ZipDial, The Missed-Call Leader In India, Adds Jungle Ventures To Seed Round And Launches In Sri Lankaview story

http://techcrunch.com – ZipDial, the company based in India that has turned missed calls into a business, has raised new funds from Jungle Ventures and launched its service in Sri Lanka. (IT news)

BuyReply Raises $1 Million From Peter Thiel's Valar Ventures & Others For An SMS, Email & Twitter-Based E-Commerce Solutionview story

http://techcrunch.com – BuyReply, a company that has developed a new platform for e-commerce that allows consumers to purchase items from offline medium, such as TV, print, newspapers and more using email, SMS, or Twitter, has raised $1 million in seed funding, from Peter Thiel’s international fund Valar Ventures, along with Square Peg Ventures (Paul Bassat, founder of SEEK), Adrian MacKenzie, and others. Based in (IT news)

Bringing Down The Mexican Mafia: How Hackers Stopped A $9.3 Million Fraudview story

http://techcrunch.com – Editor’s note: Maria Rocio Paniagua currently works at Flit, a PR firm that helps products, projects and events launch in Mexico. (IT news)

What Games Are: The Shady Side Of Gamesview story

http://techcrunch.com – Editor’s note: Tadhg Kelly is a veteran game designer, creator of leading game design blog What Games Are and creative director of Jawfish Games. You can follow him on Twitter here. There’s a reason why games and organized crime have often gone hand in hand. (IT news)

Schmap Takes A Deeper Dive Into Twitter Audience Data With Demographics Proview story

http://techcrunch.com – Schmap already helped advertisers and other companies understand their Twitter followers through its Know Your Followers product, but today it launched a new, upgraded service called Demographics Pro — CEO Paul Hallett described the concept as “Nielsen for Twitter.” Nielsen does its own social media analysis, and it announced a partnership with Twitter last fall, but that was focused o (IT news)

Entrepreneurial Excellence: Can 10,000 Hours Of Practice Make Perfect?view story

http://techcrunch.com – Editor’s note: Jon Auerbach is a partner at Charles River Ventures, a 42-year-old, early-stage venture firm based in Menlo Park and Cambridge, Mass., where he focuses on mobile technologies. Follow him on Twitter @jgauerbach. Research over the past two decades has identified a strong link between hours of practice and expertise in sports, chess and the performing arts. (IT news)

VineTune, An Ever-Changing Music Video Made Up Of 6-Second Vinesview story

http://techcrunch.com – From the moment it launched under Twitter’s watchful wing, marketers and the media have considered Vine a new frontier for advertisers. User-generated content is all the rage in marketing, and social media is finally old enough for even traditional ad agencies to have it figured out. (IT news)

Google's New Inactive Account Manager Gives You Control Over Your Digital Afterlifeview story

http://techcrunch.com – What will happen to your Gmail, YouTube, Google Drive and Google+ accounts after you die? That’s probably not something you really want to think about, but as more and more of our data now lives online, that’s sadly a question that comes up with some regularity. (IT news)

Java Applet Attack Wipes Out Bitcoin Accounts On Mt. Goxview story

http://techcrunch.com – The price of freedom, as they say, is eternal vigilance. A user called bitbully on the Bitcointalk Forums found himself 34 bitcoins poorer when he visited a site claiming to be a chat service connected with Mt. Gox, a popular bitcoin trading service. (IT news)

Links Shared Through Twitter Are Broken, But The Rest Of Twitter Is Working Fine (Update: Just Kidding)view story

http://techcrunch.com – It appears that Twitter is experiencing some performance pains this morning, as links that appear within tweets seem to be automatically borked. (IT news)