According to Reuters, Philips, Samsung, and Media-Saturn offices were raided by the European Commission due to suspicion of breaking competition rules. Media-Saturn is one of Europe’s largest consumer electronic retail store chains. The Commission claims that these companies worked together to limit the sale of some goods online in order to drive up prices. The Commission did not give the names or locations that were inspected by officers on December 3rd. All three of these companies said that they were cooperating with the EU.
Apple is reporting that almost three-quarters of their user base are now running on iOS 7. iOS 7 launched in September, which means that the adoption in 3 months was rapid. This chart was posted on the Apple developer supper center website:
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Apple has integrated iBeacon into 254 of their retail stores in the U.S. in order to give personalized notifications to customers through the Apple Store app.
Mayfield has invested $6 million in 3D Robotics, an unmanned aerial vehicle company that was founded by Chris Anderson. Anderson is the former editor-in-chief of Wired magazine. This investment is part of a $30 million Series B funding round that was announced back in September.
Spotify has revealed the average figures of how much artists make from their service in terms of royalties. Spotify pays an average of $0.007 per play, according to figures reported on the Spotify Artists website. Spotify has paid over $1 billion in royalties since launching in 2008. Of that $1 billion, $500 million was paid out in 2013 alone. Spotify is asking artists not to focus on the small amount per stream, but rather the accumulative earnings from a great album. Spotify keeps 30% of the money from subscriptions and ads.
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As part of an effort to develop a solution to cut the special power fees associated with periods of highest demand, SolarCity is partnering with Tesla Motors on a new battery system. The batteries are about the size of a small fridge and the software can control when a building’s operations run on power from the solar array. The battery system is called DemandLogic and it will allow businesses to store electricity at times of highest demand.
Dice.com is a website that is known for technical jobs. Dice.com has acquired getTalent. getTalent is a recruitment website where users can add something extra to their job listings and career pages. When visitors sign up, they joing a “talent community” for receiving targeted content and listings. Recruiters also use the website for looking through resumes and signing people up at job fairs.
Google Ventures has led an $8 million round in YieldMo, which is a company that runs a private ad exchange for mobile publishers. Based in New York, YieldMo is led by Michael Yavonditte. Yavonditte is known for building Quigo and selling that company to AOL in 2007. YieldMo integrates ads into websites and within apps. YieldMo has raised a total of $12.1 million thus far. Previous investors that participated in this round include Union Square Ventures, Genacast, Rhodium, and Dace Ventures.