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Microblogging network Tumblr was arguably the highest-profile acquisition made by Yahoo under CEO Marissa Mayer. So how are things going one year in? Tumblr founder and CEO David Karp told the New York Times that he doesn’t regret the decision — Yahoo has kept to its word and let the company operate independently. However, Karp also admitted that the support from its new parent company hasn’t helped Tumblr solve its problems generating revenue. While Tumblr is exploring Yahoo’s ad technology in earnest, the money has yet to roll in — even as the company continues to grow its already-doubled staff.

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Four months after releasing its first desktop experience, video sharing platform Vine announced via blog post on Thursday that it released a refined update to its website, Vine.co. In addition to a sleeker look, the new desktop platform also packs a new search engine, allowing users to find Vines via person, tag or location. Users can also access trending tags and popular videos more easily through the “Explore” page.  Still, Vine.co remains a place for users to view and share videos only — video creation remains exclusive to its mobile apps.

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Sharp eyes at Valleywag noted Wednesday that Andrew Noyes, the head of communications at Uber, has left the company — confirmed by a bounce-back email from Uber that states, “Please note, Andrew Noyes has moved on from Uber.” Before his 11-month stint at the ride-sharing company, Noyes was best known for his work in public relations at Facebook, where he managed the communications and public policy for a host of issues, including the company’s long-running legal battle with the Winkelvosses.

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Struggling games company Zynga announced more executive shifts Wednesday during its Q1 2014 earnings report, as co-founder and former CEO Mark Pincus will step down from his role as CPO. Pincus moved to the role in 2013 after hiring former Xbox guru Don Mattrick to take the reigns at the company. According to the press release, Pincus will continue his position as Chairman of the Board of Directors. The announcement comes as the company exceeded Wall Street’s dismal expectations for performance for Q1, reporting $168 million in revenue — 38 percent decrease since 2013.

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On-demand ride-sharing service Uber announced on its blog Wednesday that, since the launch of a limo service now in Beijing, users can hail an Uber from 100 cities worldwide. It’s a big number that shows Uber’s dominance in its expansion — nearest competitor Lyft serves just 30 cities. But Uber’s widespread advantage doesn’t mean it has a lock over the competition, as the company continues to spend time and money to fight regulations in cities like Seattle. It’s putting lots of work into expanding to cities that have never had something like Uber before — but once its there, competition will have no problem strolling in.

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Ecommerce startup Birchbox, which specializes in subscriptions to monthly beauty kits, announced Monday that it raised a $60 million Series B round, led by Viking Global Investors and including existing investors such as First Round Capital and Accel Partners. The company said that it would use the funds “to continue to tell its story through marketing initiatives, refine its mobile application, fortify Birchbox Man and develop its team worldwide.” According to Fortune, the new round gives the company a $485 million valuation, which prompted a “no comment” from Birchbox.

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On Friday, social network and recruiting site LinkedIn announced via blog post that it had officially surpassed 300 million members, with 100 million members based in the U.S. alone. Acquiring roughly 100 million users since January 2013, the company noted that much of the growth in traffic has come from two areas: internationally and on mobile. LinkedIn stressed that it was on the verge of its “mobile moment,” meaning that sometime in 2014, mobile use will actually surpass desktop traffic. Both feed directly into each other — apparently mobile accounts for more than 50 percent of LinkedIn’s international traffic already. But the company conveniently side-steps any stats related to Monthly Active Users, perhaps a sign that the company is still trying to make its platform a daily destination.

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App developers will have a new way to reach potential users on Twitter: The company announced Thursday that it will support mobile-app install cards, meaning that users can install apps directly from a tweet. The ads will be powered by MoPub, the ad exchange Twitter acquired in the fall of last year, and will work for both iOS and Android phones. The apps are installed via Twitter’s Card system, and Twitter mentioned participation from Spotify, Kabam, HotelTonight and Deezer. It’s arguably Twitter’s highest-value ad yet, and could stand to bring in good revenue for the company as it establishes its ad network.

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