US payments firm Oink creates a way for parents to control kids' in-app purchases

Hermosa Beach, US-based payments firm Oink found a way to let parents monitor and control their kids' in-app purchases by linking a credit card to their accounts and letting them set a purchase limit for a specified length of time.

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American LEGO rental startup Pley closes $6.75M in Series A round

San Jose, California-based LEGO rental startup Pley closed $6.75 million in its Series A funding round led by Allegro Venture Partners to fuel its product, workforce, and international expansion efforts.

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US-based fitness tracker maker FitBit faces class-action lawsuit over rash issue

After issuing a recall and full refund for the involved product, San Francisco, California-based fitness tracker maker FitBit is now facing a class-action lawsuit filed by a customer over the rash issue caused by the latest version of its Force fitness band.

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California-based late-stage investment firm Technology Crossover Ventures raises $2.23B for eighth fund

Palo Alto, US-based late-stage investment firm Technology Crossover Ventures (TCV) raised $2.23 billion for its eighth growth equity fund from European and Asian private and public pension funds, financial institutions and other investors.

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Facebook Security Director Ryan McGeehan to transfer to US Bitcoin startup Coinbase

Facebook Secutiry Director Ryan McGeehan annouced that he is leaving in early April to take a security-related position at San Francisco, US-based Bitcoin startup Coinbase.

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New York's Lotame acquires mobile audience management startup AdMobius

New York, US-based data management platform Lotame acquired San Mateo, California-based mobile audience management startup AdMobius for an undisclosed amount to beef up its publishing and marketing services.

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San Francisco's social news service Nuzzel comes out of beta

San Francisco, US-based social news service Nuzzel came out of beta testing to open let all users view a public feed of the most relevant and popular news that are automatically customized according to their interest.

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California biotech seed firm Ceres gets $23M from public offer

Thousand Oaks, US-based agricultural biotechnology seed firm Ceres Inc got $23 million from a recent public offering of common stock to be used for its operations and other corporate purposes.

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Semiconductor startup Aquantia closes $16M in funding amid US IPO prep

California, US-based semiconductor startup Aquantia Corp closed $16 million in a Series G funding round led by Xilinx Inc as it prepares for its initial public offering (IPO) in the US.

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California's iHear launches crowdfunding campaign for personalized hearing aids

San Leandro, US-based hearing product developer iHear Medical launched a crowdfunding campaign via Indiegogo to make personalized hearing aids available for 350 people worldwide with hearing impairment.

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California machine learning startup pockets $2.5M in Series A round

Berkeley, US-based machine learning startup pocketed $2.5 million in its first round of funding which was led by Voyager Capital to let its clients build machine learning models for customer behavior analytics.

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South Korean beauty box Memebox bags $1.5M in funding for US expansion

Palo Alto, US-based beauty box retailer Memebox, which was imported from South Korea, bagged $1.5 million in venture funding to establish its presence in the US.

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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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US-based micro investing app Acorns raises $5.5M in Series B funding

Newport Beach, US-based micro investing app Acorns raised $5.5 million in a Series B funding round led by Jacobs Asset Management to let people invest in index funds using their spare change.

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