• Web: Why Snapchat's Planned $25 Billion IPO May Be Out of Touch

    Snapchat has filed to go public, which could happen as early as March, and it looks like it will have a whopping valuation of up to $25 billion, the biggest technology initial public offering since Alibaba in 2014 at $21.8 billion.


    Tech industry insiders, investors and journalists have been ...

  • Web: Slack surpasses 4 million daily active users

    Slack on Thursday announced a series of milestones it's recently hit, including reaching 4 million daily active users in the month of October. Nearly half of those users are outside of the US.


    The company also reported reaching 5.8 million weekly active users, with more than 1.25 ...

  • Web: Governments press for access to encrypted messages

    France and Germany want to compel operators of mobile messaging services to provide access to encrypted content to terrorism investigations, after a series of deadly attacks in both countries.


    French intelligence services, on high alert since attackers killed hundreds of civilians in Paris in November and in Nice in July ...

  • Web: MIT Develops Self-Assembling Phone

    Cell phones can do a lot of amazing things. Connect people across the world, provide instant information on any topic, text tiny cartoons. But they still rely on people and machinery to put them together and bring them to life.


    Researchers at MIT are trying to fix that by designing ...

  • Web: LinkedIn sues anonymous data scrapers

    LinkedIn is trying to lock down its exclusive relationship with its users.


    The professional networking company filed suit against 100 unnamed individuals last week for using bots to harvest user profiles from its website. The lawsuit is a preliminary step to revealing the identities of the scrapers — LinkedIn intends to ...

  • Web: Snapchat acquires Vurb for $110M

    Snapchat today acquired mobile search and recommendation app Vurb for a reported $110 million. Why Snapchat was interested in a mobile search app at a all is what makes the purchase interesting.


    It’s no secret that Snapchat is growing. After initially turning down a $3 billion acquisition bid from ...

  • Web: Verizon to Buy Core Yahoo Business for $4.8B

    Yahoo was the front door to the web for an early generation of internet users, and its services still attract a billion visitors a month.


    But the internet is an unforgiving place for yesterday’s great idea, and Yahoo has now reached the end of the line as an independent ...

  • Web: Investors tap mobile message craze as trading begins on Line

    Investors looking to ride the mobile messaging craze — get in line.


    The Japanese messaging app Line is set to begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday and in Tokyo on Friday. Though little known in the U.S., Line has enjoyed a quick surge to popularity in ...

  • Web: Facebook unveils open-source Cellular Access Point

    Drones and giant lasers aren't the only ways to bring Internet access to every corner of the Earth. Facebook today announced that it is also working on a far less expensive method: a shoebox-sized cellular access point that is virtually indestructible and can support everything from 2G to LTE ...

  • Web: Why Microsoft is spending $26B on LinkedIn

    A key to understanding the massive and unexpected $26.2 billion acquisition of LinkedIn by Microsoft can be found in the letter LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner wrote to his employees explaining the deal. “You might feel a sense of excitement, fear, sadness, or some combination of all of those emotions ...

  • Web: Yahoo receives multiple bids for core business

    Yahoo has received multiple bids at or above $5 billion for its core business, CNBC has learned.


    To be sure, it's a mystery what exactly is up for auction — each bid could contain slightly different assets, including parts of intellectual property and real estate — and bids will shake up ...

  • Web: Zuckerberg's Social Media Accounts Targeted by Hackers

    The Facebook founder's accounts on sites including Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest appear to have been briefly compromised on Sunday.


    A hacker group called Ourmine, which has more than 40,000 Twitter followers, claimed responsibility.


    The group bragged about the alleged hacks in a tweet and invited Mr Zuckerberg ...

  • Web: Sirin Labs launches a $14,000 privacy-focused smartphone

    Stealth Israeli startup Sirin Labs officially launched its super high-end Android smartphone at an event in London today, bringing to an end years of speculation about what the company’s been cooking up behind the scenes.


    Sirin Labs was founded in 2013 by Kazakh entrepreneur Kenges Rakishev, Israeli venture capitalist ...

  • Web: Why China's Xiaomi and Microsoft are teaming up

    A just-announced partnership between Xiaomi and Microsoft represents a potentially promising collaboration between two struggling smartphone businesses.


    Starting in September, Xiaomi’s smartphones will ship with Microsoft’s Office apps and Skype, while Xiaomi will receive some much needed patents from the Redmond, Wash., giant. Xiaomi said the cross-license and ...

  • Web: Opinion - Zuckerberg is Dictator of the World's Largest Nation

    Facebook has grown so dominant that it is one of the world’s largest nations, and co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is effectively the dictator of that country, according to Peter Sunde, the co-founder of the Pirate Bay file-sharing site.


    Sunde made his remarks during an interview with CNBC at ...

  • Web: Snapchat seeking $20B valuation

    Ephemeral messaging app Snapchat’s success doesn’t appear to be fleeting: The startup is reportedly raising new funding and lifting its valuation.


    Snapchat, which lets users send photos and videos that disappear after being viewed and read bite-sized content from publishers, is said to be seeking to raise about ...

  • Web: Could Apple Turn into Blackberry?

    If Google is right about the future, there are troubling signs to suggest Apple could meet the same fate as BlackBerry, according to top Apple follower Marco Arment. 


    In a blog post, Arment argues that BlackBerry was great at creating phones and dominated the market before Apple released the iPhone ...

  • Web: The Bias of Facebook's Algorithms

    Readers of this column can be assured that it is not written, at least for now, by a highly- capable computer algorithm, but by a (at least somewhat capable) human being. This is part of the unspoken deal between author and reader, person-to-person: you are free to agree or disagree ...

  • Web: Amazon Video Direct challenges YouTube

    In Amazon’s continuing quest to be all things to all people, the online retailer has announced that it will soon allow users to upload their own videos, just like YouTube. Furthermore, they’ll be able to charge money for the privilege, or let Amazon run ads to eventually let ...

  • Web: Smartphones and the power of VR on the go

    You've seen the photo. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg striding through Samsung’s Mobile World Congress press conference, breezing past dozens of reporters and industry types too engrossed by their Gear VR headsets to notice the most powerful man in the Internet. Zuck’s smile suggests he can’t quite ...

  • Web: Facebook Aims to Drive Down Tech Prices

    Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s co-founder and chief executive, is clear about his vision for his company: He wants to triple the size of his social network, which now has 1.6 billion members.


    But to reach that new audience, he has to find a way to change telecommunications networks to ...

  • Web: Whatsapp just switched on encryption for a billion people

    For most of the past six weeks, the biggest story out of Silicon Valley was Apple’s battle with the FBI over a federal order to unlock the iPhone of a mass shooter. The company’s refusal touched off a searing debate over privacy and security in the digital age ...

  • Web: Slack raises $200M at $3.8B valuation

    Slack, the cloud collaboration software company led by Stewart Butterfield, announced on Friday that it has raised $200 million in its fourth round of venture capital funding at a post-money valuation of $3.8 billion.


    Thrive Capital led the round and was joined by GGV Capital, Comcast Ventures, Sherpa Ventures ...

  • Web: Facebook & Snapchat's Fight for Messaging Domination

    The gloves are off between Snapchat and Facebook. 


    In the last month, Facebook bought Masquerade, an app that looks identical to Snapchat’s most famous filter feature. 


    Snapchat retaliated by buying Bitstrips, the maker of the popular Bitmojis that went viral and became a business in 2013 thanks to it ...

  • Web: Tinder buys Humin to goose better relationships

    As Re/code previously reported it would, Tinder has officially acquired contact management startup Humin.


    The Los Angeles-based dating app is buying the technology and intellectual property of the San Francisco company, as well as hiring the top execs at Humin, although not all its employees. Co-founders Ankur Jain and ...

  • Web: Snapchat's Acquires Bitstrips for $100M

    You as a cartoon? That's what Bitstrips Inc.'s app does, slapping customized avatars onto comical sketches designed to be shared on social media. 


    The messages convey greetings, compliments, inside jokes and Internet memes. They're the kind of bright, silly items that catch the eye when they pop ...

  • Web: Streaming has officially taken over the music business

    America has a new favorite way to pay for music.


    For the first time ever, retail revenue from streaming services eclipsed revenue for digital downloads in 2015, according to the Recording Industry Association of America. Music fans are opening their wallets to pay for music subscription services, or listening to ...

  • Web: Once a darling, Xiaomi is facing tough questions

    Not long ago, China’s Xiaomi was being called the next Apple, an epithet that rankled some at both companies. “I don’t see it as flattery,” scoffed Apple’s Jony Ive, who said of Xiaomi’s business model, “I think it’s theft, and it’s lazy.” Meanwhile, Xiaomi ...

  • Web: Samsung is building a new social network called Waffle

    If you're building a new social network likely to get battered in the marketplace, you may as well call it Waffle. The latest entry in the ever-expanding category of Weird Samsung Things allows you to post a photo that your friends can annotate by adding their own photos or ...

