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Airbnb reportedly takes $500M mega-round, enough to buy a small studio in Manhattan

venturebeat.com — Airbnb has reportedly closed a huge $500 million funding round ahead of a possible public offering later this year Last month the Wall Street Journal reported that the company was seeking more capital with a whopping $10 billion valuation. TechCrunch reported the closure of the round today, saying TPG was leading it.

Pandora might lose all music recorded before 1972 due to copyright infringement

venturebeat.com — Major music companies are suing online radio service Pandora for what they claim is a major case of copyright infringement. Typically, Pandora pays a licensing fee every time a copyrighted song is played by one of its users. This is tracked by third-party organization SoundExchange, which is also responsible for collecting those fees and delivering them to copyright holders.
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Unlikely. RT @VentureBeat: Pandora might lose all music recorded before 1972 due to copyright infringement wp.me/p1re2-65Rn by @tched

Amazon who? Apple's & Google's names tower over online retail giant in emerging markets

venturebeat.com — How can big data and smart analytics tools ignite growth for your company? Find out at DataBeat, May 19-20 in San Francisco, from top data scientists, analysts, investors, and entrepreneurs. Register now and save $200! Amazon has some serious catching up to do. At least in emerging markets such as China, Brazil, India, and, uh ...
Amazon Who? Google and Apple leave retail giant in the dust in emerging markets: venturebeat.com/2014/04/18/ama…

GamesBeat weekly roundup: Microsoft moves 5 millions Xbox Ones, Sony sells more PlayStation 4s, and FarmVille 2 hits mobile

venturebeat.com — The newest console war is really taking off now. Microsoft has shipped 5 million Xbox Ones to stores, but Sony has sold 7 million PlayStation 4s. Still, the best-selling game of March was an Xbox One exclusive, Titanfall.
GamesBeat weekly roundup: Microsoft moves 5 millions Xbox Ones, Sony sells more PlayStation 4s venturebeat.com/2014/04/18/gam… via @GamesBeat

RockYou buys three Playdom games from Disney to keep them running for players

venturebeat.com — Social game publisher RockYou has purchased three major Playdom games from Disney so that it can operate them and save them from being shut down. The move is part of a greater strategy that may endear RockYou to fans who face the prospect of seeing their favorite social games closed.
RockYou buys three Playdom games from Disney to keep them running for players venturebeat.com/2014/04/18/roc… via @GamesBeat
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Ahead of its TWC merger, Comcast may sell 5M subscribers to Charter

venturebeat.com — Comcast and Time Warner Cable are in discussions with smaller cable provider Charter to sell up to $20 billion worth of assets, according to a Financial Times report. The move comes as Comcast awaits a decision about its tentative merger with TWC, the second largest cable and Internet service provider, from federal regulators.
RT @VentureBeat: Ahead of its TWC merger, Comcast may sell 5M subscribers to Charter wp.me/p1re2-65U1 by @tched

Facebook upgrades Paper with birthdays, events, photo comments, & more

venturebeat.com — Scroll. Swipe. Tap. Read. Facebook's clever news app Paper turns 10 weeks old today. And the Menlo Park-based social network giants have announced an upgrade to Paper, called version 1.1, designed (of course) to keep users coming back again - and again.
Facebook upgrades Paper with birthdays, events, photo comments, & more: venturebeat.com/2014/04/18/fac…

Trials Frontier reaches 6 million downloads in first week on iOS

venturebeat.com — Motorcycle platforming isn't just for consoles and PC anymore. Ubisoft brought its Trials franchise to mobile, and it has already found a huge audience on that platform. The French publisher revealed that gamers have already downloaded Trials Frontier for iOS devices more than 6 million times.

7 famous actors with surprising game performances

venturebeat.com — I always watch the credits when I finish a game. I use it as time to unwind and reflect on what I've "accomplished" and decide if I enjoyed my experience. I even do that with Ubisoft-developed games, and those credits are always like 25 minutes long because of all of the localizations.

Webinar: Distributed Denial of Service - Real War Stories and How to Win

venturebeat.com — Friday, April 18, 2014 11 a.m. Pacific / 2 p.m. Eastern / 18 GMT Worried about cyber warfare? Join Akamai's security strategist Matthew Mosher and GamesBeat lead writer Dean Takahashi to hear about the latest online attacks and the toolkits companies are using to take worldwide gaming platforms offline.

The DeanBeat: Why gamers are lucky they got to play Titanfall

venturebeat.com — I am delighted that Titanfall has debuted so early in the cycle of the Xbox One video game console. It is a polished sci-fi first-person shooter multiplayer game that makes it a thrill to plod around in a giant mech robot and destroy the puny little humans around you - or to be one of those puny humans and to bring down a Titan.
Lots a drama in the making of this game. The DeanBeat: Why gamers are lucky they got to play Titanfall venturebeat.com/2014/04/18/the… via @GamesBeat

LinkedIn reaches 300M members, chases the next 3B

venturebeat.com — LinkedIn, the ubiquitous social network for professionals, has crossed the 300 million member mark, the company announced today. Around 100 million of those folks live in the U.S., with the other 200 million coming from the rest of the world. LinkedIn will focus heavily on the international crowd as it seeks to become an indispensable tool for the global workforce.

Someone made real Spider-Man web shooters and they're amazing (video)

venturebeat.com — The Internet age has brought us many treasures, including a non-lethal version of Thor's hammer, a non-functional suit of Iron Man armor, and even the beginnings of a full-scale Millennium Falcon of Star Wars fame. So, it's about time someone made Marvel Comics' signature character Spider-Man's web shooters a reality.
RT @VentureBeat: Someone made real Spider-Man web shooters and they're amazing (video) wp.me/p1re2-65Qq by @tched

Hearthstone is the most-downloaded iPad app in 16 regions -- including the U.S.

venturebeat.com — Blizzard has never done mobile before - but this isn't stopping its first game from dominating the charts. The publisher's online card battler Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is the most-downloaded iPad game in the U.S. It also tops that charts in Brazil, Russia, Hong Kong, and 12 other countries, according to analytics-tracking firm App Annie.
I don’t know you guys, I’m just gonna stick with my Magic cards venturebeat.com/2014/04/17/hea… (via @alex)
Hearthstone is the most-downloaded iPad app in 16 regions — including the U.S. venturebeat.com/2014/04/17/hea… via @GamesBeat

Google Glass is now 'try before you buy'

venturebeat.com — Google is trying to make "fetch" happen. And by "fetch," we mean making Glass appear like a normal fashion accessory. That's what Google is trying to do with its new "try-on kit" program for potential Glass owners.