The days of the crazy bridesmaid dresses appear to be on the wane as more and more brides and bridesmaids try to find dresses they actually like. Ilana Stern founded Weddington Way to help them. Read more »
While Tumblr’s sale to Yahoo back in May was generally acknowledged as a needed influx of cash for the company that was struggled to make money through advertising, new documents reveal just how much cash Tumblr had. Read more »
The appointment of a new (but not new to the company) CEO at Groupon has investors more confident in the company, as it looks to re-invent itself and boost sales. Read more »
Do all those promoted tweets and social-media efforts by big brands have an impact on in-person retail sales? Twitter says a new study it commissioned found that they do. Read more »
Gumroad — which lets users sell magazines, music, comic books, items for fan clubs and other digital content — is expanding its simple payments platform to include subscriptions. Read more »
Instagram announced a few updates to Instagram video on Wednesday, including the ability to import video from your phone’s media library, the launch of Instagram video for Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) users, and a straightening feature to adjust video angles.
Beauty Army is still small, and has far less traction than a company like Birchbox. But Mars missions and mascara have more in common than you might think. Read more »
Flickr has a new leader who comes from Google, where he was in charge of integrating Zagat into the company’s products. Read more »
Twitter announced Tuesday that it launched improvements to its user verification feature that will no longer require users to get a code from a mobile phone. Instead verification will be done within the Twitter app itself. Wired delved into how Twitter rolled the feature out.
Nearly seven years after Facebook launched the News Feed, engineers are re-thinking how certain updates should show up in your feed, and how that plays into the Facebook experience. Here are some changes they’re making. Read more »
A new report analyzing trends in venture capital found that Google Ventures has been the most active corporate VC since early 2012, which makes sense as the firm has Google’s financial backing and ambitions to compete with the top Valley firms. Read more »
Angie’s List announced on Monday that it acquired BrightNest, the company we wrote about in March that was one of several startups targeting the home cleaning space. BrightNest provides consumers with tips for cleaning and organization based on their personal homes and preferences.
It’s a shame that Rockmelt is shuttering its social web browser and news apps when Yahoo could have put that technology to use. But there’s still a chance that Rockmelt was a great buy for Yahoo. Here’s why. Read more »
Yahoo has acquired Rockmelt, the company that raised funding from top Silicon Valley investors to build a social browser for the web, but which had since pivoted to building social news apps intead. Read more »
RebelMouse, the company founded by former Huffington Post CTO Paul Berry, closed a $10.25 million Series A round led by Oak Investment Partners, SoftBank, Sterling Investment Partners and Michael Lazerow. The company reported that in the last month it hit 7 million unique visitors to the site. Read more »
LinkedIn reported its second quarter earnings on Thursday, beating analyst estimates with both revenue, at $363.7 million, and earnings per share, at $0.38. The company has seen increased traffic and users to its site. Read more »
Being an entrepreneur is about knowing when something isn’t working and it’s time to pivot. Albumatic is re-launching Thursday in hopes of figuring out group photo-sharing. Read more »
Fab added another $10 million to the venture funding its raised as it looks to move into Asian markets. Read more »
Salon wrote about a new organization called Peers, which works to promote the sharing economy. While Peers isn’t a lobbying organization, the founder said, it tries to get more people sharing resources like their cars and houses through companies like AirBnb or Lyft.
Glide is an Israeli-based video messaging app that’s seen strong growth recently, but it has had a spamming problem. The company told us that it’s now stopped auto-inviting your friends after users complained. Read more »
What if you had a location-based mobile dating and hookup app that wasn’t based around profile photos? Twine is attempting to create an experience that’s focused on conversation rather than looks. Read more »
To spread more of its content across the web — and challenge Twitter’s growing stature in breaking news — Facebook plans to announce a new program that lets publishers embed Facebook posts on their sites. Read more »
Chirpify, the company that allows for in-stream purchases on social networks like Twitter and Facebook, plans to announce that it’s added additional funding to a previously-reported $2 million Series A, bringing the total round to $6 million. Investors include Voyager Capital, Saturn Partners, Provenance Ventures, and angels.
The generation that’s grown up with free content on the internet is also used to having television when they want it, wherever they want it — a premise that Netflix seems to understand best. Here’s why. Read more »
Facebook is reportedly planning to sell TV-style video ads on its network for millions of dollars per day, showing that the company is serious about grabbing big-time ad dollars. Read more »
Fab announced Tuesday that it will be getting rid of more than 100 positions in its Berlin office as it continues restructuring the business away from flash sales and toward more of a global e-commerce home and design store. Read more »
The Fancy plans to add same-day delivery on items shipped to customers in New York City, as a way to differentiate the design-oriented e-commerce company, and to get customers to take the plunge and make a purchase. Read more »
You can now check out new products from Fab on a digital catalog produced through iOS app Catalog Spree. The move will allow Fab to continue refining the discovery experience. Read more »
The team behind Mailbox announced that in September it will be shuttering Orchestra, the to-do list app that pre-dated Mailbox, which was acquired by Dropbox this year. The company had already stopped updating Orchestra, but they told customers in a blog post Friday that they will now be totally shutting it down.
In an effort to provide Pinterest users with a more personalized experience on the web, the company announced that it will begin tracking when consumers visit sites with the “Pin It” button, and then serving them up similar content. Read more »
Five hundred investments later, Dave McClure and his 500 Startups team have learned a thing or two about founders and getting things done overseas. We sat down with McClure to ask him about the biggest lessons so far. Read more »
We’ve seen a rise of e-commerce companies recently that have tackled the dual problems of discovery and boredom: They’ve made shopping a fun, emotional experience. But can they translate that to sales? Read more »
Even as cord-cutting becomes a big business, Twitter is doubling down on TV: The company formally launched its TV ad targeting this week. So why does Twitter care so much about TV? New numbers from Nielsen show there’s still huge money in TV ads — 59 percent of total media spend.
We’ve heard it a million times — teens are leaving Facebook. But even if it’s true that teens are frustrated by the platform, it’s not clear that they’re actually, truly departing. Here’s why. Read more »
Facebook hit the user metrics on mobile in January that moved the company into mobile territory, but it was the second quarter earnings released Wednesday that proved that the money is on mobile too. Read more »
Facebook came out with strong second quarter earnings on Wednesday, exceeding analyst predictions on both earnings and revenue, and producing strong numbers on mobile as well. Read more »
Josh Elman, a principal at Greylock who has a background at companies including Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn, will become a full partner with the venture capital firm, it plans to announce Wednesday. Read more »
Buffer is a small startup that began with the idea that users want to space out the publication of their tweets. Now it’s a profitable business that’s trying to become a solution for how people share to social media. Read more »
LinkedIn has been behaving like a business publisher recently, as a way to become a go-to source for professional content and bolster its core recruiting business. The launch of sponsored content fits with this broad direction. Read more »
Have you ever walked into a store, looked at something you might buy, and then completed the purchase later online? Or browsed on your phone from the couch, only to buy in-store? Shopkick is hoping to capitalize on both situations. Read more »