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Flipkart raises massive $1 billion funding round – Investment Round Up

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Series A Kurbo Health, a mobile program to help people lose weight, has raised $5.8 million in Series A funding from Signia Venture Partners, Data Collective, Bessemer Venture Partners and Promus Ventures. The company’s platform offers services through its iOS app to help children and their families lose weight. The company plans to launch an … [Read more...]

Hackathon to target North Korea’s ‘Hermit Kingdom’

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A two-day hackathon next month is aiming to bring more information to North Koreans. Hack North Korea, held in San Francisco between August 2 and 3, is hosted by New York-based NGO the Human Rights Foundation (HRF), and will pair Silicon Valley experts with defectors from the east Asian state, which is widely considered the most closed society on … [Read more...]

IPO and M&A Watch: Line, Newsle, CardSpring

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Keep an Eye On The Naver Corporation, a South Korean company that operates the popular messaging application Line, announced on Tuesday that it had filed its subsidiary with the Tokyo Stock Exchange for an IPO. Line boasts over 430 million users, many of whom live in Japan. Like its Chinese counterpart WeChat, Line relies on in-app purchases for … [Read more...]

Google reports 22% revenue increase as Arora bids farewell

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Google, Inc has reported modestly rising quarterly earnings for the second quarter of 2014. The tech giant earned $3.4 billion, or $4.99 per share, in the April-to-June period. The figures represent a slight increase on the $3.2 billion, or $4.77 per share, reported in the second quarter of last year. “We are moving forward with great product … [Read more...]

Microsoft to lay off 18,000 in biggest jobs cut

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U.S. tech giant Microsoft is set to lay off 18,000 employees, according to an internal memo from its new CEO. Satya Nadella, who took over the reigns from longterm chief Steve Ballmer in February, admitted that Microsoft needs to be “leaner” alongside more streamlined rivals such as Apple and Google, Inc. Nadella added that the biggest hit would … [Read more...]

Plastiq, the Buy-Side Square, Raises $10m – Investment Round Up

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Series A The Palo Alto, Calif.-based Internet Exchange solutions providerIIX, Inc. has secured $10.4 million in Series A funding from New Enterprise Associates, bringing total funding to over $15 million. IIX provides a platform that allows customers to connect to leading Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) through a single connection from anywhere … [Read more...]

Secret secures $25m Series B – Investment Round Up

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Series B Anonymous sharing app Secret has raised $25 million in Series B funding. Index Ventures, Redpoint Ventures, Gary Tan and Alexis Ohanian, SV Angel, Fuel Capital and Ceyuan Ventures all participated in the round. The San Francisco-based company has already raised over $36 million since it was founded last year. Secret also announced new … [Read more...]

Southeast Asia set for e-commerce boom

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Southeast Asia is the next big market for online shopping according to a recent study by UBS, which warns of the threat to established retailers posed by e-commerce firms. Physical barriers such as poor transport logistics infrastructure still hinder virtual shopping in the ASEAN group of countries, but as online retailers like China's Alibaba … [Read more...]

IPO Watch: Box, TubeMogul, Yodlee

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Keep an Eye On Anticipation for the Box IPO will continue to mount, after it was announced this week that the company has instead raised $150 million from private investors TPG and Coatue Management. The latest round of funding values the company at around $2.4 billion, up from the $2 billion valuation it received when it closed its Series F in … [Read more...]

Video conferencing platform Vidyo raises $20m – Investment Round Up

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Seed Button, a New York-based customer acquisition and engagement startup, has raised a $2.25 million seed round led by Atlas Ventures. DCM, Greycroft Partners, MESA+ and VaynerRSE all participated, as did a number of angel investors. The company’s platform is currently in private beta and will use the funds to hire new staff and continue … [Read more...]