Netbiscuits, the Germany-based provider of analytics tools for the mobile web, has appointed a new CEO. Daniel Weisbeck, the company’s COO and CMO, is taking over the top spot from Michael Neidhoefer, who will “pursue other entrepreneurial activities” while staying on the Netbiscuits board of directors as non-executive chairman. The company has spent the last couple years widening its focus from helping developers to providing analytics and device detection for big brands. Weisbeck has apparently been the driving force behind a new product launch that’s pegged for October, so the shift is well timed.
Chromecast just got another major app update: Twitch, DramaFever and iHeartRadio added Chromecast support to their apps, and Disney continued the adoption of Chromecast by adding cast capability to its WATCH Disney, WATCH Disney Junior and WATCH Disney XD apps. These Disney apps do require authentication with your pay TV account information, just like the company’s Watch ABC app, which got cast support last month.
Bidgely, a startup that uses algorithms to dig into smart meter energy data, has teamed up with the Hawaiian energy-focused accelerator program, Energy Excelerator, on a new project to reduce the energy consumption of Hawaiian residents. Energy Excelerator is putting in a $900,000 grant to support the use of Bidgely’s software in Hawaii, which will be used to give appliance-level, personalized recommendations to energy consumers on ways to reduce their energy consumption. Hawaii is becoming ground zero for clean power and energy grid innovation because the state imports billions of dollars worth of oil a year, resulting in residential electricity prices that are three to four times higher than the national average.