• Restaurant Discovery App Zomato Acquires Turkey’s Mekanist For Cash

    Restaurant Discovery App Zomato Acquires Turkey’s Mekanist For Cash

    Zomato, the Restaurant discovery service which competes with Yelp, has acquired Turkey’s Mekanist. The price was not disclosed but it has been confirmed as an all-cash deal. The move will take Zomato from covering 27,500 restaurants in Istanbul and Ankara to more than over 50,000 restaurants in Turkey. The move is a sign that Zomato is prepared to take Yelp on in significant… Read More

  • Singapore Property Site 99.co Lands $1.6M From Sequoia And Facebook Co-Founder Saverin

    Singapore Property Site 99.co Lands $1.6M From Sequoia And Facebook Co-Founder Saverin

    99.co, a property rental and sales site that launched in Singapore last November, has scored a deal of its own after closing $2 million in funding from Sequoia and Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin. The round values the young startup at $10 million. Read More

  • Microsoft’s Office For Android Tablets Comes Out Of Preview

    Microsoft’s Office For Android Tablets Comes Out Of Preview

    Last November, Microsoft launched a beta of its free Office apps for Android tablets and announced that it would make them generally available for Android tablets in early 2015. It’s now early 2015 and today Microsoft is living up to its promise by launching Word, Excel and PowerPoint for Android tablets. The updated apps should arrive in the Google Play store over the course of the next… Read More

  • Armed With A Push-Bike And $25 Million, Europe Beckons For Premium Take-Out Service Deliveroo

    Armed With A Push-Bike And $25 Million, Europe Beckons For Premium Take-Out Service Deliveroo

    “I was actually the first delivery driver, I still do deliveries for 4 hours a week,” Deliveroo CEO and co-founder William Shu tells me during a call. “I don’t do it on the scooter anymore, I do it on the bicycle. It’s actually really good exercise so I don’t mind.” Read More

  • Microsoft Launches Outlook For iOS And Android

    Microsoft Launches Outlook For iOS And Android

    Microsoft today launched Outlook for Android and iOS phones and tablets, based on the application it acquired when it bought Acompli last December. These new applications will go live in their respective app stores over the course of the next few hours. These new applications will go live in their respective app stores over the course of the next few hours. Read More

  • Apple Shipped As Many Smartphones As Samsung In Q4 2014, According To Analysts

    Apple Shipped As Many Smartphones As Samsung In Q4 2014, According To Analysts

    It looks like making larger screen smartphones was a good decision from Apple. Fresh off a monster earnings report — including the largest profit of any corporate company in history — Apple sold as many phones as Samsung in the final quarter of 2014. Read More

  • Naver’s Earnings Miss Expectations As Line’s Sales Growth Slows

    Naver’s Earnings Miss Expectations As Line’s Sales Growth Slows

    South Korean Internet giant Naver announced quarterly results that fell short of expectations because of weaker performance from the gaming unit of its messaging app Line. This echoes problems faced by Tencent’s WeChat, one of Line’s main rivals, and shows that messaging apps need to find more sources of revenue beyond games. Read More

  • LG’s Annual Profit Doubles To $475M After Shipping 59.1M Smartphones In 2014

    LG’s Annual Profit Doubles To $475M After Shipping 59.1M Smartphones In 2014

    Samsung may be stumbling after posting its lowest annual profit for three years. The same can’t be said for fellow Korean company LG, which just revealed that it posted an improved $475 million profit for 2014 after shipping a total of 59.1 million smartphones, a 24 percent increase on its previous year. Read More

  • Investors Throw Datadog A $31M Bone

    Investors Throw Datadog A $31M Bone

    Datadog, a cloud service that helps customers monitor infrastructure and software, whether all in the cloud or a hybrid on-premises-cloud environment, announced $31M in Series C funding today. The round was led by Index Ventures with help from RTP Ventures, Openview Partners and what they referred to as “other equity holders.” Index helped fund the Series B round last February… Read More

