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.
Here’s our roundup of the week’s big stories in tech business news. First, the most popular posts VentureBeat published in the last seven days:
If you haven’t heard our trumpets blasting over the past few weeks, you may be interested to know that DiscoveryBeat 2010 is coming up on Monday. And it’s about time we posted our final agenda.
UberCab, an iPhone application that helps you call for a private driver, has raised $1.25 million from well-known backers — including “super angel” Chris Sacca, who previously tweeted about liking the service.
Sales of media tablets worldwide are expected to reach 19.5 million units in 2010 and will explode 181 percent to 54.8 million units in 2011, according to analysts at the research firm Gartner.
While sales of video games in physical stores is declining, the amount spent online on digital goods for games is skyrocketing.
The New York Times is set to update its Editor’s Choice iPad app — which only offers a select amount of content — with a new version tomorrow that offers much more content from its website, media-and-technology news site PaidContent reports.
For once Palm is gaining talent since its acquisition by Hewlett-Packard, instead of losing it.
Angry Birds broke all of the records on the Apple App Store in the past 10 months, selling more than 7 million copies. Soon, it will be available on phones running Google Android software.
Location-based advertising doesn’t seem to have reached a mass audience yet, but things may be changing. San Francisco startup Placecast just announced a deal that should bring its location-based ads to 1 million new users.
Virtual goods are becoming pretty real on the iPhone. Revenue from the sale of virtual goods is now overtaking ad revenue on the iPhone, according to analytics and monetization firm Flurry.
iPhone users may have sex twice as much as other smartphone owners, but Android users search twice as much as others, Google announced during its third quarter earnings call today.
Google executives tried to fend off concerns this afternoon that they’re still making all their money from cheap text ads running alongside the company’s search results and on its AdSense network. So during the conference call discussing third quarter earnings, they presented some numbers about Google’s “emerging” businesses. Chief financial officer Patrick Pichette emphasized that executives are only sharing these numbers once, to make a point about Google’s revenue sources.
Online payment company PayPal has expanded beyond a standalone payment service into being a developer platform, with the stated goal of powering all the e-commerce on the Web. Now it’s focused on getting developers to use its tools to power cool payment-related applications.
Verizon Wireless announced today that it will begin selling iPads bundled with its MiFi wireless hotspots in stores on October 28.
Bing Gordon is sitting pretty in the new gaming gold rush that’s all social and mobile. A partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, he has been the critical consigliere for sizzling startups Ngmoco and Zynga, which have already generated big scores for his venture-capital firm. We hope to hear some insights from him on the state of mobile and social game investments when he speaks on a panel at DiscoveryBeat 2010, which will take place in San Francisco on Monday.
ChaCha, a startup that answers questions on your computer or phone, has raised $20 million in a sixth round of institutional funding. The news was first reported in TechCrunch, and the company has confirmed it.
Link shortening startup Bit.ly has said that it doesn’t just want to help share content on the Internet — it also wants to connect people to “the Web of things”. Today, the company announced a feature that starts making that vision real — a QR code generator.
Thanks to its success with Android phones, Verizon is prepared for the onslaught of new subscribers that Apple’s iPhone would bring, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Guest Post [Peter Yared is the vice president of apps at Webtrends, which acquired Transpond, a social-apps developer he founded.]
Local mobile search and advertising network xAd today announced $4 million in expansion round funding as it attempts to maintain its 20 percent per month growth rate and conquer markets nationwide.
Broadband chip maker Broadcom announced today that it has acquired Beceem Communications, a company that has developed technology to support multiple 4G networks, for approximately $316 million.
Microsoft announced that it will release a tool later this year to let Mac users sync “select content”, Engadget reports. In other news, we finally have some idea of how the platform will handle external storage, thanks to technology reporter Paul Thurrott.
Build-your-own social network startup Ning had some very visible difficulties earlier this year as it refocused on paying customers, killed its free product, and laid off 40 percent of its staff. But chief executive Jason Rosenthal says Ning’s new strategy has paid off, and the Palo Alto, Calif. company is moving forward with some new features today under the collective name Ning Everywhere.
Online retailer of just about everything, Amazon, announced today that it would begin offering a new format for content on its popular Kindle electronic reader dubbed “Kindle Singles.”
Wal-Mart has confirmed it will begin selling Apple’s iPad in-store as soon as Oct. 15, with a goal of having the tablet computers in around 2,300 stores by mid-November.
Brace yourselves for the “I told you so” response from critics of the iPhone 4′s glass back. Users are reporting 82 percent more screen breakage with the iPhone 4 than the iPhone 3G S, according to a study by device warranty firm SquareTrade.
Tango, makers of a cross-platform mobile video chat application for iPhone and Android phones, announced today that its app has been downloaded 1 million times in its first 10 days of release.
Is this the Palm Pre 2? French carrier SFR has apparently spilled the beans on Palm/HP’s new smartphone, which looks to pack sportier internal specs while keeping the same overall design as the original Pre, PreCentral reports.
Here’s the problem with bringing the iPhone to Verizon’s network: Apple’s much-advertised ability to browse the web, and use other apps, while on a phone call is technically impossible with Verizon’s CDMA network.
Your phone knows where you are. Why not your bank? Two startups are working in tandem to make that possible.
The Windows Phone 7 news just won’t stop today. After Microsoft launched its new platform this morning with AT&T leading the way, we now have word on a few T-Mobile devices: HTC’s HD7, and Dell’s terribly named Venue Pro.
Popular mobile check-in game Foursquare today announced on its blog that is has launched a Symbian version of its location-based game. Symbian is one of Nokia’s mobile operating systems for mobile devices and low-end smartphones.
At its Windows Phone 7 launch event today, Microsoft mentioned that users will be able to sync their content to the cloud and track their devices online — now the Windows Live team has put up a blog post explaining what exactly users will be getting with the new phones.
Electronic Arts‘ mobile game division, EA Mobile, said today it will make games for Microsoft‘s Windows Phone 7 and has four titles ready for the launch on Nov. 7. The support from EA is important, since EA Mobile is the biggest mobile game company.
UK startup Light Blue Optics, which makes miniature projector systems, just raised $13 million in a funding round led by DFJ Esprit. The company’s latest product, Light Touch, turns any flat surface into a touch screen. Light Touch uses Holographic Laser Projection (HLP) to create the projected image, and it uses infrared sensors to detect motion so that the user can interact with the image.
Is iPhone the next American Idol?
Microsoft finally launched its new mobile platform, Windows Phone 7, at a press conference in New York today. CEO Steve Ballmer hit the stage to give us a glimpse at the OS and the platform’s launch phones.
Smartphone games are starting to spread out beyond the Apple iPhone and Google Android platforms. In support of that trend, Scoreloop is announcing today that it is adapting its social gaming platform to support Samsung‘s mobile phones and web-connected TVs.