Consumer Web/Social Media

YouTube, Google

Google to launch YouTube Music Key premium subscription service

YouTube is set to launch a new premium music service called YouTube Music Key. Android Police noted that since last year, there were rumors of a YouTube music service that will let users pay a monthly subscription to access its full library of music and music videos without advertising.

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YouTube Space Tokyo

Google considering YouTube, Gmail accounts for kids

Google Inc is considering allowing online accounts for children under the age of 13 and give their parents control over how the service is used, according to media reports.

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The icon of a free communication app ''Line''

China tells South Korea it blocked KakaoTalk, Line to fight terrorism

Chinese authorities say they have blocked messaging apps KakaoTalk and Line as part of efforts to fight terrorism,South Korea said on Thursday, the first official explanation of service disruptions in China that began a month ago.

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Dodo Points

Spoqa raises $3.9 million in Series B, looks to Japan for expansion

Seoul-based Spoqa has raised $3.9 million in Series B funding from Daesung Private Equity Group and Bokwang Investments, and plans to use the investment for expansion in Japan.

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Hallspot

Hallspot reaches $1 million in third round of seed funding

Hallspot, a social network and mobile application aimed at establishing connections between college students and businesses, recently reached a million dollars in its third round of funding, according to the company.

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Business Apps

Top 5 most useful business apps to get the job done

Check out businessmen's top five mobile apps that aids them in their day-to-day productivity. These business apps have become essential tools in both small-time and big-time ventures.

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The Twitter logo

Twitter assuages growth concerns for now as shares soar 35 percent

Twitter Inc halted a slowdown in user-growth in the second quarter with the help of product tweaks and services built around the summer's World Cup, assuaging concerns for now that the online messaging service had peaked.

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Beatles

Why Swell Acquisition for $30M is Beneficial to Apple?

Following Apple’s acquisition of Beats, the tech giant now turns to another possible iTunes enhancer – Swell. The tech world is buzzing with predictions and suppositions that this deal may be the "Pandora's box of talk radio."

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2014 MIT Technology Review Top 50 Smartest Companies

MIT Unveils Its Top Fifty Smartest Companies in 2014

The MIT Technology Review has recently released its list of the top companies from different fields of industry who have made impressive strides in its fields. The list showed companies who made dramatic developments in different fields, including engineering, agricultural technology, and the world wide Web.

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Jeff Bezos

Amazon's losses widen, shares drop

Amazon.com Inc posted a much larger-than-expected loss in the second quarter as its rapid pace of investment in businesses such as digital content and consumer electronics offset a 23 percent jump in revenue.

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eBay Vice President Wendy Jones

EBay plans to expand in Russia despite sanctions

Internet auction site eBay Inc said it planned to expand in Russia, still its top priority among emerging marketseven though the country faces increasing Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis.

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eBay

StubHub was victim of cyber fraud ring; arrests to be announced

eBay Inc's StubHub online ticket resale service said it was the victim of a massive international cyber fraud ring, the details of which authorities plan to disclose on Wednesday as they announce arrests in the case.

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Laura Prepon (R) and Taylor Schilling

Netflix profit doubles on U.S., foreign subscriber growth

Netflix Inc said on Monday its quarterly profit more than doubled, boosted by strong growth in U.S. and international subscribers as a price increase for its most popular U.S. video streaming plan did not deter new users.

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Amazon Kindle tablets

Amazon starts Netflix-style book service amid publisher spat

Amazon.com Inc launched a $9.99-per-month subscription service on Friday that lets customers read as much as they choose from its library of more than 600,000 digital books.

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Geogle

Smartphone suit against Google plays into rivals' hands

A U.S. consumer lawsuit accusing Google of monopolizing prime real estate on Android smartphones will help mobile rivals like Microsoft make their antitrust case with European regulators should damaging secrets emerge in court.

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