1. Twitter is rolling out its Tweet Activity dashboard to all users: Twitter has begun opening up its new Tweet Activity dashboard to all users. An update to a support article shows that the dashboard is currently available to English, French, Japanese and Spanish users who have had an account for at least 14 days, and it will roll out to everyone soon. Read more here.

2. Alibaba’s payments app will soon look a lot more like an e-commerce store: Payments is a natural extension of e-commerce, and now Alibaba is pushing mobile shopping to users of its payments service Alipay by letting retailers create online storefronts within Alipay Wallet, the e-payment app relaunched last year to handle online-to-offline payments. Read more here.

3. User-Generated Content Portal Wikia Raises Another $15M To Crack Into Asia: Wikia, the user-generated publishing site started by Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, is today announcing a $15 million round of funding to crack into Japan and other Asian markets. As with Wikia’s previous rounds, this Series D comes from a pretty high-profile list of backers. Read more here.

4. Messaging App Tango Expands Its Channels Program With BuzzFeed And Other New Publishers: Mobile messaging company Tango is announcing some new additions to its Channels program for publishers and brands, including BuzzFeed and Vimeo. Read more here.

5. Kato.im Launches Kato Teams, A Free Chat Platform for Businesses: There’s a lot of Alt + Tab (or if you’re on a Mac: Command + Tab) going on when we work, and it can sometimes be overwhelming. Kato.im, a team chat service, launched Kato Teams today, a free chat platform for businesses. Read more here.

6. Facebook Turns On “Bandwidth Targeting” To Match Mobile Ads To Your Network Quality: To help boost the ratio in emerging, rapidly expanding markets, where mobile devices are the primary means for going online, today Facebook said it would turn on a new piece of ad tech called bandwidth targeting: bandwidth targeting will give advertisers the ability to send ads based on the quality of a user’s network connection, moderating type of ad to whether a user is on a 2G, 3G or 4G / faster connection. Read more here.

7. In raising cash, Square heads for $6B valuation: Sources: Square, the payments provider that turns any smartphone into a credit card terminal, is in the process of raising capital at a $6 billion valuation, according to sources familiar with the matter. Read more here.

 

Prasant Naidu

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