Another service bites the dust
Datadog, a startup that monitors the performance of users’ cloud computing servers, has acquired big data startup Mortar Data and intends to…
Capture the FLAC
Deezer’s high-definition music streaming tier is expanding beyond the U.S.: Sonos owners around the world can soon stream their music as high-definition…
Jean Yang knows her stuff
well that's settled
On this cold night in January we finally figured out whether Amazon is a good thing or not! I can’t believe you…
Braving the trolls
Given the increasing need to keep private data private in a world of habitual over-sharing on social media and the burgeoning internet of…
High-res audio for $299
As someone who was born when The Beatles were still together (just barely!), I’ve witnessed much of the modern music revolution: From…
BitTorrent plus Kickstarter
Filmmaker and comedian David Cross premiered his new movie at Sundance, but didn’t like any of the distribution deals offered by major studios, so he decided to give the film directly to fans as a pay-what-you want BitTorrent bundle, backed by a Kickstarter campaign
Says Pono sounds like god
Neil Young’s high-definition audio startup Pono just started selling its Pono player, but the music legend told me during an interview at…
A bundle of cash for a bundle
As part of its mission to convince the music industry that it isn’t just for copyright infringers, BitTorrent launched a new product…
What the end game holds
When telecom giant Comcast announced plans in February to swallow its largest rival, Time Warner Cable, the consensus in Washington and on Wall…
Don't feed the trolls
You have to hand it to MIT Ph.D candidates Elena Glassman, Neha Narula and Jean Yang for facing the lions’ den last week when they participated in…
Tech all-stars are backing it
Petition website Change.org has raised a $25 million Series C round in a rather unusual way. Instead of finding institutional investment firms,…
Pono previewed its online music store this week — and with a bit of snooping, I was able to take a look at the services desktop app as well.
The Checkr technology makes background checks far easier for startups, but it’s not a fool proof system for keeping consumers safe.
Mortar, a startup helping developers launch Hadoop jobs in the Amazon cloud, is offering a managed version of the open source Luigi tool for managing big data pipelines. Created at Spotify, Luigi lets users tackle complex workflows that may or may not involve Hadoop at all.
The big data startup uses machine-learning algorithms to weed out the good leads from the bad leads in a company’s marketing database.
Google’s automated search suggestion feature is under attack by a Hong Kong business, who won the right to claim defamation when his name appeared next to the word “triad.”
The Patent Office is a huge trove of ideas and knowledge but much of that information has been hard to obtain. A startup’s powerful visual and analytics tool could change that.
Samsung has a handful of new entry-level Android phones available. There’s no pricing information yet but these will compete against the new Android One phones, some of which cost under $100.
Is a “multi-cloud” really possible? The answer appears to be yes, as an open source standard for cloud computing platforms is fast emerging.
Holy mackerel. More bad news for HP, it’s second quarter earnings post early and still more layoffs are on tap.
The Couchbase Mobile suite is designed to sync application data between an embedded NoSQL database on a mobile device and a bigger NoSQL database hosted in the cloud.
Here’s to hoping Opower’s IPO will kick off a wave of meaningful startups from passionate entrepreneurs.
All sorts of industries, including clothing retailers like Guess, are using big data techniques to find a competitive advantage.
Startup claims it can loose the ties that bind developers to unwieldy desktop-based IDEs and now has new cash to push that vision.
The embattled exchange appears to be done for, leaving around $63.6 million in debts. Meanwhile, regulators around the world are still scratching their heads as to how to handle Bitcoin.
Graham Younger joins Box after previous stints at SAP’s SuccessFactors unit, IBM and Tibco — all big-time enterprise software vendors.
What if a programmer could write privacy policies into an application that would be enforced throughout the lifetime and workflow of that application? That’s what Jeeves aims to do.
Want to know if your software is something special? See if your users will translate it. In doing so you get a sense of how they view your product and where to take it next.
A fuss over a girl-power video makes the Beastie Boys look like copyright bullies. Don’t judge too quickly — the case is not cut and dried, and the video maker’s own legal tactics leave something to be desired. UPDATED with Beastie Boys response.
