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Facebook’s Ad Tools Let It Squeeze 24% More Money From US & Canada Despite Just 1% User Growth

techcrunch.com — Facebook's been a quest to improve its ad measurement, and it's definitely paying off. In Q4 2014, Facebook's user count in the US & Canada only grew by a tiny 0.97% from 204 million to 206 million, but the average ad revenue it earns from each of those users grew 24% from $6.64 to $8.26.
Jan 28, 2015

Most important Q4 Facebook ads stat: better measurement grew ad revenue 25X faster than user# techmeme.com/150128/p29#a15… tcrn.ch/1CgjTYs

Jan 28, 2015

RT @JoshConstine: Seriously this is jawdropping. Facebook's ad measurement improvements grew its ad revenue 25X faster than user growth tcrn.ch/1CgjTYs

Jan 28, 2015

RT @JoshConstine: Seriously this is jawdropping. Facebook's ad measurement improvements grew its ad revenue 25X faster than user growth tcrn.ch/1CgjTYs

Jan 28, 2015

RT @JoshConstine: Seriously this is jawdropping. Facebook's ad measurement improvements grew its ad revenue 25X faster than user growth tcrn.ch/1CgjTYs

Jan 28, 2015

@sriramk @finkd I hope you guys are shouting at your screens over this stat tcrn.ch/1CgjTYs epic, epic measurement

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TechStars Ventures Raises $150 Million As It Expands Into Series A Investments

techcrunch.com — Techstars has raised $150 million for its latest vehicle, Techstars Ventures (formerly known as Bullet Time Ventures) as it expands from seed into Series A investment. "The $150 million third fund is focused on seed and Series A investments around the Techstars ecosystem, alumni that have been through the past companies, and by the 1500 or so mentors [in Techstars]," David Cohen told me.
Jan 28, 2015

RT @bernardmoon: UPDATE: TechStars Ventures Raises $150 Million As It Expands Into Series A Investments pulse.me/s/3mSTy6

Jan 28, 2015

TechStars Ventures Raises $150 Million As It Expands Into Series A Investments tcrn.ch/1Cz6pFW via @techcrunch

Jan 28, 2015

TechStars Ventures Raises $150 Million As It Expands Into Series A Investments tcrn.ch/1Cz6pFW

Jan 28, 2015

RT @jshieber: TechStars Ventures Raises $150 Million As It Expands Into Series A Investments wp.me/p1FaB8-4F9G

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Formation 8 And Palantir Founder Joe Lonsdale Named In Sexual Assault Lawsuit

techcrunch.com — Joe Lonsdale, the technology executive best known as the co-founder of Palantir and a partner of venture capital firm Formation 8, has been accused of gender violence, sexual assault, sexual harassment, and other charges in a civil lawsuit filed this week in San Francisco. Formation 8 is also named as a defendant in the suit.
Jan 28, 2015

RT @alexia: Formation 8 And Palantir Founder Joe Lonsdale Named In Sexual Assault Lawsuit tcrn.ch/1CNFFBU by @loyalelectron

Jan 28, 2015

RT @alexia: Formation 8 And Palantir Founder Joe Lonsdale Named In Sexual Assault Lawsuit tcrn.ch/1CNFFBU by @loyalelectron

Jan 28, 2015

Formation 8 And Palantir Founder Joe Lonsdale Named In Sexual Assault Lawsuit tcrn.ch/1CNFFBU by @loyalelectron

Samsung Reports Lowest Annual Profit In Three Years Due To Lagging Smartphone Sales

techcrunch.com — Samsung Electronics reported its lowest annual profit since 2011 during its earnings call today as its smartphone sales continue to suffer from increasing competition. In 2014, the company's profit was 25 trillion won, a 32 percent drop from a high of 36.8 trillion won in 2013.
Jan 28, 2015

Samsung Reports Lowest Annual Profit In Three Years Due To Lagging Smartphone Sales on.tcrn.ch/l/hSwQ

Jan 28, 2015

RT @TechCrunch: Samsung Reports Lowest Annual Profit In Three Years Due To Lagging Smartphone Sales tcrn.ch/1uDcieM by @catherineshu

Facebook Beats Estimates In Q4 With $3.85B Revenue, User Growth Up To 2.9% QOQ To Hit 1.39B

techcrunch.com — Facebook met the street's estimates in its Q4 2014 earnings. It now has 1.38 billion users, up 2.2% quarter over quarter, which was a little slower than in Q4. The company brought $0.48 EPIS on $3.77 billion in revenue. Facebook spent Q4 focusing on improving its News Feed quality so more users would spend more time where it shows ads.
Jan 28, 2015

FB's developing world growth efforts are paying off. Mobile-only users up 15% this quarter to 526 million techcrunch.com/2015/01/28/fac…

Jan 28, 2015

Facebook just beat earnings for the 10th straight quarter. IPO troubles & mobile monetization questions are long gone techcrunch.com/2015/01/28/fac…

