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Weekly digest: Mt Gox finds some bitcoins, tech giants to meet Obama over NSA and Office for iPad?


Mt Gox finds 200,000 bitcoins The beleaguered, battered and shuttered bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox has been hunting down the sides of its sofa and managed to find almost 200,000 lost bitcoins this week. That’s a decent haul to pull out of obscurity, as 200,000 bitcoins amount to more than $114 million, according to conversion website Preev. … [Read more...]

Somalia’s vulnerable youth find work online


A new nonprofit venture is helping young Somalis get online and into work. Shaqodoon (which means 'jobseeker' in Somali) is a product of the USAID-funded Somali Youth Livelihood Program, headquartered in the Somaliland regional capital of Hargeisa, which aims to train and educate local people into a thinning workforce. Since beginning last … [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...]

Ukraine’s Startups bullish despite political strife

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Ukraine has stumbled from a revolution to a standoff with big neighbor Russia. But the country's tech sector is looking up thanks to a hotbed of talent, and a willingness of that talent to hone its skills abroad. The giant nation of almost 46 million, Europe's second largest by area, is home to a growing number of ventures, many of which are making … [Read more...]

Helsinki calling: seven Finnish game winners


We've all heard of Angry Birds. But what about King of the Cabbage World? The less-catchy title was Finland-based Rovio's first development - 51 before their most famous, whose many versions have amassed a whopping 2bn downloads worldwide. But Rovio is just one company in a burgeoning local scene. This week Helsinki's Next Games secured $6 million … [Read more...]

Sina Corp.’s Weibo could choose U.S. exchange for IPO

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Sina Corp. is plotting an overseas IPO for Weibo, China’s Twitter copycat, according to data compiled by research firm PrivCo. The company predicts Weibo will follow parent company Sina and list on the Nasdaq exchange. The research puts Weibo’s value at around or below $8 billion, which is nearly double Sina’s market cap of $4.7 billion. “Weibo is … [Read more...]

Nasdaq’s move into pre-IPO trading could win back tech sector confidence


Nasdaq has targeted the lucrative pre-IPO trading game, aiming to give investors access to companies before they go public, and build a relationship with tech firms before they choose an exchange to list on. Nasdaq OMX Group announced the launch of Nasdaq Private Market, a joint project with SharesPost, which offers a similar type of platform but … [Read more...]

Apple looks to bring iOS into vehicles with CarPlay

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Apple’s plans to integrate its devices in cars have ramped up from first to second gear. The company announced three car brands will soon sell vehicles equipped with CarPlay, which transforms vehicles into mobile iPhones. Apple has driven around this particular block before, as the company has already introduced its technology into automobiles. At … [Read more...]

Recruitment tech sector consolidates with round of acquisitions


The talent industry embarked on its own recruitment drive recently, as three of its biggest names secured large acquisitions in the last month. LinkedIn, the social media platform aimed at professionals, has made increasingly large strides into the recruitment sector over the past few years, and enjoyed considerable success. This progress has been … [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...]