  • Web: Amazon is trying to patent paying with a selfie

    Amazon is looking to patent the ability to authenticate a payment using a selfie, according to a newly-filed patent. First spotted by technology news site Re/code, the patent outlines how an Amazon shopper would authorize a purchase using a photo of oneself instead of a password.


    Selfie pay is ...

  • Web: Blooming wants to reduce stress at work

    Finnish startup Blooming is aiming to help bouncing-off-the-walls-stressed office workers regain control of their lives by using wearable tech. The service includes monitoring and tracking stress levels, plus recommendation software and meditation advice to help give workers the space to stop and smell the roses.


    To help its plans come ...

  • Web: Snapchat raises $175M in funding at flat $16B valuation

    Snapchat has raised $175 million from Fidelity Investments at a $16 billion valuation, according to Wall Street Journal.


    The interesting thing is, Snapchat’s last round of funding in May 2015 reportedly valued the company at $16 billion.


    The new funding is technically part of that same round, according to ...

  • Web: Yahoo Hires Bankers to Explore Selling Internet Businesses

    Yahoo’s board has hired three investment banking firms to evaluate potential bids for its internet operations in the clearest sign yet that CEO Marissa Mayermay not have much more time to turn around the struggling company.


    The move announced Friday comes just two weeks after Yahoo disclosed it would ...

  • Web: Google buys Slack-like startup Pie

    As millions become connected across Asia, Google is still grappling for the best way to get these people online and on Google.


    The latest strategy: Open an engineering hub in Singapore. That’s what Google announced on Thursday, along with the news that it scooped up the startup Pie, which ...

  • Web: Security expert says FBI’s request of Apple is technically possible

    As a federal magistrate judge ordered Apple to provide the FBI help in accessing the information locked on a suspected San Bernardino gunman’s iPhone, many wondered whether the federal law enforcement agency’s request was technologically feasible.


    One security expert says that what the FBI is seeking is possible ...

  • Web: Yello Mobile raises $30M more at a $4B valuation

    Yello Mobile — the Seoul, Korea-based mobile apps business that has grown by raising nearly $150 million and acquiring over 80 other app startups — has picked another $30 million in funding. This latest cash injection comes from SBI Holdings, a digital financial services group based out of Japan that announced a ...

  • Web: Stealth startup Juno will take on Uber by treating drivers better

    Could one of Uber’s greatest strengths end up being its greatest weakness?


    While Uber has grown into a global behemoth by deploying many thousands of independent contractors, many of those drivers aren’t happy. New ride-sharing startup Juno–which has so far only launched in stealth mode in New ...

  • Web: Court documents: turning your phone on is consent to being tracked

    In 2014, Baltimore Police obtained a warrant for the arrest of Kerron Andrews for attempted murder. To find him, law enforcement requested a pen register to record his location data and all outgoing phone calls. The request, however, didn’t ask about using a Hailstorm (a type of Stingray — a ...

  • Web: Pandora is said to have held talks about selling itself

    Pandora Media, the largest Internet radio service, has held discussions about selling the company, according to people briefed on the talks.


    Pandora is working with Morgan Stanley to meet with potential buyers, said the people, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The talks are preliminary and may not lead to ...

  • Web: LinkedIn acquires recruiting startup Connectifier

    LinkedIn today announced in its earnings statement that it has acquiredConnectifier, a startup with technology for helping recruiters find talent.


    Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.


    “The acquisition of Connectifier, announced this afternoon, will further strengthen our core products and accelerate our product roadmap, leveraging powerful machine learning-based ...

  • Web: Google's Plan to Make Smartphones Smarter

    Last October, Google CEO Sundar Pichai spoke about what machine learning means for Google. He called it “transformative,” and said that Google was “rethinking everything we’re doing” in the context of machine learning.


    A subset of artificial intelligence, machine learning is an approach in which “neural network” computers use ...

  • Web: Facebook shares jump 15.5% after strong results

    Facebook Inc shares surged 15.5 percent on Thursday, their biggest percentage increase since July 2013, after the social networking service posted quarterly results that blew away expectations on every key measure.


    Facebook shares closed at $109.11, putting its market capitalization at about $308.6 billion. That would make ...

  • Web: Spotify is said to be seeking $500M in new funds

    Spotify is looking to raise at least $500 million in new funding to continue its global expansion and compete with powerful outlets like Apple, Pandora and Google, according to a person briefed on the company’s plans.


    Spotify, whose free and paid subscription plans have been a major driver of ...

  • Web: Instagram will be a $3B business this year: Analyst

    If early reports and analyst estimates are any indication, Instagram is shaping up to be an impressive business for its parent company, Facebook.


    Since opened its advertising program to the world in September, Facebook has yet to offer any hint as to how much money it has been making on ...

  • Web: FreedomPop Raises $50M, Adds Low Cost Data Roaming

    Mobile internet service provider FreedomPop said on Wednesday that it’s raised another $50 million in a Series C round — only six months after closing a Series B round of $36 million.


    The round brings the Los Angeles, Calif.-based startup’s total valuation to $250 million (up from $150 ...

  • Web: Inside Facebook’s ambitious plan to connect the whole world

    The stern woman behind the press desk at the United Nations is certain I’ve made a mistake about the person I’m here to see. “Mr. Mark Zuckerberg?” she says. “Who’s he?” ¶ He’s an Internet executive, I tell her. He started Facebook. It’s the second week ...

  • Web: Spotify buys 2 startups to boost music discovery and content experiences

    Spotify has acquired two startups in a bid to boost its product and engineering chops. Dublin-based music discovery company Soundwave and the New York-based Cord Project are both joining the streaming giant.


    We first covered Soundwave when it launched in the summer of 2013. A little like a mobile-first take ...

  • Web: China's Meituan-Dianping raises over $3.3B, values firm at $18B

    Chinese Internet company Meituan-Dianping, akin to a mix of Yelp Inc and Groupon Inc, said it has raised over $3.3 billion in funding that valued the firm at more than $18 billion, in the biggest ever fundraising by a startup.


    The fundraising outstrips compatriot Didi Kuaidi's $3 billion ...

  • Web: Twitter stock hits 52-week low after global service outages

    Twitter stock reached a new low on Tuesday. The microblogging service has been failing to meet Wall Street's expectations.



    Twitter’s turmoil on Wall Street continues. The stock price hit a new low at $17.15 per share, down more than 4 percent, in Tuesday afternoon trading.


    The unwelcome ...

  • Web: Foursquare CEO departs; company raises $45M

    Dennis Crowley, the mop-topped, New York-based entrepreneur who helped pioneer the location-based app industry withFoursquare, is out as that company's CEO.


    Crowley, 39, relinquished his title to Jeff Glueck, Foursquare's chief operating officer the past year and a half. Crowley will become executive chairman of Foursquare. Chief Revenue ...

  • Web: Shape Security brings Its secutiry technology to mobile

    Two years ago, the startup Shape Security emerged from stealth mode with an interesting new idea for protecting websites from some of the most common forms of attack. Today it announced it has applied the same ideas to protecting mobile apps.


    Many Web security issues arise from known technical problems ...

  • Web: Google Maps will soon work out where you're going by itself

    They say the best relationships are the ones in which you can finish each others sentences. Enter Google Maps' newest Android feature: Driving Mode.


    Google Maps already has features that allows it to predict destinations, but this is limited to saved locations like 'Home' or 'Work'. Driving Mode takes this ...

  • Web: Twitter wants your tweets to promote brands

    Twitter is reportedly developing a new product that allows brands to collect tweets from users and re-purpose them to help promote themselves on the social network, reports Digiday.


    The product, according to advertisers who were shown a sneak peak at CES this month, is being touted as a “brand enthusiast ...

  • Web: Uber is on track to top $1.5B in revenue this year

    Leaked financials obtained by The Information’s Amir Efrati show Uber is facing staggering losses, but it’s nowhere near an existential threat.


    Uber lost close to $1 billion in the first half of 2015, up from $671.4 million the year before, according to The Information’s report.


    Even ...

  • Web: Appian crosses $1B valuation

    An investor in 17-year-old company Appian Corp. wants the world to know his firm is now valuing it at north of $1 billion–even though the company hasn’t raised funding in two years.


    Harry Weller, a general partner at New Enterprise Associates and a board member at Appian, said ...

  • Web: Facebook wants to kill phone numbers forever

    Our phones have evolved drastically over the past decade. They’ve gone from devices meant for simple texting and calling to full-blown computers that fit in our pockets That’s why David Marcus, Facebook’s head of Messenger, believes the way we communicate is also in need of an upgrade ...

  • Web: Streaming startup Vidgo promises access to hundreds of cable channels

    Welcome to 2016, the year over-the-top live streaming gets real.


    Last year, Sling TV made a big splash at CES with its $20 a month streaming plan.



