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Automattic, the company behind 63 million Wordpress blogs, and Janrain announced a partnership this morning that will bring social login, profile storage, and user analytics to its premium blogging clients.
Guest Post Mobile gaming apps have been quietly reinventing mobile advertising and out-monetizing even the large, well-established publishers. Here are a few things the mobile games companies have worked out along the way.
Security systems, cars, homes, appliances: everything modern, seemingly, has a remote control.
Apple fans, do you feel lucky?
Another day, another attack on Apple in China.
On precisely the same that day that Google unveiled its open source pledge, donating ten patents for free open source use, Microsoft unveiled its new Patent Tracker, a tool to reveal every single patent that the company owns, has acquired, or owned historically.
Crunching the numbers on tens of millions of social data points, hundreds of thousands of Facebook pages, and 8,500 of the world’s top brands on Facebook has taught Optimal Social a few things about virality.
Google pledged to not use its arsenal of patent weapons offensively today, taking a stand on open source and patents that is anti-patent troll, pro-competition, and pro-freedom to create, innovate, and code.
This past month, Google Maps lost its position as the most downloaded app on Apple’s iOS store — to another Google app, YouTube.
It’s likely a design direction for a curved future iPhone, but it’s also possibly a stealth patent filing for an iWatch that makes a little more sense than previously revealed.
Apparently mobile content is hot — $16 million hot — and travel to and within Russia needs a $25 million dollar improvement … all in March 27′s funding daily.
Guest Post I quit smoking because a mobile device told me when to smoke … and when I was done smoking for good.
Google updated Gmail for iOS today with one simple update that might just have won me over.
Guest Post You’ve already beaten the odds — your app is successfully gaining adoption. But now a more difficult challenge looms: You need to parlay that app success into a viable business.
“Seventy-one percent of consumers say they post hashtags from their mobile devices,” RadiumOne VP Kamal Kaur told me yesterday. “I’ve even caught myself hashtagging in my emails.”
Sometimes, you just have to say wow.
In the week or so since she tweeted a picture of a joking developer that eventually resulted in his firing, her company SendGrid getting DDOS’d, her firing, and a host of sometimes-scary attacks online, she hasn’t tweeted or blogged or spoken in public.
Have you noticed that the global internet is slowing down as it experiences its “biggest-ever” attack by hackers flooding the web via distributed denial of service attacks (DDOS)?
Apple and China just can’t seem to get along lately.
Twitter and Pinterest aren’t just hyper-growth social networks with huge user counts and even huger valuations. They’re also two key examples of “DevOps,” a relatively new way of building and releasing web apps at increasingly high speed.
In fact, gamification boosts commenting 13 percent, social sharing to Facebook, Twitter, and networks 22 percent, and content discovery by a massive 68 percent.
Just a few weeks after Facebook gave us the beautiful new uncluttered news feed, the social network is starting a test to introduce Facebook Exchange ads right in the middle of that wonderful simplicity.
Apparently, if you run a top e-commerce website, it pays to be slow. Unless you’re Amazon.
If at first you don’t succeed, try again with bigger guns.
This morning Adria Richards broke my heart, and the hearts of all those who give a damn about women in technology.
The U.S. military is fairly well-equipped with M16s, Abrams battle tanks, and aircraft carriers. But apparently there is a major shortage of shiny new Apple iDevices.
Are people trading in their iPhones for Samsung’s new Galaxy S IV?
Mobile gaming monetization company PlayHaven implies that it fired a developer for multiple issues, not just the sexual jokes made at the recent Python Conference that have stirred up a forest of controversy.
Editor’s Pick The developer in question was fired by his employer, PlayHaven, after Richards posted his picture and a few details about what he said. VentureBeat broke the story last night.
Last night VentureBeat broke the story about a developer who was fired from his job at PlayHaven after being outted on Twitter for making sexual jokes during a conference. Today, the company where the person who outted him works is under a distributed denial of service attack.
The rich get richer and Wealthfront raised $20 million to help wealthy people manage their money, and online menswear provider Indochino is hoping that men will indeed shop for clothes online.
Editor’s Pick A Playhaven game developer was fired after making sexual jokes in the audience during a keynote session at PyCon, a conference for Python developers. Now Adria Richards, a developer evangelist for SendGrid, is getting rape and death threats via Twitter.
Google announced today that YouTube now has over a billion unique visitors every single month. Which means that Google and Facebook have something very rare in common: both have a billion-person social network.
Guest Post This is heartbreaking: An entrepreneur puts mind, time, and energy into founding and running a new venture, and then recklessly sabotages the startup’s chances to succeed.
Shockingly, Rebecca Black searches spike every week on the day after Thursday and before Saturday.
Perhaps Apple will provide a coupon for a free game of Whack-a-Mole with its next iOS update.
That new Android-based smartphone from the biggest phone manufacturer in the world and the big New York launch, the massive screen, and the 13-megapixel camera? Looks like it’s pre-selling like the prototypical mobile hotcakes.
Microsoft’s going on the offensive against Samsung’s best-selling Galaxy S III in a new ad focusing on Windows Phone cameras, like the one in Nokia’s Lumia 920.
If you’ve got $40K burning a hole in your pocket and a hankering for a truly massive TV equipped with so ultimate a high definition resolution that there’s almost no content available to honestly satisfy all of those lovely 8,294,400 pixels, Samsung’s got a TV for you.