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  • biNu Opens Its Feature Phone Platform To Third Party Apps, Starting With Romance Publisher Harlequin

    biNu Opens Its Feature Phone Platform To Third Party Apps, Starting With Romance Publisher Harlequin

    biNu, a startup that brings apps and content to feature phones and lower-end smartphones, is announcing the first partner in its third-party platform. And that partner isn’t just another tech company — instead, biNu is working with the UK division of romance publisher Harlequin to offer 8,700 books, including the romance titles published by its Mills & Boon subsidiary, in the… Read More

  • biNu Partners With US State Dept. To Distribute English-Language Learning Materials

    biNu Partners With US State Dept. To Distribute English-Language Learning Materials

    The US Department of State and mobile startup biNu just announced that they’re working together in a public-private partnership. It’s not, perhaps, the most obvious partnership, but biNu says that its app platform for feature phones and lower-end smartphones is already used by an audience of 4 million people, largely in emerging economies. That’s an audience that the… Read More

  • biNu Raises $4.3M To Bring Apps to Feature Phones, Launches Credits Program

    biNu Raises $4.3M To Bring Apps to Feature Phones, Launches Credits Program

    Mobile app platform biNu just announced that it has closed a $4.3 million Series A round of funding. Back in August, the company said it had raised $2 million from Eric Schmidt’s Tomorrow Ventures, along with the Savannah Fund, David Risher, and Paul Bassat. Now the company says that was just a partial close of the round, which has expanded by another $2.3 million, and now includes… Read More

  • biNu Socializes Its Feature Phone App Platform

    biNu Socializes Its Feature Phone App Platform

    biNu, a startup backed by Eric Schmidt’s TomorrowVentures, allows owners of feature phones and lower-end smartphones to access apps like Facebook and Twitter. Now the company is getting more ambitious on the social networking side. CEO Gour Lentell tells me that it wasn’t really his plan to build a social network. Instead, biNu focused initially on making content accessible… Read More