Google is getting ready to search all your apps. Publishers could benefit, but Samsung may not be too happy about the move.
The Pivotal CF PaaS, to be commercially available this week, aims to make PaaS a go-to option for companies wanting to run workloads in-house and across cloud infrastructures.
From the stage at our Mobilize Conference, Netflix VP of Product Innovation, Todd Yellin tells how the company is looking to integrate phones into TV watching.
Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke says Spotify isn’t doing enough for indie labels and musicians — and has pulled his solo work from the streaming site.
Apple now holds about 20 percent of the U.S. ebook market, director Keith Moerer testified in court on Tuesday. Moerer also said that the iBookstore’s sales grew by 100 percent in 2012.
The story of the cloud is often told via hardware and code, but behind the shift in IT are people. We found 10 of them who are rethinking infrastructure. Meet our Cloud Trailblazers.
Jelly has raised a Series A round to continue hiring and prototyping the mysterious mobile product from ex-Twitter executives. Still no word on what the company’s working on.
The wearable fitness tech market is booming but also crowded and some evidence suggests it’s already ripe for major consolidation. For companies – and the entire segment – to survive and thrive, a few key issues need to be addressed.
Will Pivotal’s corporate overlords let Paul Maritz do as he pledges — offer a cloud-agnostic operating layer? I’m sure business customers hope so.
How does a large e-commerce site appeal to a wide variety of shoppers online — and then get them used to the idea of shopping with social? Zappos is working to figure out the answer to social commerce.
Vendors from tiny startups to giants like RSA, IBM and Cisco are rushing to incorporate big data expertise to beef up IT security.
Emailing links of a product to your friends to see if they’re also interested in making a purchase? ThredUp, the company that allows consumers to buy and sell used children’s clothing, is going to allow them to make reservations for friends to capitalize on the referrals.
The Huffington Post is moving into Asia. The company will publish a Japanese-language edition in partnership with Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun, and is also in discussions with publishers in South Korea and India.
Skype is one of the most revolutionary services to hit the Internet. Long before people talked about viral growth & network effects, it swept the planet with a simple idea: anyone could make free calls over the internet. Skype celebrated its 9th birthday August 29.
Twitter is unsettling other tech companies and causing ripples in the media space. To learn more about where the company is going, we sat down with its head lawyer who shared his ideas on everything from publishing to patent trolls.
In a move to boost sales through social recommendations, online shoe and clothing retailer Zappos, which is owned by Amazon, has added a new feature called “PinPointing” that offers recommendations based on Pinterest accounts. Unfortunately, the feature doesn’t work very well yet.
The long-running lawsuit over Google’s decision to scan millions of books could be nearing the end game. Google’s latest filing, in a case poised to redefine copyright law, cites everything from Mad Men to minority rights to argue that book scanning is “fair use.”
While it’s overstating the case to say that Box has renounced its fatwa on Windows Phones, it is worth pointing out that the cloud storage company now supports the current release of Windows Phone and will support the upcoming Windows 8 Phone as well.
After a month dominated by Apple’s introduction of iOS 6 and Microsoft’s reveal of the Surface tablet, it’s Google’s turn Wednesday at Google I/O 2012 to share a vision of the future of computing, and we’ll be providing live coverage from the keynote here.
This weekly feature tells the backstory of how one e-book became a bestseller, and highlights bestselling titles that are selling more copies in digital than in print. This week: A “new adult” romance for the college crowd.
Linus Torvalds, inventor of the Linux kernel and one of the leading lights of open source software, will share Finland’s prestigious Grand Millennium Technology Prize with a Japanese scientist, after the jury took the unprecedented move to split the $1.5m award between the two finalists.
BetterWorks, one of the most known startups to emerge from LA seems to have hit an air pocket. The company which was started by super angel, Paige Craig is said to have laid off close to thirty people and is looking at making some dire choices.
Hip-hop icon Adam Yauch (MCA) of the Beastie Boys passed on Friday, leaving a legacy of advocacy and great music. The albums of Yauch and his band taught suburban kids about malt liquor and dust, but were also a wizardly pastiche of music and culture — from Sly & the Family Stone to Mr. Ed to Alfred E. Neuman.
