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First reported 9 hours ago - Updated 6 hours ago - 1 reports

Apple buys the rest of Beats, deal appears to be done

Well, it looks like its official: Apple's plans to buy Beats are now a done deal.First, the deal took yet another step forward on Friday with the  announcement  from Vivendi that it had officially sold its 13% stake in Beats to Apple for $404 million. ... [Published Vator.tv - 9 hours ago]
First reported 19 hours ago - Updated 7 hours ago - 1 reports

Kabam partners with Alibaba, gets $120M in funding

China is the great white whale for many American companies, including social media, who want to tap into its huge, and mostly underserved, population. That is especially true for gaming companies, though, given that China is the  second largest gaming ... [Published Vator.tv - 19 hours ago]
Entities: Kabam Inc, China, Gaming
First reported 9 hours ago - Updated 9 hours ago - 1 reports

Funding roundup - week ending 8/1/14

Seed stageMarinanow, an online platform for people who want to book berths for their boats,  raised  €370,000 in a round led by United Ventures.Gaming studio JuiceBox Games  raised $2.5 million from   Initial Capital, General Catalyst, Index Ventures, ... [Published Vator.tv - 9 hours ago]
First reported Jul 31 2014 - Updated 10 hours ago - 1 reports

LinkedIn's better than expected Q2 sends stock up 10%

Shares of LinkedIn are up 10% in after-hours trading Thursday, after the company posted better-than-expected second-quarter earnings. The stock had dropped 3.55%, or $6.05, to $180.64, in regular trading.In the  earnings report , LinkedIn posted non-GAAP ... [Published Vator.tv - Jul 31 2014]
First reported 11 hours ago - Updated 11 hours ago - 1 reports

Watch: Tim Draper on government moving toward slavery

[embedded content]Not one to ever hold back his opinions, Tim Draper, venture capitalist and founder of Draper University, boldly stated that the government was "moving toward slavery." This provocative remark, stated at Vator Splash Oakland , prompted ... [Published Vator.tv - 11 hours ago]
First reported Jul 31 2014 - Updated Jul 31 2014 - 1 reports

RockYou raises $10M to give old games a second life

Where do games go when they are no longer fresh and new? Or when a developer has gotten tired of Facebook and wants to go mobile? They go to  RockYou ,  a cross-platform advertising network for games. The company buys up old titles that are still profitable, ... [Published Vator.tv - Jul 31 2014]
First reported Jul 31 2014 - Updated Jul 31 2014 - 1 reports

Reward community SwagBucks acquires SodaHead

How often do you visit a website, and get that ridiculous pop-up window asking you to take a survey of some kind? It happens to me all the time, and I don't think I have one time ever actually done it. And why should I? What's in it for me?Soon, perhaps ... [Published Vator.tv - Jul 31 2014]
First reported Jul 30 2014 - Updated Jul 30 2014 - 1 reports

Amazon hits back at Flipkart with $2B Indian investment

The Indian e-commerce space is big, and growing, and the battle between Amazon and Flipkart for supremacy over it is about to get pretty interesting. Just a day after Flipkart  raised  a nearly record breaking funding round, Amazon is already swooping ... [Published Vator.tv - Jul 30 2014]
First reported Jul 30 2014 - Updated Jul 30 2014 - 1 reports

Facebook shuts down Gifts as commerce focus shifts

You know how Facebook is always asking you to buy your friends a gift for their birthday? Have you ever actually done that? Yeah, I didn't think so. Neither did anyone else and, well, now no one will be able to.I can't say that I'm too shocked that Facebook ... [Published Vator.tv - Jul 30 2014]
First reported Jul 30 2014 - Updated Jul 30 2014 - 1 reports

Instagram taps Bolt app outside US

Instagram, the photo sharing app acquired by Facebook in 2010 to great fanfare, baffled more than one user a few days ago when a link to “one-tap photo messaging app"  named Bolt started to appear on their feeds, to disappear as quickly. Was it an accidental ... [Published Vator.tv - Jul 30 2014]
First reported Jul 30 2014 - Updated Jul 30 2014 - 1 reports

How to be an early-stage investor

[embedded content]How is the landscape changing for early-stage investors? Given the influx of seed-stage financing and the dearth of Series A investments, are there opportunities for investors to make money? If so, what are they? At Vator Splash Oakland ... [Published Vator.tv - Jul 30 2014]
First reported Jul 30 2014 - Updated Jul 30 2014 - 1 reports

