You know the stock market’s bad when Apple has a flurry of good iPhone news and its stock is still down over 8 percent in trading. That’s the situation today.
The deteriorating economy, and cloudy horizon for the advertising industry, has claimed one more victim: Jellycloud, the ad company I wrote last month that was the latest incarnation of team that ran the controversial Gator and Claria.
Giga Omni Media, the company that owns news blog GigaOM and its related sites, announced today that it has raised $4.5 million in additional funding.
Nintendo showed off both its strengths and weaknesses as a game company last week in San Francisco as it debuted its lineup for fall 2008 and games for next year.
Here’s the latest action: Google and Yahoo delay ad deal — The delay gives the Justice Department more time for its antitrust investigation. This news, as well as calls by Sen. Herb Kohl (chair of the Senate Antitrust Committee) for more scrutiny, probably doesn’t bode well for the deal, though it may buy the tech companies more time to negotiate.
Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz (left) and colleague Justin Rosenstein (right) said this weekend they are leaving Facebook to start their own company.
For weeks, rumors have been circulating that a new Apple product code-named “Brick” was nearing completion. Some said it was a redesigned Mac Mini, others thought it would be a sub-notebook, some thought an Apple TV. It appears now that it’s part of what will be a completely new way to manufacture notebooks, according to 9 to 5 Mac.
It’s time for media and advertising to join other industries that are battening down for an oncoming recession, according to Gawker Media founder Nick Denton. He’s cutting almost 15 percent of his workforce, or 19 of 133 people.
With the launch of the Apple’s App Store, the once all-powerful web app has lost a lot of its value on the iPhone and iPod touch. There are still plenty of good apps out there — such as the Twitter client Hahlo, FriendFeed and several of the Google web apps — but they’re confined to running within the Safari web browser. That makes them a lot less sexy than native apps. But thanks to a recent update to the iPhone software, web apps can get their sexy back with a few small code tweaks.
Speed may be the great advantage of citizen journalism, but today we saw its downside: inaccuracy. A report this morning on CNN’s iReport, its citizen journalism site, claimed that Apple chief executive Steve Jobs had been rushed to the ER after a severe heart attack. A huge story, with just one problem — it wasn’t true.
Real Networks, long-time maker of casual PC games, is moving into the game console arena for the first time with a new downloadable title for Nintendo’s Wii.
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Social networking site Friendster announced that it now supports applications built on competing network Facebook‘s popular platform.
With so many applications that get released everyday in Apple’s App Store, it can be hard for any one app to stand out. This is especially true for apps that have been around since the early days of the store following its launch. So what’s an app to do?
The Copyright Royalty Board handed down its ruling today on a proposed increase in the rate that digital music download stores much pay publishers. The result? No change. It will remain at 9.1 cents a song, according to CNET.
Facebook has just orchestrated another shuffle in its management team, in the latest sign that founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg is turning to the company’s engineering roots by promoting top lieutenants.
The stock market took a plunge again today. While it wasn’t quite as bad as Monday’s free-fall, the Dow fell 348.22 points (3.22 percent), the Nasdaq fell 92.68 points (4.48 percent) and the S&P 500 fell 46.78 points (4.03 percent). Not good.
National Public Radio (NPR) is doing something interesting for tonight’s vice presidential debate: It’s crowdsourcing fact-checking through micro-messaging service Twitter.
The campaign for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is nothing if not savvy in the ways to woo the tech crowd. After months of relentless Internet presence (perhaps even to the point of a mini-backlash) the campaign has a new tool in its efforts to mobilize young techies — an iPhone application.
Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime showed off the new Nintendo DSi, the third version of the handheld game device with built-in flash memory, connectivity, web browsing, music playback and two cameras.
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Nintendo announced in Japan today that it will launch a new version of the Nintendo DS gaming handheld. Called the Nintendo DSi, it will be smaller than the current DS Lite but it will have larger screens.
Digini has raised a first round of funding to make software tools that let hobbyist, independent or professional game developers be more productive when designing complex 3-D game environments.
