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Foursquare has today unveiled Foursquare 10, a redesigned version of the app that puts search front and center. J Crowley, head of product at Foursquare, told TechCrunch that most people get on Foursquare with a clear intent, making the original featured content on the homepage mostly irrelevant.
Teads, the video ad company that last month raised $47 million in debt financing in order to go on a buying spree of other adtech startups, is staying true to its word. Today its announcing the acquisition of UK and Romania-based Brainient, the interactive video ad startup founded by Emi Gal, who has been a fixture of the London tech scene for almost as long as Ive been reporting on it.
Managing the App Store can be one of the most difficult experiences for new developers. Getting noticed is hard, the experience isnt that great, and now Apple is allowing search ads.
A study (conveniently co-written by Facebook) has found that personal interactions on Facebook can have a major impact on a persons feelings of well-being and satisfaction with life just as much as getting married or having a baby. Thats right: it seems that clicking Like on a picture of someones soup is akin to the eternal bond of love that is marriage or the miracle of biology and coexistence that is the creation of human life.
The ad-blocking web browser Brave, co-founded by Mozillas former CEOBrendan Eich, is today rolling out its grand experiment Brave Payments, which will encourage web users to reward their favorite sites by automatically and anonymously sending them Bitcoin-based micropayments. The idea here is fairly radical online publishers have always relied on ad revenue to fund their sites, but Brave believes they would be happy to go ad-free if people were willing to fund them directly.
Pinterest said it has hired Li Fan, the former head of image search at Google, as the companys new head of engineering. Much of Pinterests most promising technology involves searching for objects within photos and then using that technology to rank and display the most relevant content to users, whether thats through search or the traditional feed.
Swedish startup Greta is on a somewhat quiet mission to disrupt the multi-billion dollar Content Delivery Network (CDN) market. The young company already boasts an impressive list of angel investors including Jan Erik Solem (founder Polar Rose and Mapillary), Hampus Jakobsson (founder TAT and Brisk), and Jeremy Yap (recently awarded best angel investor at The Europas) and now new VC BlueYard Capital has also become a backer.
London-basedPusher, the company powering The NY Times live election results and DraftKings fantasy scoring results, just raised $2.5 million to up its stakes further. The money came from SaaS Capital, which focuses on debt financing aimed at the Software as a Service (SaaS) space.
Sequoia-backed kids educational startupDuckDuckMooseis heading to Khan Academy, to add preschool learning to the non-profits digital education offerings. The startups 21 mobile apps aimed at children ages two and up are now available for free as a part of the move, which is not technically being considered an acquisition, due to the way the deal was funded.
French startup Molotov has been available in France for a couple of months already, and it is rolling out new platforms. After launching on the iPad, the Apple TV and computers, the company is launching its iPhone app.