    This year, a new entrant to the OTT and on-demand streaming space is hoping to make waves.Vidgo, which is currently in beta ...

  • Web: Mobile security provider Trustlook raises $17M

    Trustlook Inc., a leading global mobile security provider for the Android platform, today announced that it has closed a $17 million Series A round of funding. Founded in 2013, Trustlook is an innovator in next-generation mobile security solutions. Unlike traditional anti-malware and anti-virus products which address known viruses, Trustlook provides ...

  • Web: Yelp falls 9% as Facebook tests local business reviews

    Facebook is quietly testing a new feature that guides users to reviews of local businesses, heating up competition with Yelp andAngie's List.


    The feature, spotted by technology blog Search Engine Land, says it helps users "find local businesses with the best Facebook reviews and ratings" from painters to plumbers ...

  • Web: Korea’s Yello Mobile raises funds at a $4B valuation

    Korea’s Yello Mobile has made a name for itself raising $100 million and using it to hoover up more than 80 startups to build its mobile apps business, which now serves 18 million users. Now, Yello Mobile is raising again: it has racked up another $47.2 million in ...

  • Web: Uber launches food delivery service

    Today Uber launches its first standalone app that isn’t about getting a ride. Called UberEATS, it’s a new food-ordering app that will be available in Toronto. It will let you order food the same way you order wheels–quickly and efficiently, with the added plus that you can ...

  • Web: Everwise, a mentoring matchmaker, raises $8M

    Everwise, a New York-based company whose online service connects executives willing to volunteer their time with people looking for mentorship — from new entrepreneurs, to budding sports coaches, to people looking to rise through the ranks of Fortune 500 companies — is taking the wraps off the bigger business that it’s ...

  • Web: Yahoo attempts to take on Facebook with reimagined Messenger

    Remember Yahoo Messenger? It used to be the instant messaging client of choice for many people (like myself) but even though it never really went away, it eventually fell by the wayside as social media and newer apps like FacebookMessenger and Whatsapp took over. Well, it's trying to make ...

  • Web: Rumored sale of Yahoo's internet arm sends stock soaring

    Yahoo’s stock price spiked Wednesday morning, after reports surfaced that the tech giant’s board of directors may be preparing to sell the company’s core Internet business.


    The Wall Street Journal, citing anonymous sources, reported late Tuesday that Yahoo’s board is holding meetings this week to discuss ...

  • Web: New Samsung patent shows off a phone that unfolds into a tablet

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has just published an application from Samsung (via 9to5Mac) that attempts to patent a foldable electronic device. It’s likely that one of the examples depicted in the application represents the company’s upcoming foldable smartphone, dubbed Project Valley.


    First revealed by SamMobile ...

  • Web: Uber wants to deliver everything, not just people

    Uber is not a taxi company, it's a delivery company. And whether its cars are moving human beings or, as they are already in the US, physical products (and no, it's not just cats and ice cream), what it's really delivering is information about how to make ...

  • Web: Airbnb reportedly raises another $100M in funding

    Apartment-sharing startup Airbnb Inc has raised over $100 million in a new round of funding, a source close to the company said.


    Airbnb, once a startup selling cereal, expects to achieve profitability in 2016, the source said.


    Airbnb revenue doubled to $340 million in the third quarter on bookings of ...

  • Web: Many Android Apps Send Unnecessary Hidden Data

    It won't shock you to hear that Android apps send a lot of data, but you may be surprised at how much of it isn't really necessary... or public, for that matter.


    MIT researchers have determined that "much" of the hidden data sent and received by the 500 ...

  • Web: Facebook launches dedicated 'fundraiser' pages for nonprofits

    Nearly two months after Facebook announced the creation of its Social Good team, which aims to build tools that help people do more good around the world, the social media giant has launched its latest cause-focused products: fundraiser pages and improved Donate buttons for nonprofits.


    "Fundraisers" are dedicated pages where ...

  • Web: Google+ has been completely redesigned with a focus on communities

    Much like the Google logo before it, Google+ is being completely reinvented today. In a blog post, Google says that after pulling in feedback from users it has decided to focus the former do-everything social network around two key features: communities and collections. Collections launched earlier this year as a ...

  • Web: Rdio shutting down, and Pandora will buy its technology

    Streaming music service Rdio is planning to shut down and sell "key assets" to Pandora.


    Pandora announced the pending acquisition today, saying it will spend $75 million to buy "technology and intellectual property from Rdio" and hire "many members of Rdio's team." Pandora is not buying the full company ...

  • Web: Paris attacks highlight tech’s elevated role in disaster relief

    As terror attacks put France into a national state of emergency on Friday, AirBnB, Facebook, Google, Skype, Twitter and Uber launched into disaster response mode. 


    AirBnB contacted all hosts in Paris asking if they could take in those stranded in the city. Facebook let users alert their friends they were ...

  • Web: YouTube Music is here, and it’s a game changer

    YouTube is first and foremost a video portal, the world’s largest and most popular online collection of moving images. But it’s also a search engine, the world’s second largest, trailing only its parent company, Google. And while the library on YouTube is made up of videos, in ...

  • Web: Group social app Heaps comes to the US

    Heaps, an app that helps friend groups connect with other groups and find parties, is expanding beyond its home country of Denmark by launching in Los Angeles.


    The startup is also announcing that it has raised an undisclosed amount of seed funding from investors including billionaire Ron Burkle, musician and ...

  • Web: Facebook says government data requests are at their highest level ever

    Facebook today released its biannual report on government data requests, indicating that total law enforcement requests are at their highest level ever at 41,214 for the first half of 2015. That's an 18 percent jump over the back half of last year, according to the social network's ...

  • Web: Here’s Notify, Facebook’s new Twitter-like app for following publishers

    Facebook is already dominating peoples’ phone time, and now it wants a crack at your lock screen, too.


    The social network rolled out a new app called “Notify” on Wednesday specifically to send you mobile notifications from publishers you care about, like BuzzFeed or CNN or The Weather Channel. Details ...

  • Web: What is Facebook doing with my data?

    Facebook is in trouble again - this time from the Belgian privacy commission, which is cross about the fact that it tracks internet users who are not members of the social network.


    A court has ruled that it is unacceptable that every time someone clicks a "like" button on a website ...

  • Web: Snapchat stake marked down by investor Fidelity

    Snapchat has been marked down by one of its most high-profile investors, raising further questions about the soaring valuations of private technology companies.


    Fidelity, the only fund manager to have invested in the four-year-old company best known for disappearing photos, wrote down the value of its stake by 25 per ...

  • Web: Facebook sales top estimates, fueled by mobile advertising

    Facebook Inc. notched another quarter of revenue that beat estimates after stepping up its mobile-advertising efforts.


    The company running the world’s biggest social network reported third-quarter sales of $4.5 billion, compared with the $4.37 billion average analyst estimate, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. There are now ...

  • Web: Activision buys Candy Crush maker for $5.9B

    Activision Blizzard doesn't do anything halfway. In finally deciding to make a big move into the mobile games segment, it’s just spent nearly $6 billion to acquire King, maker of hit mobile games like Candy Crush.


    But while you might be thinking that’s a lot of money ...

  • Web: Signal, the Snowden-approved crypto app, comes to Android

    Since it first appeared in Apple’s App Store last year, the free encrypted calling and texting app Signal has become the darling of the privacy community, recommended—and apparently used daily—by no less than Edward Snowden himself. Now its creator is bringing that same form of ultra-simple smartphone ...

  • Web: Spotify really does reduce music piracy, but at a cost

    Spotify swears up and down that its free music streaming helps curb piracy.


    But does it really? Yes, if you ask the EU... but it's not the cure-all that the company might suggest.


    European Commission study claims that there's "clear evidence" of Spotify reducing illegal downloads, with ...

  • Web: Music service Deezer postpones $343M IPO citing market conditions

    Call it the Pandora effect? The problems of the streaming music model? The crush of competition from Apple Music? Whatever the root cause, Deezer has had to face the music on its plans for an IPO: Paris-based music streaming company has announced that it will postponing its public listing indefinitely ...

  • Web: Uber seeks $1B in funding—again

    The ride-sharing juggernaut is reportedly seeking to raise $1 billion in funding just three months after closing its last mega-round, the New York Times reports, citing people familiar with the deal talks. The new investment would bring the company’s valuation as high as $60 billion to $70 billion, the ...

  • Web: Apple tells US judge iPhones are 'impossible' to unlock

    Apple has said that encrypted data on newer iPhones can't be accessed, even by Apple, though the firm could in theory help police unlock older phones.


    The comments came in a briefing filed on Monday to a US judge who asked for Apple's input in a case.


    A ...

  • Web: YouTube Red: $10 per month for no ads, streaming music, original content

    YouTube’s taking big steps towards transforming itself into a media service that you pay for like you pay for Netflix. Fancy YouTube! Aren’t you psyched?


    YouTube made a bunch of announcements today promoting its new subscription service, YouTube Red. For $10 a month, the service banishes ads, and ...

