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19Jan/16Off

The Fail Whale Returns: Twitter Goes Down And Up Across Many Regions Today

fail-whale Twitter is having a tricky Tuesday. The social media site has been offline the the last several hours, covering a number of — but not all — regions. From what we’ve been able to see, the service was not working, either partially or not at all, in London and other parts of the UK, Switzerland, and Bangkok (according to reports from our own team) this morning UK time.… Read More

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Online Seller Profiling Startup eRated Raises $1.7M

eRated - Conect Techstars London alumni eRated is another startup taking aim at the online reputation problem, specifically relating to online sellers. Targeting online marketplaces, it lets sellers of a product or service create one online profile to rule them all that consolidates and makes portable their seller history and reputation imported from all of the disperate marketplaces and social sites… Read More

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19Jan/16Off

Pakistan Lifts Its Three-Year Ban On YouTube

youtube YouTube has become available in Pakistan today, ending a three-year-ban on the Google-owned video site. Read More

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18Jan/16Off

Indus OS Raises $5M To Make Android Work For First-Time Smartphone Users In India

india phone If you want proof that Android is the operating system of emerging markets, look no further than Indus OS. The company, formerly known as Firstouch, is tweaking the Google-run operating system to the unique demands and cultures of India. And it’s raised $5 million in fresh funding to push on with its lofty target of reach one billion emerging market users. Read More

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18Jan/16Off

Ad-Tech Company OpenX Saw $140M In Net Revenue Last Year

tim cadogan Private companies get to be selective about the numbers they share with the public — on the ad-tech side, you usually end up with vague announcements about percentage growth, run rates and so on. OpenX, however, is releasing numbers that are a little more concrete. Specifically, it says it saw $140 million in net revenue (basically, revenue after ad payments have been distributed… Read More

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18Jan/16Off

Uber Makes First Big Expansion In China As It Aims To Reach 100 Cities In 2016

uber china Fresh from raising new funding, Uber China — Uber’s dedicated business in the world’s largest country — is embarking on its largest expansion to date which will increase its coverage to 35 cities, up from 22. Read More

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18Jan/16Off

HTC Denies Reports It Will Spin Its VR Business Into A Standalone Company

vive Virtual reality is becoming a major focus for struggling smartphone maker HTC, but not so major that it will spin out its VR business into a standalone company. Read More

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18Jan/16Off

How To Succeed When Facing Digital Disruption

digitalocean In a digital economy, companies are constantly faced with opportunities, challenges and threats. Business changes are critical to successfully navigate in this environment, but there are plenty of pitfalls to watch for along the way. The digital economy provides huge opportunities to build a niche and excel, but companies must get out of any pre-digital mindsets to recognize those opportunities. Read More

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18Jan/16Off

Europe’s Newest VC Is Cocoon Networks, A $713M Fund Backed By Chinese Investors

chinese new year in london As stocks in China continue to see a lot of volatility, some tech investors from the country are setting up a £500 million ($713 million) fund in London and are looking to back startups here. Cocoon Networks, as the new group is called, is backed by China Equity Group and Hanxin Capital, and plans to invest in UK and European startups in areas like fintech, the creative industries and… Read More

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Slack CEO Pays Tribute To Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

recode - stewart butterfield Ahead of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield shared a touching note with employees about Dr. King, the civil rights movement and why the collaboration software’s office is closed today. With Butterfield’s permission, Slack engineer Erica Baker shared the note externally “not only because it touched [her] heart,” she wrote on Medium,… Read More

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