You’re in danger or about to have a heart attack. Don’t panic! Okay, go ahead and panic, but do it productively. Call 911, send your location coordinates to your loved ones, get your medical records in order. Or better yet, hit this big red button.
As Google Drive hits the cloud storage market like a gale force wind, Box continues to push itself as the cloud storage supplier for business. Box has refined its API to ease integration with third-party software and allied itself with New York-based incubators.
London currency exchange Transferwise has taken a big step forward by bringing in a team of heavy hitting investors including PayPal co-founder Max Levchin, and a who’s who of disruptive financial entrepreneurs.
One of the great things about Instagram is its passionate community. The news of Facebook buying Instagram for a billion dollars is getting thumbs down from the Instagrammers, once again showing that it is people not corporations that control the social networks and how they evolve.
The majority of U.S. public libraries now offer e-books, but libraries’ relationships with book publishers are fraught, says the American Library Association in its 2012 annual report.
Two star hires and a well-reviewed phone-and-tablet operating system do not necessarily remake a company, but they do ease the perception — prevalent in recent years — that Microsoft is on its last legs. Could the once-dominant software giant be on the comeback trail?
Pivotal Labs will keep on doing what it does best after EMC’s acquisition, according to Pivotal CEO Rob Mee. There has been concern over Pivotal’s future as part of the EMC behemoth, which Rob Mee did his best to alleviate at Structure: Data 2012.
Cloudwords’ says its OneTM unified translation management service will streamline the onerous — and very expensive — process of translating software and documentation. The startup sports SaaS cred from co-founder Scott Yancey, who designed the system along with former Salesforce.com CTO Craig Weissman.
Google has decided to overhaul the way it presents all of its digital content–apps, music, movies, and books–by changing the name of the Android Market to Google Play, in hopes of increasing interest in its content wares and simplifying the experience.
Caterina Fake has launched a new startup called Pinwheel, a sort of “Flickr for places.” The startup has raised a $7.5 million Series A Round from Redpoint Ventures, in addition to funding from True Ventures, Betaworks, Founder Collective, SV Angel, Obvious Corp and other angels.
99designs’ use of Amazon services to run its crowd-sourcing site is seen as a model for how small companies can leverage cloud services. The company’s site claims to handle hundreds of thousands of unique visitors and tens of millions of pageviews monthly.
Vimeo has joined forces with General Electric(s GE) and video publisher Cinelan to launch “Focus Forward” — a micro documentary series that aims to showcase big, world-changing technology innovations in a compelling way. All the videos will be three minutes long and posted online.
Joyent will use the cash to fund expansion of its cloud services and take on Amazon, the behemoth in that space. The company hosts its own public cloud services and sells infrastructure that customers use to field their own public or private cloud services.
Yahoo apparently is looking to overhaul its board of directors,. Like me, many critics believe that have been negligent in their duties. I have a handy list of some great corporate leaders who can contribute positively and also help new CEO’ Scott Thompson’s quest for innovation.
A simple emoticon can tell you wonders about the emotional state of your company. Socialcast experimented with such a test in a Japanese factory asking employees to rate their work day with a happy, average, or sad face. The simple question gleaned enormous insight.
Google (NSDQ: GOOG) engineer Steve Yegge was trying to start a robust internal discussion, not post a viral hit, when he published a 4,570-w…
Since Kickstarter’s launch in 2009, 3,500 film and video projects have been funded by donors — over $35 million has been raised for documentaries, independent features and web series. But what is it about Kickstarter that works, and what should creators know before seeking out funds?
Given how fast the revelations about phone hacking at UK tabloid News of the World have spread into a full-blown crisis for all of News Corp…
Electric car and motorcycle racing can deliver important breakthroughs and innovations for the future of electric vehicles. While it might seem like some of these racing events are frivolous and niche, they’re the ultimate testing ground for cutting edge and high performance electric vehicle technology.
The removal of the Facebook page belonging to film critic Roger Ebert and blocking of content from a protest group in Britain has raised questions about the site’s censorship of content. We treat Facebook as a semi-public space, but it is controlled by a private company.
