Consumer Web/Social Media

US wine app Hello Vino merges with Corkbin

In a first app merger in the wine sector, San Francisco, US-based wine app Hello Vino purchased wine-focused photo-sharing app Corkbin for an undisclosed amount.

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China closes popular WeChat accounts

Dozens of popular accounts of WeChat, the social messaging app of Tencent Holdings Ltd, were closed by Chinese authorities, Reuters reported citing Chinese media reports.

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California startup Klutch scores $1.5M to help people socialize offline

Santa Monica, US-based events planning mobile app Klutch scored $1.5 million in a funding round led by LaunchpadLA to help people plan get-togethers and socialize offline.

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California social media startup Banjo lands $16M in Series B round

Redwood City, US-based social media startup Banjo landed $16 million in a Series B funding led by Balderton Capital to fund its growth, international expansion, and product development.

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Pinterest reveals number of requests for government data

Pinterest has published its transparency report on the number of requests it got from government agencies for user data from July to December last year, VentureBeat reported.

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Classified Ventures said to work with Moelis & Co for Cars.com website sale

Classified Ventures is now exploring a potential sale of Cars.com and is already working with Moelis & Co on the matter, a source interviewed by Bloomberg said.

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San Francisco-based mobile app Secret to raise $10M in venture capital

San Francisco, US-based secret-sharing mobile app Secret is set to raise $10 million in venture capital in a funding round led by Google Ventures that will give the startup a $40-million valuation.

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LiveNation Labs adds US social search startup YourTrove to deliver improved concert experience

Los Angeles, California-based concert and ticketing digital unit LiveNation Labs added San Francisco-based social search startup for an undisclosed amount to deliver improved concert experience for music fans.

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Turkey may ban Facebook and YouTube over alleged corruption leaks

The prime minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is planning to pass a law that will ban Facebook and YouTube in the country after recordings revealing his group's alleged corruption went viral on the Internet.

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Angel Academe makes first investment in seed round of UK-based Buddybounce

Women-led angel investment network Angel Academe has invested in UK-based Buddybounce, a startup that seeks to help artists determine and reward their "super fans," TechCrunch reported.

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Irish social media startup Eagle Alpha bags $1.5M in angel funding

Dublin, Ireland-based social media analytics startup Eagle Alpha bagged $1.5 million (€1.1 million) in angel funding from former investment banker Emmett Kilduff to develop its product offering and beef up its salesforce.

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Silicon Valley-based Trusper bags $6.17M in Series A round led by DCM

Trusper, an application that allows users to share and find lifestyle tips, received $6.17 million for its Series A funding round led by DCM and joined in by other investors, a statement about the funding said.

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US ad-tech startup TripleLift scores $4M in Series A funding to automate native advertising

San Francisco, US-based ad-tech startup TripleLift scored $4 million in a Series A funding round led by True Ventures to expand its workforce and automate native advertising.

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San Francisco business social network Townsquared bags $5.26M in funding

San Francisco, US-based business social network Townsquared bagged $5.26 million in its first funding round from undisclosed investors to allow business owners and employees connect and engage with each other.

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Machinima's Allen DeBevoise invests in MovieLala

Machinima Chairman, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer Allen DeBevoise has made an undisclosed investment amount into MovieLala for the startup's seed financing round, PE HUB reported.

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