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Chinese Android Apps Are Bypassing Google's Play Store

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A mobile platform is only as strong as its app line-up, which in turn relies on the co-operation and keenness of app developers. But looking at the situation in China, amongst Chinese startups and major web companies alike, the picture doesn’t look too good for Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android OS,...
Chinese Android Apps Are Bypassing Google's Play Store

Redbeacon Founder Launches MyTime, A Booking And Ecommerce Platform For Local Services And Open Appointments

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Ethan Anderson the co-founder of TechCrunch50 winner Redbeacon (which was acquired by Home Depot last year), is debuting his newest venture today—MyTime. In short, the startup wants to be the go-to destination for appointments for local services. Redbeacon let users search, browse and book local home service providers, including plumbers,...
Redbeacon Founder Launches MyTime, A Booking And Ecommerce Platform For Local Services And Open Appointments

Chinese recipe sharing service Douguo serves up $8 million in fresh funding

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Food-related startup funding news continues to come thick and fast in Asia (to the point that I’m toning down the cheesy puns), and one of the most significant deals yet has been unearthed in China. Technode cites local news sites (DoNews) which report that recipe sharing site Douguo‘s previously undisclosed Series B...
Chinese recipe sharing service Douguo serves up $8 million in fresh funding

Google VP Marissa Mayer nominated for Walmart board seat

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Walmart, or Wal-Mart Stores as the retail giant is actually called, this morning revealed that its board of directors has nominated Marissa Mayer, VP of Location and Local Services at Google, for election as a new member of the company’s board. The election is set to happen at Walmart’s Annual...
Google VP Marissa Mayer nominated for Walmart board seat
Google to bolster local services portfolio with Frommer's acquisition
Now Facebook is competing with everyone in local search, including Apple and Google

Yelp taps Locu to enable real-time menu updates for restaurants

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Locu, the menu dashboard for local merchants, has announced a new partnership that will let Yelp-listed restaurants distribute and update their menus more easily. In addition to food and wine lists, Locu will let restaurant owners update pricing and contact information. In future updates, Locu will also provide additional categories...
Yelp taps Locu to enable real-time menu updates for restaurants

Square launches web directory to find local merchants

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Square is turning its website into more of a consumer-facing local discovery tool with the launch of Square Directory, which highlights stores that take Square and Pay with Square payments. Users who visit Squareup.com/directory can view nearby businesses on a map or organized in a list. There’s a search function...
Square launches web directory to find local merchants

Mike Abbott, John Lilly, Marissa Mayer and Chamath Palihapitiya To Take The Stage At Disrupt In New York

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Another week on the countdown to the big event at the Pier, another chance to share more of our star-studded lineup for TechCrunch Disrupt NY!  As our awesome cast of speakers continues to grow; here’s this week’s peek into our program. Former Facebook executive and unconventional venture capitalist, Chamath Palihapitiya...
Mike Abbott, John Lilly, Marissa Mayer and Chamath Palihapitiya To Take The Stage At Disrupt In New York
Funding Daily: Hannukah is over

Chinese iPhone owners more "elegant and romantic" than their Android counterparts

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iPhone owners might not have reputations as Romeos or Casanovas, but a new report out of China suggests that they are at least more romantic than Android owners. Dianping.com, often referred to as the Chinese Yelp, has revealed that users of its mobile app for iPhone tend to prefer a more...
Chinese iPhone owners more "elegant and romantic" than their Android counterparts

HTC-backed DDMap raises $40m to roll out local info, search and deals platform across China

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China’s ‘life service’ provider DDMap has raised $40 million in new funding according to reports in Chinese tech media (via Tech In Asia). The financing round has been in the works for some time, but has now been completed, according to CEO Xu Longjiang. The significant capital injection comes from...
HTC-backed DDMap raises $40m to roll out local info, search and deals platform across China

With Competition Looming, Zipcar Misses Q2 2012 Revenue And Earnings Expectations

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Zipcar is seeing increased competition in the car-sharing market, which is one reason that it might not be growing as quickly as it, or analysts, like. Zipcar reported second-quarter loss of $422,000 today, or $0.01 a share, compared to a net loss of $5.6 million, or $0.17 a share, in...
With Competition Looming, Zipcar Misses Q2 2012 Revenue And Earnings Expectations

First, Fire Thyself

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Editor’s note: Joe Kraus is a partner at Google Ventures, focusing on mobile, gaming, and local services. In 1993, he co-founded Excite.com, an early Internet search engine. He also co-founded JotSpot in 2004, a wiki company acquired by Google in 2006. Follow him on his blog, JoeKraus.com, and on Twitter: @jkraus. One of the hardest things...
First, Fire Thyself

HTC beats Nokia to launch China’s first WP7 ‘Tango’ device, the Triumph

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Windows Phone 7 has begun its invasion of China and it is HTC that has put its flag into the ground with the pre-launch of the Triumph, which has entered the market first, according to a report from Engadget. The Triumph, which is better known as Titan in the West,...
HTC beats Nokia to launch China’s first WP7 ‘Tango’ device, the Triumph

