Consumer Web/Social Media

French ad startup Tapvalue nabs $2.2M for international growth

French cross-device tracking and advertising startup Tapvalue nabbed $2.2 million (€1.6 million) in a venture round led by an unnamed venture capitalist and some angels to support its international growth and product development.

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JWT to pick up majority stake in Indian social media agency Social Wavelength

JWT, a New York, US-based operating company of advertising giant WPP, entered an agreement to pick up a majority stake in Mumbai, India-based social media agency Social Wavelenth for an undisclosed amount to expand its market reach.

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Tech Mahindra may buy minority stake in Indian social media analytics firm Simplify360

Indian IT services giant Tech Mahindra may buy a large minority stake in Bangalore-bases social media analytics firm Simplify360 for an undisclosed amount in a bid to boost its social, mobility, analytics, and cloud services (SMAC) portfolio.

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Fullscreen adds Texas-based video game media firm ScrewAttack

California, US-based YouTube multi-channel network Fullscreen added Texas-based video game media firm ScrewAttack for an undisclosed amount just a couple of months after it bought mobile-video startup Supernova.

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Y Combinator startups vote on top three classmates for Winter 2014

The startups on Y Combinator's Winter 2014 class held a vote as to who among their classmates would be most likely to succeed and their votes were different from that of TechCrunch's own picks.

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Hackers flood multiple Pinterest accounts with butt photos

In the latest news of social media hacking, multiple Pinterest accounts have been flooded with photos of butts, prompting warnings to avoid clicking on suspicious pictures until the security flaw is resolved.

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Facebook launches Connectivity Lab to bring affordable Internet access to all

After helping 3 million people in the Philippines and Paraguay get access to the Internet, social media giant Facebook launched the Connectivity Lab to build drones and lasers that will help more people get affordable Internet access.

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Turkey blocks YouTube amid new government audio file leak

Just over a week after blocking Twitter, Turkey is now moving to shut down access to YouTube in a bid to stem off the source of corruption scandal and reputation-damaging leaks related to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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Split secures $1M in seed funding round

Split, the anti-social app that helps people avoid potentially awkward encounters has raised $1 million for its seed round from well-known private investors, a statement about the funding said.

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Yahoo Japan to take telco eAccess from Softbank in $3.2B deal

Search giant Yahoo Japan is set to take Japan-based telco eAccess from Internet firm Softbank in a deal valued at $3.2 billion (JPY324 billion) to beef up its e-commerce and advertising businesses.

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London news startup Oximity bags seed money from angel investors

London, UK-based user-generated news startup Oximity bagged an undisclosed amount of seed money from angel investors Ronnie Screwvala and K Ganesh to provide direct sources of global news in 180 languages.

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Lithium acquires San Francisco social media influence scoring platform for $200M

US social customer solutions provider Lithium Technologies acquired San Francisco-based social media influence scoring platform in a deal valued at $200 million in combined cash and equity.

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Facebook acquires Oculus VR in $2B deal

Social media giant Facebook acquired California, US-based virtual reality headset maker Oculus VR in a deal valued at $2 billion to help the startup expand beyond non-gaming applications of its technology.

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Microsoft rebrands 'Windows Azure' to 'Microsoft Azure'

In a bid to gain traction over its competitors, American software giant is rebranding its open cloud platform 'Windows Azure' to 'Microsoft Azure.' according to sources familiar with the matter cited by ZDNet.

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San Francisco virtual ad firm DemandBase raises $15M in funding

San Francisco, US-based virtual ad firm DemandBased raised $15 in a funding round led by Greenspring Associates to build the mobile ad capabilities of its B2B enterprise software platform.

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