Mobile

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

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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

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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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