Consumer Web/Social Media

US federal court dismisses IPO-linked lawsuit against Zynga

U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White dismissed the lawsuit filed against San Francisco, California-based social game maker Zynga in which shareholders accused the company of lying about its financial status before it went public.

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Japanese messaging app Line to launch open sticker marketplace and Skype rival

Japan-based mobile messaging app Line will launch an open sticker marketplace called Line Creators Market in April and will also release a Skype-like service in five countries.

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360 million newly stolen credentials on black market: cybersecurity firm

A cybersecurity firm said on Tuesday that it uncovered stolen credentials from some 360 million accounts that are available for sale on cyber black markets, though it is unsure where they came from or what they can be used to access.

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CloudFlare buys California anti-malware firm StopTheHacker

San Francisco, US-based security firm CloudFlare bought boutique anti-malware software maker StopTheHacker, which is also based in San Francisco, for an undisclosed sum to beef up its cybersecurity product offerings.

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US-based cybersecurity startup Shape Security pockets $40M in venture funding

Mountain View, California-based cybersecurity startup Shape Security pocketed $40 million in a venture funding round led by Norwest Ventures and Sierra Ventures to beef up its product offerings and its sales team.

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American startup Open Labs updates StageLight software to let users create music with Timbaland

Austin, Texas-based hardware and software startup Open Labs updated its StageLight software to allow users to create and edit their own music with the help of hip-hop superstar Timbaland.

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New social night life app allows Philippine party-goers to join a club list hassle-free

Philippines-based social night life app Guestlist allows party-goers to get included in a club's guest list to lessen the hassle of falling in line or paying for an entrance fee to gain entry.

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IBM and AT&T pair up to combat cyber threats

New York, US-based tech giant IBM and Dallas, Texas-based telecom firm AT&T struck a strategic partnership that will create a simplified service that will help businesses deal with network security problems and other cyber threats.

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Google launches calculator that helps developers estimate cloud costs

US-based search giant Google launched a new Cloud Pricing Calculator that helps developers determine the cost of running an application, including the amount of storage, CPU, time, and other resources required to run an application on its public cloud.

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US-based ad tech startup AdStage bags $1M in funding

San Francisco, US-based advertising technology startup AdStage bagged $1 million in funding from existing investor Digital Garage to increase its workforce and launch a new app partnership program.

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Facebook ditches users' facebook.com emails

California, US-based social networking giant Facebook is ditching its users' facebook.com emails starting March because many people were not using them, and will automatically revert to the original emails registered with the network.

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Monster Worldwide gobbles up US recruiting startups Talentbin and Gozaik

New York, US-based online employment solutions provider Monster Worldwide acquired two recruiting startups, San Francisco's Talentbin and Boston's Gozaik, for an undisclosed sum for growth purposes.

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Cisco invests $6M in Badia Impact Fund to support startups in Jordan

San Jose, US-based networking giant Cisco invested $6 million in the Badia Impact Fund to back tech startups in Jordan as part of a $10 million venture capital investment already committed in May 2011.

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US filmmaker Freddie Wong breaks Indiegogo's record for web series with highest crowdfunding contributions

Seattle, Washington-based filmmaker Freddie Wong broke Indiegogo's record for web series crowdfunding when he gathered $900,907 in total contributions on Saturday night for his Internet-based show Video Game High School (VGHS).

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