Here’s our roundup of the week’s tech business news. First, the most popular stories VentureBeat published in the last seven days:
Sean Parker is getting a lot of attention right now thanks to The Social Network, the movie about Facebook where he’s played by musician Justin Timberlake. But today at The Daily Beast’s Reboot America conference, Parker didn’t say much about Facebook or the movie, and he focused instead on his latest project — music startup Spotify.
Even though Verizon performed better than expected in its third quarter, it still lost out to AT&T in contract subscriber gains.
Hewlett-Packard is launching its Windows 7-based tablet computer today in hopes of stemming the tide of demand for Apple’s iPad. From what I saw, I don’t think this is going to make much of a dent in the iPad’s advance.
YouMail, a startup that provides next-generation voicemail services like visual voicemail, voice-to-text transcription, and custom greetings, announced today that it has reached a new milestone with 15 million unique monthly callers.
The latest iteration of Microsoft’s Windows operating system, Windows 7, has sold 240 million copies in its first year of being on the market, Microsoft announced today.
Just five weeks after taking over phone manufacturer Nokia, CEO Stephen Elop is planning to slash 1,800 jobs since initiating plans to refocus the company on smartphones, according to Nokia’s quarterly earnings report released today.
The past few months have been good to AT&T — the company reports that it landed 2.6 million new subscribers and saw a total net profit of $12.3 billion in its third quarter this year.
Social game platforms are hot, and here’s more proof: Intel Capital and Chinese online game publisher The9 have invested $8 million in social game platform company Aurora Feint, which runs the equivalent of the Xbox Live gaming service for Apple and Android mobile phones.
Steve Jobs showed off video conferencing between a Mac and an iPhone 4 on stage today at Apple’s “Back to the Mac” event in Cupertino, Calif. He showed Facetime video conferencing in a demo with Apple marketing executive Phil Schiller. Now you can talk with someone on an iPhone and they can change the aspect of the video from vertical to horizontal. They can also press a button to activate a video view of what they are pointing their iPhone at with a front-facing camera.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs still has that magic touch when he describes his “one more thing.” Here’s the video of the master spokesman talking about two new laptops. But Jobs makes them sound like they’re the greatest thing on earth. They just went on sale today. I took this video during Jobs’ press conference dubbed the “Back to the Mac” event at Apple’s headquarters today in Cupertino, Calif.
Microsoft‘s journey into phones has been a long struggle in the dark. But Windows Phone 7, which launches on Nov. 8 , may be the light at the end of the tunnel.
Here’s a video demo of the new MacBook Air (11.6-inch screen version) that Apple introduced just hours ago. I had a chance to see it up close and walk through a demo of the iLife ’11 multimedia software that Apple also introduced today. The iLife ’11 suite has new versions of iMovie, iPhoto, and GarageBand.
Lenovo, the giant Chinese-American PC maker, won’t be bringing its LePad Android tablet to the U.S. until summer 2011 and has ruled out a Windows 7-based tablet entirely, PC Magazine reports.
That faint, sad whistling sound you hear in the tech blogosphere is Samsung’s relentless hype for its Galaxy Tab devices deflating in an instant. Verizon announced today that it will offer the Android-powered tablet on November 11 for $599.99.
Symbian Foundation CEO Lee Williams has stepped down from his position citing “personal reasons”, Mobile Industry Review reports.
Before Steve Jobs slammed Android in Apple’s fourth quarter earnings call yesterday, he had some choice words for Research in Motion’s new platform and its plans for a 7-inch tablet. Now RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie has issued a response to Jobs’ criticisms, just like Google’s Andy Rubin and TweetDeck’s CEO before him.
Who will be the Google of discovery? VentureBeat tackled that tantalizing question at our DiscoveryBeat 2010 event in San Francisco on Monday. More than 200 attendees listened to talks on how to get apps noticed. We had the full ecosystem of discovery there, from successful app developers to PR folks to social game platform makers.
