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Twitter explored buying India’s ShareChat and turning Moj into a global TikTok rival

Twitter recently held talks to acquire Indian social media startup ShareChat as the company explored ways to expand its presence in the world’s second largest internet market and build a global rival to TikTok, three sources familiar with the matter told TechCrunch. The American firm, which is already an , offered to buy the Indian startup for $1.1 billion and had committed an additional investment of $900 million, two of the sources said. The talks are no longer ongoing, two sources said, requ...
Tags: Google, Social, Facebook, Apps, Asia, Twitter, Instagram, Tinder, India, Tech, Match, MoJ, Match Group, Blume Ventures, Appannie, Snap

Face to Face, Tinder’s opt-in video chat feature, is now rolling out globally

Tinder, currently the world’s biggest biggest dating app for people to find matches and connect with them, is expanding another feature today to extend the time people spend in the app, and the communications they can have within it. Face to Face, an opt-in-only feature that Tinder launched earlier this year that lets users video chat with each other without exchanging personal information and only when they’re facing the cam, is now expanding globally, perhaps a timely move in a moment when man...
Tags: TC, US, Tech, Appannie, Rory Kozoll Head, Safety Product at Tinder, Photo Verification Safety Center

India’s ShareChat raises $40 million, says its short-video platform Moj now reaches 80 million users

an Indian social network that focuses entirely on serving users in non-English languages, said on Thursday it has raised $40 million from a clutch of investors after the Indian startup added tens of millions of new users in recent months. The five-year-old Bangalore-based startup said Dr. Pawan Munjal, chief executive and chairman of giant two-wheeler manufacturer Hero MotoCorp, Ajay Shridhar Shriram, chairman of chemical manufacturing company DCM Shriram, and existing investors Twitter, SA...
Tags: Social, Apps, Asia, Twitter, Instagram, India, Funding, Tech, Beijing, New Delhi, MoJ, Bangalore, Sdk, Lightspeed Ventures, Times Internet, Appannie

The CEO of App Annie, one of Silicon Valley's most popular app data platforms, explains how it completely revamped its culture as it prepares to be IPO-ready

App Annie, the $468 million mobile app data analytics startup, is preparing to be IPO-ready, making a play at M&A, private equity or going public in the next two to three years, says Ted Krantz, CEO of App Annie. App Annie, which is often cited in Apple's announcements, has grown quickly, but the biggest challenge has been the company culture, Krantz says. Krantz explains how the company worked to revamp its culture and raise employee engagement in the past few months. Before taking the re...
Tags: Apple, Google, China, Trends, Silicon Valley, Annie, Oracle, Sap, Golden State Warriors, App Annie, Appannie, McDermott, Bertrand Schmitt, Schmitt, Krantz, Bill McDermott

Telegram says Apple has prevented updates on iOS since mid-April, app missed GDPR deadline

Encrypted messaging app Telegram is feeling the squeeze out of Russia, where regulators are not letting up in their ongoing attempts to block the app because its publishers refuse to provide regulators with access to messages on the platform. Pavel Durov has announced that Telegram’s app for iOS is having issues with certain features like stickers after the iOS 11.4 update this week. Updates to the app are being prevented globally, he said, by Apple after the Russian regulator ordered Apple to r...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Social, TC, Europe, Government, Russia, Tech, Eu, Policy, Play Store, App Store, Telegram, Pavel Durov, Appannie

Tiny startup has been acquired by Chinese travel giant Ctrip – a move that could shake up the travel industry (CTRP)

In a move that sends a subtle signal to US travel titans Expedia and Priceline, Chinese travel giant Ctrip has bought a tiny US startup called was founded in 2010 by former Myspace exec Travis Katz and employs 25 people in Palo Alto, California. The purchase indicates the global ambitions of Ctrip to move into Western markets. Chinese travel giant Ctrip has made an interesting step into the US travel market by buying a small Palo Alto, California, startup known as
Tags: Asia, Europe, Scotland, China, US, Trends, Williams, Fda, Cnbc, Ctrip, Expedia, Skyscanner, Priceline, Opentable, Homeaway, Appannie