Future revenue at Twitter? Monetizing unique visitors

Twitter has hundreds of millions of visitors who don't have accounts, but can be monetizedFinancial trends and news by Steven LoebShort URL: http://vator.tv/n/3861Twittersaw better-than-expected user growth in its second quarter earnings report, which ... [Published Vator.tv - Jul 30 2014]

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"Today we are excited to officially welcome Beats Music and Beats Electronics to the Apple family. Music has always held a special place in our hearts, and we’re thrilled to join forces with a group of people who love it as much as we do. Beats cofounders Jimmy Iovine and Dr Dre have created beautiful products that have helped millions of people deepen their connection to music. We’re delighted to be working with the team to elevate that experience even further."
...in the second quarter while maintaining investment in our member and customer offerings," Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn, said in a statement. "We made significant progress against several key strategic priorities including increasing the scale of job opportunities on LinkedIn; expanding our professional publishing platform; and continuing the strategic shift towards content marketing through Sponsored Updates."
...What if we could introduce more to that through pollware?" he said. "We could reach a wider audience, get more people into the Swagbucks funnel, so they can discover rewards."
"All of our deals have been financed with debt," RockYou CEO Lisa Marino explained to me in an interview. "Because our acquisitions are all cash flow positive, we pay off the debt deal by deal basis, and then use that money to buy more titles."

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Apple buys the rest of Beats, deal appears to b... [Published Vator.tv - 9 hours ago]
Funding roundup - week ending 8/1/14 [Published Vator.tv - 9 hours ago]
Watch: Tim Draper on government moving toward s... [Published Vator.tv - 11 hours ago]
Kabam partners with Alibaba, gets $120M in funding [Published Vator.tv - 19 hours ago]
LinkedIn's better than expected Q2 sends stock ... [Published Vator.tv - Jul 31 2014]
Reward community SwagBucks acquires SodaHead [Published Vator.tv - Jul 31 2014]
RockYou raises $10M to give old games a second ... [Published Vator.tv - Jul 31 2014]
Amazon hits back at Flipkart with $2B Indian in... [Published Vator.tv - Jul 30 2014]
How to be an early-stage investor [Published Vator.tv - Jul 30 2014]
Instagram taps Bolt app outside US [Published Vator.tv - Jul 30 2014]
Facebook shuts down Gifts as commerce focus shifts [Published Vator.tv - Jul 30 2014]
Future revenue at Twitter? Monetizing unique vi... [Published Vator.tv - Jul 30 2014]
Twitter stock soars 29% after outstanding quarter [Published Vator.tv - Jul 29 2014]
Say goodbye to in-app messaging on Facebook [Published Vator.tv - Jul 29 2014]
Envisioning a Vibrant Tech Ecosystem in Oakland [Published Vator.tv - Jul 29 2014]
EU Commission gives thumbs up on Apple's Beats ... [Published Vator.tv - Jul 28 2014]
Zillow buys Trulia for $3.5B in mega real estat... [Published Vator.tv - Jul 28 2014]
The virtues of bootstrapping your startup [Published Vator.tv - Jul 28 2014]
App optimization solution Leanplum raises $4.8M [Published Vator.tv - Jul 28 2014]
Ad targeting platform ChoiceStream raises $7.5M [Published Vator.tv - Jul 28 2014]
Cellphone unlocking bill sails through Congress [Published Vator.tv - Jul 26 2014]
Funding roundup - week ending 7/25/14 [Published Vator.tv - Jul 25 2014]
Google's latest moonshot: a full map of the hum... [Published Vator.tv - Jul 25 2014]
Yammer founder David Sacks leaves Microsoft [Published Vator.tv - Jul 25 2014]
Blogging your way to a Series A [Published Vator.tv - Jul 24 2014]
Facebook shares hit record high of $76 after st... [Published Vator.tv - Jul 24 2014]
Twitter has a big diversity problem: 70% men, 5... [Published Vator.tv - Jul 24 2014]
Zuckerberg: Facebook will never be a payments c... [Published Vator.tv - Jul 24 2014]
Facebook comes out on top, beats in Q2 earnings... [Published Vator.tv - Jul 23 2014]
LinkedIn picks up marketing platform Bizo for $... [Published Vator.tv - Jul 23 2014]
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