Consumer Web/Social Media

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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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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PayPal fuels higher eBay revenue even as cyber attack, rivals weigh

EBay Inc posted a 13 percent rise in quarterly revenue on Wednesday, as better-than-expected results from its fast-growing PayPal division helped the online retailer overcome increasing competition from Amazon.com Inc and a well-publicized cyber attack.

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LVMH and eBay settle litigation over fake goods

LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton and eBay Inc have settled a long-running court battle over the sale of counterfeit luxury goods on the U.S. company's online auction website.

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Exclusive: YouTube weighs funding efforts to boost premium content - sources

YouTube has embarked on a new round of discussions with Hollywood and independent producers to fund premium content, two sources with knowledge of the talks told Reuters

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Live video startup Twitch builds studio to woo gamers, advertisers

Live streaming startup Twitch, which grew its users over 40 percent in the past year, said it is building a studio in San Francisco to host videogame broadcasts and attract more advertisers and viewers to its novel live chat format.

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Amazon, Best Buy leaks PlayStation 4 Vita Bundle

Amazon and Best Buy have appeared to leak a PS4 and PS Vita bundle complete with pricing, ahead of its scheduled big announcement in the upcoming Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3 2014).

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iWatch is Coming?

After Apple showed off the “world’s most advanced operating system” on Monday’s Worldwide Developers Conference, the most talked about topic in the tech world after iOS 8 is: will the iWatch come in next?

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Instagram rolls out new features, advanced editing tools

Instagram announced on Tuesday the roll out of 10 new editing tools for both iOS and Android. The app added a slide bar for users to be able to adjust contrast, brightness, saturation and warmth and an option that allows users to adjust the intensity of filters.

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Turkey lifts block on access to YouTube: official

Turkey's telecoms regulator removed an official order blocking access to YouTube (GOOGL.O) from its website on Tuesday after the country's top court ruled last week that the ban was a breach of human rights.

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US web design platform Smore raises $1.7M in seed funding

Palo Alto, California-based single-page promotional website design platform raised $1.7 million in a seed funding round ledyby Founder's Co-op to expand its market reach, improve its products, and enable mobile content creation.

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American website testing platform Optimizely raises $57M in Series B funding

San Francisco, California-based website testing and optimization platform Optimizely raised $57 million in a Series B funding round led by Andreessen Horowitz to hire as many as 250 additional staff within this year.

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US-based gameplay-recording startup Kamcord raises $7.1M to conquer Asia

New York, US-based mobile gameplay-recording startup Kamcord raised $7.1 million in a Series A funding round led by TransLink Capital to conquer the giant gaming markets of Japan, China, and South Korea.

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London security firm CertiVox scores $8M in Series B financing

London, UK-based security firm CertiVox scored $8 million in its Series B financing from new investor NTT Docomo Ventures and previous backer Octopus Investments to expand its software-based alternative authentication platform.

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Hungarian startup Tresorit lands $3M in Series A round to provide convenient and secure cloud services

Budapest, Hungary-based startup Tresorit landed $3 million in its Series A funding round with Euroventures as lead investor to provide both convenience and security along with its cloud storage services.

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