks Its Biggest Cloud Deal Yet: 7.5M Students And Teachers In India

Big: Google launches Gmail SMS, letting users in Africa send and receive emails by text message

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Google has rolled out a new service in Ghana, Nigeria and Kenya that lets Gmail users send and receive emails using the built-in SMS features of their mobile phones. The implications of this are pretty big – this means mobile Internet access isn’t required, and users don’t need a new-fangled...
Big: Google launches Gmail SMS, letting users in Africa send and receive emails by text message

Nokia Pushes Its Emerging Market, Low-Cost Strategy With The 800C, China’s First CDMA Windows Phone

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A big step today for both Nokia and Microsoft in its bid to be at the center of the huge smartphone growth currently underway in China and other emerging markets: Nokia today paired up with China Telecom to launch the Nokia 800C, the first CDMA Windows Phone to hit China,...
Nokia Pushes Its Emerging Market, Low-Cost Strategy With The 800C, China’s First CDMA Windows Phone

Announcing the Windows 8 Editions

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Today I would like to share information with you on the editions that will be available for "Windows 8" when it is released to market. We have talked about Windows 8 as Windows reimagined, from the chipset to the user experience. This also applies to the editions available – we...
Announcing the Windows 8 Editions

Sony Confirms 10,000 Jobs To Go As Part Of ‘One Sony’ Reorganization

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So the reports have proven to be true: Sony has now officially said that it will be reducing its headcount by 10,000 people worldwide, some six percent of its workforce, as the struggling electronics giant reorganizes under new management and its new “One Sony” plan. Sony says the employee reductions...
Sony Confirms 10,000 Jobs To Go As Part Of ‘One Sony’ Reorganization

Lenovo beats PC market with 46 percent profit surge

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Yep, it's party-time in Beijing once again. While the PC industry as a whole reportedly grew by a tight handful of percentage points over the past year, Lenovo has somehow managed to continue its long-running growth spurt, with shipments up 44 percent and operating profits up 46 percent. Sales...
Lenovo beats PC market with 46 percent profit surge

Sony aims to become ‘One’, will fire 10,000 workers and spend $926 million on restructuring

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Japanese electronics giant Sony‘s new management team has laid out its plans to reinvigorate the company’s businesses and look for growth in other and new markets. Under the header ‘One Sony’, it will start by laying off 10,000 employees – projecting to spend 75 billion yen (roughly $926 million) on...
Sony aims to become ‘One’, will fire 10,000 workers and spend $926 million on restructuring

Distimo takes a close look at four fast-emerging mobile app economies

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The Next Web got an exclusive first look at the latest report from mobile app store analytics company Distimo, in which it takes a detailed look at four fast-growing emerging markets outside of East Asia (which is also still booming, thanks for asking): Russia, Brazil, Mexico and Turkey. The company...
Distimo takes a close look at four fast-emerging mobile app economies

Forrester: 760M Tablets In Use By 2016, Apple ‘Clear Leader’, Frames Also Enter The Frame

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Chalk another one up for the mobile revolution: There were 56 million tablets purchased worldwide in 2011, but a new report from Forrester Research predicts that number will explode in the years ahead: its researchers say that there will be 375 million tablets sold by 2016, representing a compound annual...
Forrester: 760M Tablets In Use By 2016, Apple ‘Clear Leader’, Frames Also Enter The Frame
Russian Carrier On Apple's High iPhone Pricing: "They're In Dictatorship Mode"

Now at 45m members, LinkedIn rival Viadeo lands $32m to spur growth in Europe, emerging countries

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For most people, online social networking in a purely professional context is almost synonymous to ‘using LinkedIn‘, but that doesn’t mean it’s the only business social network in town. Many countries have local networking sites for professionals, and a handful of companies are trying to compete with LinkedIn on a...
Now at 45m members, LinkedIn rival Viadeo lands $32m to spur growth in Europe, emerging countries

