Revolutionary E-Governance helps Moldova beat corruption as Russia threat looms


Moldova, a tiny state bordering Ukraine, is crippled by corruption and emigration. Some have even suggested that its weaknesses leave it exposed to a possible annexation by Russia, as Vladimir Putin consolidates control over nearby Crimea. The breakaway Moldovan state of Transnistria has already called on Moscow to annex it. NATO's supreme allied … [Read more...]

Could Vodafone’s Ono acquisition trigger European telco spending spree?


Vodafone’s $10 billion purchase of Spanish cable operator Ono cements the British telecoms company’s pursuance of a 'united communications' model. And the British firm may have fired the starting gun on a year of spending in Europe, despite continued acquisition overtures from American outfit AT&T. The acquisition of Ono, Vodafone’s first … [Read more...]

Optio Labs raises $10 million – Investment Round Up

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Series A Tips and tutorials app Trusper has gained $6.17 million in a Series A investment led by DCM. Charles Schwab and other backers contributed to the round. The Los Altos Hills-based company drew upwards of 5 million active users to its platform while still in stealth mode. Trusper has since debuted on the App Store and Google Play, according … [Read more...]

Samsung’s new Galaxy S5 smartphone focuses on security and health


Samsung revealed its new Galaxy S5 smartphone at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week. The Korean company gives the latest installment in the Galaxy S series a makeover rather than a complete overhaul, but will it be enough to dominate the competitive smartphone market? The smartphone left some enthusiastic and others underwhelmed. Its … [Read more...]

Facebook’s WhatsApp Deal: Is Google being left behind?


Rakuten’s $900 million acquisition of Viber last week was the starting pistol, and Facebook’s $19 billion punt on WhatsApp was a signal cannon. Over-the-top messaging platforms have become the latest must-haves for a technology empire. But Google has been left out — and its options to regain ground are slim. The mobile messaging market has changed … [Read more...]

How will Facebook’s $19bn WhatsApp deal affect the mobile messaging market?


Facebook’s $19 billion deal to buy mobile messaging company WhatsApp raised more than eyebrows. Valuations in the mobile messaging market have increased, and a bright spotlight has been shone upon the companies competing in it. Investors now try to work out where the next multi-billion dollar messaging app will come from and rivalry in the sector … [Read more...]

Bluebox Security launches out of stealth with data-securing solution

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Bluebox Security has emerged from stealth mode with a mobile security solution that prioritizes securing data over devices or applications. In this, the company diverges from traditional mobile device and application managers. The San Francisco startup, which has been innovating under cover since 2012, just raised an $18 million Series B funding … [Read more...]

European social media success thwarted by U.S. giants


The Americans are coming, and Europe's social media platforms are losing ground. But many local brands are still doing fine business connecting the continent's consumers. In the past few years several high-profile European social media brands have imploded. Wer-kennt-wen (Who knows whom) and StudiVZ were once giants of the burgeoning German scene, … [Read more...]

Flappy Bird made $50k a day – but owner pulls it from app store


Mobile app and viral sensation Flappy Bird, which for a time capped free app charts on app stores, has been killed off by its developer. The story of the Flappy Bird game begins and ends with Dong Nguyen, its creator. The Hanoi-based game maker of dotGears Studios launched the game on the iTunes App Store in May 2013, where it remained in relative … [Read more...]

Taxi apps compete globally for sought after markets

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Taxi applications are some of the most effective mobile solutions in the app marketplace. The technology that allows users to hail and track a taxi driver has spawned successful companies such as Uber, Hailo and Taxibeat. But the challenges that arise in individual markets, from cities up to regions, make international expansion a tricky road to … [Read more...]