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Social Media Engagement Startup Insightpool Raises $4M

insightpool Insightpool, a startup that helps companies identify and connect with their target audience online, is announcing that it has raised $4 million in Series A funding.
At first, the concept might seem similar to other services that identify valuable social media influencers, brand advocates, or what have you. However, CEO Devon Wijesinghe told me that Insightpool differs in some big ways. Read More

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Translator Keyboard For iOS Makes Writing Foreign Missives A Breeze

Translator Keyboard The Translator Keyboard for iOS 8 can translate what you’ve typed into one of 44 other languages — all without having to leave the keyboard interface. Read More

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Roku Now Offers Screen Mirroring For Android And Windows 8.1 Users

Roku_Settings_ScreenMirroring_Enable1-1024x576 Roku announced this morning it’s rolling out screen mirroring functionality in beta for “a select number” of Windows 8.1 and Android devices. The feature will allow these users to quickly mirror content on their devices to the big screen, including videos, apps, websites and more. The functionality is only being supported in the company’s Roku 3 or Roku Streaming… Read More

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Big Data Analytics Go Large: GoodData Gets $25.7M Led By Intel, Eyes Up 2016 IPO

clouds GoodData, a cloud-based big data analytics firm, is rising higher into the clouds itself. Today it is announcing a $25.7 million round of funding led by Intel Capital, with participation also from existing investors Andreessen Horowitz, General Catalyst, Tenaya Capital, TOTVS, Next World Capital, Windcrest, and Pharus Capital. This is a Series E round for the company, which has raised… Read More

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ScribbleLive Closes $12M Series C, Eyes Acquisitions And International Expansion

ScribbleLive-logo500px ScribbleLive is today announce the closing of a $12 million Series C investment led by WIN (Waterloo Innovation Network) Fund with all of the company’s existing investors also participating. The company plans to use the cash injection to open new international offices and execute strategic acquisitions. Read More

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How The Mighty Eagle Is Fallen — Rovio Announces Layoffs

Screen Shot 2014-10-02 at 11.52.24 Rovio Entertainment, the Finland-based maker of Angry Birds, among other games, is laying off 130 people, or 16% of its current workforce. The move comes because — you probably guessed this — it’s biggest game has gone off the boil and the newer games it’s producing are not taking up the slack, thus growth has been slower than they thought. In a blog post today CEO… Read More

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Wonga Writes Off 330,000 Debts To People It Should Never Have Lent Money To

Wonga Payday loans startup Wonga has agreed to entirely write off the debts of 330,000 customers after the UK regulator found its affordability checks were inadequate. Read More

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Twitter UK TV Ratings Go Live This Month, The First Of 6 New Markets With Kantar

twitter tv Twitter is today putting in place the latest piece of its global “social TV” strategy, which involves measuring how its users share and discuss TV programs and related content on Twitter’s network. Twitter is turning on TV ratings in the UK, in partnership with WPP subsidiary Kantar Media. The service — which includes a variety of metrics, the creation of a… Read More

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Musikki Secures Seed Cash To Aim At Being The IMDB Of Music

A new music-tech startup, Musikki, which calls itself the ‘IMDB of music’ has secured €330,000 in funding from Smart Equity, a business angel investment vehicle in London. On the consumer side, London-based Musikki competes with Allmusic, Discovr, Echonest and Rovi on the data and B2B side. Musikki is based on a proprietary algorithm that matches music data, content and… Read More

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Apple Now Lets You Check If An iPhone Is Stolen Before You Buy It

act lock Want to check if that iPhone you’re considering nabbing off of Craigslist is stolen before you hand over your cold, hard cash? Apple has just released a tool that exists solely to verify whether or not a used iPhone has been locked down remotely by its rightful owner. All you need is the IMEI or the serial number. Punch one of those in, and it’ll tell you whether or not the device… Read More

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