RIM is in trouble and is seemingly finally listening to reason. Speaking to The Telegraph, RIM CEO Thorsten Heins talked about how RIM could go about licensing its next-gen BlackBerry platform. But that’s assuming manufacturers like Samsung or Sony would actually want to build a BlackBer… Read full post »


App measurement and ad company Flurry is today releasing a new product which will allow developers to better identify and track various audience types using their apps, while also allowing advertisers to target those audience segments by interest. The product, called “Personas” (ye… Read full post »


AT&T has just acquired NextWave Wireless for the purpose of reworking its WCS spectrum for the build-out of AT&T’s 4G LTE network. According to the release, “AT&T will acquire all the equity of NextWave for approximately $25 million plus a contingent payment of up to ap… Read full post »

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Pubslush has undergone a bit of an evolution. The site is still a platform for authors to crowdfund the publication of their works — make no mistake. But Pubslush used to have a slightly different format. Users would post their book excerpt and summary onto Pubslush, and if… Read full post »


The latest Gmail Android app update brings several new features, but this is a must-have for 7-inch tablets. Google slightly reworked the UI and it now works better with 7-inch tablets. Previously, when in landscape mode, the app would occasionally abruptly cut off messages. That’s now f… Read full post »


FCC filings, leaked roadmaps, and comments from RIM’s top brass all pointed to the existence of an LTE-capable BlackBerry PlayBook — the only question left was when the thing would finally launch. The answer, according to a new statement released by RIM, is very soon.

RIM’s… Read full post »


MoneyDesktop has acquired MoneyReef, a financial management application company focused on mobile. It is MoneyDesktop’s second acquisition in eight months. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

MoneyDesktop, named Best of Show at FinovateSpring 2012, integrates directly into online banking a… Read full post »


To celebrate Kennedy Space Center’s 50th birthday, Google just added the the space shuttle program’s former launch facilities to its Street View service. With over 6,000 panoramic views, this is Google’s largest special collection of Street View imagery yet. This new collectRead full post »


After Amazon launched its $199 Kindle Fire tablet last autumn, a lot of observers thought it could prove to be the competition to Apple’s iPad that other Android tablets had so far failed to deliver. Some numbers out from IDC today, however, show that as Amazon continues to sell the devi… Read full post »

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Cortica, a company developing image recognition technology to improve ads, just announced that it has raised $7 million in new funding.

The money comes from Horizons Ventures, the firm owned by Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-Shing, and from Ynon Kreiz, the former chairman and CEO of the Endemol GRead full post »

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The advertising giant WPP continues its strategy to build up its digital business through acquisitions: today Possible Worldwide, a WPP-owned digital agency that has strong operations in emerging markets, announced that it has purchased Fortune Cookie, a 190-person, UK-based firm with operatio… Read full post »


QuickPay, a startup that helps drivers find and pay for parking, has brought on a new CEO — Barney Pell, the founder of semantic search company Powerset (which was acquired by Microsoft in 2008 for a reported $100 million). It’s also announcing $3.5 million in seed funding.

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If you think about it, Instagram, originally developed as a silly app to check into bars and take pictures of beer, had it right. The world is about ‘mobile first’. And to that end, the emerging worlds of the so-called BRICK nations are clearly ‘mobile first’. So itR… Read full post »


One more analyst house, Canalys, has released its numbers on global smartphone sales in Q2, and unlike Strategy Analytics and IDC, it has focused on sales by platforms rather than OEMs. In that light, Google’s Android was the clear, all-out winner: in a market that saw 158 million smartp… Read full post »


San Francisco-based FabKids is the latest startup to try its hand at subscription-based e-commerce, taking on competitors like Wittlebee in the kids’ apparel space, but with a slightly different twist. Instead of offering a box of separates shipped monthly, FabKids will send out one com… Read full post »


HireVue today announced its acquisition of CodeEval, a platform technical evaluations. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but HireVue founder Mark Newman confirms that the CodeEval team is joining HireVue to continue developing the CodeEval product. No acqui-hire here.

CodeEval was founded… Read full post »

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Salesforce.com has added contacts, deal tracking and public APIs to its do.com platform for task management.

Initially, Salesforce.com is adding the capability to integrate Facebook and Google contacts. It will soon after add Twitter and Salesforce.com. The deal management capability adds to… Read full post »


Pinterest has been growing fast and furiously, and as a result, many retailers have been rushing to add “Pin It” buttons to their social sharing options. A few months back, flash sales giant Gilt City got some buzz for becoming one of the first to incentivize “pinning,”… Read full post »


Last night, I wrote about Kevin Rose not responding to questions on his AMA on Reddit. Rose was at a birthday party last night but has returned to Reddit today and has posted YouTube responses to five Redditers’ questions.

After all the coverage on Digg’s sale and Rose personally a… Read full post »

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So here’s the real story behind App.net founder Dalton Caldwell’s plans to build a new, open API framework for developers to build off of. According to him, Facebook pressured him into selling his company, rather than competing with the social network’s newly released App CenRead full post »

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Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman offered his thoughts on the company’s mobile monetization strategy today during the analyst conference call for the company’s second quarter earnings report.

Not surprisingly, Yelp is seeing a lot of growth on mobile. The company says that mobile apps are… Read full post »

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Facebook moves pretty fast. If you don’t attend the Facebook Ecosystem CrunchUp, you could misunderstand it. To give us the lowdown on how well Facebook’s ad business is doing and what it’s like to ride the Facebook traffic roller coaster, we’ve got two big new addition… Read full post »

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Yelp today reported its earnings for the second quarter of 2012, its second ever financial report as a publicly-traded company. Overall, the reviews site showed continued top-line revenue growth and a smaller net loss than it has posted in the past — a performance that bested the estimat… Read full post »


The original TwelveSouth BackPack was fantastically ingenious. And now it’s even better.

Designed exclusively for iMacs and Apple Displays, the BackPack adds a simple shelf to the display without the use of screws or adhesive. Using adjustable brackets, the BackPack can mount on the fron… Read full post »


Popular image-sharing service imgfave launched an iOS app last week, causing most of their engagement metrics to at least double, and signups to quadruple.

Underscoring the power of both mobile and social right now, imgfave’s app reached the same level of activity as the main website, wh… Read full post »