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November 2, 2012
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  • Flurry's latest VC round suggests an upcoming IPO
    Flurry's latest round of venture capital suggests that the mobile analytics and advertising company may be prepping for an initial public offering. Flurry President and CEO Simon Khalaf says some of the $25 million infusion from Crosslink Capital will go toward expansion into South Korea, Japan and Latin America, boosting the Flurry AppSpot ad platform, and further developing Flurry Ad Analytics, which is now integrated with 250 million smartphones and tablets. "Crosslink is the firm behind Pandora and Omniture. They understand that they're a crossover fund," Khalaf said. TechCrunch (11/2), GigaOm (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Facebook's App Center search might be just the beginning
    Facebook's App Center has been outfitted with a search engine and the company has floated the idea of selling keywords to developers that would appear as type-aheads in the search box. That could lead to a landing page and AdWords-style ads, Josh Constine writes. "This prediction falls right in line with Facebook's strategy to become the leading source of app discovery outside of the official Apple App Store and Google Play marketplace," Constine writes. TechCrunch (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Apple's iPhone 5 release wins Web traffic, spurs downloads
    Apple's release of the iPhone 5 and the fourth-generation iPod Touch has measurably affected mobile Web traffic as well as application downloads. Chitika reports Apple's share of mobile Web traffic went up 5.96% from September to October. A Fiksu report adds that in the last third of September, after the release of the iPhone 5, app downloads shot up 33%, driving down the cost of loyal app-customer acquisition 16%, to $1.13. MediaPost Communications/MoBlog (11/1), TechCrunch (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Google to feature Women Techmakers on Developers Live page
    Bitly chief scientist Hilary Mason, Pixability CEO Bettina Hein and SoftTech VC principal Stephanie Palmeri are among the Women Techmakers to be featured in a Google series. Google will run the video profiles starting Monday on the Google Developers Live page. VentureBeat (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • App lets drinkers order without having to leave their booth
    The Coaster application for iOS and Android allows drinkers to order, include a tip and pick up their drinks at a designated area of cooperating bars by showing an access code. Developers Inderpal Singh and Kevin Callaghan are testing the app at 15 San Francisco bars, with plans to expand the program. GigaOm (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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