Done deal: Cisco completes $5 billion acquisition of video software firm NDS

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After winning EU approval for the $5 billion acquisition of Israeli video software company NDS last week, Cisco this morning announced that the purchase has now been completed. Under the terms of the agreement, Cisco paid approximately $5 billion, including the repayment of debt and retention-based incentives. NDS was 51...
Done deal: Cisco completes $5 billion acquisition of video software firm NDS

RIM focuses on developing markets with the new $215 BlackBerry Curve 9220

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Research In Motion (RIM) is adopting a ‘back to basics’ approach with its latest smartphone, the BlackBerry Curve 9220, which launched in India today ahead of a phased rollout across Asia. The device itself is nothing spectacular. As BGR India details, it is based on BlackBerry OS 7.1, with a...
RIM focuses on developing markets with the new $215 BlackBerry Curve 9220

Microsoft-commissioned IDC study says cloud computing will create 14 million new jobs by 2015

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The future for cloud service providers is very bright, at least if a new report (PDF) from research firm IDC is to be believed. Commissioned by software giant Microsoft (which obviously also offers a range of cloud solutions), the study claims spending on public and private IT cloud services will...
Microsoft-commissioned IDC study says cloud computing will create 14 million new jobs by 2015

A Closer Look: Facebook’s Operating Margins Decline With Growing Headcount, International Growth

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One thing that has been remarkable about Facebook is its willingness to expand in developing markets that many other consumer Internet companies would otherwise write off because they’re hard to monetize. But that growth abroad plus the company’s increasing headcount and share-based compensation expenses are eating into its operating margins,...
A Closer Look: Facebook’s Operating Margins Decline With Growing Headcount, International Growth

Viadeo Raises $32M To Expand Its Professional Social Network In China, Russia And Beyond

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Paris-based business social networking site Viadeo may have put a planned IPO into a holding pattern last year, but it is not having any trouble raising capital elsewhere as it forges ahead with its international expansion. Today, it has announced that it has picked up funding worth $32 million — one...
Viadeo Raises $32M To Expand Its Professional Social Network In China, Russia And Beyond

Google launches Gmail SMS for text-based email in Ghana, Nigeria and Kenya

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Smartphones and email-equipped feature phones have proliferated in even the most resource-dry areas of Asia, Europe and North America, but for many subscribers in Africa, SMS is the only option for text-based communication on the go. And, to give residents a more consistent method for reading and responding to...
Google launches Gmail SMS for text-based email in Ghana, Nigeria and Kenya

Opera Mini 7 brings ‘smart page’ of social media updates and more to feature phones

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Opera has released its Opera Mini 7 browser for feature phones making it easier than ever to check Facebook and other sites with a new ‘smart page’ that aggregates updates from social networks and news sources in one place. Beyond providing a convenient place to catch up with goings-on from...
Opera Mini 7 brings ‘smart page’ of social media updates and more to feature phones

Has Google’s Android peaked?

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Yes, Google’s mobile operating system is a smash with consumers. That doesn’t mean it isn’t facing stiff competition and more than a few troubling signs. [cnnmoney-byline src="By Kevin Kelleher, contributor"] FORTUNE — For several years, it seemed like nothing could slow the rise of Android. The little mobile operating system...
Has Google’s Android peaked?

FT relaunches conference arm as Financial Times Live, brings social and video to events

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The Financial Times has announced that it’s relaunching its Conferences and Events division as ‘Financial Times Live‘, “making live video streaming, webinars, a video archive and Twitter chats core elements of its corporate events.” The Financial Times was founded in London in 1888, and is now printed in 24 cities...
FT relaunches conference arm as Financial Times Live, brings social and video to events

Tablets Want To Kill Your Laptop

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Photo courtesy of Shutterstock. Laptops are doomed. In the next five years, tablets will displace notebook-style computers to become the dominant personal computing platform. And the transition from laptop to tablet has already begun. That’s the key finding of a new Forrester Research report that predicts the end of...
Tablets Want To Kill Your Laptop
Looking To Dominate Social Gaming In Emerging Markets, Peak Games Gobbles Up Another Studio
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