Instagram, the startup behind a popular iPhone application for editing and sharing photos, just announced that it has raised $7 million in funding led by Benchmark Capital.
Flash game developers, who are like the plankton in the food chain of the video game industry, are more and more interested in developing games for Google’s Android mobile operating system, according to a new Flash Game Market survey.
T-Mobile has finally come clean on its latest flagship devices, a 4G version of Samsung’s Galaxy S phone, and LG’s G-Slate Android tablet, which will try to differentiate itself from the crowd with 3D recording and playback capabilities.
Apple, Google and Research in Motion have now secured about an equal amount of market share in the smartphone market, according to a new report from Nielsen.
Path, a startup with an unusual take on mobile photo sharing, just announced that it has raised $8.65 million in its first round of institutional funding.
A hundred million devices isn’t cool.
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.
Aaron Levie, chief executive of enterprise cloud storage company Box.net, is calling Google’s mobile operating system Android the winner in the enterprise tablet race despite dominating play from Apple’s iPad and the imminent release of BlackBerry manufacturer Research in Motion’s PlayBook tablet.
Windows Phone 7 users can blame Yahoo Mail for their mysteriously high 3G data usage, the company revealed to Windows Phone Secrets yesterday.
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.
Apple may be considering more restrictions for its App Store, which runs counter to the company’s more relaxed stance over the last few months.
Stereoscopic 3D is the rage in TVs now, with more than half of the new TV models using the technology this year. And now it’s spreading to smartphones as well. South Korean electronics giant LG announced today it will unveil its LG Optimus 3D smartphone on Feb. 14 at the Mobile World Congress event in Europe.
[Updated to reflect co-founder Ty Amell's wording to indicate he was speaking with a number of large enterprise companies but had not signed any yet.]
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.
Last week we reported that Samsung had sold 2 million units of its Galaxy Tab Android tablet, but now it looks like that may not be the case, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Mobile app users are a fickle bunch: while they’re willing to give new apps a try, 26 percent of the time the apps never get a second shot, according to a study by the analytics firm Localytics.
For the first time ever, shipments of Android smartphones outpaced all of the competition worldwide in the fourth quarter of 2010, including longtime champion Nokia, according to the research company Canalys.
There’s been a real explosion in TV check-in startups in the last year or so, but today, a company called IntoNow is launching what may be the most impressive social TV app yet.
Update: Engadget’s Richard Lai goes in-depth on why he believes the camera wasn’t a problem with the white iPhone 4. In short, the faulty camera Wozniak was seeing most likely resulted from inferior white iPhone parts. Woz also responded to Engadget, saying that he didn’t actually have any inside knowledge on why the unit was delayed. Since this seems to be another case of Woz just misspeaking, we can no longer say that he “confirmed” the camera issue.
Here’s our roundup of the week’s top tech business news. First, the most popular stories we’ve published in the last seven days:
Chatter.com, customer relationship management software provider Salesforce’s enterprise-style social network, is going live on Monday and the company is sparing no expense to try to capture a market that has mostly jumped on board with other collaboration startups like Yammer and Box.net.
Research in Motion is off to a slow start with its upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. Production of the device is in full swing, though only at a mere 150,000 to 200,000 units a month, according to sources at component suppliers who spoke to the news site Digitimes.
Life is good for the reigning Android hardware king Samsung. The company released its record-breaking earnings report (PDF link) for the fourth quarter of 2010 yesterday, revealing that it sold 2 million Galaxy Tab tablets and 80 million phones.
Smartphone applications are perhaps the hottest area for startups nowadays, but what about people who don’t a mobile data plan? San Diego startup Shorthand says that in India, for example, smartphones still have low penetration, so the best way to reach its population is on lower-end feature phones — that’s why the company is announcing what it calls an “SMS-based mobile browser”.
Not surprisingly, Facebook has flatly denied yesterday’s rumor about a potential phone unveiling next month, Reuters reports.
Boku, which lets users make purchases with their mobile phones the same way they would with a credit card, just announced a partnership with the BilltoMobile payment service, which is directly connected to the Verizon Wireless billing system. Rival payment service Zong has established the same partnership.
Despite increased smartphone shipments in the fourth quarter of 2010, Nokia still lost ground to the iPhone and Android in market share — something that hurt the phone manufacturer when it came to operating profit, according to the company’s fourth quarter 2010 earnings report.
AT&T made a strong showing in its last quarter of 2010. The carrier announced its earnings today (PDF link) and revealed that it added 2.8 new wireless customers in the last quarter and sold 4.1 million iPhones.
CardMunch, a startup that automatically transcribes business cards, just announced that it has been acquired by professional networking site LinkedIn.
Apple’s iOS devices, including iPhones and iPads, are increasingly being bought for use in companies. They now account for 65 percent of all devices activated for enterprise use after discounting activations of Research in Motion’s BlackBerry enterprise phones, according to a report by Good Technology.
A day before its quarterly earnings report, Microsoft finally let loose with some Windows Phone 7 details. The biggest takeaway: it shipped 2 million Windows Phone 7 devices last quarter, Bloomberg reports.
Starting today, Kindle users on the lookout for quick and cheap reads can purchase Kindle Singles, Amazon’s short-format ebooks, which were first announced in October.
It’s good to be Apple. This is true in many ways, but especially in the mobile applications business. According to research firm Gartner, nine out of ten downloaded mobile applications in 2010 came from Apple’s App Store.
Just as we suspected, Verizon will be charging $20 a month for its iPhone’s mobile hot spot feature, the same as it does for other smartphones, the company told Macworld yesterday.
Mobile ad startup Greystripe just announced that it has signed a deal with Media Networks, Inc. that will bring local advertising into the Greystripe ad network for the first time.
Smaato, a company that helps mobile publishers find the most lucrative ads across multiple networks, just raised $7 million as it prepares to expand its efforts in Southeast Asia.
James Murdoch is the chairman and chief executive of News Corp. And he’s the son of Rupert Murdoch, the mogul who created the far-flung media empire that includes everything from Fox Broadcasting to the Wall Street Journal.