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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

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

Report shows January was stellar for apps: 12% more downloads, 59% lower marketing costs

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January was a blockbuster month for US app developers, as app downloads in the country increased by 12 percent and the cost of acquiring new users fell by 59 percent, according to new data from mobile app marketer Fiksu. The firm found that app download rates were through the roof, peaking...
Report shows January was stellar for apps: 12% more downloads, 59% lower marketing costs

Life-sharing app maker Path raises $40 million at $250 million valuation

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Path, the startup behind the eponymous app that lets users share photos, videos, their whereabouts and whatnot with people they’re close with, is poised to announce a significant funding round tomorrow, reports AllThingsD’s Liz Gannes. Silicon Valley VC firm Redpoint Ventures is reportedly leading a $40 million financing round that...
Life-sharing app maker Path raises $40 million at $250 million valuation

UCWeb, Browser To China and India's Millions, Seeks a Foot in Western Markets

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Not a household name quite yet in Western markets, China’s UCWeb — a mobile browser that has attracted a whopping 200 million monthly active users mostly in Asia — is looking to become one on this side of the Pacific. And it may be eyeing an IPO in a year...
UCWeb, Browser To China and India's Millions, Seeks a Foot in Western Markets

RIM teases revamped BBM service, includes updated Twitter, Facebook, Travel, Music and App World apps

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Whilst RIM is flagging in domestic and western markets, one of its jewels remains its BlackBerry Messenger service, which has slowly and surely growing to include an increasing number of social and connected BlackBerry apps. Today, the company has announced that Facebook for BlackBerry, Twitter for BlackBerry, BlackBerry Travel, its BlackBerry...
RIM teases revamped BBM service, includes updated Twitter, Facebook, Travel, Music and App World apps
Looking To Dominate Social Gaming In Emerging Markets, Peak Games Gobbles Up Another Studio

Path is growing faster in Asia than the West, says founder Dave Morin

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Path founder Dave Morin has shed light on its growing international appeal after revealing that the service’s userbase is increasing at a more rapid rate in Asia than in Western markets. Morin spoke about Path, its growth and the social networking space in general at the February PandoMonthly event in San...
Path is growing faster in Asia than the West, says founder Dave Morin

Japan’s GREE buys game developer Funzio for $210m, sharpens its focus on Western markets

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Mobile gaming firm GREE has upped its efforts to appeal in Western countries and produce more of its own titles with the aquisition of social game developer US-based Funzio for $210 million. The Japanese firm, which provides both a mobile social gaming platform and develops titles itself, is eyeing the...
Japan’s GREE buys game developer Funzio for $210m, sharpens its focus on Western markets

Japanese Midcore Developer Gumi Eyes an IPO

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When Erick Schonfeld checked in with Gumi a year ago, they had about 120 employees and were on track to do $50 million in revenue. Now they’re at more than 500 employees. While they’re not disclosing revenue growth, the company is eyeing an IPO in Japan, possibly next year....
Japanese Midcore Developer Gumi Eyes an IPO

DeNA’s Ngmoco, maker of the Android gaming network Mobage, sees layoffs amid restructuring

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Ngmoco, the startup DeNA bought two years to build out its mobile gaming platform in the West, has had layoffs amid corporate restructuring. While Ngmoco didn’t share the number of layoffs, we heard it was around 30. DeNA bought the company in late 2009 for up to $403 million as...
DeNA’s Ngmoco, maker of the Android gaming network Mobage, sees layoffs amid restructuring

Developer joy turns to frustration as India is added, then removed, from paid Google Play app list

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Developers in India can be forgiven for being confused as to their options with Android after Google added and removed the country from its list of markets where developers are eligible to sell paid apps in the Google Play store. The 24-hour rollercoaster began yesterday when local media — including...
Developer joy turns to frustration as India is added, then removed, from paid Google Play app list

Facebook shouldn't buy WhatsApp (but it must invest in mobile messaging)

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TechCrunch is reporting that Facebook is looking to acquire WhatsApp, according to sources close to the matter. I’ve long said that the social network needs to boost its mobile presence by stepping into the mobile chat app space — but I can’t help but feel that this deal, if true,...
Facebook shouldn't buy WhatsApp (but it must invest in mobile messaging)

Android dominates Southeast Asia's smartphone market: Report

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Today smartphones are becoming more widely adopted around the world, with many emerging regions offering growth beyond the relatively saturated US and European markets. In Asia, Google’s Android operating system is leading that trend, as a recent study released by Ericsson’s ConsumerLab group [reported by TechRepublic] shows. In a study of...
Android dominates Southeast Asia's smartphone market: Report

Chinese Telecoms Kit Makers, Huawei, ZTE, Should Be Shut Out Of U.S., Says Draft Congress Report

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A U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee report recommends that top Chinese telecoms equipment makers Huawei and ZTE are shut out of the U.S. market because of the risk of espionage, Reuters is reporting. This follows an 11-month investigation of the two firms. The draft report is due to be released...
Chinese Telecoms Kit Makers, Huawei, ZTE, Should Be Shut Out Of U.S., Says Draft Congress Report

Bubble Motion Brings Voice Blogging App To Android

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Bubble Motion, which offers a popular a Twitter-like voice blogging service in India, Japan, and Indonesia, is debuting its Android app today, as well as launching an iOS app globally. Bubble Motion’s Bubbly platform is a voice-blogging phone service that allows people to share status updates in their own voice...
Bubble Motion Brings Voice Blogging App To Android

