Line, The Messaging App That Took Japan By Storm, Crosses 100M Users And Enters The U.S.view story

http://techcrunch.com – Line, a messaging app made by South Korea’s Naver Corp. that took off in Japan, just crossed 100 million users globally 19 months after it originally launched. The app is one of the leading contenders in smartphone messaging in Asia and faces off against Tencent’s WeChat and KakaoTalk. (IT news)

New Samsung Galaxy Note II colors introducedview story

http://www.talkandroid.com – Samsung has started advertising two new colors for their monster smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy Note II, in the South Korean market. Samsung seems to be fond of producing different color choices for their devices as the life cycle progresses. (IT news)

Mobile Ad Revenues Will Top $11.4 Billion In 2013, Up 19% On 2012. India, China And Display Fuelling The Boostview story

http://techcrunch.com – The growing popularity of free mobile content — largely in the form of apps — is having a big impact on mobile advertising, the route that many developers and publishers are taking to monetize that content. (IT news)

Apple’s Chinese Web Store Adds Credit Facility As iPhone-Maker Battles Cheap Androidsview story

http://techcrunch.com – Apple has started offering users of its Chinese online store the option to buy devices on credit. The option to pay in interest-free monthly installments is detailed on this page of Apple’s Chinese web store. (IT news)

White House Responds To Death Star Petition: Obama “Does Not Support Blowing Up Planets”view story

http://techcrunch.com – I love the Internet so much. America’s netizens have demanded that President Obama consider building the legendary Star Wars Death Star and the White House has responded. Not surprising, they have thoughtfully rejected the request, claiming it would cost an estimated $850,000,000,000,000,000 and that “the Administration does not support blowing up planets”. (IT news)

Distribution Watch: Ingram Micro, Carolina Wholesaleview story

http://www.thevarguy.com – Happy Friday, and welcome to this week’s Distribution Watch, our weekly peek at goings on in the disty world. This week we’ve got news from Ingram Micro Inc. (NYSE: IM) and Carolina Wholesale, so grab your binoculars and focus, please. Ingram Micro: The distribution giant has expanded its U.S. (IT news)

Samsung Fined By Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission For Misleading Advertisingview story

http://techcrunch.com – Samsung has disclosed that Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission (FTC) fined it NT$300,000 (or about US$10,389) for an advertisement that featured “misleading” information about the Samsung Galaxy Y Duos GT-S6102, reported Taiwanese news agency CNA (link via Google Translate). (IT news)

Paymill, The Samwer Stripe Clone, Raises $13M From Serial Rocket Internet Backer Holtzbrinck Ventures And New Investor Sunstoneview story

http://techcrunch.com – Paymill, the Rocket-Internet incubated online payments company that works like developer-friendly Stripe by offering users an API to quickly integrate card transactions, is today announcing that it has picked up €10 million ($13.2 million) in funding. Rocket regular Holtzbrinck Ventures participated, along with new investor Sunstone Capital, a backer of companies like Prezi and Trunk. (IT news)

Samsung Sells Millionth Galaxy Note II In Its Domestic Marketview story

http://techcrunch.com – Samsung has shipped its millionth Galaxy Note II “phablet” in South Korea just over 90 days after its launch, according to MK News (via Sammy Hub, h/t to TNW). The South Korean multinational conglomerate  announced last month that it has sold over 5 million Galaxy Note II units globally and, if its current momentum continues, the device might hit 10 million sales by next month. This la (IT news)

Yahoo Bids Farewell to South Korea, Completes Exitview story

http://techcrunch.com – Yahoo completed its exit from South Korea service today after operating for 15 years in that country, reports Yonhap News Agency. This move also marks the first Asian market Yahoo is leaving. The company announced earlier this month that it planned to close down its South Korea Web portal at the end of December. (IT news)