Consumer Web/Social Media

Turks having more difficulties going online after Twitter ban

Turks are now facing a new challenge getting access to the Internet after courts banned Twitter as alternative DNS numbers that were used to access the Internet were not anymore working, Reuters reported.

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FTC and California say Facebook gave wrong interpretation on online teen privacy

The Federal Trade Commission and California Attorney General Kamala Harris said Facebook had the wrong interpretation of how COPPA applies to teenagers, the Los Angeles Times reported.

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AT&T says Netflix's call for free interconnection as an "arrogant proposition"

Jim Cicconi of AT&T said the call of Netflix CEO Reed Hastings for free internet internet connection was an "arrogant proposition" that would require everyone else except Netflix to pay, Reuters reported.

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Apple mulls on launching on-demand music service to compete with Spotify

Cupertino, US-based tech giant Apple is mulling on launching its own on-demand music service to compete with music streaming giant Spotify as the number of downloads goes down.

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Twitter removes #Music from App Store, to pull plug on app on April 18

Twitter has taken down its Twitter #Music from the App Store and will officially pull down the curtains on the app on April 18, VentureBeat reported.

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California's OpenTable to shut down newly-acquired restaurant app Ness

San Francisco, US-based online restaurant reservation service OpenTable will shut down Los Altos, California-based restaurant recommendation app Ness, which it acquired in February, on April 21.

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British video-on-demand service Screenburn raises $500K in angel funding

London, UK-based Video-on-Demand (Vod) service Screenburn raised $500,000 (£302,000) in an angel funding round to fuel its expansion for 2014 and to continue monetizing the presence of music and film artists on Facebook.

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Chicago-based digital ad firm elevate DIGITAL scores additional $3M in Series A round

Chicago, US-based digital interactive application developer elevate DIGITAL scored an additional $3 million in its Series A funding round from SFX Entertainment to expand into new markets.

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Virginia-based digital ID network scores $10M in funding to build own marketplace

Tysons Corner, US-based secure digital ID network scored $10 million in combined venture capital and debt funding to build its own online marketplace for its users.

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Internet company signed an agreement to buy the 12% stake of Ivan Tavrin in Russian social network for an undisclosed amount to bring its total holding to 52%.

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New York brand advocacy startup Crowdtap picks up $5M in Series B funding

New York, US-based brand advocacy startup Crowdtap picked up $5 million in a Series B funding round led by Foundry Group to continue inspiring its customers to create quality promotional content on blogs and social media sites.

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Twitter offers SMS alternative after Turkey ban

Twitter is now offering an alternative way of sending Tweets via SMS after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan lambasted social media for linking him to a corruption scandal and blocking the social network in the country.

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Skype-owned video streaming service Qik to shut in April

Redwood City, US-based video streaming service Qik will shut down on April 30 after its features have been integrated into Skype, which acquired it for $150 million three years ago.

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Spanish startup Giftri helps find personalized gifts on Amazon using Facebook data

Granada, Spain-based gifting startup Giftri mines web consumers' Facebook data, including Likes and Interests, to come up with personalized gift recommendations that gift-senders can buy from Amazon.

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German app crowdtesting startup Testbirds picks up €2.1M in Series A funding

Munich, Germany-based app crowdtesting startup Testbirds picked up €2.1 million in its Series A funding round led by Seventure Partners for its expansion across Europe.

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