  • Web: Forget websites, Facebook wants you to read the news in its app

    Facebook wants to be your mobile newsstand.


    The social network is rolling out the Instant Articles feature in its mobile app to more users, allowing them to scan headlines, dive into articles and watch news videos on their phones, the company said Tuesday.


    Introduced in a limited fashion five months ...

  • Web: Google takes stake in Chinese voice recognition start-up Mobvoi

    Google has taken a significant minority stake in Mobvoi, a Beijing-based start-up that has developed Chinese-language voice recognition and search technology for mobile devices.


    The investment underscores how rapidly Chinese entrepreneurs are developing new technologies for the domestic market and comes as the Silicon Valley group continues to look for ...

  • Web: Social media making millennials less social

    It's something everyone suspected, but now it's official: The under-30 crowd is addicted to their cell phones.


    Those are the findings of a new survey, which showed that as millennials spend more time engaged on social media platforms, it's causing them to be less social in real ...

  • Web: Facebook warns users it thinks are being targeted in state-sponsored attacks

    Facebook is now alerting users it thinks are being targeted by state-sponsored hackers.


    The Menlo Park, Calif.-based social media giant announced the new policy in a post on Friday. If Facebook suspects an account is being targeted by a hacker working on behalf of a government, the social network ...

  • Web: The company behind Tinder and OkCupid just filed to go public

  • Web: Being ‘wasted’ on Facebook may damage your credit score

    The US’s middle classes are drenched in debt and demand is slowing. So how do banks build profits? By bending the rules.


    Two of the top credit analytics companies are exploring new ways of assessing consumers’ ability to handle loans, turning away from traditional sources of data such as ...

  • Web: Facebook is testing a shopping section for in-app retail

    Aa Facebook angles  to become the one and only place you spend your digital life, its effort to transform your News Feed into a storefront is once again ramping up.


    The tech giant said today that it will be testing a few new ways to shop in its app.


    Facebook ...

  • Web: Google, others help messaging startup Symphony raise $100M

    Google Inc. participated in an investment of more than $100 million in Symphony Communication Services LLC in a fundraising round that saw backers of the messaging startup expand to include three more investment banks and venture capital firm Lakestar LP.


    UBS Group AG, Natixis SA and Societe Generale SA also ...

  • Web: The Asian paradigm has shown messaging is the next frontier

    When it comes to messaging, there’s something brewing in Asia. And Facebook wants in on it.


    “Messaging is really, truly the next frontier,” said Facebook’s head of messaging products, David Marcus, who appeared onstage Thursday at the Code/Mobile conference at the Ritz-Carlton in Half Moon Bay, Calif ...

  • Web: Apple buys UK-based speech technology start-up VocalIQ

    Apple has acquired a UK-based start-up whose artificial-intelligence software helps computers and people speak to each other in a more natural dialogue, according to people familiar with the deal.


    VocalIQ uses machine learning to build virtual assistants that try to recreate the type of talking computers that appear in science-fiction ...

  • Web: Snapchat is adding more ways for advertisers to be in your silly selfies

    Snapchat’s latest push to make money? Sponsored “lenses” that let users insert special effects into their selfies.


    Snapchat will debut the new sponsored lenses for Halloween, and will design them on behalf of marketers, according to the Financial Times. Hollywood studios will likely be among the first advertisers.


    The ...

  • Web: Everyone you know will be able to rate you on the terrifying ‘Yelp for people’

    You can already rate restaurants, hotels, movies, college classes, government agencies and bowel movements online.


    So the most surprising thing about Peeple — basically Yelp, but for humans — may be the fact that no one has yet had the gall to launch something like it.


    When the app does launch, probably ...

  • Web: Twitter is rolling out more ‘Buy Now’ buttons to your timeline

    Twitter is preparing to expand its e-commerce presence in a big way. The company today announced it’s planning to roll out the ‘Buy Now’ buttons it introduced last year to many more merchants and brands.


    For reference, the shoppable tweets look like this:




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  • Web: Silent Circle launches secure smartphone

    Silent Circle, a company that makes secure smartphones and communications products, just launched its latest product: an Android smartphone designed for privacy obsessives. The Blackphone 2 is a $799 device with access to the Google Play store—more or less designed as a personal phone that is secure enough for ...

  • Web: Google said to be under U.S. antitrust scrutiny over Android

    Google Inc. is back under U.S. antitrust scrutiny as officials ask whether the tech giant stifled competitors’ access to its Android mobile-operating system, said two people familiar with the matter.


    The Federal Trade Commission reached an agreement with the Justice Department to spearhead an investigation of Google’s Android ...

  • Web: Mobile browser traffic is 2X bigger than app traffic

    Mobile browser traffic is actually twice that of mobile app traffic, according to a just-released Morgan Stanley report that rates Google’s stock as a buy. This appears to fly in the face of recent, strong, and repeated evidence that the app is winning, capturing 80-90 percent of our time ...

  • Web: Uber debuts commuting product in China

    Uber loves China and is proud to say so. The San Francisco ride-hailing company has pledged to open in 100 new Chinese cities in the next year, poured $1.2 billion into the country and promised investors it will be a bigger market for the company than the U.S ...

  • Web: Streaming makes up a third of the US music industry's revenue

    The music industry isn’t doing well, but revenue from streaming music is holding it back from a catastrophic slide. That’s the Cliff Notes of a new Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) report released this week. It shows streaming still going strong, but just how that will affect ...

  • Web: iOS 9 adblocker apps shoot to top of charts

    Less than a day after the launch of iOS 9, Apple’s latest operating system, content blocking software is at the top of the app charts worldwide.


    In the UK, two content blockers have hit the top 20 paid apps, with Purify at number 11 and Peace at number 12 ...

  • Web: Why WhatsApp Only Needs 50 Engineers for Its 900M Users

    Earlier this month, in a post to his Facebook page, WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum announced that his company’s instant messaging service is now used by more than 900 million people. And then Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg promptly responded with two posts of his own. One said “congrats,” and the ...

  • Web: Zynga buys Rising Tide startup

    Zynga has acquired Rising Tide Games, a free-to-play social-casino-game company started by former Zynga and Playtika executives, GamesBeat has learned.



    The startup is headed by Maytal Olsha, a former executive at Zynga who left last year, and casino slot game veteran Stuart Zoble. Zynga confirmed the acquisition via an exclusive ...

  • Web: Airbnb ‘Acqhires’ Flight Search Tool Vamo

    Airbnb has acquired Vamo, a flight search company similar to Kayak, and will be shutting down the product.


    The six-person Vamo team — five engineers and one designer — will be joining Airbnb to work on guest services products like traveler booking tools and the listings’ search engine. The terms of the ...

  • Web: Instagram gets serious about ads, opening platform to all

    Instagram is making it easy for any company to pitch its products next to filtered photos of sunsets and celebrity selfies. Previously only open to a select group of brands in the U.S., now any company in 30 countries can advertise on the platform with a “self-serve” option, with ...

  • Web: Baidu launches Duer digital assistant to take on Siri, Cortana and Google Now

    Chinese technology company Baidu, often labelled as China’s Google has launched a digital assistant to take on rivals from Apple, Microsoft and Google.


    Unveiled at the company’s Baidu World conference in Beijing on Tuesday, the new Siri-like virtual assistant called “Duer”, which roughly translates to “Du Secretary”, is ...

  • Web: Apperian Snares $12M As Mobile Applications Management Catches On

    Apperian, a mobile applications management (MAM) firm from Boston, announced a $12 million round today led by Malaysia-based First Floor Capital.


    Bessemer Venture Partners, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, North Bridge Venture Partners, Intel Capital and CommonAngels Ventures also participated. Today’s investment brings the total raised to date to just ...

  • Web: Facebook patent: Your friends could help you get a loan - or not

    Facebook patented technology on Tuesday that could be used for a number of things. It could help filter out spam email and offensive content. Or it could improve searches.


    It could also allow lenders to use a borrower's social network to determine whether he or she is a good ...

  • Web: China Ride-Hailing Battle Revs Up

    Chinese ride-hailing service Didi Kuaidi is set to raise about $3 billion through its latest fundraising round, said two people familiar with the matter, just as funding at the Chinese unit of rival Uber reaches $1.2 billion.


    The inflow of cash raises the stakes between two of the world ...

  • Web: College students drive anonymous apps trend

    As mobile phones and apps have become increasingly central to one’s college experience in the past few years, a new type of app has emerged: the anonymous kind.


    In 2013 the app Yik Yak was created. And by 2014, it was being used at more than 1,000 colleges ...

  • Web: A new app with 2M users just raised $100M to take on eBay

    Every year, dozens of new startups try to disrupt eBay and Craigslist, the Internet stalwarts that have ruled online classified ads for two decades.


    None have come close to pulling it off because the incumbents have nailed the most difficult part: market liquidity, or a plethora of both buyers and ...

