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Journalist: mobile/media/tech news. Mom: 2 kids. Wife. Traveler. Speaks English, American, Russian, Franglais, Spanglish, in metaphors

Airbnb Is Raising A Monster Round At A $20B Valuation — Airbnb - the platform that lets travellers book private spare rooms and entire homes as an alternative to traditional hotels - is doing some booking of its own. Airbnb is in the process of raising another round of funding that will value it at $20 billion, according to sources familiar with the situation.

Kobalt Tunes Into $60M Led By Google Ventures For Its Music Rights Collection Platform — The rise of digital music services has had some musicians up in arms over the way (and how much) they are paid. Now a startup that has built a better way to track this is stepping up its role in the game.

Apple Took 89% Of Q4 Smartphone Profits With Android OEMs In A Race To The Bottom — Google's Android has gobbled up market share world wide, now accounting for over 80% of all smartphone shipped globally. But when it comes to actually making money, Apple is eating all the profits as it continues its focus on premium devices.

Google Merges European Operations To Square Up To Regulators And Rivals — United we stand, divided we fall. So goes the old saying that search and mobile giant Google is now taking to heart in Europe, as it faces off with regulators and rivals in the region.

Samsung Filed The Most Patents In Europe In 2014, U.S. Led The Field By Country — While IBM is number-one when it comes to the number of patents filed in the U.S., in Europe, Samsung is leading the pack. Today, the European Patent Office released 2014 figures for patents filed in the region, which showed that the Korean company filed 2,541 for the full year.

Target Says Credit Card Data Breach Cost It $162M In 2013-14 — Retailers are currently one of the biggest targets for malicious hackers, and today we have some detail on the costs around one of the more high-profile retailer breaches: Target today said that it has booked $162 million in expenses across 2013 and 2014 related to its data breach, in which hackers picked up credit card information and other customer data.

Airbnb Teams With Deutsche Telekom To Preinstall App, Offer $35 Vouchers In Europe — As Airbnb continues to work through negotiations with hotel and housing regulators in some markets, it's not wasting any time in building out its footprint globally. The accommodation rental juggernaut is partnering with T-Mobile parent Deutsche Telekom to preinstall its app in Android smartphones sold across 13 markets in Europe, including DT's home market of Germany.

Gemalto: NSA/GCHQ Hack ‘Probably Happened’ But Didn’t Include Mass SIM Key Theft — Gemalto - the world's biggest maker of SIM cards for mobile phones - says that it has "reasonable grounds" to believe that the NSA and GCHQ carried out an operation to hack its network in 2010 and 2011, but the consequences of those actions were not as far-reaching as has been reported.

Disgraced Payday Lender Wonga Sells SMB Business To Orange Money, Cuts 325 Jobs — More unravelling for Wonga, the UK-based online lender that last year had to write down £220 million ($340 million) in unpaid loans. The company announced today that it would lay off 325 staff, and it has also sold Everline, its small-business lending arm, to Orange Money (trading as Ezbone).

Business Services, Retail Saw The Most Online Security Breaches In 2014: FireEye — Business services and retail operations saw the most online intrusions from malicious hackers in 2014, and one business was infiltrated and tapped for a full eight years before it figured out it was being targeted, according to Mandiant, a division of computer security firm FireEye.
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Feb 27, 2015

@MikeIsaac agree but when the new medium encourages rivers of 'content' about the same old fluff, i can't help but feel a little blue.

Feb 27, 2015

@AdamJayes @jackyelt @TweetDeck but *then* what will i complain about? (thank you - i don't usually use it but maybe i should)

Feb 27, 2015

@stuartdredge @maxciociola 'as one example' (interesting you picked that one, and i think i know why)

Feb 27, 2015

@maxciociola @stuartdredge yes i meant that aspect, managing distribution of existing catalog, not nurturing talent!

Feb 27, 2015

twitter needs to come up with a hashtag / keyword mute function. i'm really over the blue black white gold fugly dress

Feb 27, 2015

@stuartdredge @shak also kobalt is essentially acting as a label for many artists as well as aggregator for others so in both camps

Feb 27, 2015

@stuartdredge @shak i have thoughts about kobalt (too many to put into twitter). also really irritated some muppet broke the embargo on that

Feb 27, 2015

I visited @Airbnb's German site earlier this week and now all my alerts from them are in German. Halt!

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