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Twitter net loss narrows but user base remains the same

Twitter posted a Q4 2015 net loss of $90 million, down from $125 million a year ago, but for the first time since its launch ten years ago, its user growth did not budge from the previous quarter.

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Viacom, Snapchat ink global partnership

Viacom now has the rights to sell Shapchat’s US owned and operated advertising inventory, as the two extend their partnership.

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Opera intros Android apps subscription service

UPDATED 10/2: Norway-based software company Opera launched a “Netflix-style” subscription service for premium Android apps …

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App economy unbalanced in favour of US, reveals study

Eighty one per cent of developers around the world are located in high income countries, with the US being the dominant producer of apps, according to a study by UK-based think tank Caribou Digital, which aims to highlight the app economy’s “unbalanced nature”.

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Google pulls ad blocking app for Samsung browser

Google pulled Adblock Fast from the PlayStore, an app that lets users block ads on Samsung’s internet browser, using the smartphone maker’s recently announced official ad blocking API, according to reports.

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Deezer to come preloaded on Honor smartphones

Music streaming service Deezer will now come preloaded on Huawei’s honor smartphones in Europe, Latin America, Middle East, North Africa, Russia and South East Asia.

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GungHo and Gameloft ink games partnership

Two game developers, Gameloft from France and Japan’s GungHo Online Entertainment, have partnered up to “cooperate in the creation and distribution of high quality mobile games as well as in various areas of the digital entertainment industry.”

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Atom Tickets raises $50M

Atom Tickets, a theatrical ticketing iOS and Android app, raised $50 million in a Series B round, with investors including Disney and 20th Century Fox.

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Microsoft acquires keyboard app maker SwiftKey

Microsoft is set to buy SwiftKey, the company behind a keyboard app with predictive technology.

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Facebook to shut down developer platform Parse next year

Facebook is planning to wind down its app developing platform Parse, which it bought for a reported $85 million back in 2013, and will fully shut it down in January next year.