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Deliveroo grabs $25M to bring its premium meal delivery service to more cities — London-based food delivery startup Deliveroo has raised $25 million to beef up its U.K. and global aspirations. Today's news comes just eight months after Deliveroo raised a £2.5 million ($3.8 million) round, led by Index Ventures. Index Ventures is participating in this round too, but it's being led by Accel Partners, with Hoxton Ventures and Hummingbird Ventures also chipping in.

Spotify is coming to PlayStation soon — Spotify will soon be adding games consoles to its list of supported platforms, with the news that it's launching on PlayStations 'soon'. The music-streaming company hasn't provided much more detail...

Israel lures more investment from China with new $102 million VC fund from Singulariteam — Israel has emerged as a hotbed for tech startups, with the so-called " Start-up Nation " producing a wealth of successful companies from across the technological realm. So it perhaps comes as little surprise that Israel is the continuing focus of investment from China.

Uber taps Metromile to let drivers pay-per-mile on their car insurance — Uber has inked a deal with Metromile, the pay-per-mile car insurance service, that will enable Uber drivers in California, Illinois, and Washington to only pay insurance for the time they're on the road. We last covered Metromile back in 2013, just as the Bay Area-based firm had expanded into Washington State.

Facebook and Twitter could be hate-speech 'accomplices' if new French law passes — France president Francois Hollande has revealed plans to introduce a law that will make Internet companies hate-speech "accomplices" if they fail to block messages posted by extremist groups. Speaking in Paris at a World War II memorial, Hollande made reference to a new draft law that's due to be presented next month, reports Bloomberg, with Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve shortly traveling to the U.S.

Twitter launches new group Direct Messages and video features — Twitter is launching group-messaging and video features today, as it continues its push to increase mindshare among the social networking masses. While this launch was partly expected, given Twitter CFO Anthony Noto's previous hints, as announced in a blog post today, Twitter is finally rolling out what could prove to be two huge features for the platform.

Twitter's new postcode targeting could help politicians chase local votes in the U.K. election — With the 2015 U.K. general election gearing up to be one of the most hotly contested elections in a long time, Twitter has announced that it's opening up geo-targeted advertising to much narrower geographic regions. This will have potentially powerful ramifications for political parties, particularly in areas where the results are expected to be a close call.

Auschwitz Museum takes to YouTube to mark 70 years since the liberation by Soviet troops — 70 years ago today, Soviet troops arrived in Auschwitz, Poland, to liberate all remaining prisoners at the Nazi concentration camp. It's estimated that more than one million people were killed at Auschwitz between 1941 and 1945, thus the date of liberation - marking the end of one of the biggest human atrocities in history - has subsequently known as International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

AT&T's Mexican expansion continues as it acquires mobile carrier Nextel in a $1.9B deal — Less than two weeks after closing the deal to acquire Mexico's wireless provider Lusacell, AT&T has revealed its next moves in Mexico, as it enters an agreement to procure wireless company Nextel Mexico from NII Holdings.

Turkish court threatens Facebook ban over offensive Prophet Muhammad Pages — A court in Turkey has ordered Facebook to block Pages deemed offensive for their depiction of the Prophet Muhammad. The Golbasi Duty Magistrate Court passed the order on Sunday, stating that the social network would be blocked in Turkey if it failed to remove the specific Pages in question, reports Anadolu Agency, Turkey's official press agency.
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Jan 29, 2015

Wow RT @BBCBreaking: Malaysia ends search for MH370, declares disappearance of plane in Indian Ocean an accident

Jan 29, 2015

Though he lost the first set, Murray is really starting to play off the chart. A different player.

Jan 29, 2015

Google Wallet is finally coming to the U.K. ... properly!

Jan 29, 2015

@BradMcCarty Fair point. They're trying to get some fresh quotes before publishing then. @drew

Jan 29, 2015

@drew PRWeb pipped them to the news, probably too late for Mashable to cover it now.

Jan 29, 2015

Deliveroo don't deliver to my area of London yet, but will be using them when they do >> Deliveroo raises $25M

Jan 28, 2015

RT @BarefootTed: Born to Run film coming! May I request Woody Harrelson play BFT?...

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