  • Web: AOL Acquires Photo And Messaging Startup Kanvas Labs

    AOL is announcing another acquisition — Kanvas Labs, maker of mobile social apps.


    An AOL spokesperson told me that the company will continue to offer the existing Kanvas Labs products. Those include photo editing app Kanvas; Kanvas Keyboard, which allows users to add GIFs and stickers to their mobile conversations; and ...

  • Web: Two Googlers Leave the Company to Build Voice App

    Thomas Gayno had been working at Google for several years.


    One day, while he and his wife were both at work, he got a text message containing an audio file from his 20-month-old daughter’s nanny.


    When he finally downloaded the file as an MP3 and fired up his media ...

  • Web: Apple Unveils Major Cisco Partnership for Enterprise Focus

    Apple has announced a new partnership with Cisco that will result in a “fast lane” for enterprise customers using iOS devices on Cisco’s networks and push iPhone and iPad into Cisco’s enterprise environments. At a joint event today, Tim Cook reportedly said Apple is “all in on the ...

  • Web: Phone data can predict infectious disease outbreaks

    A team of Princeton and Harvard researchers analyzed the phone call records of 15 million users in Kenya -- not to spy on people, but to study the spread of seasonal disease.


    The team wanted to see if the movement of phone users can predict outbreaks of seasonal diseases like rubella ...

  • Web: Facebook Launches M, Its Bold Answer to Siri and Cortana

    Today, a few hundred Bay Area Facebook users will open their Messenger apps to discover M, a new virtual assistant. Facebook will prompt them to test it with examples of what M can do: Make restaurant reservations. Find a birthday gift for your spouse. Suggest—and then book—weekend getaways ...

  • Web: Spotify and Apple Music are ripping you off—here's how to fight back

    If you subscribe to a subscription music service such as Spotify or Apple Music you probably pay $10 a month. And if you are like most people, you probably do so believing your money goes to the artists you listen to. Unfortunately, you are wrong.


    The reality is only some ...

  • Web: Friendsy lands $500K from LHV and Slow Ventures

    Friendsy, a viral new social network for only college students, recently closed a $500,000seed round with Lerer Hippeau Ventures (Buzzfeed, Casper, GroupMe) and Slow Ventures (Facebook, Hinge, Twitter).


    Friendsy, the brainchild of recent Princeton graduates Vaidhy Murti and Michael Pinsky, has registered close to 100,000 users and 750 ...

  • Web: Jolla's crowdsourced tablet is up for pre-order

    The Jolla tablet started life with an interesting pitch: a crowdfunded slate with a novel, gesture-based OS, an Intel 64-bit quad-core CPU, a high resolution 7.85-inch screen and software features culled from the community's most popular suggestions. That was almost a year ago, and now the tablet is ...

  • Web: LinkedIn launches Lookup

    LinkedIn has launched a new standalone iOS app called LinkedIn Lookup today in a bid to help users make better use of their co-workers’s skills.


    The company says it conducted research that suggests many corporate employees feel they could do a better job if they knew how to find ...

  • Web: Social Networks Aren’t Drawing U.S. Adults Like They Used To

    There’s a good reason America’s most popular social networks are looking for new users overseas.


    A new study from Pew Research Center found that social networks like Instagram, Facebook and Twitter are all slowing down considerably when it comes to adding U.S. adult users. Pew reported the ...

  • Web: 'Knock Knock' is a New App That Could Kill the Business Card

    We all want simpler exchanges of information when meeting new people in person. Yet even in the smartphone era, the humble business card arguably remains the best way. But Knock Knock, a new app launching today, seeks to change that by evoking the physical action of knocking on someone's ...

  • Web: Intel and Google want your phone to see in 3D

    Intel's RealSense camera tech can sense and scan three-dimensional objects, while Google's Project Tango sensors are adept at motion tracking and 3D-mapping. It just makes sense for the two to come together, which is exactly what was announced today at Intel's Developer Forum. The two have developed ...

  • Web: Airbnb targets booming China demand

    Home-sharing startup Airbnb is gearing up for a deeper push into the booming market of Chinese travelers.


    Airbnb has forged a partnership with investment firms Sequoia China and China Broadband Capital, which contributed to a $1.5 billion investment this summer, to find a chief executive officer for its China ...

  • Web: Messaging app Kik is now worth $1B

    Kik aims to become the “WeChat of the West,” thanks to funding from WeChat’s parent company, Tencent.


    Messaging app Kik has joined the so-called unicorn club with a $1 billion valuation in its latest round of funding. The Waterloo, Ontario-based company has raised $50 million from Tencent, the Chinese ...

  • Web: NYT built a bot to help decide which stories to post to social media

    The New York Times publishes more than 300 stories each day. Which ones should editors feature on its many social media channels? While the humans behind the Times’ social media accounts have refined their voice and craft, the process of handpicking which stories to feature can still belaborious and involves ...

  • Web: Google's Nexus devices are getting monthly security updates

    Samsung isn't the only Android device maker promising monthly security updates in light of huge exploits like the Stagefright flaw. Google itself is vowing that Nexus devices will get monthly over-the-air patches, starting with software arriving today. If you own a Nexus 4 or any newer model, you won ...

  • Web: Slide for iOS lets you send pics to any user within 200 feet whether you know them or not

    Photo sharing among friends is simple enough via social media, but not as easy when at an event where you may not be linked to everyone in attendance via Facebook. To help change that, there’s Slide, a new app that uses Bluetooth technology to send and receive pictures.


    Slide ...

  • Web: Google just boosted the odds that it will acquire Twitter

    Google’s plan to build a Facebook-style social network—and data-collection service—has failed, which is why it will probably buy Twitter.


    Google finally announced recently that it is scaling back its focus on Google+, the also-ran social network that the search giant has spent hundreds of millions of dollars ...

  • Web: Apple Reportedly Wants to Offer its Own Wireless Service

    Apple isn’t content with just selling you their phones—they want to be your carrier, too. Business Insider reported today that Apple is secretly testing a mobile virtual network operator service (MVNO), a “virtual” cell service that switches between cell towers depending on the strongest signal. The company has ...

  • Web: Mobile Marketing And Analytics Startup WizRocket Lands $8M From Sequoia And Accel

    WizRocket, which helps companies increase user engagement by fine-tuning mobile, web, and e-mail notifications, has raised $8 million in new funding from Sequoia Capital India and returning investor Accel Partners.


    The Palo Alto-based startup will use its fresh capital to launch an API for developers and a new engagement platform ...

  • Web: Uber now offers its own car leases to UberX drivers

    The on-demand ride company is now issuing flexible leases directly to drivers.


    As Uber continues to evolve beyond just dominating on-demand rides, the company is furthering its bets on leasing cars to drivers. Uber announced today a new pilot program, called Xchange Leasing, allowing Uber to directly lease cars to ...

  • Web: Microsoft reportedly investing in Uber at a $50 billion valuation

    If it seems like Uber is working on another new round of funding, that is because Uber is always working on another new round of funding. Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journalare reporting that the company has closed a new investment which values it at $50 billion, and also ...

  • Web: Yahoo Announces Mobile Video-Messaging Service to Woo Users

    Yahoo! Inc. unveiled a new messaging application that lets people use live video to check in with friends, a bid to capitalize on the growing popularity of mobile tools like WhatsApp and Snapchat.


    The new service, called Livetext, lets users communicate via video -- without audio -- and text messages, Adam Cahan ...

  • Web: Caller ID App Truecaller Is Raising $100M At A $1B Valuation

    Communications apps that strike a chord with users across different markets are hot property these days, and it looks like another one of them may soon enter the so-calledunicorn club. TechCrunch has learned that Truecaller — a caller ID app that now has 150 million users — is looking to raise around ...

  • Web: Facebook quarterly results beat on most metrics

    Facebook reported quarterly results Wednesday that topped analyst estimates on nearly every metric.


    The company said its adjusted second-quarter earnings came in at 50 cents per share on $4.04 billion in revenue. Wall Street analysts forecast Facebook would deliver earnings of 47 cents per share on $3.99 billion ...

  • Web: Yelp Admits the Unicorn Bubble Is Hurting Its Profits

    Yelp debuted “surprise losses” on its earnings yesterday, causing its stock to plummet 28 percent by the next day. Its projected revenue for 2015 was lower than expected, in part because its employees’ salary costs are rising. With the rise of big, private-venture-backed companies in Silicon Valley — so-called unicorns — the ...

  • Web: Going Abroad? Save Big Money On Your Phone Bill With 'Flyp'

    If you hate the idea of having a work phone and personal phone, paying long-distance calling overages and feeling obligated to pick up calls from unknown senders, there's an app that can help resolve these problems for you. Its solution: Set up multiple phone numbers on a single device ...

  • Web: ‘Heartbleed for Mobile': Researcher Finds Massive Security Flaw in Android

    Openness is Android’s greatest strength — a flexibility that has enabled it to spread to now power four of every five smartphones on the planet.


