Consumer Web/Social Media

US travel firm Orbitz snaps up Travelocity Partner Network

Chicago, Illinois-based travel booking site Orbitz Worldwide snapped up Southlake, Texas-based private-label travel solutions firm Travelocity Partner Network, the affiliate network of Travelocity, for an undisclosed amount.

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Florida startup Modernmeal wants to help families eat good meals at home

Chuluota, US-based social food network Modernmeal wants to help families eat good meals at home by providing a website where users can create, compile, and share their own or others' home recipes.

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Netflix-Fitbit hack auto-pauses movie when watcher falls asleep

Engineers of California, US-based on-demand Internet streaming service Netflix hacked a Fitbit activity tracking device and activated a feature that auto-pauses the video when the watcher falls asleep and allows him to resume watching when he wakes up.

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Google gets mocked after launching anti-scraping tool Scraper Report

US-based search giant Google got mocked by several netizens yesterday after it launched the Scraper Report, a tool that fights content stealing, because according to them, the company itself is practicing web scraping.

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Chicago's Savor introduces personalized deals aggregator with coupon catalog

Chicago, US-based firm Savor is putting together an online deals aggregator app for iPad that personalizes coupons according to the user's likes interest and organizes offers into catalogs for easier browsing.

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French app Flower Power by Parrot makes plant monitoring easier

Flower Power, a Bluetooth device made by Paris, France-based consumer product developer Parrot, is paired with a mobile app that helps users monitor plant growth to make the gardening chore easier.

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Rival social messenger apps gain new users following WhatsApp server outage

After experiencing three hours and a half of server shutdown last Saturday, WhatsApp rivals Telegram and Line gained a lot of new global users.

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Chinese photo app Camera360 releases update with new features

Chengdu, China-based photo editing mobile app Camera360 released its updated version which now has streamlined design and packed features, including one that lets users store photo data in the app's cloud service.

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Melbourne IT adds web hosting firm NetRegistry in $50M deal

Melbourne, Australia-based web hosting provider Melbourne IT added Sydney-based web domain registry and web hosting firm NetRegistry in a deal valued at $50.4 million to combine two of the biggest web service businesses in the country.

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Warner Bros mulls investing $10M to $15M in YouTube game video site Machinima

Burbank, US-based movie company Warner Bros is mulling over a $10 million to $15 million investment in YouTube game-focused web video site Machinima, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ).

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US startup Knox Payments raises $900K from angel investors for faster online checkouts

US-based payments startup Knox Payments raised $900,000 in funding from Virginia-based angel investors to launch a limited beta version of its service that allows merchants to accept direct payments from their clients' bank accounts.

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California-based content management firm ZEFR pockets $30M in Series D financing

Venice, US-based brand and content management software maker ZEFR pocketed $30 million in a Series D financing round led by Institutional Venture Partners (IVP) for its international expansion and product development.

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California mobile marketing startup Kahuna bags $11M in Series A funding

Mountain View, US-based mobile marketing startup Kahuna bagged $11 million in a Series A funding round from Sequoia Capital to create more effective marketing messages to customers.

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Chinese messaging app WeChat undergoes major upgrade

With the spotlight suddenly turned on messaging apps after Facebook acquired WhatsApp, Chinese app WeChat released a major upgrade for the iOS and Android versions with new features such as real-time location sharing and chat history search.

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New Israeli smart calendar app simplifies meeting tasks

Tel Aviv, Israel-based smart calendar app Cal added a new feature called HeadsUp that simplifies meeting and appointment tasks such as taking notes, composing minutes, and assigning tasks to attendees.

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