TECH CRUNCH - Nov 18 - Canada-based startup Kik has raised $38.3M Series C funding. This round takes Kik, which claims 185M registered users, to $70.5M in funding to date. Kik has also acquired GIF messaging app Relay, a startup that has 700K users. Kik is still ramping up its monetization efforts, after opening up its Promoted Keywords service earlier this month, enabling brands to connect with users on its platform. Kik has also been quietly monetizing Kik Points, a virtual currency that gives users points when they complete certain tasks.