What you need to know in advertising today

Facebook's  main source of revenue, selling advertisements on its platforms, has come under intense scrutiny lately due to  alleged election influence  exerted by Russia through the company's platform. But, while not great for Facebook's public image, it doesn't seem to have put a dent in the company's business, according to Credit Suisse analyst Stephen Ju. To read more about how Facebook is making more money on targeted ads than ever,   In other news: A leading digital-ad trading group is tr...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Google Play, Facebook, Washington, Russia, New York City, US, NFL, Trends, Pandora, Credit Suisse, Harvey Weinstein, Alibaba, Starbucks, Wall Street Journal

The explosive growth of Alibaba's digital shopping app should worry Amazon

Amazon may be the undisputed king of digital retail, but a challenger is quickly rising up the ranks.  Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba is fast gaining a foothold, with its western-facing shopping app AliExpress witnessing explosive growth over the past one year. The app has grown 80% year-over-year between 2016 and 2017, according to app market data research company AppAnnie, from 28 million to 50 million iOS and Google Play downloads worldwide.  AliExpress also appears in the top five apps bas...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Etsy, Germany, US, Trends, Turkey, Alibaba, Tencent, Amazon Prime Now, WPP, Appannie, Groupm, Martin Sorrell, Ken Auletta, Google Facebook and Amazon

App Annie’s AppScotch Founders Launch with $2M in Funding Launches with $2M in Funding to Take the Grunt Work out of User Acquisition Former AppScotch founders’ newest venture is already working with IGG, TextNow and more San Francisco, CA – The founders of mobile marketing company AppScotch, acquired by AppAnnie, launched their newest venture, The company has created the first centralized platform […] The post App Annie’s AppScotch Founders Launch with $2M in Funding appeared first on Ad Tech Daily.
Tags: Advertising, Mobile Marketing, Press Releases, Mobile Advertising, App Annie, User Acquisition, Appannie, San Francisco CA, Ad & Media Strategies, AppScotch,, AppScotch Founders Launch Acquired seals $2 mln

Foster City, California-based, a platform that manages user acquisition across channels like Snapchat and AdColony, has secured $2 million in funding. The backers included Jonathan Zweig, founder of AdColony and John Zdanowski, former CFO of Linden Lab. PRESS RELEASE June 27, 2017 – San Francisco, CA – The founders of mobile marketing company AppScotch, acquired by AppAnnie, today launched their newest venture, The company has created the first centralized platform to ma...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Trends, Appannie, San Francisco CA, UA, Linden Lab, Global Operations, Foster City California, VC Deals, AppScotch, Andrey Kazakov, Max Gannutin, Mark Zhang, Jonathan Zweig, Adcolony

First Look: Guts The Grunt Work out of User Acquisition

The founders of mobile marketing company AppScotch, acquired by AppAnnie, today launched their newest venture, “The company has created the first centralized platform to manage user acquisition across dozens of channels like Snapchat, AdColony, Chartboost, and others,” the official word reads. “Initial customers include IGG, the company behind Lords Mobile, and TextNow, the popular messaging app.” has raised $2 million in funding from investors, many in the mobile gaming...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Apps, Marketing, Mobile Marketing, Marketing Strategy, Mobile Apps, App Annie, Appannie, UA, Linden Lab, AppScotch, Andrey Kazakov, Jonathan Zweig, Lords Mobile, John Zdanowski

Ad Revenue Attribution for Mobile Publishers

App Annie's recent App Monetization Report forecasted that in-app advertising revenue will reach over $50 billion this year and will grow to nearly $120 billion by 2020.   SUBSCRIBE to Website Magazine & Accelerate 'Net Success As such, proper ad revenue attribution will be of increasing importance in the future,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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Following The Launch Of Its Ad-Free Tier, Hulu Breaks Into The Top 10 Apps By Revenue

 Following a number of big moves to attract subscribers and grow its revenue, including a deal with Epix films and the introduction of a commercial-free paid tier to its service, streaming service Hulu has managed to shoot up the ranks on a number of app store charts this past month. It reached No. 8 on the worldwide iOS Top Revenue chart for October and No. 10 on the worldwide Top Revenue… Read More
Tags: TC, Mobile, Apps, Hulu, Appannie, Epix