  • AnalyticsMD Applies AI To Optimize The ER

    AnalyticsMD Applies AI To Optimize The ER

    AnalyticsMD, which is launching out of Y Combinator’s latest batch, is a startup tackling a difficult but very worthwhile problem: how to boost the operational efficiency of hospitals and improve patient care by helping staff make better choices about how resources are allocated. Its founders liken their product to an “air traffic controller for the hospital and healthcare… Read More

  • Samsung Reports Lowest Annual Profit In Three Years Due To Lagging Smartphone Sales

    Samsung Reports Lowest Annual Profit In Three Years Due To Lagging Smartphone Sales

    Samsung Electronics reported its lowest annual profit since 2011 during its earnings call today as its smartphone sales continue to suffer from increasing competition. In 2014, the company’s profit was 25 trillion won, a 32 percent drop from a high of 36.8 trillion won in 2013. Read More

  • Formation 8 And Palantir Founder Joe Lonsdale Named In Sexual Assault Lawsuit

    Joe Lonsdale, the technology executive best known as the co-founder of Palantir and a partner of venture capital firm Formation 8, has been accused of gender violence, sexual assault, sexual harassment, and other charges in a civil lawsuit filed this week in San Francisco. Formation 8 is also named as a defendant in the suit. Reached today for comment, Lonsdale categorically denied all of… Read More

  • Spoil Takes The Hunt Out Of Gift-Giving

    Spoil Takes The Hunt Out Of Gift-Giving

    Y Combinator-backed Spoil is looking to take the pain out of gift-giving with the launch of its personalized gift concierge service. Read More

  • AutoBot Raises $6M To Drive Development Of Its Car Diagnostic Tools

    AutoBot Raises $6M To Drive Development Of Its Car Diagnostic Tools

    AutoBot, a Beijing startup that makes diagnostic tools for cars (not the robots in disguise), has raised a $6 million Series A from Gobi Partners and ABC Capital. The company will use the funding for marketing, hiring and product research and development. AutoBot’s main product is the AutoBot Mini OBD (on-board diagnostic) device, which users can plug into their car’s OBD-II outlet… Read More

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  • Facebook Now Has Over 3B Video Views Per Day

    Facebook Now Has Over 3B Video Views Per Day

    If it’s starting to feel like every visit you make to Facebook these days is full of videos, you are not alone. Facebook today reported in a strong set of Q4 earnings that there are 3 billion videos viewed on its site each day. With the company also reporting daily active users of 890 million, this works out to more than 3 videos per day. Facebook more specifically later noted that… Read More

  • More Than Half A Billion People Access Facebook Solely From Mobile

    More Than Half A Billion People Access Facebook Solely From Mobile

    It seems that with every earnings report, we hit another milestone in Facebook’s shift to mobile. Here’s the latest one: 526 million of its monthly active users access Facebook solely from their mobile devices. That’s up from 456 million in the previous quarter, and it’s an increase of around 78 percent from the 296 million mobile-only users that Facebook saw during… Read More

  • Facebook’s Powerful Ad Tools Grew Its Revenue 25X Faster Than User Count

    Facebook’s Powerful Ad Tools Grew Its Revenue 25X Faster Than User Count

    Facebook’s been a quest to improve its ad measurement, and it’s definitely paying off. In Q4 2014, Facebook’s user count in the US & Canada only grew by a tiny 0.97% from 204 million to 206 million, but the average ad revenue it earns from each of those users grew 24% from $6.64 to $8.26. That’s insane. Jawdropping. If you’re an ad geek you’re… Read More

  • Is This WebRTC’s Year?

    Is This WebRTC’s Year?

    WebRTC is an open-source standard (spearheaded by Google in 2012 through the World Wide Web Consortium) enabling browsers to make voice or video calls without needing any plug-ins. Using WebRTC, a user can establish a voice or video call by clicking on a button in a browser representing the other endpoint. Read More

  • Tumblr Takes On Medium With Upgrades To Its Writing Interface And More

    Tumblr Takes On Medium With Upgrades To Its Writing Interface And More

    Starting today, Tumblr is rolling out a series of updates to its online blogging platform designed to make the service more attractive and useful for content creators, and specifically for those writing long-form content. The move comes at a time when publishing platform Medium, co-founded by former Twitter CEO Evan Williams, is growing in popularity thanks to its simple and clean user… Read More

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