    But openness can be, at times, its greatest weakness. This frailty was demonstrated on Monday when Joshua Drake, a researcher with security firm Zimperium, revealed ...

  • Web: Google’s Eerie Patent for a Human Memory Device

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office awarded Google a patent this week for a digital camera that records live experiences and organizes them into a searchable database for later playback.


    The camera mounts onto a “wearable computing device,” which would likely be Google’s troubled but definitely-already-existing Glass headset ...

  • Apple Music's Rocky Start

    It’s not turning out to be much of a Love Story between US singer Taylor Swift and soon to be launched Apple Music. Together with an open letter posted on her Instagram page the award winning and multi-platinum singer has announced that she will not release her highly popular ...

  • Building Native Mobile Apps

    Mobile first has become one of the golden rules for aspiring and existing startups. Many new startups focus on building their mobile presence first before going to web – some have even taken the mobile-only approach. Its hard to argue against such logic as more people invest time into their smartphones ...

  • Sense360: Data to Make Apps Smarter

    Many of us are not too fond of the personal data that is collected by our apps – we never really know where that data ends up and for what purpose. But a new startup wants to use that data to enhance the user experience. 



    Up until now Los Angeles-based Sense360 ...

  • Blitab: The Table for the Blind

    Despite all the new tech and gadgets that roll out on a daily basis it seems that the emerging tech world has left the over 285M visually impaired people around the globe behind. However, an Austrian startup wants to change that by creating the world’s first tablet for the ...

  • Spark Profit: The Trading Game

    In markets that are as volatile as today’s everyone is on the look out for investment tips and winning trading strategies. A Tokyo-based startup has a rather unusual approach to tackle this problem: gamification and crowdsourcing.


    Spark Profit is a free desktop and mobile app that allows anyone to ...

  • Introducing Viv - Siri Grows Up

    Many will remember the fever-pitch reception Siri received back in 2011 with the launch of the iPhone 4S.  But the very team behind Apple’s intelligent assistant has something new up its sleeve: Viv Labs has just raised $12.5M in a series B round led by Iconiq Capital for ...

  • The Messaging Apps Just Keep Coming: Video Texting App Glide Raises $20M in Series B Funding

    Mobile messaging apps are a dime-a-dozen nowadays. From diverse offerings from startups like Kik and Snapchat to apps from tech giants like Whatsapp (Facebook) and Blink (Yahoo!); to huge funding rounds and valuation (e.g. Yik Yak recently raised $62M at a valuation of between $300M-$400M) its safe to ...

  • Coming Soon: Facebook at Work

    Browsing Facebook at work may soon cease to be a big ‘no-no’. A report by the Financial Times has just revealed that the social networking giant is working on a new community platform for businesses.Dubbed ‘Facebook at Work’ the website will allow users to “chat with colleagues, connect with ...

  • Say Hello to Ello

    Fight the Power! The power of Facebook more specifically. The social networking world has rarely gone into a frenzy over a new entrant with the space dominated by the likes of Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn but a new startup has taken the space by storm in just a matter of ...

  • Keeping Your Mobile Private

    It is not entirely uncommon for technology and innovations to take flight during political rumblings. Many will remember the role Twitter played in the Arab Spring of 2012. Now it seems that the pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong have set the scene for a new kind of messaging to take ...

  • It’s going to be a Big One: Apple Prepares for iPhone 6 Launch Event on September 9th

    Its another year and another iPhone launch event. It has been reported on multiple fronts that the new iPhone 6 will debut in the next few days.


    While rumour and hype surrounding new Apple products usually go into overdrive as launch events get closer, it looks like this year Apple ...

  • Sobrr: Erasing the Last 24 Hours

    It looks like (rather ironically) anything ephemeral is here to stay. Apps and software that offer disappearing texts and pictures are a dime a dozen these days with the likes of Snapchat, Secret and Frankly.


    Brand new startup Sobrr wants to bring ephemerality to the entire social networking landscape with ...

  • Rivalry Gets Ugly: Uber vs. Lyft

    The gloves are off!  Ride sharing and car hiring startups Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. are doing anything but sharing the competitive space with what some would call some very aggressive tactics against one another – especially on the part of the much larger Uber.


    Competition from a consumer perspective ...

  • Amazon Launches Kindle Unlimited

    This month Amazon announced the launch of Kindle Unlimited, a Netflix like subscription service that gives users access to hundreds of thousands of books for only $10/month.


    Kindle Unlimited draws a lot from other subscription services for streaming television, movies and music. It gives users the freedom to explore ...

  • Microsoft Pivots Away from PC

    It is earnings season on Wall Street and few companies garner analyst attention the way Microsoft does.  Along with the announcement of its fourth quarter 2014 financial results (three months ended June 30, 2014) Microsoft, now under recently appointed CEO Satya Nadella, also announced a series of changes to its ...

  • Change the World in Just 30 Seconds!

    Imagine if you could feed a starving child, cure cancer and save an animal all in the space of 30 seconds. It does sound rather fantastical but it is the tagline an Australian startup is using to publicise its new social enterprise.


    30 Seconds Change is developing a mobile app ...

  • Backplane: Lady Gaga-Backed Social Network Wants to Help You Build Your Own Online Community

    In the age of Facebook, there seems to be little room or arguably little need for another social network to draw our attention and hours at work and school. With over 1.5B global social network users, it is safe to assume that Facebook commands the lion’s share of ...

  • Xiaomi Powers Ahead

    The smartphone world has become increasingly binary: most people either fall into the Samsung Galaxy or Apple iPhone camp. Sure, there are plenty of other options out there, exclusively in the Android universe with offerings from HTC, Sony and LG but very few have heard of one of the fastest ...

  • The Blockbuster IPO of 2014: Alibaba inches closer to its much anticipated US market debut

    Still waiting for that blockbuster market event of 2014? Your patience may soon be rewarded as a Chinese internet giant prepares for a huge US IPO that will likely take place this summer.


    While speculation abounds (no confirmed details yet on how much stock will be sold, a price or ...

  • Uber’s New $10 B Valuation

    It was not that long ago that many (including us) were surprised by Uber’s sky-high $3.5 B valuation (nearly 30x revenues at the time) after a Series C funding round last August. Well, it looks like Uber is at it again – this time with a funding round reportedly ...

  • The New Benjamin Franklin?

    Facebook’s 1 billion users are about to descend on to the financial services sector.


    According to reports last month, the social network was just a couple of weeks away from obtaining regulatory approval for a P2P money transfer service that would allow its users to store money on Facebook ...

  • The Smartphone Just for You: Google’s Project Ara

    The bane of any manufacturer since day 1 has been the need to satisfy diverse customer needs. Project Ara aims to solve that problem for the smartphone industry. The vision? To create a smartphone exclusively for 6 billion people!


    At the heart of Project Ara is a modular phone that ...

  • New Technology Aims to Boost Your Speed-Reading Skills

    Try and get the average Generation Y person to read a book and you will instead likely find them on their smartphone within minutes. However, here is some great news for parents, teachers and anyone with an extremely short attention span – There is now a mobile application that will help ...

  • Smartphones Continue to Join the Fight against Cancer

    In our first February 2014 Issue of ‘Tech Bytes’ we covered how cancer researchers in the UK were using mobile games to help in DNA sequencing of cancer cells. Cancer Research UK released their own iteration of space invaders with the goal of reducing the time it took to study ...

  • Google’s Project Tango

    The sale of Motorola hasn’t slowed Google down one bit in the smartphone department – no wonder they held on to the highly secretive Advanced Technology and Products group (ATAP) during the sale of Motorola to Lenovo. They have just unveiled Project Tango, the phone that can build up a ...

  • Duolingo: Free Language Education for the Digital World

    Duolingo is fast becoming one of the most popular learning applications in both the Google Play and Apple App Stores. The reason is simple; Duolingo offers an attractive way to learn new languages while having fun doing it. In mid-February the company received a new funding round of $20M to ...

  • Go Without Your Phone to Give Clean Water to Children in Need

    UNICEF is no stranger to making the world a better place, and this time they are back at it with the 8th annual edition of the “Tap Project” (click the logo to visit website). The Tap Project is working to help the over 760M people around the world gain ...

  • Web: Whatsapp just switched on encryption for a billion people

    For most of the past six weeks, the biggest story out of Silicon Valley was Apple’s battle with the FBI over a federal order to unlock the iPhone of a mass shooter. The company’s refusal touched off a searing debate over privacy and security in the digital age ...

  • Web: Slack raises $200M at $3.8B valuation

    Slack, the cloud collaboration software company led by Stewart Butterfield, announced on Friday that it has raised $200 million in its fourth round of venture capital funding at a post-money valuation of $3.8 billion.


    Thrive Capital led the round and was joined by GGV Capital, Comcast Ventures, Sherpa Ventures ...

