This Week In Mobile: Pinterest Raises Another Huge Round, Twitter Officially Introduces The Mute Button & Flappy Bird to Return to the App Store in August
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Pinterest Raises Another Huge Round, Now Valued at $5 Billion
Pinterest raised another large funding round — its third in about 15 months — this one worth $200 million with a $5 billion valuation, according to a company spokesperson. The round, which was first reported by Read Write, includes a handful of existing investors like SV Angel, Bessemer Venture Partners, Fidelity, Andreessen Horowitz, FirstMark Capital, and Valiant Capital Partners via @Mashable
Instagram for iOS update removes the option to share likes and activity to Facebook
Facebook has issued an update for Instagram for iOS that is likely to cut down on the number of updates from the photo sharing app that appear on Facebook. That’s because the change in version 5.0.11 has removed the auto-sharing of activity to Facebook. Now users will only be able to share images deliberately to Facebook — using the the in-app share button — since “Instagram likes and activity will no longer be shared on Facebook” via @thenextweb
Microsoft Will Drop Xbox Live As A Requirement For Netflix, Hulu, Others
Microsoft has announced that Xbox Live Gold will no longer be required for Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Twitch, Redbox, and all of their other “entertainment” apps. It sounds like they’re keeping Gold around as a requirement for multiplayer, but streaming/multimedia apps will be free of extra feesvia @Techcrunch
Twitter Officially Introduces The Mute Button For Android, iPhone And Web
Twitter has officially announced “mute,” a new feature for its Android, iPhone and web clients that lets users selectively turn off the posts of certain users they follow, without unfollowing them. Muting the users will stop their posts from showing up in your timeline, including their own posts and native retweets, and it also means you won’t get push notifications or SMS notices from them. No one knows the mute is active except for you, and it’s reversible at any time via@Techcrunch
Flappy Bird to Return to the App Store in August, Will Be Multiplayer and ‘Less Addictive’
On Wednesday, Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen announced that they are planning to return Flappy Bird to the App Store in August in a new interview with CNBC’s Kelly Evans. According to Nguyen, the new version of Flappy Bird will be a multiplayer title that is “less addictive.” At the height of its popularity, the game was generating approximately $50,000 per day in revenue from in-app ads, causing a media frenzy via @MacRumors
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