1. Tinder Is Raising From Benchmark At A Valuation North Of $750 Million: Mobile dating app Tinder is in talks to raise a big round of funding from Benchmark, according to sources. We’ve heard the deal, which could still fall through due to complications around ownership structure of the company, would value the company north of $750 million and could reach up to $1 billion. Read more here.
2. Flight is Twitter’s first mobile developer conference, costs $140, takes place October 22 in San Francisco: Twitter today announced its first annual mobile developer conference. Called Twitter Flight, the event takes place on October 22 at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, and costs $140. Read more here.
3. Castround for Android lets you view tweets by location: If you’re a heavy Twitter user, you may well have noticed a shortcoming in the platform – it’s really hard to search for tweets according to where they originated. And that’s exactly the problem that Castround for Android has been designed to fix. Read more here.
4. Google Hangouts now offers free voice calls to numbers in the US and Canada: Earlier today, Google started offering Google Voice users the option to migrate their accounts to Hangouts. Now, we know the full extent of the update: As well as integrating Google Voice accounts, all Hangouts users (iOS, Android and Web) can now make voice-only calls to one another, as well as free calls to regular numbers in the US and Canada. Read more here.
5. Deezer announces US launch with new high-quality music streaming service: Deezer, the second-largest streaming music service in terms of paid subscribers, has announced its US debut with the upcoming launch of a new high-resolution subscription. Dubbed Deezer Elite, the premium offering works exclusively on Sonos systems and offers audio quality on par with CDs. Read more here.
6. It’s official: Rocket Internet is going public with a $970m IPO in Germany this year: Rocket Internet, the European incubator-cum-global-super-cloner, has confirmed rumors that it will list on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange before the end of the year. The Berlin-based company plans to raise €750 million, around $970 million, by offering primary-only capital — that means no existing shareholders will cash out. Read more here.
7. Microsoft gifts @messenger to Facebook as MSN Messenger retires: Microsoft’s MSN Messenger service, also known as Windows Live Messenger, is shutting down after 15 years, and the software maker is passing the torch to Facebook. In a brief tweet, Microsoft has revealed it’s gifting the @messenger Twitter account to Facebook later this month for the social network’s own Messenger service. Read more here.
8. Facebook tests Snapchat-like expiration dates for your posts: Facebook has begun testing a new feature for its iPhone app that lets users set new posts for deletion after a certain interval of time — anything from one hour to seven days. The Next Web spotted several users on Twitter who posted screenshots of the feature. Read more here.
9. Twitter seeks to borrow up to $1.5B in debt: Twitter is raising money — debt money — and is seeking between $1.3 billion and $1.5 billion, according to a filing to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and announcement from the company. Read more here.
10. Open Garden is using FireChat to build a network for the internet of things: Open Garden is teaming up with TrackR to connect its FireChat and bandwidth-sharing apps to TrackR’s smart tags. Why? A FireChat user may one day help locate your lost luggage. Read more here.
11. Twitter, Netflix and Reddit hold net neutrality protest: Twitter, Netflix and Reddit will take part in an “internet slowdown” protest in favour of net neutrality on Wednesday. Read more here.
12. “Internet Slowdown Day” sends over 111,000* new comments on net neutrality to FCC: Today, dozens of websites “slowed down” for a cause, collectively advocating against Open Internet rules proposed by the Federal Communication. Read more here.