Songdrop Is A Delicious For Music That Lives Outside Of Paywalls

9bf8aaa11a09e7ef24afea51677fe450With competitors such as Ex.fm and Whyd, it may not be the most original idea, but newly-launched Songdrop — which is perhaps best described as a ‘Delicious for music’ — is a fun and well designed take on solving the music discovery and sharing problem, at least for music fans that live outside of the paywalls of services such as Spotify.

Today the company is announcing its first round of funding. SOIC Capital, a seed and early-stage fund that largely focuses on social fashion and music startups, has invested £100,000 (~$150k) in the burgeoning London-based company.

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Old Media, Meet New: European Publisher Axel Springer Acquires Second Screen App TunedIn

TunedIn Logo 2013TunedIn Media, the German company behind the second screen “social TV’ app TunedIn, has been acquired by European publishing giant Axel Springer. The amount isn’t being disclosed, so it’s unlikely to be a home run for the burgeoning startup, while the two companies had already been working together through support from Axel Springer’s innovation department and the licensing of the publisher’s EPG, which is currently used to power TunedIn’s TV guide.

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We Dare You To Fund Us: Venista Ventures, Eierfabrik Invest In Mobile Challenge App Klash

mzl.wbhizpie.320x480-75Klash, the mobile app that lets you challenge and dare friends to do things for the fun of it, has raised a “lower 6 digits” seed round from Cologne, Germany-based incubator Venista Ventures, and ‘pre-seed’ fund Eierfabrik. The funding also coincides with Klash rolling out a new version of its iOS app that adds the ability to create an animated GIF as proof that a particular dare or challenge was carried out.

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Would Love 2 Emerges To Give Facebook ‘Dating’ App Bang With Friends Some European Competition

Screen Shot 2013-02-05 at 12.04.43Well that was quick. Bang With Friends, the controversial Facebook app that lets you privately nominate who in your friends network you want to hook up with and alerts you if they feel the same, has got itself some competition. Would Love 2 has emerged with a similar proposition: After downloading the iOS app, you select who you’d like to date from your Facebook contacts and add your selection to the app’s ‘locker. This information is then kept private until such time when the recipient of your undeclared admiration puts you in their ‘locker’, at which point the app declares a match and sends you both an iOS notification. What you do with that information is up to you, of course, although undoubtedly there are a number of ephemeral messaging apps that can help with that, too.

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Fanatix Hits 500K Downloads, Launches Portuguese Version Of Its ‘Mobile-First’ Social Network For Sports Fans

mzl.yvptepaj.320x480-75In a quintessentially European move, Fanatix, the iOS-based second screen app and wider ‘mobile-first’ social network for sports fans, has released a Portuguese-language version in partnership with Sportinveste Multimédia — a joint venture between Sportinveste and Portugal Telecom which owns the digital media rights the Liga Portuguesa soccer league.

The deal also comes hot on the heels of the UK startup releasing some encouraging numbers: It’s hit the 500,000 download mark, up from 250,000 downloads as reported in late October last year.

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Fanatix Hits 500K Downloads, Launches Portuguese Version Of Its ‘Mobile-First’ Social Network For Sports Fans

mzl.yvptepaj.320x480-75In a quintessentially European move, Fanatix, the iOS-based second screen app and wider ‘mobile-first’ social network for sports fans, has released a Portuguese-language version in partnership with Sportinveste Multimédia — a joint venture between Sportinveste and Portugal Telecom which owns the digital media rights the Liga Portuguesa soccer league.

The deal also comes hot on the heels of the UK startup releasing some encouraging numbers: It’s hit the 500,000 download mark, up from 250,000 downloads as reported in late October last year.

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Spraffl Launches As An Anonymous, Location-Based ‘Social Experiment’

mzl.xtarktil.320x480-75Spraffl is a new iOS app that’s attempting to buck the trend of real name policy, or even semi-identifiable pseudonyms, in favour of an entirely anonymous social network, tied to a user’s location. I say social network, when in actual fact the UK startup is dubbing the app a ‘social experiment’, and in some ways the concept is reminiscent of the anarchic and experimental element of the Internet of yesteryear. And that may be both its appeal and its ultimate downfall.

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Is There Room Left In The Social Messaging Market? Youth-Oriented Jongla Launches On iOS, Android

unnamed-1WhatsApp, Viber, Yuilop, Facebook Messenger/Poke, Snapchat, and many, many others — the list of apps in the mobile social messaging space seems endless. But Finland’s Jongla thinks there’s room for one more. The company, whose legacy is in apps for feature phones, has re-booted with the launch of a youth-oriented and free social messaging app for iOS and Android (along with a HTML5 version), believing that the key to cutting through a noisy marketplace is personalisation. In version one of the app, this manifests itself through the ability to send animated virtual stickers, a fun and beefed up form of emoticons, which is also how the company plans to make money.

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Owned It Wants To Turn The Order Confirmation Page Into A Social Commerce Opportunity

224188v2-max-250x250The humble order confirmation page is a wasted opportunity. Or so says Owned it, a new social commerce platform which aims to help retailers increase referrals and conversions by offering customers incentives for sharing their purchases (and any related offers) via social media, post-checkout. Prior to today, the UK startup has been operating somewhat stealthily, although it claims to be already working with merchants from 18 different countries in the consumer electronics, gadgets, gifts and fashion space.

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Shpock Sees 120K Downloads, 60K Items Listed As Competitors Start Their Photocopiers

shpock_discover_02Shpock, the local classified mobile app (or flee market in your pocket) is reporting some decent progress today. Three and a half months after launch, the iOS and Android app has seen 120,000 downloads, and 60,000 items listed in its marketplace; up from 10,000 downloads, and 3,000 items listed last November. That’s probably testament to the simple solution that Shpock provides and the high quality design of the app itself. But with that simplicity comes low barriers to entry — so it’s not surprising that Finderly, the Austrian startup behind the app, is bracing itself for plenty of European competition, with co-founder and CEO Armin Strbac noting that he’s already seen ads on Odesk looking for developers to “copy” Shpock.

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