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What you need to know - 03/08/11

Beyond Oblivion and Rdio disrupting the music space; Ustream and Charlie Sheen, the TV space

Technology trends and news by Ronny Kerr
March 8, 2011 | Comments
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Google Android has taken the lead among smartphone platforms with 31.2 percent market share, after two short months in second place, according to comScore.

 

Anjuke, a Chinese real estate marketplace, completed a new round of financing of $50 million led by Baida, China's largest Internet search provider.

 

Beyond Oblivion, a digital music marketplace with grandiose ambitions to disrupt the music industry, has secured a $77 million investment round led by News Corp.

 

Business Insider CEO and Editor-in-Chief Henry Blodget on Monday posted the online news source's traffic data in an article, complete with visuals. Could it be that the four-year-old site is looking to get acquired?

 

Gigya, a SaaS company that makes websites more social, has raised $6 million in its third round of funding.

 

Gowalla launched version 3.0 of its Android app, adding push notifications and redesigning nearly every screen in the app interface.

 

Kik Interactive, creator of the cross-platform text messaging app Kik Messenger, closed an $8 million Series A round of funding led by  RRE Ventures, Spark Capital, and Union Square Ventures.

Opera launched the Opera Mobile Store, which will sells apps for Android, BlackBerry, Java, Palm, Symbian and Windows Mobile.

 

Pixazza, the innovative advertising company that uses images already on the Web to bring attention to brands, now reaches more than 70 million unique visitors each month, representing an increase of 80% in the last five months. 

Qriously, a service for measuring location-based public sentiment in real-time, raised a $1.6 million funding round led by Accel Partners, with participation from Amalfi Capital.

 

Music subscription service Rdio released a new native Mac client, so users can listen to Rdio tunes on their computer without firing up the browser. Windows users, your version is “coming soon.”

Ustream for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch has been updated to let users both stream and broadcast live video from the same app.

Today's featured entrepreneur is Jodi Wynn, CEO and founder of STACKED Wines, LLC.

YouTube acquired Web video creation company Next New Networks and announced the "next" phase in partner development, the launch of YouTube Next. Next is a new team tasked with supercharging creator development and accelerating partner growth and success


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