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  • Tencent posts record $2.7B profit as mobile game revenue tops PC for first time

    Tencent posts record $2.7B profit as mobile game revenue tops PC for first time

    Tencent, Asia’s highest valued technology company, posted a record quarterly profit of $2.7 billion (18.2 billion RMB) thanks to explosive growth from mobile games. The firm’s profit in Q2 2017 rocketed 70 percent year-on-year on the back of the success of Tencent’s mobile games, particularly smash hit Honour of Kings which claims over 200 million registered users. Honour… Read More

  • Tencent backs Indian education startup BYJU’s at a valuation of $800 million

    Tencent backs Indian education startup BYJU’s at a valuation of $800 million

    Tencent, Asia’s highest-valued tech company, has continued to invest in India after it backed online education service BYJU’s. The startup that includes the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and Sequoia among its investors. The size of the investment has not been disclosed, but a source close to the deal told TechCrunch that it values BYJU’s around the $800 million mark. Tencent… Read More

  • World View lands $15 million Series B to bring new stratosphere-flying platform to life

    World View lands $15 million Series B to bring new stratosphere-flying platform to life

    World View, the advanced high altitude balloon company, has raised a $15 million Series B led by Canaan Partners. The round also included investments from Norwest Venture Partners, Tencent, Moment Ventures and Base Ventures. The company had previously raised $7.1 million. This marks the second aerospace investment for Canaan Partners, who previously invested in Skybox Imaging. “I… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: The Whole Truth

    Gillmor Gang: The Whole Truth

    The Gillmor Gang — John Taschek, Robert Scoble, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor. Topics include the new Microsoft and its Outlook reboot, the Gang on Women in Tech, why XML, RSS, and Notifications change everything, and why @kevinmarks disagrees. Shortly after this recording, Robert Scoble announced a health-focused hiatus. We wish him success. Read More

  • Personalized News-Reading App Pipes Now Smartly Summarizes Articles, Without The Help Of Editors

    Personalized News-Reading App Pipes Now Smartly Summarizes Articles, Without The Help Of Editors

    A personalized news reading app, Pipes, is now offering summaries of news stories to save mobile readers time while trying to catch up on-the-go. This is a big shift for the app, which launched earlier this year to offer a more mainstream-friendly way of consuming news and other topical information from a variety of sources, without having to understand the technicalities of using RSS or… Read More

  • The Best News-Reading App, Reeder 2, Returns To Mac

    The Best News-Reading App, Reeder 2, Returns To Mac

    For all five of us who still prefer managing our own news-reading experience through a dedicated RSS reader application, there’s good news out today: One of the best news readers on the market, Reeder 2, has finally returned to the Mac. The Mac application had been unavailable for nearly a year, following the shutdown of Google Reader, because it was built on top of the search… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Bluetooth Nipple Rings

    Gillmor Gang: Bluetooth Nipple Rings

    The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, Doc Searls, John Taschek, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor — demonstrate once again a complete disregard for the trending topics of the week. Instead, we talk bodyware, iBeam fashion design, the things that are still dead, and a healthy component of digital dish disguised as news. Excerpt from the live chat stream: Most people think they use tech… Read More

  • Feedly, Now Powering 50 RSS-Based Applications, Opens API To All Developers

    Feedly, Now Powering 50 RSS-Based Applications, Opens API To All Developers

    Feedly, a service making claims to the RSS reader throne Google abandoned by shutting down Google Reader, announced today that it’s now opening up its API to all interested developers building RSS-based applications. This is a notable step toward Feedly’s goal of not just being another feed-reading application itself, but rather a platform which will allow an app ecosystem to thrive. Read More

  • Digg (And Digg Reader) Arrive On Android

    Digg (And Digg Reader) Arrive On Android

    Digg, the Betaworks-incubated social news service and new home to Google Reader replacement Digg Reader, has just arrived on Android, the company announced today. Included in this release are all the stories you would find on the Digg.com homepage, Digg Reader, as well as integrations with over a half dozen other services including Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Google+ and more. Read More

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