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Editor’s Pick Prezi has raised over $14 million in venture capital to grow its business. However, despite rocket-stick growth and a massive user-base that just passed 30 million, the company has not used a single dime.
Which doesn’t mean the company won’t, of course.
A new Apple patent details how Siri, the company’s digital assistant, could use crowdsourcing to provide smarter, human-powered answers in the future. The patent, however, sounds almost exactly like what existing crowdsourced search engine ChaCha is doing today.
Brad met the woman of his dreams, and it turned into a nightmare. A great first date was followed by the inevitable googling of his name.
It’s Christmas-comes-early for geeks.
Advertisers using Twitter to connect with potential customers can now target with even more fine-grained accuracy, thanks to three new updates that Twitter announced today.
Editor's Pick Karma. Anyone who has spent too much time in Excel spreadsheets needs some.
If you’re trying to produce likable, shareable Instagram images, you’d better share blueish images with a lot of background, texture, and light. And stay away from red.
As if our Facebook news feeds weren’t already polluted enough.
Twitter just introduced “custom timelines,” a new way of organizing and sharing collections of tweets that Twitter users can create to organize and share custom stories on events or conversations, right on Twitter.
Apple and BlackBerry can now be mentioned in the same breath as two major (or, in BlackBerry’s case, once-major) mobile platforms that are decreasing in market share.
Victoria’s Secret, Swarovski, and 3D printing marketplace Shapeways have joined forces to give Victoria’s Secret models their 3D printed angel’s wings.
Guest Post Skip Fleshman is a partner at Asset Management Ventures
Apple is taking pre-orders for the iPad Mini in “stealth mode” this morning, says one analyst. And supply is likely to be very, very limited.
Thanks a successful IPO opening day, Twitter now has a warchest of $1.8 billion. And according to some analysts, a lot of opportunity to spend it.
Twitter is now officially number two on the list of the top 10 internet initial public offerings of all time. While well behind Facebook, which raised over $16 billion, Twitter beat out Google, which raised only $1.7 billion in its IPO, and Yandex, the Russian search engine.
Twitter is now officially trading live on the NYSE — and the value of the company has almost doubled immediately.
Just in September, Twitter acquired the last piece of the puzzle it needed before going public: a digital ad exchange. Twitter bought MoPub for a reported price of $350 million in stock.
“Make it so.”
Twitter has finalized its share price for tomorrow’s initial public offering at $26. This will enable the company to raise close to $2 billion, significantly higher than the $1.4 billion to $1.7 billion that Twitter initially filed for, and this will give Twitter a stock market valuation of about $14 billion.
Ecommerce optimization company Granify has raised $1.5 million in seed funding to reduce shopping cart abandonment on big retailers’ sites.
Tel Aviv-based website builder Wix successfully debuted on the Nasdaq today, raising $127 million by selling 7.7 million shares at $16.50 each, the top end of its intended pricing range. The stock popped briefly above $17.50 before settling back down $16.46.
Twitter’s IPO is tomorrow, and the company could be worth as much as $16 billion, if it prices itself at the top end of its range. Or it could be valued much higher, if the stock pops on opening day.
What’s the value of a tweet? Not nearly as much as 500 million of them a day.
Today only 60 million people use augmented reality apps on a regular basis. By 2018, that should hit 200 million, according to a new report by Juniper Research.
Apple saw record sales performance this past month on the strength of the new iPhone 5S, the iPad Air, and new Macs, an analysis of the company’s Taiwanese suppliers suggests. Taiwan-based manufacturers build most of Apple’s iProduct, either on the island nation itself, or in factories in mainland China.
Editor’s Pick This is billionaire Rackspace founder Graham Weston’s attempt to create a popup startup center in San Antonio.
And, truth be told, all over the world.
Currently, you can listen to music in Spotify. Or iTunes. Or YouTube, Soundcloud, Rdio, and any of a dozen other places. Listn, however, is aiming to aggregate all those musical silos into one simplified place to enjoy music — and chat about it.
Apple released an internal report of government information requests today, saying that countries around the world have asked Apple for private user data on about 2,219 accounts and precisely 36,464 devices between January 1, 2013, and June 30.
If you’re like me, when you think of Adobe you think of Photoshop, Acrobat, Illustrator, and InDesign. That’s still Adobe, but it’s old-school Adobe. The company’s fastest-growing division is Adobe Marketing Cloud, expanding each of the past few quarters at 20-25 percent year-over-year, and taking a massive bite out of the retail analytics sector.
The shortest Thanksgiving-Christmas shopping season since 2002 is almost upon us, but it promises to deliver record earnings. Based on an exhaustive analysis of 450 billion retail website visits over the past seven years, and direct insight into 72 percent of all the cash flowing into the 500 largest retail websites in the U.S., Adobe is forecasting the biggest Thanksgiving, the biggest Black Friday, and the biggest Cyber Monday in history.
Fifteen new jobs are posted to Twitter every single minute, according to a new study by social recruiting company Gozaik, and that that number has grown by 32 percent in just the last six months.
That growth rate, Gozaik co-founder Joe Budzienski says, will make Twitter the “dominant channel” for talent recruitment.
BitTorrent Sync, the way to sync your files without Dropbox, without the cloud, and without the risk of the NSA snooping through your private data, just hit the million-user mark.
The good news is that you can now buy a car with Bitcoin. The bad news is that the only ones available are commercial off-road vehicles built in Australia and sold online.
There is just one question an iPad Air review really really needs to answer. And I’m afraid that after three days of playing with the space gray iPad Air review unit Apple shipped me on Friday, I just don’t know.
Only 16 percent of U.S. adults use Twitter, and only half of them get news via the short-message social network, according to a new survey by Pew Research Center. That’s far fewer than Facebook, where 30 percent of American adults get their news.
Four days after its release, the iPad Air is selling at a much faster pace than Apple’s previous models. In fact, within two days of launch, the iPad Air had five times the usage that iPad 4 had after its own launch, and three times that of the iPad Mini.
Perhaps times are really tough at IBM. Twitter updated its pre-IPO S-1 documentation this morning, revealing that IBM is suing it over three patents.
This dashboard will tell app marketers how much revenue their apps are making from 20 sources. And it will tell mobile advertisers how their ad campaigns are performing across 10 to 15 networks.
Pyreos, a spin-off of Siemens which makes extremely efficient infrared sensors using semiconductor manufacturing techniques, has raised $4 million in venture capital to expand globally.