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Twitter Will Crackdown On Serial Trolls By Tracking Their Phone Number

techcrunch.com — Twitter has a troll problem. Even its CEO knows it. And now the company is doing more to prevent its users suffering abuse and threats on its service. In a bid to make improvements, Twitter has announced new measures to expand the process for reporting user safety concerns, and a system that uses phone numbers to prevent those who repeatedly harass others from creating new accounts.

TinyOwl Lands $16M To Expand Its Food Delivery Service To 50 Cities In India

techcrunch.com — India-based food ordering service TinyOwl has raised a $16 million Series B round to fund an aggressive plan to reach 50 cities in the country, TechCrunch has learned. TinyOwl co-founder and CEO Harshvardhan Mandad disclosed details in an email that was sent to staff earlier this month.

LG’s New Smartwatch Will Support LTE But Won’t Run Android Wear

techcrunch.com — LG is developing its own software for smartwatches after the company announced that one version of its upcoming LG Watch Urbane will run its own "proprietary" platform. The Korean company revealed details of its 'premium' smartwatch earlier this month.

Chat App Viber Opens Its Games Service To All Users Worldwide

techcrunch.com — Messaging app Viber has quietly made its games service available for all users worldwide following a two month pilot in five countries. The company, which was bought by Rakuten for $900 million a year ago, initially launched three games for users in Belarus, Malaysia, Israel, Singapore and Ukraine in December 2014.

Iotera Raises $1 Million For Its Super Simple GPS Tracking Device

techcrunch.com — Iotera, a U.S.-company that produces GPS devices with months of battery life, has closed a $1 million seed funding round led by ZenShin Capital Partners. Crunchfund*, Startup Capital Ventures, String Ventures, EarlyMarket and Rubicon Venture Capital also participated in the round.

Xero Raises $111M And Hires New U.S. Lead For Its Cloud-Based Accounting Business

techcrunch.com — New Zealand-founded accounting software firm Xero has raised a $110.8 million round of capital to grow its business in the North American market. NZ Stock Exchange-listed Xero - which provides online accounting software for small/medium businesses and accountants - said that the new funds come from Accel Partners and Matrix Capital Management, its largest institutional investor.

Google Bans Sexually Explicit Content From Websites Hosted On Blogger

techcrunch.com — Google is banning adult content from websites hosted on Blogger from next month, after the company updated regulations governing the use of media on its blogging service. A company support page for Blogger explains that "starting March 23, 2015, you won't be able to publicly share images and video that are sexually explicit or show graphic nudity on Blogger."

Viber Faces Ban In Korea As SK Telecom Wins Potentially Wide-Ranging Patent Suit

techcrunch.com — Free calling and messaging service Viber could be banned in South Korea, after the company lost a patent suit to domestic operator SK Telecom. Korea Herald reports that a court ruled in favor of SK Telecom's claim that Viber's "feature of reorganizing selected information from contact numbers saved in a smartphone into the application" violated a 2006-registered patent from the operator.

Uber Pilots Program In India With Safetipin To Get Data On Local Safety

techcrunch.com — Uber is again increasing its focus on passenger safety after it announced a partnership with mobile safety and auditing service Safetipin, starting in New Delhi, India. New Delhi is, of course, the city where a passenger was raped by an Uber driver in December. In the aftermath of that incident, the U.S.

Apple To Invest $2B Building Green Data Centers In Ireland And Denmark

techcrunch.com — Amid deeper investigations into how Apple may be using its operations in Ireland as a means for tax avoidance on tens of billions of dollars, the iPhone maker has announced that it will spend nearly $2 billion (€1.7 billion) to develop two new 100% renewable energy data centers in Europe.
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Feb 28, 2015

@Ajarncom i always wondered what conversations were going on // when i began to understand, i found a new found appreciation for ignorance

Feb 28, 2015

RT @StarFire2258: I don't think I'm exaggerating when I say the Xiaomi Mi Note could be a turning point for Chinese products. gizmodo.com/xiaomi-mi-note…

Feb 28, 2015

@StickboyBKK i mean in the story, but you changed it so all good :)

Feb 28, 2015

RT @TechCrunch: We ordered a tiger to the office using Magic and this is what happened tcrn.ch/1C6lqk5 pic.twitter.com/LvrL74DQDW

Feb 28, 2015

@KrisKoles not sure if these ‘dongles’ will catch on in Asia but they are neat

Feb 28, 2015

@TProphet yup, you flagged this recently but I need a new VPN all the same

Feb 28, 2015

@thegrugq @danderoz evoked an ‘Elvis still lives’ moment for Satoshi — except for the news of his death



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