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Music Streaming Social Network Whyd Gets An iOS App

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TreSensa Raises $2M To Help Build And Distribute Games For The Mobile Web

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TreSensa, which offers tools for the development and distribution for mobile games, is announcing that it has raised $2 million in Series A funding.

Surprisingly (at least to me) TreSensa is focused on games built in HTML5 for mobile browsers. The reason, according to CEO and co-founder Robert Grossberg, is that the “window of opportunity” in smartphone app stores has closed. Read More

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Cute Alert! Can Fuzmo Crowd-fund The Build Of Its Pet Pictures Platform?

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Talk about a minimum viable product. The co-founders of Fuzmo, a site which literally just lets you shares pictures of cute pets with other enthusiasts, originally started out as a simple Instagram account, Insta_Animal.

But they clearly hit on a winner. In the last year they grew the account to 1.5 million followers, and from this have spun out 7 other ‘cute pet’ accounts with a combined following of 2.5 million.

From this marketing base they created Fuzmo as a platform where people can share their own pet pictures.

They are now crowd-funding the development of a mobile app (going after £40,000 pin Seedrs) to build on that traction and spin out more products and features around a pets photo sharing app. Oh yes. So far they’ve raised over 16 per cent of their total.

If it works, it’ll make an interesting case study in how to build out from ‘boostrapped-from-nothing’ into an actual product.

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Mendix, An App-Builder Platform For The Enterprise, Closes $25M Series B Led By Battery Ventures

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Mendix, an app builder platform for the enterprise, has closed a $25 million Series B, led by Battery Ventures. Existing investor Prime Ventures also participated. Mendix raised a $13 million Series A back in 2011, according to CrunchBase. It was founded back in 2005.

Mendix’s platform aims to make it faster and easier for businesses to develop, deploy and manage mobile and web apps. (For acronym collectors, the space where Mendix plays is called aPaaS: aka application platform as a service.)

Its platform aims to speed up dev times by simplifying the development process using features such as visual workflows, to make it easier to add logic and business rules to apps; a drag-and-drop form builder for web and mobile interfaces; and an app store were users can download pre-built components, themes, widgets and entire apps.

Mendix claims the platform enables business applications to be developed and deployed as much as 10x faster than “traditional” development methods.

The company said it will use the new funding for continued global expansion, product development and sales efforts, with a target of “aggressively” ramping up its market share. It says “hundreds” of large enterprises are using its platform globally, name-checking the likes of ABN Amro, Sprint, Dun & Bradstreet, Genzyme, KPN, Liberty Mutual, LV=, Roche and TNT. 

It also says 2013 marked the fifth consecutive year of triple-digit growth for the business. Which isn’t surprising when you consider the ongoing popularity of apps among consumers — and since consumers are obsessed with apps, businesses gotta build ‘em.

Commenting on the funding in a statement, Michael Brown, General Partner at Battery Ventures said: “It was clear from the beginning that Mendix represents an exceptional opportunity – the right team and the right product at the right time. We are impressed with the company’s vision and execution, strong revenue growth and phenomenal customer success rate. The aPaaS market is currently wide open, and we believe Mendix is well positioned to be the dominant player.”

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YouTube Launches New Comments Management Tool

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YouTube today launched a new tool for managing comments on its site that gives video creators a central inbox for all the comments their videos receive.

When YouTube made the controversial switch to Google+ comments, it also added a number of new tools for managing these comments. With this change, however, it also took away the ability to manage comments from the YouTube Inbox and moved comment notices to alerts instead.

YouTube’s users weren’t all that happy about this change, so as the company announced today, it “fast-tracked the development of a new comment management page that lets you see, respond to and moderate your comments all in one place.” This change essentially brings the old YouTube Inbox back.

Using this page, video owners can quickly scan their comments, remove offensive ones, flag comments for spam and give comments a thumbs up. The new comments inbox is divided into areas for published comments, pending comments and those marked as spam.

None of these changes will make a big difference for those who simply hate the new YouTube commenting system, but it will make life a bit easier for those who publish their videos on the site.

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Fully-Automated Ad Management Startup Multichannel Raises $3M In Seed Funding

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Multichannel wants to help marketers fully automate their online advertising so they can focus on developing campaigns instead of staring at software dashboards all day. Based in Hong Kong and the U.S., Multichannel has raised $3 million in seed funding from investors including founder Dmitry Fedotov, the Hong Kong Government, angel investor Kevin Ng and a venture capital firm that wants to remain undisclosed.

