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Twitter-backed Swirl raises $18M to advance beacon technology

Giving a vote of confidence to Bluetooth-powered beacon technology, Boston-based in-store beacon company Swirl Networks raised an $18 million Series C round that was led by Twitter Ventures, Hearst Ventures and SoftBank Capital. Longworth Venture Partners also participated, bringing Swirl's total funding to $32 million.

Meerkat, Periscope leap to forefront of attention in live-streaming's growth

Live-streaming apps Meerkat and Periscope are helping drive an incremental shift in audiences' attention toward user-generated live-streaming, something Twitch jump-started and that social media may push forward.

Android rival Cyanogen raises $80M from Qualcomm, Twitter, Rupert Murdoch and others

Mobile startup Cyanogen, which aims to cut into Google's control over the Android platform by offering a modified version of the software, raised $80 million in fresh funding.

Why WhatsApp is taking an all-too-familiar approach to third-party client apps

Even though it is now officially owned by Facebook, the recent actions of WhatsApp toward developers might best be described as "pulling a Twitter."

Twitter acquires video streaming start-up Periscope

Twitter has purchased live video streaming startup Periscope for slightly less than $100 million, apparently putting Periscope in competition with Twitter's own Meerkat app.

As YouTube marks tenth anniversary, rivals like Facebook queue up to topple the giant

February 14 wasn't just a day for couples to frantically scramble for restaurant reservations--this year it marked the tenth anniversary of YouTube's domain registration. Its first video, "Me At the Zoo"--which featured a pithy description of elephants', er--well anyway, that was uploaded on April 23, 2005.

Twitter's decision to track other apps on smartphones riles developers

For a company that's recently been trying to repair its relationship with app developers, Twitter's move to track other apps among its users may not be helping much.

Ello's success may be the playbook app developers should follow

Like thousands of others over the past two weeks, I submitted my e-mail address to request an invite. I'm still waiting. I periodically wonder when, and if, I will be accepted. When, and if, I finally do, I know I'll probably immediately log in and spend considerable time exploring everything about it.

Twitter's plans for a new app developer platform raise serious doubts... on Twitter

Twitter reportedly plans to launch a new app development platform called "Twitter Fabric," but based on their social media reactions, it may take a while to get developer relationships all sewn up.

EE subscribers threaten to quit over call centre priority service

EE faces a customer backlash after introducing a service that lets subscribers pay to skip to the front of the queue when calling customer service centres.