Jan 28, 2015

RT @JoshConstine: Facebook's mobile growth rate is increasing significantly. Up 6.2% to 1.19B in Q4, compared to up 4.67% in Q3 techcrunch.com/2015/01/28/fac…

Jan 28, 2015

Facebook's mobile growth rate is increasing significantly. Up 6.2% to 1.19B in Q4, compared to up 4.67% in Q3 techcrunch.com/2015/01/28/fac…

Jan 28, 2015

RT @TechCrunch: Facebook Beats Estimates In Q4 With $3.85B Revenue, User Growth Up 2.9% QOQ To Hit 1.38B techcrunch.com/2015/01/28/fac… by @joshconstine

Tumblr Takes On Medium With Upgrades To Its Writing Interface And More

techcrunch.com — Starting today, Tumblr is rolling out a series of updates to its online blogging platform designed to make the service more attractive and useful for content creators, and specifically for those writing long-form content.
Jan 28, 2015

Tumblr Takes On Medium With Upgrades To Its Writing Interface And More tcrn.ch/1z4bs0d via @techcrunch

Jan 28, 2015

Tumblr Takes On Medium With Upgrades To Its Writing Interface And More: ift.tt/1tt4MaZ

Slack Buys Screenhero To Add Screen Sharing And Voice Chat To Its Work Messaging Platform

techcrunch.com — Slack, the enterprise collaboration service that has raised $180 million and proven to be a runaway success with 365,000 daily active users, has made another acquisition to add more functionality to its platform and position itself as a sharper competitor against the likes of Microsoft.

App Annie Reveals The Top 9 App Trends From 2014

techcrunch.com — Mobile analytics provider App Annie, the market leader in the app measurement business today, is out this morning with its annual report that takes a look back at the app trends that defined the past year.
Jan 28, 2015

"Mobile video streaming app downloads grew 44% year-over-year." techcrunch.com/2015/01/28/app…

Jan 28, 2015

"Google Play generated nearly 60% more worldwide app downloads in 2014, but iOS generated over 70% more revenue" techcrunch.com/2015/01/28/app…

Jan 28, 2015

App Annie Reveals The Top 9 App Trends From 2014: ift.tt/1BoWuyF

Snapchat Lets You Add People Via QR Snaptags Thanks To Secret Scan.me Acquisition

techcrunch.com — Leaked emails from the Sony hack revealed Snapchat quietly acquired a QR code startup called Scan.me late last year, and now we know why. Yesterday alongside Discover, Snapchat launched a new feature called Snaptags that creates a unique QR code for every Snapchat user.
Jan 28, 2015

Snapchat's 'Snaptags' are the product of its Scan.me acquisition tcrn.ch/1Li6cei

Jan 28, 2015

Snapchat Lets You Add People Via QR Snaptags Thanks To Secret Scan․me Acquisition tcrn.ch/1Li6cei $50M to solve its identity problem

Israel’s Singulariteam Raises 2nd Fund, $102M Backed By Tencent, Renren Founders

techcrunch.com — Israel is racking up a growing list of startups that have either exited to big buyers or gone public, and this trend is driving yet more investment into the country.
Jan 28, 2015

RT @TechCrunch: Israel's Singulariteam Raises 2nd Fund, $102M Backed By Tencent, Renren Founders tcrn.ch/15OBsRc by @ingridlunden

Jan 28, 2015

RT @Zimon_Zayz: Israel VC Singulariteam Raises 2nd Fund, $102M Backed By Tencent, Renren… techcrunch.com/2015/01/28/sin… (via @NewsfusionApps #Startup News)

Jan 28, 2015

RT @NewStuffonMESH: Israel VC Singulariteam Raises 2nd Fund, $102M Backed By Tencent, Renren Founders dlvr.it/8HDKjW #themesh #technology

Jan 28, 2015

RT @fredhermelin: Israel’s Singulariteam Raises 2nd Fund, $102M Backed By Tencent, Renren Founders #Startup techcrunch.com/2015/01/28/sin…

Jan 28, 2015

RT @CarlosWebster0: Israel VC Singulariteam Raises 2nd Fund, $102M Backed By Tencent, Renren Founders ift.tt/1tpDjai #Technology #technews

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Hopper’s New Travel App Tells You The Best Time To Fly

techcrunch.com — A mobile application called Hopper, out today on iTunes, is using data and analysis from "billions" of flight prices in order to tell travelers when they should fly and buy tickets.
Jan 28, 2015

Hopper’s New Travel App Tells You The Best Time To Fly: ift.tt/1y5QF8u

Disrupt NY Battlefield Applications Are Now Open

techcrunch.com — Applications are now open for the Startup Battlefield at Disrupt NY! That's right, TechCrunch's premier startup competition is headed back to the Big Apple. We're looking for the best up-and-coming companies to launch on the most visible stage in tech and compete for a cash prize of $50,000 and the illustrious Disrupt Cup.
Jan 28, 2015

RT @ryanlawler: Wanna be a famous startup? Disrupt NY Battlefield Applications Are Now Open! tcrn.ch/1y5LRjc

