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iPhone 6 And 6 Plus Are Shifting Reading Away From iPad, Study Finds

PKTBlog_iPhone6_v2 When Apple unveiled the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, it seemed likely that the larger screens on the devices would naturally lead to them assuming some of the functions of the iPad, giving users fewer reasons to turn to their tablets. Now, data from save-for-later reading and video app Pocket finds that indeed, users of Apple’s newest, larger smartphones do spend more time perusing their… Read More Continue reading

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Social Marketing Startup Tiger Pistol Raises $3.1M As It Plans For US Growth

 Tiger Pistol, a startup offering social marketing tools for small businesses, is announcing that it has raised $3.1 million in Series A funding.
The company started in Melbourne, Australia, and I first covered it in 2012, when it left beta testin… Continue reading

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Microsoft-Backed Inlope Is An Interest-Based Local Social Network

Inlope Is there room for another social network in your life? Inlope, a Munich, Germany-based startup which was founded last year and has just launched its app reckons so. And it’s not alone — having persuaded Microsoft to cover its costs for a year while it seeks to scale its idea into a living and breathing local social network. Read More Continue reading

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Canopy Brings A Curated Amazon Shopping Experience To The iPhone

 A company called Canopy launched last year to bring a more curated and community-driven experience to shopping Amazon products, with an organized catalog of recommended items, and a number of tools for finding and saving favorites. Today, Canopy … Continue reading

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Apple Co-Founder Ron Wayne Puts Apple-1 Manual Proofs, Apple II Blueprints And More Up For Auction

Screen Shot 2014-11-26 at 8.52.57 AM Apple has made a lot of people varying degrees of rich, but original third co-founder Ronald Wayne isn’t one of them. The lesser known member of theApple founding trio that also includes Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak sold his 10% stock in the company for $800 U.S. under two weeks after formalizing their original partnership, and then a later check for $1,500 to forfeit any future claims… Read More Continue reading

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Amazon Fire Phone Gets Another Fire Sale: $199 Unlocked

Amazon Fire Phone Amazon has already admitted that it priced its Fire Phone much higher than consumers anticipated, and now it’s making a significant adjustment to the device’s price tag: A fully unlocked Fire Phone now retails for $199.00, instead of $449.00. The GSM device is still U.S.-only, which means it’ll work with AT&T and T-Mobile, though not Verizon and Sprint. The $250 price… Read More Continue reading

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Chat App Line’s User-Generated Sticker Program Nets $30M In Its First Six Months

Screenshot 2014-11-26 19.34.43 Line has revealed that it sold more than $300 million (¥3.59 billion) in user-generated stickers from independent ‘creators’ during the first six months of launching its Creators Marketplace service. Read More Continue reading

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Pop-Up Shops Startup Appear Here Raises $7.5M, Led By Balderton Capital

Screen Shot 2014-11-26 at 12.33.53 Appear Here, a marketplace for retail space aiding and abetting the fashionable craze of ‘pop-up’ shops, has raised a significant $7.5 million of new funding, in a round led by Balderton Capital. Existing investors MMC, Forward and Meyer Bergman also took part in the round, which follows on from a £1m fundraising in November 2013. The investment will be spent on customer service,… Read More Continue reading

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U.K. Government Points Finger Of Blame At Web Firms For Counter-Terror Failures

Facebook The U.K. government is once again amping up counter-terrorism rhetoric against Internet companies, with Prime Minister David Cameron telling Parliament yesterday that digital communications firms’ networks are “being used to plot murder and mayhem”, and asserting that web companies have a “social responsibility to act on this”. Read More Continue reading

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Rocket Internet-Backed Jumia Raises $150M For Its African E-Commerce Business

Screenshot 2014-11-26 17.19.00 Rocket Internet-backed online retail Jumia is in the money today, after the Africa-based company announced that it has raised €120 million ($150 million) in new funding. The company confirmed that the round was completed at a valuation of €445 million ($555 million). Read More Continue reading

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