Consumer Web/Social Media

Thailand's Asiasoft buys out Philippines online publisher IP E-Games' stake in Level-Up

Thailand-based online entertainment firm Asiasoft Corporation Public Company Ltd is buying out the entire 30% stake of Philippine-based online game publisher IP E-Game in Level-Up to gain a 70% controlling stake in the latter.

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Vietnamese developer removes top-ranked Flappy Bird from app stores

Hanoi, Vietnam-based game developer Don Nguyen of dotGears took down the top-ranking mobile game Flappy Bird from both iOS and Google Play app stores today, reportedly due to the various criticisms he had been receiving in connection with the game.

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Amazon tests Brazil's retail jungle with its Kindle

Amazon Inc. started selling its Kindle online in Brazil on Friday, expanding from ebooks into retail for the first time in Latin America's biggest and most challenging ecommerce market.

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Security researcher exposes Snapchat weakness that could crash phone

Security researcher Jamie Sanches has discovered and exposed a weakness within California-US-based photo messaging app Snapchat that could allow hackers to freeze and crash a user's phone.

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India's MakeMyTrip buys Amsterdam's EasyToBook for $5M

India-based travel booking website MakeMyTrip bought Amsterdam, Netherlands-based hotel booking portal EasyToBook in a deal valued at around $5 million to increase its revenue through online hotel bookings.

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New York-based flight finding app Hitlist flies out of beta to raise $500K seed round

New York City, US-based smart flight finding mobile app Hit List exited the beta phase and is currently raising around $500,000 in its seed funding round.

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London-based Togethera closes £250K in seed funding to roll out private family photo-sharing app

London, UK-based startup Togethera closed $250,000 in a seed funding round led by European and American angel investors to roll out its private family photo sharing app on Android.

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OpenTable launches private beta for dining payments service in San Francisco

San Francisco, US-based online real-time restaurant reservation service OpenTable launched a private beta of its dining payments service for 11 restaurants in San Francisco, with new restaurants to be added soon.

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Facebook scrambles to fix mobile security glitch

Facebook is scrambling to fix a mobile security glitch discovered this week by MyPermissions chief Olivier Amar which involves the inability to remove apps that were previously downloaded.

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Indian music streaming service Gaana gobbled up Musicfellas

India-based music streaming service Gaana.com added independent music portal Musicfellas.com for an undisclosed amount, with the latter's site to be shut down and its catalogue to be moved to Gaana.

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British fashion startup ASAP54 picks up $3M in venture round

London, UK-based startup ASAP54 picked up $3 million in a recent venture round to support the development and international expansion of its mobile fashion search and discovery app.

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Japanese Bitcoin exchange Mt Gox temporarily halts withdrawals

Tokyo, Japan-based Bitcoin exchange Mt Gox announced on its site that it temporarily halted Bitcoin withdrawals to resolve a technical problem that arose from the increased withdrawal traffic.

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US-based startup Snippit pockets $500K in seed round to launch an app that adds music clip to photos

San Francisco, California-based startup Snippit pocketed $500,000 in an internal family seed round to launch an app that lets users add a music clip to photos.

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American mobile video ad startup Vungle snags $17M in Series B funding

San Francisco, California-based mobile video advertising startup Vungle snagged $17 million in a Series B funding round led by Thomvest Ventures to build monetization tools for developers of mobile apps.

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Inzopa launches platform that matches San Francisco home buyers to agents and lenders

San Francisco, US-based firm Inzopa launched a platform that simplifies the process of home financing by connecting homebuyers with real estate agents, mortgage brokers, and lenders.

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