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  • Apple acquires 'Pandora for books' startup @BookLamp, @TechCrunch reports; the deal was 'higher than $10M, & lower than $15M'; BookLamp offered the Book Genome Project, a platform for users to find books based upon natural language analysis of other books; Apple reportedly looks to boost its e-book service through the deal - Link
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  • @Amazon launches a short-form video site for product sales, Video Shorts; the site features 100K free clips like actor interviews, video game trailers, & more to drive e-commerce sales & generate incremental revenue via video ads - Link
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  • @YouTube marketing platform @famebit raises $1.4M led by @ScienceInc, @500Startups, DeNA, & Allen DeBevoise; FameBit offers a platform for YouTube creators to find brands to promote in videos; the site doesn't require rights to work once users sign up or hold creators to contracts - Link
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  • Alibaba should buy @Yahoo, acc to shareholder @ericjackson, owner of @IronfireCapital, @VentureBeat reports; Jackson states that a deal could save Alibaba billions if Jack Ma bought Yahoo as a 'tax-free way' of regaining shares; 'In my case, what’s unique about Yahoo is that the stock has more than doubled since Marissa Mayer came aboard. The argument I made was that there would be more value for Yahoo if Alibaba or Softbank bought Yahoo,' Jackson said. - Link
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  • The @TeslaMotors Model S doesn't feature onboard navigation in China, @Engadget reports; China's 'aversion' to @Google prevents the automaker from employing its map system; Tesla is reportedly working on a solution that incorporates Chinese voice & text recognition - Link
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