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Music app maker Smule has been one of the longest Android hold-outs, often citing the way Android devices handle audio as a reason it hasn’t embraced the mobile platform. But the company is finally showing Android some love with the release of Songify. Read more »

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Social marketing platform operator Buddy Media is rolling out a bunch of updates to its suite of tools including a unified social data API, the ability to track conversions and campaigns across their entire social media efforts, and a new mobile content development platform. Read more »

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PayPal’s years of experience in online payments is one of its biggest assets as it chases mobile and in-store transactions. But the by product of all that experience — mounds of data — could be an even bigger weapon. PayPal’s chief scientist Mok Oh explains the possibilities. Read more »

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In an attempt to move beyond being a provider of deals, Groupon is launching a loyalty program for U.S. consumers and merchants, part of a bigger effort to become the “operating system for local commerce.” Groupon Rewards gives merchants a way to track and recognize loyalty. Read more »

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Jumio, an online payment and image recognition company from Jajah founder Daniel Mattes, has pulled in a strategic $3.3 million investment from Citi Ventures, just a couple months after raising a $25 million round from Andreessen Horowitz. Read more »

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Foursquare plans to offer personalized coupons through a redesigned app in July, part of a larger effort to start making money through the location-based social network. The Wall Street Journal reported that Foursquare will allow merchants to pay for special placement of personalized local offers. Read more »


Angry Birds maker Rovio generated $106.3 million in revenue last year based on the success of three games and a booming merchandising business. The tenfold improvement over the previous is a strong showing for the company as it looks ahead to an IPO next. Read more »

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While the latest business trend is in tapping the power of big data, is helping people find the potential in wielding what it calls small data, the private information they have about themselves. The company announced a new iPhone app Monday to further its plans. Read more »

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Professional social network LinkedIn is looking to bolster its appeal with its core business audience by buying presentation hosting service SlideShare in a deal worth $118.75 million. The acquisition gives LinkedIn another way to connect its users, who are often communicating through presentations and content. Read more »

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Smartphones and tablets are driving both in-store and online commerce, but their roles are distinct in many ways. Nielsen shed some light on how consumers are using both devices to aid their shopping. Overall, 79 percent of respondents have shopped using their smartphone or tablet. Read more »


Brands and publishers face quite a challenge in capturing the attention of distracted consumers because it’s hard to pinpoint where to target a marketing message when people are constantly moving across different forms of media. But for New York-based SocialFlow, there’s opportunity in the chaos. Read more »


Twitter CEO Dick Costolo said there’s still a gap that needs to be bridged between user awareness and user engagement on the platform. Twitter is working to address that gap with a new Discover Tab that will provide even more personalized content for users. Read more »


A year after eBay bought mobile ad network WHERE, it’s ready to show how it will put the Boston startup to work. WHERE will become PayPal Media Network, as it moves beyond serving location-based mobile ads to offering inventory across eBay’s different online properties. Read more »


SigFig, a product born from portfolio tracker Wikinvest, is finally launching formally Tuesday. The free service allows users to sync all their investments and monitor them in real-time from one dashboard with extensive analysis conducted in the background to help find where users can save money. Read more »


After launching in Sweden in November and recently expanding its presence in Europe, Wrapp, the Swedish social gifting start-up, is now coming to the U.S. to tap America’s love of gift cards. The start-up is partnering with a number of brands including Gap, H&M and Sephora. Read more »

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