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Month: July 2012

TC Disrupt Finalist Tonara Raises $4M Series A Round, Expands Its Interactive Sheet Music Catalog

Tonara, the interactive sheet music app for iPad that listens to you as you play a score and automatically turns the page for you, just announced that it has raised a $4 million Series A round led by Carmel Ventures, with follow-on investments from existing seed investors including Index Ventures, Lool Ventures, Eilon Tirosh, Rami Lipman and other angel participants.The company says that it plans to use this new round, which follows a $750,000 seed round last year, to “invest in ongoing technology innovation, secure additional partnerships with sheet music publishers, and pursue strategic marketing initiatives.” Tonara was one of the finalists at last year’s TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco and Randi Zuckerberg surprised the audience with a vocal performance during the company’s Battlefield presentation. Coming Soon To Tonara: Adele, Usher, The Beatles The company also today announced a partnership with print music publishing giant Hal Leonard. Hal Leonard is not exactly a household name in the tech world, but the company currently offers about 200,000 publications and products. Thanks to this new partnership, Tonara can now start rolling out music from popular artists under the Universal, Sony and EMI labels. This, according to Tonara, means that its users will soon be able to purchase sheet music for songs from Adele, Usher and the Beatles in the app. The service currently offers a number of free scores and charges...

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Bizzabo Secures $1.5 Million To Ramp Up Its Social Conference App

Bizzabo, which provides a free self-service platform for event/conference organisers and a free app for attendees on iPhone and Android, has secured $1.5 million in funding to open a U.S. presence, hire and expand. Investors include Israeli figures such as Kaedan Capital Group; Gigi Levy; Prof. Yair Tauman; the AfterDox angels group and additional American and European angel investors. Pre-seed round investors (all Angels) also participated in the current round. Founded in 2011 by Eran Ben Shushan, Alon Alroy and Boaz Katz, Bizzabo faces a crowded arena. There’s (deep breath) CrowdVine, Presdo, Oleapark, Shpare, Schmooze, Eventasaur, Omyconf, and to some extent Lanyrd in this space, as well as location-based networking apps like Highlig.ht, Sonar, Ban.jo and Intro. However, we’ve been impressed by Bizzabo’s interface and execution thus far. It’s also entirely free to organisers and attendees, and ticks a bunch of boxes for events. Conferences that have used the app so far include the high-end MLOVE ConFestival in Berlin, VC conference NOAH, and in-house events by Qualcomm. With Bizzabo, an event organiser can create an instant mobile social network for attendees prior to the event date. They enter the agenda and speaker profiles of their event and update information live, with the ability to push-notify changes to the event – a really important features which conference organisers and attendees will find way more useful than the paper based schedules...

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Yandex Q2 Earnings: Revenues $207.2M Up 50%, Net Income $68.4M Up 76%, Search Share Upwards Too

Yandex, Russia’s biggest search company, has posted Q2 earnings, with revenues up 50% over the same quarter in the previous year to $207.2 million, and net income up 76% to $68.4 million. And as impressive as the numbers sound, the results were shy of analyst expectations: on average analysts expected revenues of $207.70 million. Better news comes in the company’s share of the russian search market: 60.4% in Q2 2012, says Yandex, citing LiveInternet. As we’ve previously noted, this has been a concern with heavy competition from Google and other. This appears to be up from the previous quarter (59%), although not back to the high 60s it was at last year. Search queries are also up, growing 30% from Q2 2011, while the company has increased the number of advertisers to more than 193,000, up 34% from Q2 2011 and up 8% from Q1 2012. Updating… YANDEX Yandex is an internet technologies company that operates in Russia, CIS and Turkey. It is the largest Russian and fifth-largest world internet search engine. Yandex is an acronym for the phrase Yet Another Indexer. As of December 2011, Yandex had 60.9% of the Russian search market (source: LiveInternet.ru). Yandex™s mission is to give the answer to the user anytime and anywhere. Company provides its services for desktop and mobile users and develops embedded solutions as well. The company specializes on highly-targeted sophisticated…...

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F.C.R.B x mastermind JAPAN 2012 Fall/Winter Capsule Collection

The elusive and highly coveted F.C.R.B. or conceptual F.C. Real Bristol brand prepares to unleash its 2012 fall/winter collection this August 4. Brainchild of SOPHNET. and produced by Nike, the soccer-inspired line of black jackets, black camo jerseys and skull-festooned shirts, shorts and pants will debut at SOPH.TOKYO this Saturday. We particularly like the black jacquard accents and imitative “Bristol”/skull supporter towel muffler. In anticipation of the mad thronging crowds who will be storming the shop on that day, a lottery will be conducted. If you’re in Tokyo and want a piece of this, be early and bring some I.D. Article source:...

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Haze 2012 Olympics Installation @ Nike 21 Mercer St.

The Nike store at 21 Mercer Street in New York City is home to a new installation from street artist Eric Haze. Developed closely with Nike in honor of Team USA competing at the 2012 Olympic games in London, the project is comprised of a grid of individual monochromatic pieces that make up the overall configuration of stars and stripes — Haze’s own re-tooling of the American flag concept. You can check out the mural at the 21 Mercer St. Nike store in Soho, or head over to 12ozProphet to see the full photoset. Article source:...

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