Groupon shares nosedive as investors sell in reaction to slowing sales

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Daily discount website that once grew rapidly faces declining momentum as shares fall 25% to an all-time low of $5.60Shares in Groupon plummeted Tuesday as the firm once billed as "the fastest growing company ever" said sales had slowed.The daily deals site reported its first-ever quarterly profit as a public...
Groupon shares nosedive as investors sell in reaction to slowing sales

China daily deals market booked $1.7 billion revenue in Q1 2013, as Juhuasuan maintained top spot

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The appetite for discounted shopping and dining in China isn’t showing any signs of waning, with Chinese daily deal sites posting more than 10.3 billion yuan ($1.7 billion) worth of revenue in the first quarter of 2013. This figure is up slightly from the 10 billion yuan hit in the fourth...
China daily deals market booked $1.7 billion revenue in Q1 2013, as Juhuasuan maintained top spot
With new funding, Group Commerce looks beyond daily deals
Centzy, A "Kayak For Local Services," Expands To Top 10 U.S. Metro Areas

HealthTap buys Q&A site Avvo Health to bulk up its community of online doctors

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In a move that will nearly double its network of doctors available to answer patients’ questions online, Palo Alto-based HealthTap is acquiring Q&A site Avvo Health. The acquisition, which is HealthTap’s first and is set to be announced Thursday, will expand its online community of doctors to 30,000 and enable...
HealthTap buys Q&A site Avvo Health to bulk up its community of online doctors

Groupon Wants to ‘Reinvent’ Local Commerce

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In a letter to shareholders released Monday, Groupon CEO Andrew Mason outlined the company’s ambitions to expand from its daily-deal offers into other types of local services, an increasingly popular strategy for companies catering to the tens of millions of U.S. small businesses. Associated Press About 30% of Groupon’s transactions...
Groupon Wants to ‘Reinvent’ Local Commerce

Gilt's Flash Hunt: New Chief for IPO

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Online luxury retailer Gilt Groupe Inc. quietly launched a search for a new chief executive to replace co-founder Kevin Ryan as its strives to shore up its financial performance to support a possible initial public offering. The search comes as Mr. Ryan’s aggressive plan to expand the five-year-old Internet darling...
Gilt's Flash Hunt: New Chief for IPO
AirPlay Mirroring in OS X Mountain Lion: From the board room to the living room (and beyond)

More reports claim localized Windows Phone ‘Tango’ will hit China in March

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A localized version of the Windows Phone 7.6 operating system, known as ‘Tango’, is set to arrive in China in March through devices from at least four manufacturers, according to local reports. Just last week, March was the time frame rumored for the release of Nokia’s Tango-powered Lumia 800 Windows Phone device in China....
More reports claim localized Windows Phone ‘Tango’ will hit China in March

Home Cleaning Service Teddle Raises £255K, Hailo Founder Ron Zeghibe Joins As Non-Exec Chairman

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Dust off that cheque book. Teddle, the UK startup that lets you easily find and book a home cleaner, has closed a £255,000 (~$391k) funding round from a group of entrepreneurs-cum-angel investors, including Open Table founder David Pritchard. In addition, the Springboard alumni has managed to persuade Hailo founder and...
Home Cleaning Service Teddle Raises £255K, Hailo Founder Ron Zeghibe Joins As Non-Exec Chairman

Pinterest launches localized service in France to boost engagement among non-English users

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Pinterest has taken a significant step to internationalizing its popular ‘pinning’ and bookmarking site after it launched a dedicated French version, the first non-English derivation of the service. The company has been hiring for a Country Manager in France for some time, so the more local push has been expected....
Pinterest launches localized service in France to boost engagement among non-English users

Can You Live A Year On Virtual Currency? Dibspace’s Founder Will Find Out

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Can you live on virtual currency? The founder of Dibspace, Dominic Canterbury, says yes. Canterbury is trying to prove that he can live his life (from rent, to food, to the clothes on his back) with just virtual currency for an entire year. This is of course a huge publicity...
Can You Live A Year On Virtual Currency? Dibspace’s Founder Will Find Out

Best Unsubscribe Ever

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Groupon is a web service that sends a daily deal via e-mail to hundreds of thousands of deal seekers, but for customers who decide they’d rather pay full price, or just want a clean inbox, the company has a page just for them. Click on the image below to be...
Best Unsubscribe Ever

If You Do The Math, Marissa Mayer Controls 20% To 25% Of Google (GOOG)

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For years, Google vice president Marissa Mayer has been one of the most visible and highly-regarded executives at the company. She was the company's first female engineer and one of its first 20 employees. So it was a surprise when, in October 2010, Mayer was moved off of Google's most...
If You Do The Math, Marissa Mayer Controls 20% To 25% Of Google (GOOG)

Google, Amazon Are Potential Buyers for Deal Site Travelzoo

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Travelzoo’s stock soared by nearly 30 percent today on news that the 14-year-old deals site is planning to sell itself. Shares of the New York-based company gained $6 to close at $27.06 today after Reuters reported that the company was in the process of hiring a financial adviser after it...
Google, Amazon Are Potential Buyers for Deal Site Travelzoo
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