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Custom Analytics Startup Keen IO Raises $11.3M Round From Sequoia And Others

Keen IO, a startup that helps developers build their own analytics products, is announcing that it has raised $11.3 million in Series A funding.<p>Co-founder and CEO Kyle Wild told me that when the company started talking about raising more funding, its previous backers offered to fund the new round …

Obama, Free Iraq's Kurds

The Kurdish people, members of the largest stateless nation in the world, have dreamed of independence for 100 years. President Barack Obama could be …

Here's The Real Story Of The Creepy US Spy Agency Logo Boasting That 'Nothing Is Beyond Our Reach'

The NRO coordination sheet, a document passed along with information about the logo meant for signatures up the chain of command contains an interesting handwritten note with the NRO Director's approval: "Ok," it reads, "A little sinister!!"<p>While the agency came under fire for its choice of logo at …

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Mobile Ad Spending To Blow Past Newspapers, Magazines, Radio This Year

Revenues from ads running on smartphones and tablets will outstrip those from newspaper, magazine and radio ads for the first time in the U.S. this year, according to a new report from eMarketer.<p>Mobile ad revenues will jump 83%, to $17.7 billion. That represents almost 10% of all ad spending, as …

These Scientists Studied Why Internet Stories Go Viral. You Won’t Believe What They Found

Science confirms what Buzzfeed and Upworthy already know: In the hierarchy of digital contagion, content that evokes powerful emotions floats mercilessly to the top.<p>Editor’s Note<p>2/17/14<p>Happy Presidents’ Day! To celebrate, we’re revisiting some of our most popular stories of the year. Enjoy.<p>A few …

BlaBlaCar Raises A Massive $100 Million Round To Create A Global Long Distance Ride-Sharing Network

In what is the largest VC round in a French startup of all time, BlaBlaCar just raised a $100 million round led by Index Ventures, with existing investors Accel Partners, ISAI and Lead Edge Capital also participating in the round. Previously, Deezer raised a $130 million round from Warner Music …

Vine highlights popular videos with loop counts

Just as Facebook has likes, Twitter has retweets, and Pinterest has pins, Vine is also upping the possibility for user popularity contests. In addition to already having likes, the video app announced another activity feature on Tuesday called loop counts.<p>The idea of loop counts is for users to be …

Google Antes Up Competition by Acquiring Beats Competitor Songza

In an effort to make Google Play Music more appealing, the company has acquired the music streaming service Songza, which offers curated playlists …

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