Netflix made its streaming video Watch Instantly offering more compelling today with the addition of films from Starz Play, the cable network Starz’ online streaming video service. But aside from that, within the blog post about the deal, Netflix stated two key updates: First, Netflix Watch Instantly content is still slated to be rolled out to the Xbox 360 gaming console later this fall. And second, Netflix is promising a Watch Instantly solution for Mac users by the end of this year.
Twitter started out as a service in which you were given 140 characters to give mundane updates about your activities at any given moment. That’s why you still see the “What are you doing?” question above the text input box on the site. But somewhere along the way that input box evolved into a forum for more meaningful discourse. Political debate in particular seems to be popular and may be driving usage of the micro-messaging service, according to some new data released today by Twitter.
Here’s another sign that widgets and badges won’t do well in the new Facebook redesign. Nick O’Neill of All Facebook just posted a chart showing traffic to his “Bush Countdown Clock” widget, and boy, has it taken a tumble.
I’ve talked to a lot of iPhone application developers over the past few months, and almost all of them have one thing in common: A fear of Apple.
Before MySpace Music even existed, online social music service imeem had a deal with all the major labels and many of the smaller ones to stream their music for free over the Internet. The problem, is that the music was scattered all over the place, making a cohesive music experience harder to achieve than through services like iTunes (where you pay for all your music) or Pandora (where you cannot select which songs you will hear next). Today brings a newly revamped version of imeem that streamlines the music experience while adding some new features.
Using the web site discovery service StumbleUpon right now is kind of like driving a hot convertible with the top up. It’s a cool car, and having the top on gives you better performance, but it’s just not quite as sexy. That top is akin to StumbleUpon’s toolbar web browser plug-in, which you currently must use to use the service. But tonight, StumbleUpon is dropping the top and letting the sun in.
There’s some talk today that if the National Music Publishers’ Association manages to increase the royalty rates for music bought from online music stores, Apple iTunes could shut its doors. That won’t happen. But it could force iTunes to change its business model.
Dell is partnering with Paramount Pictures on a promotion that can only be described as pointless. The computer maker will give consumers the option of pre-loading a digital copy of the film Iron Man onto their new computers, according to The Hollywood Reporter. That’s all well and good — Iron Man is a fine movie — but exactly what either company hopes to gain is beyond me.
Xbox 360 consoles have been notoriously unreliable. But Microsoft may have improved the reliability of the consoles with the newest models that carry a new motherboard, dubbed Jasper, and have a new and improved graphics chip.
Widget creation platform Clearspring has acquired AddThis, a bookmarking and sharing button, for an undisclosed amount. The acquisition moves Clearspring closer to becoming a service that lets users share content from any website.
As promised, Facebook has rolled out a new, more robust iPhone application. Version 2.0 brings many of the features that are found on the regular Internet-based version of the social network, but had been lacking in the first few iPhone iterations.
Would you base your next vacation on how environmentally friendly, economically beneficial, socially conscious or economically beneficial to the surrounding community a resort is? Do you ever want to plan a trip based on activities or atmosphere, rather than destination?
If you look at Google Finance, Google’s stock information site, you may notice something odd: Its numbers are off — as far as I can tell, nearly all of them! This is clearly a problem on a day when the majority of the country is looking for information about stock prices after one of the biggest collapses in the history of the stock market.
I think it’s a fair assessment to say that the Google/Yahoo search advertising deal, like most things, is a shade of gray as to whether or not it’s a good thing. It really depends on your perspective. While Google and Yahoo might like it, obviously, Microsoft will not. That isn’t stopping Google and Yahoo from promoting their perspectives with their own sites. Google launched one last week. And today brings one from Yahoo.
It appears as if the bad overall economy is nailing some key tech stocks this morning. Apple, Google and Yahoo are all down significantly right now in early afternoon trading on the stock market.
PlayFirst co-found and CEO John Welch has done what many have tried, and few have succeeded. He’s managed to launch a company built around casual gaming and actually build established brands. And while Cooking Dash might not be as instantly recognizable as Mario just yet, the company has just started cookin’. We sat down to talk to Welch, who co-founded the company in 2004, at the New York Game Conference. VB: Where do you see the state of online games today?