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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Foursquare CEO Looks Beyond Mobile Handsets: Anywhere There’s A Screen, We Want To Be On It

dens-mwcGoogle has yet to release the Mirror API that will open Google Glass as a platform, but developers of some of the more popular mobile apps today are gearing up for when it will. Today, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Dennis Crowley, CEO of social location app Foursquare, highlighted Google’s new headgear as an example of how mobile screens are evolving. Later, he told TechCrunch that Foursquare is looking at how it can evolve along with that.

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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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Google’s Consolidated Privacy Policy Draws Fresh Fire In Europe

google privacyGoogle is facing a privacy policy probe in Europe. Last year it consolidated more than 60 separate product privacy notices into one unified policy. The move drew criticism from European privacy regulators — which last October called for Google to give users more control over their data. Today they said Google had failed to respond to their suggestions and would face fresh action.

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Affectiva Inks Deal With Ebuzzing Social To Integrate Face Tracking And Emotional Response Into Online Video Ad Analytics

Ebuzzing Social pop-upLast August, Affectiva, developer of a new way to track facial responses to online content, raised $12 million from KPCB, Horizon and others to take its tech to a wider market. Today comes one of the fruits of that effort: the company is announcing a deal with the Ebuzzing Social video advertising platform for the company to integrate Affectiva’s Affdex facial coding software into the Ebuzzing Social platform.

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Mobile Commerce On The Rise As Amazon AppStore Tops Nielsen’s List Of Fastest-Growing U.K. Android Apps

images-screenshots-captures-amazon-appstore-logo-21032011_00B4000000001978Google’s Android platform dominates the U.K.’s smartphone landscape — powering 54 per cent of the handsets in use at the end of 2012 (Kantar’s data). But what apps are U.K. Android owners spending increasing amounts of time on? Researcher Nielsen says Android app usage during May to October 2012 flags up growth in mobile shopping and commerce.

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YouTube Files Appeal Against Regulator In Russia Over Content Blocked By New Firewall

YouTube russia screen shotGoogle this week fired off one of the first high profile tests of Russia’s controversial new firewall — erected November 1, 2012 to block child porn, drugs and suicide content; but seen by critics as a route for the government to block whatever else it chooses. Google’s YouTube operation in Russia has filed an appeal against the Russian regulator for blocking YouTube content. The appeal, filed on February 11 by YouTube LLC, concerns the blacklisting of a video that showed how to apply Halloween makeup: because it shows how to make a wound, Roscomnadzor (Russia’s consumer watchdog) also deemed that it encouraged suicide and suicidal tendencies. The video is embedded below.

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Video Distribution Startup Rightster Buys Content Marketing Platform Preview Networks To Push Its YouTube Services Across Europe

rightster logoA spot of acquisition news in Europe’s digital video distribution space. Rightster, a U.K. video distribution and monetisation startup has made its first acquisition — buying European content marketing platform and movie trailer distributor, Preview Networks, for an undisclosed sum. Rightster said the acquisition will bolster its global YouTube Multi Channel Network footprint.

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With $360K From Fred Destin At Atlas And More, Timbre Takes Its Local Music Discovery App Global

Screen Shot 2013-02-07 at 11.59.06Timbre launched last September as a bootstrapped mobile iOS app to help people discover and share live music recommendations in their vicinity. The simple-but-engaging user interface and service proved to be a hit, and within two months, with no spend on media or marketing, it saw more than 100,000 downloads. That attention then brought something else: VCs, who came knocking on Boston-based developer Intrepid’s door. Today, with $360,000 in seed funding from Fred Destin at Atlas, Boston Seed Capital’s Nicole Stata and Bantam Group’s Joe Caruso, Timbre is opening up its app to work beyond the U.S. and in 34 countries, with more features to boot.

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