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Andrew James

  1. Dhingana Hits 100M Minutes of Streaming Music Every Month

    Dhingana is a music service that specifically targets the enormous quantity of Indian music lovers online through a streaming service that has stats comparable to Spotify or Pandora. For Indian music that plays such an important part in the culture of over 1.2 billion people, it’s surprising that it’s an issue that has barely been tackled online. “Dhingana is one of the largest on-demand Indian streaming music services today, on Web and mobile,” says co-founder Snehal Shinde, adding “We are streaming almost 100 million minutes of music every month.”

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  2. Mile High Organics Raises $1.2M to Reinvigorate Online Groceries

    Ever since the days of Webvan and HomeGrocer, the tech industry has been sheepish around online grocers. Webvan was an online grocery delivery service that spent over $500 million in the 12 months before bottomed out in 2001, likewise HomeGrocer spent equity to build out a distribution service before it had the scale to support it. Now, offering razor blades, ties, subscription gifts... anything is fine, yet groceries have remained an investment red light. But the time for online grocers seems ripe, says Michael Joseph, the co-founder of Mile High Organics, an organic grocer and flower delivery service that just raised $1.2 million on AngelList from individual investors lead by Alex Khein as well as 500 Startups and TA Ventures in Kiev.

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  3. Twitter: Now With More Impending Doom

    Twitter’s latest API update has shown one thing – for a communications company, Twitter doesn’t know how to speak to its users. The changes should be relatively trivial to the average daily user, but they've been interpreted as an all out poisoning of its developer ecosystem. But are developers really worried?

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  4. HearPlanet: Your Personalized Tour Guide to the Sound of the City

    Aimlessly wandering through an unknown city is probably one of the best ways to discover what it has to offer – that, or to get mugged. It also cuts off the annoyance of having to schedule tour guides that work on their own schedule – usually ones that involve early mornings – or may not coincide with your plans.

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  5. Good News, Ben Lerer: You Can Have Your Man-Child

    Ben Lerer expressed a desire to adopt a child tonight – under the stipulation that his child is older. Much older. As in older than himself. "I'm going to adopt kids who are significantly older than me," says Lerer, "I don't know what the laws are around this, but I'm going to make an attempt to get myself an older kid." He's hoping for someone that can do the dishes and walk the dog, maybe clean up around the house in return for his affections, or even maybe buy the first round of beers. Ben asked the audience at Bennett Studio, if he could actually adopt an adult as his child. We looked into it and, yes Ben, you can.

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  6. FTW Launches to Solve Gamers' Rage Issues

    There’s only been one time that I truly feared for my life. A female friend had fostered a minor obsession with an certain zombie-related iPhone game. That was fine. She had played for hours, possibly days' worth. Then her phone crashed. She lost everything, all her contacts and information on the phone – but the time she lost on the game, which she couldn't recoup, seemed to be the worst for her. This usually level headed friend condensed into a flaming ball of rage. Her iPhone was sent flying, unintelligible profanities yelled with abandon. It was unbridled fury. There was no way to get back the days of play she had put into the game, no way to recoup the time she had invested in the game. She was pissed. I was nervously laughing.

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  7. ClassDojo Raises $1.6M, Announces Upcoming iPhone and iPad Apps

    ClassDojo launched last September as a way for teachers to take control of their classrooms. Their focus is on handling the behavioural management side through a point system, so the teacher can focus on eduction. The site just launched out of beta today and as well as announcing upcoming iPhone and iPad applications, they're also finally announcing $1.6 million in funding that they raised back in January from Ron Conway, Jeff Clavier, Paul Graham as well as several education-related funds.

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  8. biNu Raises $2M, Gives 3G Speeds to 2G Feature Phones

    biNu is actively playing an important part in emerging markets. The company has managed the impossible feat of making social media sites, like Facebook and Twitter, as fast on any Java-running 2G feature phone as on a 3G smartphone. As well, it’s just as interactive. While the average iPhone toter may not be among their target market, biNu manages to pull in over four million monthly active users, specifically targeting developing nations. Today biNu announces their $2 million in Series A funding from Eric Schmidt’s Tomorrow Ventures, as well as Australian investor, Paul Bassat among several others. They've focused on acquiring investors with a strong social objective and want to actually make a difference.

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