  • Web: Facebook & Snapchat's Fight for Messaging Domination

    The gloves are off between Snapchat and Facebook. 


    In the last month, Facebook bought Masquerade, an app that looks identical to Snapchat’s most famous filter feature. 


    Snapchat retaliated by buying Bitstrips, the maker of the popular Bitmojis that went viral and became a business in 2013 thanks to it ...

  • Web: Samsung is building a new social network called Waffle

    If you're building a new social network likely to get battered in the marketplace, you may as well call it Waffle. The latest entry in the ever-expanding category of Weird Samsung Things allows you to post a photo that your friends can annotate by adding their own photos or ...

  • Web: Snapchat raises $175M in funding at flat $16B valuation

    Snapchat has raised $175 million from Fidelity Investments at a $16 billion valuation, according to Wall Street Journal.


    The interesting thing is, Snapchat’s last round of funding in May 2015 reportedly valued the company at $16 billion.


    The new funding is technically part of that same round, according to ...

  • Web: Yello Mobile raises $30M more at a $4B valuation

    Yello Mobile — the Seoul, Korea-based mobile apps business that has grown by raising nearly $150 million and acquiring over 80 other app startups — has picked another $30 million in funding. This latest cash injection comes from SBI Holdings, a digital financial services group based out of Japan that announced a ...

  • Web: Google's Plan to Make Smartphones Smarter

    Last October, Google CEO Sundar Pichai spoke about what machine learning means for Google. He called it “transformative,” and said that Google was “rethinking everything we’re doing” in the context of machine learning.


    A subset of artificial intelligence, machine learning is an approach in which “neural network” computers use ...

  • Web: Spotify is said to be seeking $500M in new funds

    Spotify is looking to raise at least $500 million in new funding to continue its global expansion and compete with powerful outlets like Apple, Pandora and Google, according to a person briefed on the company’s plans.


    Spotify, whose free and paid subscription plans have been a major driver of ...

  • Web: Instagram will be a $3B business this year: Analyst

    If early reports and analyst estimates are any indication, Instagram is shaping up to be an impressive business for its parent company, Facebook.


    Since opened its advertising program to the world in September, Facebook has yet to offer any hint as to how much money it has been making on ...

  • Web: FreedomPop Raises $50M, Adds Low Cost Data Roaming

    Mobile internet service provider FreedomPop said on Wednesday that it’s raised another $50 million in a Series C round — only six months after closing a Series B round of $36 million.


    The round brings the Los Angeles, Calif.-based startup’s total valuation to $250 million (up from $150 ...

  • Web: China's Meituan-Dianping raises over $3.3B, values firm at $18B

    Chinese Internet company Meituan-Dianping, akin to a mix of Yelp Inc and Groupon Inc, said it has raised over $3.3 billion in funding that valued the firm at more than $18 billion, in the biggest ever fundraising by a startup.


    The fundraising outstrips compatriot Didi Kuaidi's $3 billion ...

  • Web: Uber is on track to top $1.5B in revenue this year

    Leaked financials obtained by The Information’s Amir Efrati show Uber is facing staggering losses, but it’s nowhere near an existential threat.


    Uber lost close to $1 billion in the first half of 2015, up from $671.4 million the year before, according to The Information’s report.


    Even ...

  • Web: Korea’s Yello Mobile raises funds at a $4B valuation

    Korea’s Yello Mobile has made a name for itself raising $100 million and using it to hoover up more than 80 startups to build its mobile apps business, which now serves 18 million users. Now, Yello Mobile is raising again: it has racked up another $47.2 million in ...

  • Web: Yahoo attempts to take on Facebook with reimagined Messenger

    Remember Yahoo Messenger? It used to be the instant messaging client of choice for many people (like myself) but even though it never really went away, it eventually fell by the wayside as social media and newer apps like FacebookMessenger and Whatsapp took over. Well, it's trying to make ...

  • Web: Uber wants to deliver everything, not just people

    Uber is not a taxi company, it's a delivery company. And whether its cars are moving human beings or, as they are already in the US, physical products (and no, it's not just cats and ice cream), what it's really delivering is information about how to make ...

  • Web: Many Android Apps Send Unnecessary Hidden Data

    It won't shock you to hear that Android apps send a lot of data, but you may be surprised at how much of it isn't really necessary... or public, for that matter.


    MIT researchers have determined that "much" of the hidden data sent and received by the 500 ...

  • Web: Rdio shutting down, and Pandora will buy its technology

    Streaming music service Rdio is planning to shut down and sell "key assets" to Pandora.


    Pandora announced the pending acquisition today, saying it will spend $75 million to buy "technology and intellectual property from Rdio" and hire "many members of Rdio's team." Pandora is not buying the full company ...

  • Web: Facebook says government data requests are at their highest level ever

    Facebook today released its biannual report on government data requests, indicating that total law enforcement requests are at their highest level ever at 41,214 for the first half of 2015. That's an 18 percent jump over the back half of last year, according to the social network's ...

  • Web: Activision buys Candy Crush maker for $5.9B

    Activision Blizzard doesn't do anything halfway. In finally deciding to make a big move into the mobile games segment, it’s just spent nearly $6 billion to acquire King, maker of hit mobile games like Candy Crush.


    But while you might be thinking that’s a lot of money ...

  • Web: Music service Deezer postpones $343M IPO citing market conditions

    Call it the Pandora effect? The problems of the streaming music model? The crush of competition from Apple Music? Whatever the root cause, Deezer has had to face the music on its plans for an IPO: Paris-based music streaming company has announced that it will postponing its public listing indefinitely ...

  • Web: Apple tells US judge iPhones are 'impossible' to unlock

    Apple has said that encrypted data on newer iPhones can't be accessed, even by Apple, though the firm could in theory help police unlock older phones.


    The comments came in a briefing filed on Monday to a US judge who asked for Apple's input in a case.


    A ...

  • Web: YouTube Red: $10 per month for no ads, streaming music, original content

    YouTube’s taking big steps towards transforming itself into a media service that you pay for like you pay for Netflix. Fancy YouTube! Aren’t you psyched?


    YouTube made a bunch of announcements today promoting its new subscription service, YouTube Red. For $10 a month, the service banishes ads, and ...

  • Web: Google takes stake in Chinese voice recognition start-up Mobvoi

    Google has taken a significant minority stake in Mobvoi, a Beijing-based start-up that has developed Chinese-language voice recognition and search technology for mobile devices.


    The investment underscores how rapidly Chinese entrepreneurs are developing new technologies for the domestic market and comes as the Silicon Valley group continues to look for ...

  • Web: The company behind Tinder and OkCupid just filed to go public

  • Web: Facebook is testing a shopping section for in-app retail

    Aa Facebook angles  to become the one and only place you spend your digital life, its effort to transform your News Feed into a storefront is once again ramping up.


    The tech giant said today that it will be testing a few new ways to shop in its app.


    Facebook ...

  • Web: Google, others help messaging startup Symphony raise $100M

    Google Inc. participated in an investment of more than $100 million in Symphony Communication Services LLC in a fundraising round that saw backers of the messaging startup expand to include three more investment banks and venture capital firm Lakestar LP.


    UBS Group AG, Natixis SA and Societe Generale SA also ...

  • Web: Snapchat is adding more ways for advertisers to be in your silly selfies

    Snapchat’s latest push to make money? Sponsored “lenses” that let users insert special effects into their selfies.


    Snapchat will debut the new sponsored lenses for Halloween, and will design them on behalf of marketers, according to the Financial Times. Hollywood studios will likely be among the first advertisers.


    The ...

  • Web: Everyone you know will be able to rate you on the terrifying ‘Yelp for people’

    You can already rate restaurants, hotels, movies, college classes, government agencies and bowel movements online.


    So the most surprising thing about Peeple — basically Yelp, but for humans — may be the fact that no one has yet had the gall to launch something like it.


    When the app does launch, probably ...

  • Web: Silent Circle launches secure smartphone

    Silent Circle, a company that makes secure smartphones and communications products, just launched its latest product: an Android smartphone designed for privacy obsessives. The Blackphone 2 is a $799 device with access to the Google Play store—more or less designed as a personal phone that is secure enough for ...

  • Web: Uber debuts commuting product in China

    Uber loves China and is proud to say so. The San Francisco ride-hailing company has pledged to open in 100 new Chinese cities in the next year, poured $1.2 billion into the country and promised investors it will be a bigger market for the company than the U.S ...

  • Web: iOS 9 adblocker apps shoot to top of charts

    Less than a day after the launch of iOS 9, Apple’s latest operating system, content blocking software is at the top of the app charts worldwide.


    In the UK, two content blockers have hit the top 20 paid apps, with Purify at number 11 and Peace at number 12 ...

  • Web: Instagram gets serious about ads, opening platform to all

    Instagram is making it easy for any company to pitch its products next to filtered photos of sunsets and celebrity selfies. Previously only open to a select group of brands in the U.S., now any company in 30 countries can advertise on the platform with a “self-serve” option, with ...

