Carmel Ventures Raises $194M From Investors Including Baiduview story

http://techcrunch.com –  Israeli venture capital firm Carmel Ventures has closed its latest investment fund worth $194 million. Called Carmel Ventures IV, the fund’s investors include several major Chinese companies, including Baidu (the maker of China’s biggest search engine), mobile services provider Qihoo, and financial conglomerate Ping-An. Other investors include Horsley Bridge Partners. (IT news)

Groupon Goes After Yelp And Google With Millions Of Individual Business Pagesview story

http://techcrunch.com –  Groupon today took one more step ahead in its bid to be a simple daily deals site, and more of a general go-to place for local businesses and all of their e-commerce efforts: it has launched a new format and online presence called Pages. (IT news)

Uber’s Larger Vehicle Service — UberXL — Hits The Road In London And Manchesterview story

http://techcrunch.com –  Uber is beefing up its presence in the UK, quite literally, today, after it introduced UberXL — its large-seater car service — in London and Manchester. The service allows Uber customers to summon cars with up to six seats in London, while those in Manchester can order cars that hold up to eight people. Read More (IT news)

Travel Search Company Skyscanner Acquires Budapest-Based Mobile App Developer Distinctionview story

http://techcrunch.com –  Skyscanner, the travel search company headquartered in Edinburgh, Scotland (and a veteran of the space), is consolidating its mobile strategy today with the acquisition of Budapest-based app developer Distinction. Read More (IT news)

Retail Software Startup LightSpeed Now Caters For Restaurants After Buying Belgian Startup POSIOSview story

http://techcrunch.com –  LightSpeed, a Montreal-based startup that provides point-of-sale software for retailers, is expanding into the restaurant and hospitality industry. (IT news)

Xiaomi Is Moving International Users’ Data Out Of China Ahead Of Further Global Expansionsview story

http://techcrunch.com –  The past year has been an eventful one for Chinese phone-maker Xiaomi. (IT news)

Spot.IM Turns Any Site Into A Social Networkview story

http://techcrunch.com –  Facebook and Twitter are essential tools for social marketing, but user engagement on those networks doesn’t necessarily translate into more visitors to a site. Created by the founder of a former TechCrunch Disrupt winner, Spot.IM wants to solve that problem by making it possible to turn any site into a social network with two lines of code. (IT news)

Indonesian Marketplace Tokopedia Raises $100M From SoftBank and Sequoiaview story

http://techcrunch.com –  Tokopedia, an online marketplace in Indonesia, has raised an impressive $100 million round led by SoftBank Internet and Media (SIMI), with participation from Sequoia Capital and returning investor SB Pan Asia Fund. Read More (IT news)

Japan’s Rakuten Ramps Up Globally, Lauches Rakuten.co.uk And Drops Play.comview story

http://techcrunch.com –  Rakuten, Japan’s e-commerce powerhouse, is taking another step in its ambitions to be a global player on par with the likes of Amazon and Alibaba. (IT news)

iPad Air 2 Review: The Best Tablet Available, Now More Portable And Powerfulview story

http://techcrunch.com –  Apple’s latest iPad update includes a redesigned iPad Air, just one year after the device was first introduced. Typically, Apple keeps the outside case design on mobile gadgets around for two years before switching things up, so the new slimmer Air is a remarkable feat in terms of hardware engineering. The new iPad also now comes in a gold color option, and packs a better camera and&#8 (IT news)