Jan 28, 2015

Wanna be a famous startup? Disrupt NY Battlefield Applications Are Now Open! tcrn.ch/1y5LRjc

Indian Messaging App Hike Rolls Out Free Voice-Calling Before WhatsApp

techcrunch.com — Just three weeks after announcing the acquisition of Zip Phone, India-based messaging app Hike has updated its Android app with a voice-calling feature. When Hike bought Y Combinator-backed Zip Phone, which allows users to make Wi-Fi-enabled phone calls, CEO Kavin Bharti Mittal said that it would allow the company to add free voice-calling, one of its most requested features from users, much more quickly.
Jan 28, 2015

Indian Messaging App Hike Rolls Out Free Voice-Calling Before #WhatsApp techcrunch.com/2015/01/28/hik… cc @trushar http://t.co/v4t2JNU6EZ

Jan 28, 2015

RT @TechCrunch: Indian Messaging App Hike Rolls Out Free Voice-Calling Before WhatsApp tcrn.ch/1CLx5DT by @catherineshu

Jan 28, 2015

RT @jonrussell: WhatsApp first promised to add voice calls in Q2 2014, but still not here -- India's Hike just did it in three weeks techcrunch.com/2015/01/28/hik…

Jan 28, 2015

WhatsApp first promised to add voice calls in Q2 2014, but still not here -- India's Hike just did it in three weeks techcrunch.com/2015/01/28/hik…

Spoil Takes The Hunt Out Of Gift-Giving

techcrunch.com — Y Combinator-backed Spoil is looking to take the pain out of gift-giving with the launch of its personalized gift concierge service. It's a pitch that either sounds amazing (if you're lazy) or kind of sad: give Spoil a description of a friend, acquaintance, or relative's interests and personality, and they'll send them a gift picked out by a dedicated shopper who knows a specific category of products very well.
Jan 28, 2015

YC-backed Spoil is like the letter writing service in "Her," but for any kind of gift techcrunch.com/2015/01/28/spo… pic.twitter.com/j5crJGCYq1

Apple Just Had The Biggest Quarterly Earnings Of Any Company Ever

techcrunch.com — Apple had a pretty good quarter. And by "pretty good", I mean it was the biggest quarter in history. And not just for Apple. For any company. Ever. This page charts the past record holders. Until today, Russia's Gazprom (the largest natural gas extractor in the world) held the record at $16.2 billion in a quarter.
Jan 27, 2015

RT @kirstycarrot: Apple Just Had The Most Profitable Quarter Of Any Company Ever tcrn.ch/1z03bKI via @techcrunch... I can't even.

Jan 27, 2015

RT @BarrettAll: Apple had the most profitable quarter of any company. Ever. $18 Billion dollars. Well done, Tim Cook. ow.ly/I3qex

Jan 27, 2015

RT @mdeagonia: The headline says it all: Apple Just Had The Biggest Quarterly Earnings Of Any Company Ever techcrunch.com/2015/01/27/app…

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Facebook Now Has 3B Video Views Per Day

techcrunch.com — If it's starting to feel to you like every visit you make to Facebook these days is full of videos, you are not alone. Facebook today reported in a strong set of Q4 earnings that there are 3 billion videos viewed on its site each day.

ScottEVest Founder Puts In Bid For SkyMall

techcrunch.com — It's back! Venerable SkyMall, that inflight catalog full of stepping stools for dogs and hearing gadgets, may have a second life thanks to the larger-than-life CEO of ScottEVest, Scott Jordan. Jordan, who we interviewed at CES this year, is putting in a bid for the company and hopes to turn it around by bringing it into the 21st century.

Chat App Kik Claims Higher Engagement Than Snapchat As It Hits 200M Registered Users

techcrunch.com — Snapchat may been in the news for its new media-centric 'Discover' platform, but a less familiar startup is pressing its claim as the most popular chat app among young people in the U.S.. Kik is almost a polar opposite to Snapchat.
Jan 28, 2015

"Other companies make a big deal about MAU, but we think they might as well be called 'minimally active users.'" techcrunch.com/2015/01/28/don…

Jan 28, 2015

Chat app @Kik claims higher engagement than Snapchat as it hits 200M registered users tcrn.ch/1K3CTIX

Oyster Brings The Harry Potter Series To Its Subscription E-Book Service

techcrunch.com — Oyster, which offers unlimited access to more than 1 million e-books for $9.95 a month, just announced it's adding the Harry Potter series to its library. To do this, it's partnering with the website Pottermore, which has been getting attention recently for publishing new, Potter-related stories from author J.K. Rowling.
Jan 28, 2015

RT @TechCrunch: Oyster brings the Harry Potter series to its subscription e-book service tcrn.ch/1zXtMtq

Jan 28, 2015

RT @TechCrunch: Oyster Brings The Harry Potter Series To Its Subscription E-Book Service tcrn.ch/1DgsirY by @anthonyha