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Mobile communications company Viber acquired by Rakuten for $900m

Viber Media, Inc. is a messaging and Internet Protocol (IP) based telephone service that is accessible from popular mobile devices and smartphones vis-a-vis the Viber mobile app. The apps, once downloaded, allows people to dial landline/mobile phones Internationally over the phone’s wifi or data connection to strike conversations leveraging Viber’s high quality network. It’s customers…

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Wearable mobile device shipments in 2013 was dominated by heart rate & fitness monitoring

Wearable mobile device shipments in 2013 was dominated by heart rate & fitness monitoring utilities. The most popular device functionality is heart rate monitoring with close to 12 million devices shipped in 2013. These are primarily single function devices that communicate with nearby hubs such as smartphones or activity sports watches.

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Ignoring mobile will cost UK SMEs £77 billion in 2014

Hibu’s survey finds only ten per cent of UK small and medium-sized enterprises have mobile optimized websites that work with mobile devices naturally.

The research also found that SMEs value mobile optimization and know its growing. Survey respondents expect that transactions conducted on mobile devices will increase exponentially across all sales channels in 2014, exceeding £29 billion – a 10x increase over 2013.

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Vizrt showcases product to monetize mobile content at Mobile World Congress 2014

Vizrt’s Viz Engine and other products will help businesses deliver smarter workflows that effectively monetize mobile content. These mobile specific marketing solutions give content providers the flexibility, efficiency and complete control to deliver high-resolution content straight into the hands of the consumer.

A suite of products will be on display at this year’s Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona, Spain.

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Google and AOL funding Vungle an in-app mobile advertising exchange

Vungle, an in-app mobile video advertising platform secured $17 million in Series B funding led by Thomvest Ventures with participation from existing investors Crosslink Capital, Google Ventures, AOL Ventures, SoftTech VC, and Webb Investment Network.

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Yahoo! & Mocean Mobile launch programmatic mobile advertising

Mocean Mobile selects the Yahoo Ad Exchange to combine premium mobile inventory with real-time programmatic buying and precise targeting which will help advertisers grapple with the growing world of mobile.

According to recent research from eMarketer, programmatic advertising media buying is expected to account for nearly 30 percent of all display ad spending by 2017 or over $9 billion.

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Spotify tracks can now be mixed and DJ’d using Pacemaker for iPad

Millions of songs and mixing goes mass audience with Spotify which with Pacemaker for iPad enables tracks to be mixed and DJ’d.

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Paick’s ultra slim smartphone battery charger is shaped like mobile devices

Sleek was designed around the concept of a providing a slim portable charger with the same design aesthetics as a smartphone. Available in white gloss, Sleek achieves this goal with cellphone-like dimensions of 5.7” x 2.9” x ½” (147 x 76 x 13mm) and a light weight of just 5 ounces (150g), with a UV processed surface featuring advanced anti-scratch technology.

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Netflix captures 40% of UK over-the-top (OTT) market as global market goes $11billion

Netflix helped boost subscription services to nearly 40% of the UK OTT market. The worldwide over-the-top (OTT) video market reached nearly US$ 11B in 2013, of which Netflix is also a significant contributor in the North American and expanding Latin American markets. According to ABI Research’s findings, OTT revenue share will shift to TVOD (transactional video on demand) and advertising as new services emerge.

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Mobile device management company AirWatch acquired by VMware

Mobile device management company AirWatch acquired by VMware. Shares of BlackBerry, which competes with AirWatch in mobile device management, jump 8% after VMware announces deal.