Selling energy storage technology to utilities can be a risky business, according to a group of venture capitalists at an energy storage conference in Silicon Valley Wednesday.
Lulu was founded in 2002 to let independent authors self-publish their books. But, with the e-books market now taking off, self-publishing i…
Klout, a company that markets online influence measurement services, has raised $8.5 million as social media ad spending is expected to be i…
It’s over for Paul Yanover at Disney (NYSE: DIS) Online. The chief architect behind the rebuilding of Disney.com is leaving to “pursue new o…
After breaking his pelvis in a race last year, pro motorcycle racer Chip Yates turned to tinkering with electric motorcycles. The result, unveiled at The Battery Show, this week is what Yates says is the world’s most powerful and technically advanced electric Superbike.
Reports about a secret meeting in San Francisco where “super-angels” discussed ways of fighting back against mainstream venture capital funds and holding down startup valuations has sparked some strong reactions, including responses from angel investors Dave McClure and Chris Yeh, as well as VC Fred Wilson.
Skype’s top engineering executive has left the company for “personal reasons,” the NYT says. Skype had hired Madhu Yarlagadda away from Yaho…
One of the four series launching today on a redesigned TheWB.com first went into production in November 2007. Shifting corporate strategies, unexpected music clearance issues and technical difficulties kept Downer’s Grove offline until now, but the show’s creators weren’t held back by those delays.
“An increasing trend is big funds like ours banding with angels and writing small checks just to try and get a foot…
Paul Yanez is back: The developer of many rogue and fabulous media players, including the MyMediaPlayer application that brought Hulu to the…
Yahoo wants to aggregate its users’ activities from around the web, something it’s laying the groundwork for with its pre-announced Facebook Connect integration, a key feature called Yahoo Updates, and the unification of all its applications onto a platform layer.
Nike’s Shambhala initiative, which kicked off in 1999, aimed to transform Nike’s approach to social and environmental issues. A series of workshops…
Independent developer Paul Yanez, who seems to make a game of adding functionality to web video platforms whether they like it or…
Facebook said Tuesday that CFO Gideon Yu is leaving the company. Yu had been at Facebook since 2007, where he helped it raise more than $500…
TiVo Lost 125,000 Subs in Latest Quarter; total number of subs is now at 3.34 million, roughly the same April of 2005…
Newly christened HipLogic, which was formerly known as Numobiq, launched its software development kit to bring its virtualization platform to cell phones. The goal is to bring the same level of functionality to millions of other phones as the iPhone has and Android will.
Proof that things are changing in online video: the TechCrunch conference has a Hollywood panel. Here are my notes. They’re a mix of quotes and paraphrase.
Here at the MobileBeat 2008 conference in Sunnyvale, Calif., Matt Marshall, editor-in-chief of VentureBeat, dove right into the first panel…
After 10 years in the CEO seat, Ogilvy & Mather CEO Shelly Lazarus is expected to announce that she’ll leave her post by the end of this yea…
Jonathan Yarmis, VP Advanced, Emerging and Disruptive Technologies at AMR Research is giving us a mini-note to open up the day. He…
Pinch Media, a newly launched startup offering iPhone developer tools, has raised an unspecified seed round from from Union Square Ventures,…
Not all the networks were skimping on their presentations to advertisers this week. David Levy, president of Turner Broadcasting Sales and T…
The final panel at EconSM was the deals panel, which ContentNext Editor and Publisher Rafat Ali described as the “flagship” panel.
Earlier this week, Nickelodeon said that it was developing 600 new games. Now the MTVN (NYSE: VIA) unit is clarifying things a bit: it will…
Apart of embarking on the first phase of its major push into online gaming this week, Nickelodeon/MTVN (NYSE: VIA) Kids and Family Group’s o…
AOL (NYSE: TWX) quickly followed the closing of its estimated $340 million acquisition of contextual ad company Quigo with a number of pers…
MTV Networks (NYSE: VIA) has announced an exclusive business deal with movie and TV producer Jerry Bruckheimer — a game incubation studio.…
Dogster, the social network for dog owners, has raised $1 million in funding from a strong list of angel investors: Michael Parekh,…