Nightly April 10

  1. Sponsored Announcement: Red Dot Ventures is a seed-stage venture capital firm in Singapore. They are now looking for investment managers. Send your resume to Daryl at daryl[at]reddotventures[dot]com for more details. If you could, do mention that you saw this announcement first on Nightly! Thank you. 🙂
  2. Alibaba: Alibaba, a Chinese e-commerce group is spending $1 billion for a 20 per cent stake in a Chinese internet TV company. This is the second content company it is buying just before their IPO but the deal structure seems a bit dodgy.
  3. Apple: Apple is planning to expand and improve marketing efforts by partnering with four new digital ad agencies, including WPP’s AKQA, Interpublic Group’s Huge, Area 17, and Kettle, reports Ad Age.
  4. Apple: An analyst from KGI Securities shares his thoughts about Apple’s 2014 product roadmap. It seems that we can expect an iWatch (which will come in two sizes), a big screen iPhone, a revamped iPad Air, a 12.9-inch iPad Pro and an even cheaper iMac this year. It’s up to you to believe his prediction but he has quite a good track record.
  5. Buffer: Social media scheduling service Buffer has released the long awaited update to its iPhone app with an iOS 7 design. Best part: You can even check out sharing analytics within the app.
  6. Dropbox: The company announced a few updates today. Dropbox has launched Mailbox for Android and opened up beta invites for Mailbox for Mac. If you love treating your emails like todos, Mailbox might just be the solution. Dropbox has also launched a photo app Carousel, and the app organises files in a manner similar to Apple’s iOS 7 photos app. They also gave a preview of a new feature called “Project Harmony” which provides Dropbox users with new collaboration tools while they’re editing documents in Microsoft Office applications. The feature will only be launched later this year.
  7. Facebook: Fewer advertisements, everyone! You will soon be spotting fewer of those pesky notices on the right-hand column of your Facebook profile. However, the advertisements that do stick around will be getting bigger in size.
  8. Nikon: Nikon has released S810c, a COOLPIX S-series compact digital camera equipped with Android™ and Wi-Fi®. 12x optical zoom NIKKOR lens, 16.0-million pixels, 3.7 inch screen. Since it is powered by Android™, it will come along with all Google services.
  9. Quora: The geeks who created Q&A site Quora have just raised $80M led by Tiger Global. The site is now valued at $900M. How does Quora make money again? Well, no one knows.
  10. WordPress: Automattic, the company that operates the common blogging system WordPress, has acquired Longreads. No numbers given.

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