Mobile app news roundup: more funding and releases from Cie Games, PlayHaven, Beeline and more

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By Emanuel Maiberg Comment

PlayHaven secures $8 million in new financing – Mobile game management and monetization solutions provider PlayHaven announced it has closed an $8 million round of financing led by new investor GGV Capital with participation from existing investors including e.ventures, Tandem Entrepreneurs and individual investors. PlayHaven will use the funds to develop new consumer insights features and to extend its footprint in Europe and Asia.

Cie Games launches Car Town Streets on iOS — Social game developer Cie Games today announced the global launch of Car Town Streets on the Apple App Store. The app is free to download on iPod touch, iPhone and iPad. In the game, based on Car Town for Facebook, players find, build and drive their cars in a fully customizable town.

Animoca secures rights for Mr. Bean and Ultraman mobile games — Mobile game developer and publisher Animoca announced it has secured the worldwide rights to develop and publish mobile games based on the British comedy television series Mr. Bean and Japanese superhero Ultraman. Animoca’s previous apps include Pretty Pet Salon, Pet Cafe, Top Models and more.

Beeline Interactive releases Monster Hospital on iOS — Social and mobile games developer Beeline Interactive today announced that its new Monster Hospital app is now free to download for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Following up on the success of Beeline’s Monster Pet Shop, Monster Hospital has the player managing a hospital full of cute creatures.

LeKiosk raises $7.1 million in Series B funding — LeKiosk announced that it has raised another $7.1 million of Series B funding for its 3D digital magazine store iPad app that launched in January 2011. The app charges users a monthly fee to access a wide range of magazines from publishers including Conde Nast, BBC Worldwide and more.

NARR8 launches on iPad — Interactive reading app NARR8 is now free to download for the iPad. The app delivers original, interactive content including motion comics, interactive novels, and interactive nonfiction. You can read our extensive coverage of NARR8 here.

Corona Labs secures $2 million in funding — Venture-backed mobile software company and makers of the Corona SDK Corona Labs announced that it has secured an additional $2 million in funding from Merus Capital and Western Technology Investment. Corona Labs CEO Walter Luh says the company will use this round of funding to accelerate the growth of Corona Labs worldwide and expand its team.

Pandora 4.0 update now available for Android — Pandora’s 4.0 update for mobile devices released last night for Android. It adds features from Pandora’s web-based version like listening timelines, activity feeds and social sharing features.