Apple Inc. (AAPL) is rumored to be acquiring Swell for $30 million

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Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is currently in talks to acquire Swell, a “Pandora for talk radio.” Swell curates podcasts and sorts them into a personalized stream so it acts like a recommendation system. The deal is reportedly worth around $30 million.

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Foursquare launches a new logo and app

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Foursquare has split up into two apps: one for check-ins and another for location discovery. Foursquare also has a new logo and color theme — pink. The new app is focused on personalization and recommendations.

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Report: Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO) acquires Flurry for over $200 million

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Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) is now hitting around 450 million monthly active users per month and its search and display mobile ad revenues grew 100%. According to reports, Yahoo! has closed on an acquisition for Flurry at a price of over $200 million.

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Yo raises $1.5 million at $10 million valuation

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Yo is an app that lets users send a message that says “yo” to your friends. The company has raised $1.5 million in seed funding at a $10 million valuation. Some of Yo’s investors include Betaworks, Mashable CEO Pete Cashmore, and the founders of Tencent. Yo will be using the funding to expand operations in San Francisco.

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BlackBerry names Marty Beard as COO

BlackBerry has announced that it has appointed Marty Beard as the new COO of the company. Beard used to be the CEO and chairman of cloud-based contact center provider LiveOps. Beard also used to work at Sybase, which is where BlackBerry CEO John Chen used to work as CEO.

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Samsung launches headphones to compete with Beats

Samsung has announced a new line of headphones called “Level.” The lineup was introduced in April. The Samsung Level Over is a $349.99 pair of over-ear Bluetooth headphones with active noise cancellation and NFC. The headphones can be plugged in using a detachable audio cable. Samsung launched an Android app for EQ customization called “SoundAlive.”
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Foursquare app for iOS now has Mayor leaderboards

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Foursquare has released an update to the Swarm app for iOS. It now shows mayor leaderboards among your friends for every check-in.

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Perion Network Ltd (PERI) acquires Grow Mobile for up to $42 million

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Perion Network Ltd (NASDAQ:PERI) is a publicly listed mobile app services company that was part of a reverse merger by Conduit’s Client Connect business last year. Perion Network has acquired an ad aggregation platform called Grow Mobile.
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