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  • @OpenSignal's Android fragmentation report reveals over 18k hardware/OS version combinations; Samsung is the most popular brand & represents 43% of Android devices in use; Sony is 2nd w/ 4%; the figures are based on the last 682k devices to install the Open Signal app - Link

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  • India telecom co Altruist Group acquires voice-centric social network @bubblyapp; Bubbly prev raised $39M from @sequoia, @ComcastVentures, @singtelinnov8 & others; Bubbly claims 40M users for its voice-based social network & 140M for BubbleTalk, a voice SMS svc - Link

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  • Holtzbrinck Ventures exchanges shares in Rocket Internet companies for 2.5% of Rocket itself; the stock-for-stock deal was valued acc to recent funding rounds by Rocket companies; Rocket was recently valued @ ~$5.3B - Link

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  • @instagram announces 3 business tools for brands to build followers; Account insights lets users see how much their brand increases via impressions, reach, & engagement; Ad insights shows the performance analytics of paid campaigns; Ad staging lets advertisers & their creative team preview, save, & collaborate on campaigns - Link
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  • @Spotify rolls out Serendipity, a map that shows when 2 users start a song at the same time; it offers a visualization that shows where 2 users are listening to a song simultaneously, & the song plays in the background; it switches every few seconds; 'I’ve heard estimates that half a million people are in airplanes at any moment, forming a sort of city in the sky,' creator Kyle McDonald said. 'Maybe Serendipity shows a similar sort of never-ending worldwide music festival. I hope that when people watch it they feel something that reminds them of listening to music w/ friends & that they think about what music can do to connect people.' - Link
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