The company will use its new capital to speed up the development of its automated marketing platform, which it describes as “Rocket Fuel on steroids.” Multichannel’s cloud-based software uses algorithms to manage online advertising campaigns across different channels and search engines like Google, Yahoo or Baidu.

To use Multichannel’s platform, companies first add each of their advertising channels to the dashboard. The software looks at data from the company’s past and present advertising campaigns to give recommendations on which regions to place ads. Its bid management system automatically manages rates for different keywords and guards against “click fraud,” which unscrupulous advertising channels use to artificially inflate rates.

Multichannel says the advantages of its platform over other ad management products include lower costs for companies, less administrative tasks and potential “unlimited scalability” into advertising channels across the world regardless of language, currency or local regulations (target users include companies seeking to advertise in China).

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Rampersand Launches A $6M Fund For Australian Startups

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Rampersand is a new firm looking to invest in Australian startups and provide them with advice on sales, marketing, and pR>

The firm is announcing that it has raised a $6 million fund for that purpose. Managing partner Paul Naphtali’s described the fund size as “tiny by Silicon Valley standards, but a start.” Although Naphtali has been working in the San Francisco Bay Area (at least for the few years that I’ve known him), he said Rampersand will be based in Australia.

“I’m a native of Australia and over the past few years have spent more and more time there,” Naphtali told me via email. “One of the things I’ve noticed is the development of a very high quality startup ecosystem, but there’s a few holes: 1) a lack of early stage capital and 2) a lack of sales/marketing/PR community that understands startups and success.”

Naphtali certainly has some relevant experience, having handled PR or communications for Snaptu (which was acquired by Facebook), Amobee (acquired by Singtel), and TokBox (acquired by Telefonica). Rampersand’s other managing partner is Jim Cassidy, whose résumé includes marketing roles at StepStone, BEA Systems, and IBM.

The firm will make investments of up to $500,000, Naphtali said — in fact, it has already made two (but it isn’t announcing them yet. He added that the plan is to invest in “companies that started/are headquartered in Australia but have global plans.”

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Google Adds 79 Cloud And Big-Data Patents To Its Open Patent Non-Assertion Pledge

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Earlier this year, Google pledged not to sue open-source developers over 10 patents related to MapReduce. Today, the company is expanding this pledge by adding 79 new patents to its Open Patent Non-Assertion Pledge. These patents, Google says, cover software that is “used to efficiently operate data centers, including middleware, distributed storage management, distributed database management, and alarm monitoring.”

Google acquired these 79 patents from IBM and CA Technologies and include patents that were filed in the U.S., Europe and Asia. They include patents on things like a “method of creating and using notes decision capsules,” a “database table recovery system” and for a “service agent for fulfilling requests of a web browser.”

The company says that even though the pledge currently mostly covers back-end technologies, it’s also looking to add others that would be related to consumer-facing technologies because “open-source software is also transforming the development of consumer products that people use every day.”

As Google noted when it first announced its pledge, it hopes that this move will “serve as a model for the industry, and we’re encouraging other patent holders to adopt the pledge or a similar initiative.” Given the size of Google’s patent portfolio, having 89 patents that are covered by this pledge is obviously just a small gesture on Google’s part. However, it is part of an overall movement against patent trolls and other abuses of the patent system by large tech companies — though even they obviously continue to sue each other and patent trivial inventions.

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Google Launches Cloud Playground, A Browser-Based Environment For Trying Its Cloud Platform

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Google’s Cloud Platform is slowly becoming ay fully featured environment for running complex web apps, but it’s not easy to just give it a quick try. To get started with Cloud Platform, after all, you have to first install the right SDK and other tools on your local machine. Today, however, Google is launching its browser-based Cloud Playground, which is meant to give developers a chance to try some sample code and see how actual production APIs will behave, or to just share some code with colleagues without them having to install your whole development environment.

Cloud Playground, Google says, is meant to be a place “for developers to experiment and play with some of the services offered by the Google Cloud Platform, such as Google App Engine, Google Cloud Storage and Google Cloud SQL.”

For now, Cloud Playground only supports Python 2.7 App Engine apps, and Google considers it to be an experimental service (so it could shut it down anytime).

To get started, you simply head for the Cloud Playground or, if you just want to see it at work, head for Google’s getting started documentation, which now features green Run/Modify buttons that allow you to run any of the sample code on these sites. The Cloud Playground itself features numerous sample apps and also gives you the option to clone other open source App Engine template projects written in Python 2.7 from GitHub.

The project itself is open source and consists of a basic browser-based code editor and mimic, a Python App Engine app that serves as the development server.

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