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  • Delivery Hero acquires Foodpanda as Rocket Internet shuffles online takeout pack once again

    Delivery Hero acquires Foodpanda as Rocket Internet shuffles online takeout pack once again

    Rocket Internet has shuffled the online takeout pack of cards once again. This time the publicly-listed German ‘startup factory’ and investor is selling foodpanda to its much larger rival Delivery Hero, of which it also holds a significant stake. Read More

  • Gamer chat app Discord hits 25 million users, can now be used in developers’ own games

    Gamer chat app Discord hits 25 million users, can now be used in developers’ own games

    Jason Citron, who previously founded and sold the early mobile social gaming network OpenFeint, returned to gaming startups with the launch of Discord in May 2015. This voice and text chat app for gamers — a challenger to incumbents like Skype and Teamspeak — has since grown to 25 million registered users, who are sending 100 million messages per day across its platform. Read More

  • Google is testing user ratings for movies and TV within search results

    Google is testing user ratings for movies and TV within search results

    Google is disrupting yet another industry by including light-weight services directly within search results. This time, Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb, with Google testing out movie ratings from within search itself. Google confirmed to Search Engine Land that the feature is currently just an experiment, and beyond that, the company has nothing to announce at this time. Unlike other movie and TV… Read More

  • Fading anonymous social network Yik Yak is laying off most of its employees

    Fading anonymous social network Yik Yak is laying off most of its employees

    Yik Yak, the once universally recognized anonymous social network that virally took over college campuses back in 2014, is planning to lay off a “significant” number of employees, first noted by The Verge. The company is said to be retaining mostly engineers as it notified its team of about 50 employees earlier this morning. In a statement to TechCrunch, Tyler Droll, CEO of Yik… Read More

  • BuzzFeed hires Gilad Lotan as VP of data science

    BuzzFeed hires Gilad Lotan as VP of data science

    BuzzFeed has a new vice president leading its data science team. Gilad Lotan has a long résumé in the field, having most recently served as chief data scientist at New York-based startup studio Betaworks, and before that working in data-related roles at SocialFlow, Microsoft and Endemol. Publisher Dao Nguyen told me that this is a new role at BuzzFeed — the closest equivalent being… Read More

  • Why edtech startups need to build for overlooked communities Crunch Network

    Why edtech startups need to build for overlooked communities

    The education world has been transformed thanks to the power of technology. But not all communities have been privy to the benefits; low-income students are still shut out of the edtech revolution. The digital divide is no longer just about connectivity. Many edtech startups are not designed with the specific needs of low-income, under-connected kids in mind. That’s where nonprofits come in. Read More

  • Molotov activates the cloud DVR feature and raises $23.3 million

    Molotov activates the cloud DVR feature and raises $23.3 million

    French startup Molotov launched five months ago, but a key feature had yet to go live. Molotov users can now bookmark TV shows and movies in the cloud so that they can watch them later. That’s not all, the startup has also raised $23.3 million (€22 million). I’ve already written quite a few words about Molotov, but it’s worth reiterating that it’s the best way to watch… Read More

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