Today’s top headlines: 9flats’ North American acquisition, online radio’s rapid rise

top tech headlines
top tech headlines

News is best served fresh. Here’s a selection of headlines worth reading today from around the globe (sans images from just-landed Mars rover Curiosity, sorry – go get them straight from the source). Enjoy.

9flats Acquires iStopOver To Put The Heat On Airbnb, Doubles Its Rentals Capacity

9flatsAs Airbnb continues to ramp up its international expansion, 9flats is expanding the other way: today, the Germany-founded private short-term rentals provider announced the acquisition of Canada-based iStopOver. Read more on TechCrunch.

TuneIn grabs $16M from General Catalyst, Google Ventures, others to dominate radio apps

TuneInPopular radio app startup TuneIn just raised $16 million in new funding to help grow its programming and expand its user base of 40 million. Read more on VentureBeat (our editorial partners in the Valley). Meanwhile, fellow online radio service Pandora hits 54.9 million users (which makes nearly 50 per cent growth over the last year).

Apple Wants To Buy Pinterest Rival, The Fancy

TheFancyApple is in talks to acquire The Fancy, a fast-growing social commerce site backed by cofounders of Twitter and Facebook. The aim seems to be to put the 400 million-plus users with credit cards on file with Apple’s iTunes Store to work shopping. Read more on Business Insider.

Nokia’s new Windows 8 phones could be unveiled before iPhone 5

NokiaStruggling giant Nokia is expected to be the first company to show off Windows Phone 8 devices, and now it looks like that could happen as soon as September 5, sources say. Read more on VentureBeat.