1. Yahoo had 18,594 government requests for data affecting 30,551 accounts in the first half of 2014: Ya hoo published its third global transparency report today, shedding light on the number of government requests it received for users’ data in the first half of 2014. Read more here.

2. Instagram Lets You #Selfielapse By Adding Front-Facing Camera Option To Hyperlapse: Instagram’s first update to its timelapse app Hyperlapse will let you create mini-travelogues of your face hurtling through the world. Hyperlapse now lets you capture timelapses with the front-facing camera to create what Instagram calls a #Selfielapse. The app also now supports iPhone 6 and 6 Plus screen sizes. Read more here.

3. Ello, Ello? New ‘No Ads’ Social Network Ello Is Blowing Up Right Now: In March a new social network launched promising the opposite business model to Facebook, i.e. not selling ads based on user data and instead relying on, perhaps, paid premium features to keep going. Ello then sunk without a trace until, in the last 24-48 hours or so, activity on the site completely blew up. Read more here.

4. SurveyMonkey Makes Its First Investment, Leads Mobile App CRM Solution Provider Apptentive’s $5.3M Series A: Apptentive, a company offering in-app feedback tools that allow developers to engage an app’s users, communicate directly, request reviews and more, has now closed on $5.3 million in Series A funding. Read more here.

5. Social Platform Hootsuite Adds $60M To Its Coffers, Buys Zeetl To Integrate Voice: Hootsuite, a platform that lets businesses and individuals monitor and manage social media interactions across some 35 different social networks, is stepping up its game with yet more funding and another acquisition. Read more here.

6. Eventbrite Now Has An All-In-One App For Event Organizers Called Neon: Eventbrite’s new Neon, launching in the app store today, combines the functionality of both its organizer side apps At the Door and Entry Manager into one single smartphone app. Read more here.

7. Facebook Is Partnering With Stripe to Power “Buy” Button: Facebook first began testing a “Buy” button within the News Feed in July, and payments startup Stripe has been tasked with powering the technology, Re/code has learned. Read more here.

8. Twitter to Launch Targeted Ads for Movies: The company is poised to begin beta testing on targeted ads for users who are passionate about movies, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively. And Twitter is touting it as a pain-free experience for studios. Read more here.

Prasant Naidu

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