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TC Roundup: Twitter buys Niche, a social media talent agency, for at least $30M

Twitter buys Niche, a social media talent agency, for at least $30 Million: Twitter has acquired Niche, a small startup that connects advertisers with social media stars — who are increasingly able to make money on services like Twitter and Twitter's Vine video service.

Twitter wouldn't disclose a purchase price, but people familiar with the transaction pegged the deal at about $30 million. It's possible that earn-outs and employment contracts could inflate that number significantly — a couple people I talked to think it could go as high as $60 million. (Recode)

Survey: Trouble for Amazon Prime's two-day deliveries?: Amazon.com Inc packages ordered by its Prime members regularly arrived late during the holidays, a Reuters/Ipsos survey shows, reflecting the strain on the logistics network that transformed the company into an e-commerce powerhouse.

Customer satisfaction with Prime is extremely high - 96 percent are happy with its two-day shipping service, the survey revealed. But the results raise questions for Amazon as it expands and takes greater control of its shipping system. (Reuters)

Dropbox's new CFO signals IPO aspirations: Dropbox has a hired a new chief financial officer, a sign the online-storage company could be moving closer to an initial public offering.

Vanessa Wittman, the former finance chief of Google Motorola unit, will join Dropbox as CFO in March, the company said today in a blog post. She replaces Sujay Jaswa, a four-year veteran at the company who is leaving to pursue a career in investing. (The Wall Street Journal)

Android sales drop for 1st time as iPhone shines: Sales of smartphones running Google's Android operating system fell for the first time ever in the fourth quarter of 2014, according to a report from ABI Research.

Shipments dropped to about 205 million, a 5 percent slide from the previous quarter. Apple's iOS and modified "forked" Android systems cut into the dominant model's market share. (CNBC)

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