stories by Sean Ludwig
SAY Media has acquired technology blog ReadWriteWeb, the company announced today.
There’s a series of DirecTV commercials where a TV viewer is immersed in an action scene but easily pauses and begins the scene where he left off in a different room. While that idea is easy to grasp, it’s not fully realized because our homes have more screens than just TVs. The viewer can’t begin watching again, on say, his smartphone.
Google will keep voice calls to the U.S. and Canada free into 2012 the company announced today, after indicating earlier it might charge for calls at the end of the year.
Mobile payments startup Square now has more than 1 million merchants charging credit cards with the service, the company announced today.
Salesforce’s social productivity service Do.com has moved out of beta and into general availability for anyone who wants to give it a spin.
Walter Isaacson’s biography of Apple visionary Steve Jobs has topped Amazon’s list of best-selling books for 2011, with print and Kindle e-books sales combined.
Samsung has sold over 300 million phones for 2011, a first for the company’s history, the company said Sunday.
Bluetooth headset maker Jawbone issued an apology today and will be giving broad refunds with “no questions asked” on its recently launched Up health wristband after many users complained of issues, including battery and syncing problems.
Multi-platform note-taking startup Evernote has now reached more than 20 million users, CEO Phil Libin said at the LeWeb conference this morning in Paris.
Amazon has started a $6 million annual fund that seeks to encourage more independent authors to publish their works on Kindle first, the company announced today.
Apache Hadoop-focused management service Cloudera has considerably updated its Cloudera Enterprise software and will begin offering a free version of Cloudera Manager that startups can use, the company announced this morning.
Facebook has upgraded its Android app with better navigation, easier access to messages, and faster photo viewing, the company announced today.
Popular iPad news reading application Flipboard has made the move to the iPhone and while it retains its smart and simple design, it also has added a new Cover Stories section to boot.
Cisco will approach and integrate its cloud services in more cohesive manner with a new high-level framework called CloudVerse, the company announced today.
Customer help desk management startup Zendesk has launched a new version of its Android app that includes a new design, real-time updates, photo attachment support and improved access to support activity, the company announced today.
HP has acquired German print and cloud solutions company Hiflex for an undisclosed sum, the company announced today.
Chip developer GainSpan has raised a new $18 million round of funding to help the company create the next generation of ultra-low-power Wi-Fi chips.
Crowdsourced app-testing startup uTest has raised $17 million in its fourth round of funding.
In a bid to shore up its 4G wireless network, Verizon has agreed to buy 122 wireless services licenses from Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks, the company announced today.
Research in Motion will write off an astounding $485 million from lowering the price of its underperforming BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, the company revealed today.
MarketScout is a lean Australian startup that’s dependent on other cloud services to make it run, so when it came to deciding on a Platform-as-a-Service provider, the company had an important decision to make. They chose Salesforce-owned Heroku and still use it today.
myERP, a cloud-based business management suite for small and medium-sized businesses, just got a major upgrade with a simplified and refined interface.
About two months ago, Oracle announced it would finally take the plunge into public cloud computing with the Oracle Public Cloud. Oracle technology product marketing VP Rick Schultz talked more about the public cloud today and admitted it was a new frontier for the previously cloud-agnostic company.
New HP CEO Meg Whitman has a tough decision about what to do with webOS, so she’s given herself a little more breathing room by saying the final call will come in two weeks.
Cloud automation startup VMTurbo has raised a second round of funding worth $10 million, which will be used to expand sales and marketing, product development and customer support.