Apple’s surging iPhone sales are leading to boatloads of acessories — literally. And those overseas shipments may be a good indicator of expectations for future iPhone sales.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs didn’t hold back on his Android criticisms during the company’s fourth quarter earning call yesterday, and now defenders of Google’s mobile platform are retaliating.
The National Basketball League (NBA) may be looking to take advantage of the growing popularity of consumers checking-in to locations through its own application dubbed Turnstile, according to the Wall Street Journal.
HP today finally unveiled the next generation of Palm’s mobile operating system, WebOS 2.0, as well as its next flagship device, the Palm Pre 2. But while WebOS 2.0 seems like a nice upgrade, the same can’t be said for the minimally revamped Pre 2.
Android revenue has exceeded iPhone-only revenue on the mobile ad company Millennial Media’s network, according to its September “Mobile Mix” report.
Location-based check-in service Foursquare saw a massive amount of success, both globally and in the United States, because it focused on multiple mobile platforms rather than a single one like Apple’s iPhone operating system or Google’s Android, according to Foursquare executive Holger Luedorf.
Apple has shipped 7.5 million iPads since it launched in April, turning it into the largest player in the tablet computer market. The company grabbed that position in just six months thanks to its focus on a single device and surprising contributions from enterprise sales, Apple executives said on its quarterly conference call to discuss earnings.
“We’ve now passed RIM, and I don’t see them catching up with us in the foreseeable future,” Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs said today. And with that, he began ruthlessly tearing down Apple’s mobile competition.
Apple says it generated more than $20 billion in revenue this quarter after selling nearly twice as many iPhones as it did during the same quarter last year.
In its fourth quarter earning results today, Apple announced that iPhone sales rose 91 percent year-over-year to 14.1 million units sold.
Bing Gordon, who has invested in hot gaming companies like Zynga and just-acquired Ngmoco, said today that for app developers, just getting discovered is overrated. What’s important, he said, is making sure users keep coming back.
When it comes to making money on apps, Apple developers are far ahead of Google Android developers. But PapayaMobile is announcing today that it has set up key partners to enable in-app purchases for Android apps.
After giving LOLapps the death penalty, Facebook is granting a reprieve. The social network allowed LOLapps to begin operating its apps on Facebook late Monday night after taking them down for a couple of days.
Unsocial, a mobile app that helps people find potential business connections in their immediate vicinity, came out of stealth mode today at VentureBeat’s DiscoveryBeat 2010 conference in San Francisco.
Appbackr has launched its beta version today in the hope of creating the world’s first wholesale marketplace for iPhone and iPad apps. The service would let developers submit their apps to be sold in bulk at wholesale prices.
Raise your hand if you’re on Sprint and you’ve been dying for a BlackBerry flip phone — because that’s just what you’re getting with the recently announced BlackBerry Style.
Getting stuff discovered on the App Store is pretty tough, considering there are about 300,000 apps available. But there’s an app for that. YD Online is launching its Angel’s Choice app today at the DiscoveryBeat 2010 conference in San Francisco.
Discovering new and useful Android apps isn’t easy. That’s why AppStoreHQ is introducing appESP, a personalized discovery platform for finding new apps on Android phones.
Clearwire has been methodically building up its 4G wireless networking service around the country, starting with small markets and moving to big ones. Today, the companyannounced that it will launch in the big cities: New York on Nov. 1, Los Angeles on Dec. 1, and San Francisco in late December.
The Wall Street Journal reported that its investigation of Facebook apps found that many of the most popular titles have been transmitting identifying user information to dozens of advertising and internet tracking companies.
Apple‘s App Store now has more than 300,000 apps as of the past day.
LOLapps is one of the biggest app makers on Facebook with more than 150 million users playing its games, quizzes, and gift apps every month. But in the past 24 hours, the company’s games have mysteriously disappeared from Facebook.