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

Slack Is Raising Another Round At Up To A $1B Valuation — Slack, the enterprise collaboration platform co-founded by Stewart Butterfield of Flickr fame, continues to defy its namesake: we have heard from sources that the company is raising a new round of funding at a valuation of between $800 million and $1 billion, just six months after raising nearly $43 million.

Google’s DeepMind Acqui-Hires Two AI Teams In The UK, Partners With Oxford — Earlier this year Google acquired DeepMind in the UK to expand the work that it is doing in artificial intelligence, and today the company announced that it is making some more significant moves to build this out even further.

Verizon Leads Flint Mobile’s $9.4M Round As Payment Service Comes To The Web — Flint Mobile, a point-of-sale mobile payments solution originally built around snapping photos of your credit card instead of dongles or using other hardware to make payments, is today announcing that it has raised another $9.4 million in funding led by new, strategic investor Verizon via its Verizon Ventures arm; as well as an expansion of its service to the wider internet in a new service called Sell Online.

Groupon Goes After Yelp And Google With Millions Of Individual Business Pages — Groupon today took one more step ahead in its bid to be the go-to place for local businesses and their e-commerce efforts: it has launched a new format and online presence called Pages.

Bango Inks Global Samsung Deal To Power Carrier Billing In Galaxy Apps Store — One more deal in the bag for Bango, the UK-based startup that enables carrier billing services for mobile users: it has signed an agreement with Samsung for the handset giant to preload its services on to all Samsung devices running the Samsung Galaxy Apps store - letting consumers charge games, e-books, music and videos directly to their mobile phone bills or deduct them from their prepaid allowances.

Japan’s Rakuten Ramps Up Globally, Lauches Marketplace And Drops — Rakuten, Japan's e-commerce powerhouse, is taking another step in its ambitions to be a global player on par with the likes of Amazon and Alibaba. Today, the company is launching, its first own-brand online marketplace in the UK, where it will bring together goods sold directly by itself as well as third-party retailers; its Kobo e-books store; and its Wuaki video streaming service.

Yahoo Beats In Q3 With Revenue Of $1.09B, EPS Of $0.52X — With all eyes on what Yahoo will do with its $5 billion+ in Alibaba cash, Yahoo today reported its Q3 earnings after the close of trading, with sales of $1.09 billion excluding traffic acquisition costs and non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.52. Revenues including acquisition costs were $1.15 billion.

B2X Raises $15M For Smartphone Care, Buys Apple Partner TSS In India For $45M — Two more signs of growth for B2X, a startup based out of Munich that is a little like a "Zendesk for smartphones" - creating solutions for handset makers and carriers so that customers can identify, report and fix problems with their devices.

Yahoo In Talks To Buy Video Ad Platform BrightRoll For Around $700M — Yahoo has been building up its video and video advertising content, and we have heard that it may make another key acquisition in the area to further raise its game. The company is in talks to acquire BrightRoll, the cross-platform digital video advertising service.

Ooyala Buys Euro Video Ad Startup Videoplaza In Its First Acquisition — Ooyala, the video company that was acquired by Telstra earlier this year, has now made an acquisition of its own. It has bought Videoplaza, a UK-based video advertising startup. Terms of the deal were not disclosed but we are trying to find out. It's potentially a very valuable deal when you consider the reach of Videoplaza.
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Oct 24, 2014

@mikebutcher @riptari @nisummers @EngadgetUK wise words from a dude who has been through the disrupt trenches

Oct 24, 2014

@riptari @nisummers @EngadgetUK yes OR we could just plan our own for the tech-types among us. also, formal congratulations nick :)

Oct 24, 2014

How is it that TechCrunch has ended up on a list where we get invites to INPALME (the international palm oil expo)?

Oct 24, 2014

@levie actually it is correlated -- to an increased likelihood of huge rewards if you manage to get your idea off the ground

Oct 23, 2014

is today's news of a yahoo redesign the one i covered at the beginning of this month, or a different one?…

Oct 23, 2014

@lxbrun nope! :) i'm easily charmed by self-deprecation but this really was not something i wanted to cover

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