Tinder is working on building itself an ad unit, according to Re/Code sources. The dating company contacted both Facebook and Twitter to discuss a potential advertising partnership. There’s no more information on what these advertising units could look like, but Re/Code speculated that local bars or restaurants might want to market themselves as date spots in the app. Tinder wouldn’t comment on Re/Code’s story.
Acer was one of the first companies out the gate to announce a 1080p Chromebook with Intel’s fifth-generation chip early last month. Maybe that was a bit too quick: Availability of the Acer Chromebook 15 with latest processors that I had a chance to use isn’t expected until the first week of April, the company tells me. That means if you’ve been holding out for the 15.6-inch Chromebook with newest chip, you’re going to have to wait a little longer. As previously reported, the laptop will be available in multiple configurations with the base model starting at $249.99.
Moscow-based Runa Capital has invested €3 million ($3.4 million) in MariaDB, the open-source database company that offers what began as a MySQL fork (Google and Wikipedia are big-name users). Runa, which is headed up by founders of Acronis and Parallels, is already a backer of the Nginx web server and platform-as-a-service outfit Jelastic. In a statement, MariaDB CEO Patrik Sallner said his firm was looking forward to collaborating with Runa and its other open-source portfolio companies in its enterprise push.
Apple moved its web-based versions of its iWork office suite, including Pages, Numbers, and Keynote out of iCloud’s beta site and onto iCloud.com on Thursday. The web versions are free, and they come with 1GB of iCloud storage. You don’t need an Apple device to use the web-based iWork suite: Recently, Apple started supporting Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer, meaning Chromebook, Windows and Linux users can use the software in their browsers. Previously, they had to go to beta.icloud.com to access the web apps. If you don’t already have one, you’ll need to create an Apple ID. Apple’s FAQ has more information.