CashBet closes $1.7 million funding round for online gambling platform

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Real-money gambling company CashBet has announced the closure of a $1.7 million Angel Round of funding for its platform, which brings real-money online gambling to social and mobile games. The round was led by Fred Hsu and other private investors, and CashBet is currently preparing to seek additional investments from larger investment partners.

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Eat24 partnership adds food delivery services to Urbanspoon on mobile

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Food delivery platform Eat24 has announced a partnership with restaurant information company Urbanspoon, which will see Eat24’s food delivery services added to the Urbanspoon website and mobile app. The Eat24 integration is now live in New York, Los Angeles and Seattle, with plans to bring the technology to the rest of the country in the coming weeks.

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Adroit Digital: Over half of consumers plan to shop for Valentine’s Day gifts online or on mobile this year

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Advertising company Adroit Digital has released its latest report, analyzing the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday, and how mobile users plan to engage with their phones to research and buy presents online, and on their mobile smartphones and tablets.

The report targeted a random sample of US adults aged 18 or over, who own both a smartphone and a traditional computer. The study found 59 percent of consumers plan to purchase their Valentine’s Day gifts online this year, as opposed to heading out to stores.

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Digital circular shopping app Retale crosses one million downloads in first 78 days

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There’s still room for popular new shopping apps on mobile devices, as Bonial International Group’s Retale has reached over one million downloads in its first 78 days of availability. The app gives users a chance to browse weekly print circulars based on location, removing the need to buy the paper every Sunday.

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mobally releases mobile commerce platform API for rapid development of native retail apps

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Mobile commerce company mobally has announced the release of its mobile engagement shopping platform API, aimed at helping businesses quickly create and release native retail apps on mobile. The move should help developers and businesses capitalize on the growing number of mobile shoppers, as apps created with the platform can offer the same features as a desktop experience, but with on-the-go freedom.

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Placed report studies the use of smartphones when grocery shopping

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Analytics company Placed has released its newest report, measuring the growing use of smartphones while shopping, specifically when used by US mothers. The report gathered data from over 5,000 women, and found that 80 percent of respondents now use their smartphones to conduct “grocery shopping activities.”

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Mobile analytics company Mobidia studies mobile shopping habits through 2013

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A new report from mobile analytics company Mobidia and Yankee Group has analyzed mobile shopping over the course of 2013 and the recent holiday shopping season. The report shows 90 percent of consumers are interested in mobile coupons and shopping, with up to 66 percent of ‘advanced’ mobile consumers using their shopping apps to receive coupons, check product reviews, receive text offers, respond to daily deals and more.

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xAd: Mobile search activity 24% higher on Christmas Eve than Black Friday

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Mobile-location ad platform xAd has released its latest report on mobile usage, identifying a new trend called Mobile Eve, when retail related mobile search activity is at its highest. Mobile Eve is actually Christmas Eve, and, according to xAd, sees this search activity to be 24 percent greater than on even Black Friday.

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Boxed wholesale shopping app expands nationwide [Interview]

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After the release of Boxed on the East Coast of the US earlier this year, the wholesale shopping app has now expanded to cover the entire country. Formed by former executives from Zynga, Adap.tv and Flurry, Boxed brings its bulk-purchase shopping experience to users without the need for membership fees.

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MEF finds value of mobile purchases on the rise in Global Consumer Survey 2013

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Mobile commerce company MEF has released the findings of its third annual Global Consumer Survey, which measured mobile usage patterns across 13 countries and more than 10,000 consumers. The study found 65 percent of mobile users globally have purchased goods and/or services from their mobile device.

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