Mpire, a company that helps to verify, optimize and measure online display advertising, today announced a third round of funding for $3 million to support the company’s growth. The company also decided to change its official name to its main product, Adxpose.
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Gemvara, the online tool for customizing and buying jewelry, today announced it has secured a third round of funding for $15 million led by European venture capital firm Balderton Capital. The funding will be used to expand merchandise, hire around 30 more employees and continue to work on the company’s online customization tool.
Facebook may be looking to add its check-in feature to more than just Places today as some events appear to now have a check-in button, according to AllFacebook.com.
Popular location-based check-in application Foursqaure was slapped with a lawsuit today for supposedly infringing on a patent from little known company Mobile Commerce Framework, as first reported by TechCrunch.
The Go Game, creators of location-based scavenger hunts for companies, today announced the launch of a do-it-yourself iPhone application for creating and participating in local scavenger hunts, according to a company announcement.
Foursquare, the hot location-based check-in startup, today announced on its blog that it will be releasing Foursquare 3.0 later today for Android and iPhone. The new version comes with several feature updates, but probably the most notable is the much-rumored recommendation engine.
Gowalla, one of the earliest and best-known services that lets you share your location with friends, today released the newest version of its Android application, dubbed Gowalla 3, according to the company’s blog.
Bizzness Apps is one of 53 companies chosen by VentureBeat to launch at the DEMO Spring 2011 event taking place this week. These companies do pay a fee to present, but our coverage of them remains objective.
Thoora is one of 53 companies chosen by VentureBeat to launch at the DEMO Spring 2011 event taking place this week. These companies do pay a fee to present, but our coverage of them remains objective.
SocialReplay is one of 53 companies chosen by VentureBeat to launch at the DEMO Spring 2011 event taking place this week. These companies do pay a fee to present, but our coverage of them remains objective.
GutCheck is one of 53 companies chosen by VentureBeat to launch at the DEMO Spring 2011 event taking place this week. These companies do pay a fee to present, but our coverage of them remains objective.
Fetch Fans is one of 53 companies chosen by VentureBeat to launch at the DEMO Spring 2011 event taking place this week. These companies do pay a fee to present, but our coverage of them remains objective.
Nimble Contact is one of 53 companies chosen by VentureBeat to launch at the DEMO Spring 2011 event taking place this week. These companies do pay a fee to present, but our coverage of them remains objective.
Scvngr, the maker of a check-in app that asks users to complete activity challenges, is defying the conventional wisdom that services which broadcast one’s location to friends aren’t ready for the mainstream. Just yesterday, the app has reached 1 million users, founder and chief executive Seth Priebatsch tells VentureBeat, and added nearly 10,000 new users since then.
Mega credit card company Visa appears to be incredibly impressed with mobile electronic payment startup Square, according to a company blog post.
Facebook Places, the feature that allows users to check in and share their location, may be winning the hearts and dollars of local businesses, according to a MerchantCircle quarterly report of more than 8,000 U.S. local businesses.
Foursquare, the hot New York-based location-based check-in game, has partnered with Japanese telecommunications company KDDI to give users a short-cut for downloading the mobile application on several of its Android smartphones.
Tech companies have long glommed on to the Super Bowl to promote their services. Remember how TiVo touted the number of people who replayed Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction in 2004? Now Foursquare, the hot New York-based location service, has revealed an alluring offer you’ll want to check out — or rather, check in.
Google may have just made its big move in the location-based services space. According to the company’s mobile blog, it has launched Google Maps 5.1 for Android and included the ability to check in to specific locations with Latitude, its feature for sharing your location with friends.
Seesmic, a client for reading status updates across Twitter, Facebook and other services, today announced it has secured a third round of funding of $4 million from popular customer relationship management service Salesforce.com, and a Softbank Group company managed by Softbank Holdings Inc.
Shopkick, a check-in application which lets retailers market offers to consumers, is showing some impressive growth numbers, according to Business Insider. Since its launch in August 2010, the company has attracted 750,000 users and is doing 1 million check ins a day in just 6 months.
With just 80 days till Tax Day (April 15), TeaSpiller, a service for finding and working with accountants, today announced its public launch, which provides access to over 20,000 certified accountants around the U.S.
Popular mobile check-in application Foursquare today announced that it grew 3400% in 2010. The company now stands at 6 million users.
Filmaster, a recommendation engine for movies and shows, announced today that it’s launching an application programming interface, or API, for developers looking to use the service’s data and algorithms in their own applications or websites.
Earlier today PostUp, a service that claims to aggregates the “world’s best tweeters” announced that it has acquired Twitter iPhone and Blackberry client UberTwitter. In that same announcement, the company changed its name to UberMedia, the company’s third name, as it originally called itself TweetUp.
Kony Solutions, the application tool for creating mobile apps that can run on any mobile system, today announced it secured a first round of funding for $19.1 million from Insight Venture Partners. An initial $13.4 million tranche of the funding will be used to expand research and development as well as global expansion of sales and marketing.
Social buying powerhouse Groupon may be looking to move ahead with an initial public offering (IPO), according to anonymous bank sources in the New York Times.
Twitter, the popular messaging site, may be growing out of its startup phase with a possible headquarters move to Brisbane, California, according to brokerage sources in the San Francisco Business Times.
Poynt, a location-based mobile search engine, today announced it has been granted a patent, first filed in 2000, for delivering offers and coupons to a mobile user based on GPS location and information from the user’s profile, according to a company announcement.
Popular location check-in application Foursquare just launched a new “Foursquare for Business” page to encourage businesses and brands to claim venues and create partnerships.
Location-based check-in app Foursquare has released an updated version of its service for RIM’s BlackBerry smartphones, according to mobile blog Crackberry. However, any excitement by users should be short-lived.
Popular check-in application Foursquare is facing a problem that has long bedeviled social networks — spurious friend requests. And it’s dealing with violators by putting a cap on them.
Scvngr, the maker of a check-in app that asks users to complete activity challenges, today announced it has secured a second round of funding for $15 million, according to the company blog. Investors included Balderton Capital, with participation from previous investors Google Ventures and Highland Capital Partners.
Social news site Reddit has graciously decided to share its end of year growth numbers in a company blog post. While the company may have grown from 250 million to more than 829 million pageviews, possibly the most interesting inclusion was that their search feature went from “sucked” to “works.”
Wondering how to tell your friends where you are for New Year’s? There are a host of hot location-based startups which let you check in to a venue and broadcast your whereabouts to friends. Since I write about these services regularly, I decided to ask the founders of these companies where they’d be for New Year’s. The coolest choice of place meant that service got the honor my check-in.
Foursquare may have just released a new iPhone application on Monday, but the company isn’t done with the upgrades just yet. Cofounder and chief executive Dennis Crowley just tweeted that the Android version of the new app is now available, complete with the new comments and photos features.
TextPlus, an application that lets groups send text messages to each other for free, just got an early present from Apple in the form of an approved and live version 4.4 application.
Popular check in application Foursquare today unveiled the next version of its iPhone application according to the company’s blog. The most notable features include being able to comment on friend’s check ins and photo sharing. The app is available now.
According to a recent Foursquare post on Twitter, the company just had the next version of its iPhone application approved by Apple. (The post thanked “SantaJobs,” apparently a reference to Apple cofounder and CEO Steve Jobs.)