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Harrison Weber / VentureBeat:
Ev Williams' Obvious Ventures closes $123,456,789 fund   —  Obvious Ventures, the venture capital firm cofounded by Twitter's Evan Williams, announced the close of its very first fund today.  —  Guess how much it raised?  $123,456,789.  No joke.  —  The close of this fund follows …
May 21, 2015, 3:55 PMIn context
Ruth Reader / VentureBeat:
Shopify pops 65% on the NYSE, starts trading above $28 per share   —  E-commerce platform Shopify began trading above $28 a share, up from the $17 per share price the company originally set last night.  —  The company put up 7.7 million shares of stock for sale this morning (NYSE: SHOP) …
May 21, 2015, 10:35 AMIn context
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
YouTube live streams now support HTML5 playback and 60fps video   —  YouTube today announced it is enabling HTML5 playback for live streams.  At the same time, live streams can now be viewed at 60 frames per second (fps).  —  A few puzzle pieces had to come together to make this possible.
May 21, 2015, 9:45 AMIn context
Chris O'Brien / VentureBeat:
Amazon's Prime Now service will start delivering from local stores in Manhattan   —  Amazon announced today that its Prime Now service will now start delivering goods from local stores in Manhattan, with plans to expand soon to other communities later this year.
May 21, 2015, 8:05 AMIn context
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
SwiftKey launches premium themes to help monetize its predictive keyboard on iOS   —  SwiftKey has finally lifted the lid on how it plans to monetize its smart predictive keyboard app for iOS.  And it's taking a cue from how it makes money on Android.  —  An update to the free SwiftKey app …
May 20, 2015, 12:20 PMIn context
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:
Facebook acqu-hires and shuts down payment startup Tugboat Yards   —  Facebook has acqu-hired Tugboat Yards, a startup with a tool that publishers and other groups could use to let fans make contributions in exchange for subscriptions and other services.  —  The Tugboat Yards service …
May 20, 2015, 10:55 AMIn context
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Adblock Plus launches Adblock Browser: Firefox for Android with built-in ad blocking   —  Adblock Plus today launched Adblock Browser for Android.  Currently in beta, the company's first browser was created by taking the open-source Firefox for Android and including Adblock Plus out-of-the-box.
May 20, 2015, 4:05 AMIn context
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:
Facebook expands free Messenger video calling to almost every country   —  Facebook has rolled out video calling on its Messenger app to more countries around the world, following the introduction of the feature in 18 countries last month.  —  “We're happy to share we've now rolled …
May 19, 2015, 11:30 PMIn context
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Google releases Tone, an experimental Chrome extension for sharing links with nearby computers using only sound   —  Google Tone is a Chrome extension for sharing URLs with nearby computers using sound  —  Google has launched a new experimental Chrome extension that lets you transmit the URL …
May 19, 2015, 6:20 PMIn context
Harrison Weber / VentureBeat:
Pandora acquires Techstars-backed music analytics company Next Big Sound   —  Today Pandora announced that it's acquired Next Big Sound, a six-year-old analytics service targeting the music industry.  —  Next Big Sound's existing service will continue to operate as normal, inside Pandora.
May 19, 2015, 11:45 AMIn context

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