stories by Cody Barbierri
Talk about a backfire. Controversial Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin, who recently renounced his U.S. citizenship and came under fire for supposedly skipping out on U.S. taxes, might actually end up owing more money — an estimated $43 million.
Finding the perfect gift for a friend’s birthday can be tricky. Bday today launched the Bday Gift Finder, a Facebook app that scrapes your friends’ profiles to recommend the perfect presents. And the company has already secured the best gift of all for itself: $2 million in funding.
The Internet has long been a go-to resource for getting a question answered, but oftentimes the answers you get come from less than stellar “experts”. Beepl, a social Q&A service hopes to solve that problem. The site launched out of private beta today and is available to the general public.
Ticketing giant StubHub, owned by eBay, has acquired local event-discovery and promotion service Zvents, according to eBay’s internal employee blog eBayInk. Exact terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Guest Post No, not that kind of bubble. The bubble we’re living in is actually much more dangerous than the classic tech bubbles that inevitably come and go, because this particular bubble may well prevent American entrepreneurs from playing a leading role in shaping the future.
Is it fair to comb through Craigslist ads looking for people to win over to your own online marketplace?
For many people, a simple “Happy Birthday” on a friend’s Facebook wall is enough. But a startup called Giftiki is launching a new group gift-giving tool Monday to make a birthdays a bigger deal using Facebook.
Though am by no means a web designer or developer, I often wish I could build a website on my own. That’s why I was intrigued by the new website development tool IM Creator, which lets you quickly design a webpage without having to know any code.
Video-calling application Tango announced on its blog today that it is now available on desktop PCs. The company originally announced the feature back in July, along with a $42 million second round of funding.
What fun is sweating through a tough workout if there’s nobody around to be impressed by it? Endomondo is a mobile fitness-tracking application that not only tracks your workouts, but also shares that information with like-minded fitness buffs for motivation.
You know what’s cooler than a million check-ins? A billion. Popular location-based check-in location service Foursquare today announced on its blog that it has reached one billion check-ins, as well as launched updated versions of its popular iPhone and Android apps.
What do you do when you’re already the number one website for sharing photos? Go after videos. In a report released today by online measurement firm comScore, Facebook ranked as the third largest website for viewing videos online in the month of July, with Google Sites and Vevo ranking as the first and second largest.
Now businesses can keep an eye on consumers checking in in TV land and the real world at the same time. LocalResponse, a company that helps businesses monitor and respond to check-ins, today announced its acquisition of Philo Media Corporation, which has created a way for TV and theatrical studios to deliver real-time messages to consumers. Financials were not disclosed.
Read It Later, the company that lets you bookmark web content and access it on other devices, has secured a first round of funding for $2.5 million, according to a company blog post.
BuyWithMe, a daily deals service, has just announced the acquisition of Edhance, a company that provides card-linked loyalty programs to merchants. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Popular check-in application Foursquare, which recently reached 10 million global users, today announced on its blog that it will be offering local daily deals from 5 new partners, including LivingSocial, Gilt City, Zozi, AT&T Interactive and BuyWithMe.
Popular check-in application Foursquare announced today on its blog that as of last week it has more than half a million businesses signed up and offering specials.
Loopt, an early leader in location-based services, today announced the launch of Loopt u-Deals, a feature that allows consumers to request daily deals from local businesses.
Ping Identity, a cloud-security company, said Tuesday it secured a second round of funding of $21 million. The funding will be used for product development and increased sales efforts.
Location-based check-in leader Foursquare has just announced it now has over 10 million users around the world.
AisleBuyer, a smartphone application that allows retail shoppers to scan products with their phones and check out without waiting in line, has announced its second round of funding for $7.5 million.
Pure Storage, a company trying to revolutionize the enterprise storage industry using flash memory, is preparing to raise another $28 million, according to a SEC filing.
ServiceMax, a company that offers cloud-based mobile field service applications, today announced it has secured a second round of funding for $14 million.
eWise, a company that allows people to to make secure online payments, today announced it has secured a second round of funding for $14 million.
Zozi, a company that offers discounts to consumers on unique adventure and travel experiences, today announced it has secured a second round of funding for $7 million. The funding will be used to expand deals into new cities as well as hire additional employees.
Buzzlogic, a company that helps brands place socially targeted ads, today announced it has raised $7.8 million in a third round of funding. The company will use the funding for product development and to double its sales and account management teams.
Textingly, a company that let’s businesses manage text messages to customers, today announced it has launched a live chat tool for businesses to engage with customers via text in real-time from the web.
Saygent, a company the uses voice response and analysis to figure out customers emotions, today announced it has secured a first round of funding for $1 million. The funding will be used to hire engineers and secure new customers.
Twitter today announced on its blog that it has implemented more control over the access third-party applications have on user’s profile information.
Datameer, a company that allows users to analyze massive amounts of data without technical know-how, today announced a second round of funding for $9.25 million. The money will be used to hire additional employees for its engineering, sales, and marketing teams.
LocalResponse, a company that lets businesses monitor and respond to check-ins, today announced the launch of its service for agencies and brands. The company initially rolled out the service to local merchants just two weeks ago.
LevelUp, a pilot in the local deals space created by check-in app Scvngr, today announced a partnership with American Express to give users the ability to redeem deals with their credit cards, eliminating the need for printed coupons or showing your phone at the point of sale.
Loopt, an early leader in location-based services, today announced at Where 2.0 the launch of Qs, a new feature that allows users to answer questions and see other user’s responses in any physical business location.
How do you know you’re a hometown favorite in the startup world? When the mayor stops by your office and gives you your own “official” day. New York City Mayor Bloomberg just announced plans to officially proclaim April 16th Foursquare Day on Saturday in New York City.
Currensee, a social network for foreign exchange traders, today announced it has secured a third round of funding for $4 million. The new funding will be used to expand the sales team in Europe and develop more management tools as well as make investing easier.
Scoutmob, a location-based group deals company, plans to announce tomorrow that it has secured a first round of funding for $1.5 million, according to New Atlantic Ventures representatives, who led the funding. The new funding will be used to roll out its deal service to new cities, continue development and hire more employees.
nSphere, a company that aggregates online content, has bought mobile location-based deals company Peekaboo Mobile, it announced today. The company plans on leveraging Peekaboo Mobile’s application to provide local search information to its users.
Scvngr, a check-in app that asks users to complete activity challenges, recently launched LevelUp, a pilot in the local deals space. Now it’s offering a deal aimed specifically at entrepreneurs and their startups, dubbed “LevelUp Your Startup.”