  • Web: Baidu launches Duer digital assistant to take on Siri, Cortana and Google Now

    Chinese technology company Baidu, often labelled as China’s Google has launched a digital assistant to take on rivals from Apple, Microsoft and Google.


    Unveiled at the company’s Baidu World conference in Beijing on Tuesday, the new Siri-like virtual assistant called “Duer”, which roughly translates to “Du Secretary”, is ...

  • Web: China Ride-Hailing Battle Revs Up

    Chinese ride-hailing service Didi Kuaidi is set to raise about $3 billion through its latest fundraising round, said two people familiar with the matter, just as funding at the Chinese unit of rival Uber reaches $1.2 billion.


    The inflow of cash raises the stakes between two of the world ...

  • Web: College students drive anonymous apps trend

    As mobile phones and apps have become increasingly central to one’s college experience in the past few years, a new type of app has emerged: the anonymous kind.


    In 2013 the app Yik Yak was created. And by 2014, it was being used at more than 1,000 colleges ...

  • Web: Two Googlers Leave the Company to Build Voice App

    Thomas Gayno had been working at Google for several years.


    One day, while he and his wife were both at work, he got a text message containing an audio file from his 20-month-old daughter’s nanny.


    When he finally downloaded the file as an MP3 and fired up his media ...

  • Web: Jolla's crowdsourced tablet is up for pre-order

    The Jolla tablet started life with an interesting pitch: a crowdfunded slate with a novel, gesture-based OS, an Intel 64-bit quad-core CPU, a high resolution 7.85-inch screen and software features culled from the community's most popular suggestions. That was almost a year ago, and now the tablet is ...

  • Web: Google's Nexus devices are getting monthly security updates

    Samsung isn't the only Android device maker promising monthly security updates in light of huge exploits like the Stagefright flaw. Google itself is vowing that Nexus devices will get monthly over-the-air patches, starting with software arriving today. If you own a Nexus 4 or any newer model, you won ...

  • Web: Apple Reportedly Wants to Offer its Own Wireless Service

    Apple isn’t content with just selling you their phones—they want to be your carrier, too. Business Insider reported today that Apple is secretly testing a mobile virtual network operator service (MVNO), a “virtual” cell service that switches between cell towers depending on the strongest signal. The company has ...

  • Web: Mobile Marketing And Analytics Startup WizRocket Lands $8M From Sequoia And Accel

    WizRocket, which helps companies increase user engagement by fine-tuning mobile, web, and e-mail notifications, has raised $8 million in new funding from Sequoia Capital India and returning investor Accel Partners.


    The Palo Alto-based startup will use its fresh capital to launch an API for developers and a new engagement platform ...

  • Web: Yelp Admits the Unicorn Bubble Is Hurting Its Profits

    Yelp debuted “surprise losses” on its earnings yesterday, causing its stock to plummet 28 percent by the next day. Its projected revenue for 2015 was lower than expected, in part because its employees’ salary costs are rising. With the rise of big, private-venture-backed companies in Silicon Valley — so-called unicorns — the ...

  • Web: ‘Heartbleed for Mobile': Researcher Finds Massive Security Flaw in Android

    Openness is Android’s greatest strength — a flexibility that has enabled it to spread to now power four of every five smartphones on the planet.


    But openness can be, at times, its greatest weakness. This frailty was demonstrated on Monday when Joshua Drake, a researcher with security firm Zimperium, revealed ...

  • Apple Music's Rocky Start

    It’s not turning out to be much of a Love Story between US singer Taylor Swift and soon to be launched Apple Music. Together with an open letter posted on her Instagram page the award winning and multi-platinum singer has announced that she will not release her highly popular ...

  • Building Native Mobile Apps

    Mobile first has become one of the golden rules for aspiring and existing startups. Many new startups focus on building their mobile presence first before going to web – some have even taken the mobile-only approach. Its hard to argue against such logic as more people invest time into their smartphones ...

  • Spark Profit: The Trading Game

    In markets that are as volatile as today’s everyone is on the look out for investment tips and winning trading strategies. A Tokyo-based startup has a rather unusual approach to tackle this problem: gamification and crowdsourcing.


    Spark Profit is a free desktop and mobile app that allows anyone to ...

  • Introducing Viv - Siri Grows Up

    Many will remember the fever-pitch reception Siri received back in 2011 with the launch of the iPhone 4S.  But the very team behind Apple’s intelligent assistant has something new up its sleeve: Viv Labs has just raised $12.5M in a series B round led by Iconiq Capital for ...

  • The Messaging Apps Just Keep Coming: Video Texting App Glide Raises $20M in Series B Funding

    Mobile messaging apps are a dime-a-dozen nowadays. From diverse offerings from startups like Kik and Snapchat to apps from tech giants like Whatsapp (Facebook) and Blink (Yahoo!); to huge funding rounds and valuation (e.g. Yik Yak recently raised $62M at a valuation of between $300M-$400M) its safe to ...

  • Coming Soon: Facebook at Work

    Browsing Facebook at work may soon cease to be a big ‘no-no’. A report by the Financial Times has just revealed that the social networking giant is working on a new community platform for businesses.Dubbed ‘Facebook at Work’ the website will allow users to “chat with colleagues, connect with ...

  • Say Hello to Ello

    Fight the Power! The power of Facebook more specifically. The social networking world has rarely gone into a frenzy over a new entrant with the space dominated by the likes of Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn but a new startup has taken the space by storm in just a matter of ...

  • Keeping Your Mobile Private

    It is not entirely uncommon for technology and innovations to take flight during political rumblings. Many will remember the role Twitter played in the Arab Spring of 2012. Now it seems that the pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong have set the scene for a new kind of messaging to take ...

  • Rivalry Gets Ugly: Uber vs. Lyft

    The gloves are off!  Ride sharing and car hiring startups Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. are doing anything but sharing the competitive space with what some would call some very aggressive tactics against one another – especially on the part of the much larger Uber.


    Competition from a consumer perspective ...

  • Amazon Launches Kindle Unlimited

    This month Amazon announced the launch of Kindle Unlimited, a Netflix like subscription service that gives users access to hundreds of thousands of books for only $10/month.


    Kindle Unlimited draws a lot from other subscription services for streaming television, movies and music. It gives users the freedom to explore ...

  • Microsoft Pivots Away from PC

    It is earnings season on Wall Street and few companies garner analyst attention the way Microsoft does.  Along with the announcement of its fourth quarter 2014 financial results (three months ended June 30, 2014) Microsoft, now under recently appointed CEO Satya Nadella, also announced a series of changes to its ...

  • Backplane: Lady Gaga-Backed Social Network Wants to Help You Build Your Own Online Community

    In the age of Facebook, there seems to be little room or arguably little need for another social network to draw our attention and hours at work and school. With over 1.5B global social network users, it is safe to assume that Facebook commands the lion’s share of ...

  • Xiaomi Powers Ahead

    The smartphone world has become increasingly binary: most people either fall into the Samsung Galaxy or Apple iPhone camp. Sure, there are plenty of other options out there, exclusively in the Android universe with offerings from HTC, Sony and LG but very few have heard of one of the fastest ...

  • The Blockbuster IPO of 2014: Alibaba inches closer to its much anticipated US market debut

    Still waiting for that blockbuster market event of 2014? Your patience may soon be rewarded as a Chinese internet giant prepares for a huge US IPO that will likely take place this summer.


    While speculation abounds (no confirmed details yet on how much stock will be sold, a price or ...

  • Uber’s New $10 B Valuation

    It was not that long ago that many (including us) were surprised by Uber’s sky-high $3.5 B valuation (nearly 30x revenues at the time) after a Series C funding round last August. Well, it looks like Uber is at it again – this time with a funding round reportedly ...

  • The New Benjamin Franklin?

    Facebook’s 1 billion users are about to descend on to the financial services sector.


    According to reports last month, the social network was just a couple of weeks away from obtaining regulatory approval for a P2P money transfer service that would allow its users to store money on Facebook ...

  • Smartphones Continue to Join the Fight against Cancer

    In our first February 2014 Issue of ‘Tech Bytes’ we covered how cancer researchers in the UK were using mobile games to help in DNA sequencing of cancer cells. Cancer Research UK released their own iteration of space invaders with the goal of reducing the time it took to study ...

  • Google’s Project Tango

    The sale of Motorola hasn’t slowed Google down one bit in the smartphone department – no wonder they held on to the highly secretive Advanced Technology and Products group (ATAP) during the sale of Motorola to Lenovo. They have just unveiled Project Tango, the phone that can build up a ...

  • Duolingo: Free Language Education for the Digital World

    Duolingo is fast becoming one of the most popular learning applications in both the Google Play and Apple App Stores. The reason is simple; Duolingo offers an attractive way to learn new languages while having fun doing it. In mid-February the company received a new funding round of $20M to ...


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