Zappli, the San Francisco-based maker of iPhone shopping application myShopanion, has raised a $500,000 seed round to fund its plans to take the lead against a horde of social shopping competitors.
Voice and text messaging provider Bubble Motion today announced it has been awarded a patent for its work creating a mobile messaging system known as “Voice SMS.”
Not many tech startups save lives. Sproxil may be one of them.
Whenever I talk about apps that allow users to share what they’re watching with friends by “checking in” to a TV show, the first question anyone asks me is, ‘Why the heck would I want to do that?” Social TV startup Miso has been exploring different answers to that question, such as special content, and it unveiled a new one today — a promotional deal with home shopping company QVC.
Taiwanese computer-maker Acer announced a wave of new devices today, including two Android tablets and a dual-screen tablet, but it wasn’t just focused on hardware. It also announced Alive, which sounds like a media and application store for owners of Acer devices.
As promised, computer maker Acer launched a slew of new devices at its press event in New York today — including two Android tablets, a dual-screen laptop/tablet hybrid and a huge 4.8-inch Android smartphone.
[Updated: RIM has responded with a vague statement, below]
Tell us what you really think, Verizon. The company yesterday issued a press release titled “Congress Needs to Update the Nation’s Antiquated and Anti-Competitive Telecom Rules” — which, as you can guess, isn’t exactly a love letter to the FCC.
Social media tracker startup Tynt has launched a new application program interface (API) that allows developers to access their content through real-time data streams, as the rush to put more information in the hands of smartphone users heats up.
Update: Wozniak now says he was “totally wrong” about the Nuance purchase. Original story below. —
Samsung announced this morning that its Android-based Galaxy tab sold 600,000 units globally in the first month of its launch. Meanwhile, Apple’s iPad sold over a million units in the same time period (and in even fewer nations than Samsung’s global count). Furthermore, some pundits see consumer anticipation of the “iPad 2″ as weakening the whole tablet market till Q1 of next year when such a product could be announced by Apple.
eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and his wife Pam have gotten most of the attention for their do-gooder efforts through their investment firm the Omidyar Network. But back in 2001, Pam Omidyar also founded a nonprofit research group called HopeLab, which is announcing a new project to try to reduce youth obesity.
If you’re an engineer on the West Coast looking to join a hot startups, here’s a good reason to prepare your resume. According to a company blog post, popular mobile check-in application Foursquare has decided to put together a full team of engineers in its new West Coast office.
It’s time to get updating: Apple today rolled out iPhone OS (iOS) 4.2 for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, bringing with it some long-awaited new features like multitasking support on the iPad, and a surprise reveal that its “Find My iPhone” device location service is now free.
Here’s our roundup of the week’s tech business news. First, the most popular stories VentureBeat published in the last seven days:
Scvngr, the check-in application that asks users to complete activity challenges, just announced a strategic partnership with major drink distributor Coca Cola. The two have joined forces to give users who check-in to certain Simon Malls across United States the opportunity to earn points and rewards like gift cards and other Coke-branded merchandise.
Don’t expect Sony Ericsson to roll out any tablets or Windows Phone 7 devices anytime soon, according to Sony Ericsson France CEO Pierre Perron, who recently spoke to the French newspaper Les Echos.
Social shopping startup Fashism just announced that it has raised an angel round of funding led by A Grade Investments, the fund created by actor/entrepreneur/professional oversharer Ashton Kutcher.
Cox Communications, the third-largest cable provider in the US, announced today that it’s launching a mobile phone service that it will bundle with its cable and internet service, Bloomberg reports.
When Apple launched its Game Center social platform for iPhone games, it looked like a supporting tool such as the OpenFeint platform was doomed. That’s because OpenFeint, a social game platform built by the startup formerly known as Aurora Feint and now called OpenFeint, did much of the same thing as Game Center, socializing games so that users would make friends and play more.
Popular mobile check in application Foursquare today launched a new pilot program with Pepsi and Safeway that integrates check ins with loyalty rewards, reports business magazine Fast Company.
In yet another strike against Nokia’s new flagship smartphone, the company admitted today that its N8 phone is having power management issues for “a very small number” of users.
The Web 2.0 Summit drew the who’s who of the digerati to San Francisco this week. Chief among them were conference organizers Tim O’Reilly (left) and John Battelle (right). O’Reilly opened the conference talking about the theme of “points of control,” or key pieces of technology that companies can use to dominate their markets. O’Reilly started out with a plea that companies not engage in destructive competition. Rather, he suggested they find the Blue Ocean of untapped markets and new users. The photo gallery below shows many of the speakers and a brief summary of what they talked about. Enjoy. And for a fun comparison, check out last year’s photo gallery.
[Update: Wozniak has said he was slightly misquoted during the interview to gadget blog Engadget.]
After lagging behind Apple’s iPhone for some time, Google’s Android platform is now tied for the lead spot in ad impressions on Millennial Media’s network, according to the company’s October Mobile Mix Report.
Changes are afoot with Dell’s mobile communications group. The company announced yesterday that the division’s chief, Ron Garriques (pictured right with singer Bono), is leaving Dell as the company integrates the group into its “core operations”, Reuters reports.
Popular mobile check in application Gowalla today announced a new partnership with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.
Verizon is considering charging users based on the speed of their wireless data connection as well as the amount of data they consume every month, the Wall Street Journal reports.
A new smartphone app that allows marketers and event organizers to enlist the crowd in pinning down the best photos during an event is garnering a lot of attention from marquee-name companies, co-founder and chief executive Jon Fisher of CrowdOptic told me today.
AT&T finally has a MiFi, a device which lets you share mobile internet to multiple wireless devices, of its own. The company announced today that it will offer the Novatel MiFi 2372 starting November 21 for $49.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate.
Are you an app developer with a creation that’s ready for the klieg lights? VentureBeat has partnered with Intel to provide a new showcase for your mobile app: VentureBeat’s Mobile App Spotlight.
Dear Google: If you keep this up, I won’t have any more excuses to be unproductive on my phone in transit.
A much craved-for feature by mobile users, microblogging platform Twitter has finally taken notice and added push notifications for mentions to your username (dubbed @mentions) in its iPhone and iPad apps, as well as through SMS.
As with many cellphone manufacturers trying to figure out how to make the leap into superphones, LG’s bet on Google’s Android operating system is turning out to be a wise decision. The company announced today that its budget-minded Optimus One is its fastest-selling phone ever, hitting 1 million units sold worldwide in 40 days.
Layar today announced it has landed another $14 million in its second round of fundraising from Intel Capital to help make it easier to discover new places, like shops and restaurants, through its augmented reality interface.
Sponsored Post SD Forum presents “The Mobile Internet Tsunami” on Friday, December 10, 2010 at Microsoft in Mountain View, California.
Tech executives seem eager to pile on the criticism of Apple CEO Steve Jobs. Today at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, Jim Balsillie, co-CEO of BlackBerry-maker Research in Motion, elaborated on his past statements denouncing Apple’s approach.
It’s been a long haul for Google, but now iPhone owners can finally download an official Google Voice iPhone app – giving them access to even more Google Voice features than the current web app, although still not as many as Android users enjoy.
Adobe chief executive Shantanu Narayen (pictured with chief technology officer Kevin Lynch) today denied reports that he has been negotiating with Microsoft about a possible acquisition.