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Chat App Line’s User-Generated Sticker Program Nets $30M In Its First Six Months

techcrunch.com — Stickers are more than just glorified emoticons, they're big business don't you know? While games account for the lion's share of chat app Line's revenues, it's banking $10 million per month from stickers since 2013 and it started letting users make and sell their own earlier this year.

Rocket Internet-Backed Jumia Raises $150M For Its African E-Commerce Business

techcrunch.com — Rocket Internet-backed Jumia is in the money today, after the Africa-based e-commerce company announced it has raised €120 million ($150 million) in new funding. The company confirmed that the round values it at €445 million ($555 million). Jumia sells a range of products, from clothes, to electronics, cosmetics and even alcohol.

Uber Is Literally Sucking The Money Out Of Its Rivals In India

techcrunch.com — Uber's battles in the US - both regulatory and self-inflected - are pretty well documented. But what about other parts of the world? We've heard rumors that the company is planning some major initiatives in India, its second largest market, and today it announced free rides for anyone in the country between Wednesday and Sunday.

Canva Courts Design Pros With New Social Features And A Marketplace For Their Work

techcrunch.com — US-Australian startup Canva wants its easy-to-use design platform to literally be the canvas for design professionals, and its injecting a dose of social into the mix after launching public user profiles, a Twitter-style following system, and a real-time content stream.

Vine Now Lets You Get Push Notifications For New Content From Your Favorite Accounts

techcrunch.com — Vine's fast-becoming a place that houses funny and entertaining content from a range of different artists, and now the Twitter-owned company wants to help you keep with your favorites via push notifications. The six-second video app now lets you get notifications to your phone when an account uploads new content if you click the new star on the right-hand side of their account profile page.

India’s Nimbuzz Plans New Emerging Market Apps, Starting With Android Call App Holaa

techcrunch.com — It's nearly a month since Nimbuzz, the mobile messaging and calling service with 200 million registered users, was bought by UK telecoms company New Call in a $250 million deal. Today we get a glimpse of what's to come after it released its first post-acquisition product: a dialer app for Android called Holaa!.

News Corp Makes First Investment In India, Putting $30M Into Real Estate Site PropTiger

techcrunch.com — Beyond telling the news through Dow Jones, The Wall Street Journal and other news companies, U.S. media giant News Corp also makes news with strategic investments. Today the company announced its first deal in India: it has paid $30 million for a 25 percent stake in Elara, the startup that runs real estate portal PropTiger.com.

CloudFlare Will Offer A Local Version Of Its Web Security Service In China In 2015

techcrunch.com — CloudFlare is tackling a long-standing goal and bringing its internet security and performance service to Mainland China next year. The U.S. company will launch 12 data centers on Chinese soil over the next six months in a move that gives overseas websites and services improved performance on the ground, not to mention increase its business in China.

Universal Studios Buys Aaron Sorkin’s Steve Jobs Movie From Sony For A Reported $30M

techcrunch.com — Aaron Sorkin's much-anticipated Steve Jobs movie is now a Universal Pictures project, after the studio stepped in take over from Sony Pictures which ended its two-year development of the title this month. The Hollywood Reporter got confirmation of the change from a Universal spokesperson on Monday.

Mobile-Focused Ad Platform PocketMath Raises $10 Million From Rakuten Ventures

techcrunch.com — PocketMath, a Singapore-US startup specializing in mobile advertising, has landed a $10 million Series A funding round from Rakuten Ventures, the VC arm of Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten. The funding is the first external investment that PocketMath has taken, having bootstrapped itself to 40 staff over the four years since being founded by two University of Texas alumni.
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Nov 26, 2014

RT @adage: Line, the messaging app, says stickers (or glorified emoticons) are taking off in the U.S. trib.al/mShkFJ0

Nov 26, 2014

@nnatta @A_Schizophrenia uh oh, I think my playful sarcasm gets lost in translation here ^_^

Nov 26, 2014

@fergalbm @Ajarncom @TweetDeck the native app has been buggy for me, but yeah web app is fine



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