Worth reading: SwiftKey, Transferwise, JolieBox, Gidsy

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There are so many interesting stories out there and unfortunately we don’t have the time to cover all of them. With our new section “Worth reading” we provide you (once in a while) with some links to interesting articles of other publications:

SwiftKey-logoThe UK based startup SwiftKey just launched an SDK (Software Development Kit) to bring it’s technology to almost any device. This makes the core language-engine technology that powers SwiftKey available to handset and device manufacturers. The SwiftKey app, whis is already available for Android, learns your typing style and the way you use language to predict the words you’ll want to type next. Read more about this on TheNextWeb.

transferwise-logoTransferwise has just come out with an announcement that it has transferred around $13.4 million in currency exchange in its first year. The startup is based in London and offers currency exchange for a mere £1. The $13.4 million in transfers was made up of over 5500 individual transfers, which may not seem like a lot but this yields an average exchange to be just over $2300. Find out more about it on ArcticStartup.

Joliebox-logoJolieBox, which is basically a French version of Birchbox, has just acquired the Spanish version of Birchbox, a service known as Glamourum. The acquisition comes a few months following the company’s Series A with Alven Capital, and the acquisition of its U.K. competitor Boudoir Privé. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it was for a mix of cash and stock, the company says. Read more on TechCrunch.

gidsy_logoWhen your most high-profile investor is a Hollywood star, it makes sense to branch out to LA. And that’s what Gidsy is just about to do by launching a service for Los Angelinos on Wednesday. Ashton Kutcher is one of the backers of Gidsy — a platform for hooking up consumers with people offering real-world experiences. Learn more about the upcoming launch and visit GigaOm.