Nokia, RIM, Ericsson and Samsung start new round of patent rows

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Filing by Sweden's Ericsson threatens injunction against Samsung for failure to license 'standards-essential' patents - while Nokia seeks RIM paymentThe smartphone patent wars have abruptly broken out again, with Finland's Nokia filing suits in the US, Canada and UK to enforce a ruling against BlackBerry-maker RIM, and Sweden's Ericsson filing...
Nokia, RIM, Ericsson and Samsung start new round of patent rows

Asia is now Facebook's largest continent after hitting 242 million users

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Technology companies worldwide are increasingly realising the potential of Asia and, in a clear sign of the size of that addressable market, Asia has surpassed Europe as Facebook’s largest continent, based on member numbers. Facebook’s latest statistics, via Socialbakers, show that the continent (which includes Middle Eastern countries) now has...
Asia is now Facebook's largest continent after hitting 242 million users

Thai epublishing startup Ookbee raises $2m to expand in Southeast Asia

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Consumers in Southeast Asia are snapping up smartphones at a growing rate but yet the range of mobile services and content that is available for device owners in the region remains limited when compared to Western markets. While Apple launched local iTunes Stores in 12 Asian markets in June, and services...
Thai epublishing startup Ookbee raises $2m to expand in Southeast Asia

Muve Music subscription service looking to expand beyond the US

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With 600k paying subcribers, bundling unlimited music with voice, texts and data is working wellBuy a mobile phone, and get unlimited music downloads. If the idea sounds familiar, you're probably thinking of Nokia's Comes With Music – an ambitious service that launched in 2008, but flopped in the UK and other...
Muve Music subscription service looking to expand beyond the US

In The War To Build The Biggest Mobile Gaming Platform, Japan's GREE Courts Indies

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GREE, the $4.4 billion mobile gaming company from Japan that’s trying to break into Western markets, is attempting to grow its gaming platform through a new program for indie developers. Called GREE Loves Indies, it will promote different indie games every month. The Tokyo-based company is inviting indie developers to...
In The War To Build The Biggest Mobile Gaming Platform, Japan's GREE Courts Indies

Japan's GREE Acquires Another U.S. Studio, App Ant, To Build Games For Western Audiences

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GREE, the $4.7 billion mobile gaming giant from Japan that’s trying to break into Western markets, just bought another American studio to bolster its first-party game development. The company acquired App Ant Studios for an undisclosed amount after working with the company on Android games. App Ant was co-founded by...
Japan's GREE Acquires Another U.S. Studio, App Ant, To Build Games For Western Audiences

Is The Next Big Game Company In The Middle East? Peak Hits 9.5M DAU, Revenue Up 600% Since Jan. 1

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Over the last several months, the biggest Western social gaming companies have been making moves, and attracting attention as a result. Japanese gaming giant GREE bought Funzio for $210 million to help it move into Western markets, and Zynga grabbed Draw Something creator OMGPOP for $183 million. Meanwhile, European social...
Is The Next Big Game Company In The Middle East? Peak Hits 9.5M DAU, Revenue Up 600% Since Jan. 1

Path Paves The Road To Asia, Adds A New Regional GM In Japan, Ex-Amazon, Apple Exec Shindo Kimihiko

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Path’s growth trajectory is leading it to Asia: CEO Dave Morin said that people in Japan and Korea were behind the mobile social network’s second wave of new users after the release of Path 2.0, that China is the app’s second-largest market after the U.S. and that it’s adding more users...
Path Paves The Road To Asia, Adds A New Regional GM In Japan, Ex-Amazon, Apple Exec Shindo Kimihiko
The #1 Grossing Game on Android and iOS, DeNA’s Rage of Bahamut, Has Almost Even Revenues From Both

Online Ad Spend Has Overtaken Print In Russia

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Online ad spend in Russia grew 56 percent through 2011, surpassing print media to become the country’s second-largest advertising medium. The UK reached that mark in 2010. Emarketer forecasts the U.S. will reach it in 2012. In Russia, online ad spend is now just marginally bigger than in print,...
Online Ad Spend Has Overtaken Print In Russia

Ngmoco executive Oberfest leaves DeNA to start mobile health company

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Another day, another DeNA departure. Jason Oberfest, who was vice president of social applications for the mobile-gaming platform, has left to co-found a mobile health startup called Mango Health. Oberfest joined Ngmoco in September of 2009, just months before it was acquired by Japanese gaming giant DeNA in a...
Ngmoco executive Oberfest leaves DeNA to start mobile health company

U.S. mobile users sending fewer text messages: 678 per month

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Anyone who finds it hard to believe that the average U.S. mobile subscriber sent 696 text messages per month in the second quarter of this year may be relieved to know that this figure fell to 678 per month in the third quarter. It was the first-ever decline for...
U.S. mobile users sending fewer text messages: 678 per month

TCS Profit Jumps 23%

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Tata Consultancy Services reported a nearly 23% rise in its fourth quarter consolidated net profit, helped by a surge in outsourcing orders despite ongoing economic uncertainty in developed Western markets....
TCS Profit Jumps 23%

Are GREE's U.S. Efforts Starting to Pay Off With $29M In First-Half Studio Revenue?

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The Japanese mobile gaming companies came. They saw. And they still have yet to conquer Western consumer markets, but at least they’re showing some financial progress. Japan’s GREE today said that its U.S. studios have now seen about $29 million in revenue in the first-half. No word on profits though,...
Are GREE's U.S. Efforts Starting to Pay Off With $29M In First-Half Studio Revenue?
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