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1.5m downloads so far for Filter Squad’s Discovr apps

Australian startup Filter Squad says its Discovr apps have been downloaded 1.5m times in their first year on the App Store. Interestingly, Discovr's biggest market is Japan, which accounted for 28.2% of sales, ahead of the...
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NPD predicts tablets boom in emerging markets

NPD Group has published its latest predictions for sales of tablet devices. It thinks 72.7m units shipped globally in 2011, and that this will rise to 383.3m by 2017.
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RIM hits back at claims it’s ‘under siege’ in Europe

A new report from GfK suggests thatBlackBerry was the best-selling smartphone in the UK in 2011, taking a 27.7% share of new sales. Read More
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Broadband households showing a growing appetite for social networking

50% of broadband homes worldwide are estimated to utilise some form of networking technology on a day-to-day basis: of the 600mn global broadband homes at the end of 2011, around 400mn were thought to have deployed home networking...
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3m paying subscribers for Spotify as conversion rate tops 20%

Spotify's Ken Parks announced that the streaming service now has 3m paying subscribers: up from 2.5m a month and a half ago. Spotify has also confirmed that its ratio of paying subscribers to active users is now above the...
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955 Dreams raises $3.25m and launches Band Of The Day for iPad

Californian app developer 955 Dreams has raised $3.25m of seed funding from investors including 500 Startups, m8 Capital (both leading the round) and Kapor Capital, Felicis Ventures and CrunchFund.
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Murfie raises $1.4m to rip CDs and sell the downloads

E-commerce site Murfie has raised $1.4m in funding for its site which sells digital downloads ripped from physical CDs.
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Nokia sold `well over’ 1m Lumia Windows Phones in Q4 2011

Nokia is past the 1m sales mark for its first Lumia Windows Phones, the company announced yesterday as part of its latest quarterly financial results.
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Samsung posts record profit but smartphone numbers unclear

Samsung announced its own quarterly financials yesterday, reporting a record operating profit of $4.7bn for Q4 based on revenues of $42bn - up 13% year-on-year.
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Rhapsody buys Napster’s UK and German services

Subscription music service Rhapsody is expanding into Europe, having just announced its acquisition of Napster International. Read More
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Aspiro bags new WiMP deal with Dutch ISP Ziggo

Aspiro has announced a new partnership for its WiMP streaming music service in the Netherlands. ISP Ziggo will be offering WiMP to its customers, although the exact details have yet to be announced.
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Brit Awards reveal early app and social media numbers

The Brit Awards official iPhone app was downloaded more than 12,000 times in its first week on the App Store, with 95% of those people taking advantage of the feature to vote for a few categories. The press release says that...