Consumer Web/Social Media

Crowdfunding website Kickstarter hacked, recommends users change passwords

Kickstarter, the fundraising platform used by millions of people to raise capital for creative projects and businesses, said on Saturday that hackers had gained access to some of its customers' data earlier this week but that the breach had been repaired.

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Chinese bloggers ask for support from John Kerry for Internet freedom in China

Chinese bloggers asked for the help of US Secretary of State John Kerry to help push for Internet freedom in China in a meeting at the US Embassy in Beijing, Bloomberg reported.

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Social marketing startup Little Bird nabs $1.7M in new funding

Oregon Angel Fund led the $1.7 million round "Series Seed" round for Marshall Kirkpatrick's social marketing startup Little Bird, bringing the company's total funds raised to date to $2.7 million, TechCrunch reported.

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Colorado-based health firm Welltok secures $22.1M in Series C round

Denver, US-based health management firm Welltok secured $22.1 million in a Series C funding round led by New Enterprise Associates to build a new application that will encourage consumers to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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Snapchat gets hacked by smoothie enthusiast

California, US-based mobile messaging app Snapchat was victimized again by a hacking attack that affected several accounts and sent spam photos of a fruit smoothie.

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New York startup Datacoup wants your data for $8 a month

New York, US-based personal data exchange startup Datacoup is running a beta trial where people are paid $8 a month in exchange of access to their social media account and credit and debit card transactions, with the data collected to be sold to advertisers.

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Social commerce site Tapiture secures $2.25M in seed round

Tapiture, a site where users can access millions of their favorite things, received $2.25 million for its seed funding round from various investors, TechCrunch reported.

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Flappy Bird craze continues in HTML5 after pulling out of app stores

Flappy Bird, the popular mobile game created by Vietnamese developer Dong Nguyen, proliferated in app stores and even on the Internet in the form of HTML5 games after the original game was pulled from the Apple App Store and Google Play.

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New York-based open source video platform Kaltura secures $47M

Kaltura, an open source video platform based in New York, has bagged additional funding of $47 million in a round led by new investors and participated in by its existing backers.

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Number of young U.S. technology companies falls: report

Sluggish growth among young technology firms could bode trouble for the U.S. economy, according to a new report from the Kauffman Foundation.

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Blackrock raises stake in UK Internet media firm Blinkx to 13pct

New York, US-based investment management firm Blackrock raised its stake in UK-based Internet media firm Blinkx to 13% amid allegations that the latter was using adware to boost its revenues.

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Google's Chromecast now supports YouTube videos

Google announced today that its media streaming dongle, Chromecast, now supports YouTube videos that are embedded on the page, eliminating the need to navigate to the YouTube site or mobile app in order to flick videos to the TV screen.

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Yahoo unveils partnership with business reviews site Yelp to enhance search results

Yahoo chief executive Marissa Mayer on Friday announced the Internet corporation's partnership with San Francisco-based online business reviews website Yelp. The cooperation reportedly will put Yahoo in a position capable of competing with search engine giant Google.

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LinkedIn acquires job-search startup Bright.com for $120M in stock, cash

LinkedIn Corp., a professional networking site, has bought online recruiting startup Bright.com for $120 million via a combination of stock and cash. This is reportedly LinkedIn's largest acquisition and is expected to close by the first quarter of 2014.

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DeNA invests in South Korean couple chat app Between

Japanese gaming platform and web services provider DeNA invested an undisclosed amount in Between, a chat app for couples created by South Korean firm VCNC, to help the app become an open platform.

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