Transparency reporting is getting trendy, guys. Yahoo announced today that it will release a transparency report for data requests from governments around the world — and we’re glad it is.
If you’re not paying for the product, you are the product.
Editor’s Pick Cloud-based developer tooling is still a very new and highly volatile marketplace. Here’s how we decided who’s on the rise, who’s on the downswing, and who’s capturing the future of development.
KAWO helps brands repurpose and automate their existing social media content onto popular Chinese social channels, giving them access to China’s 591 million Internet users.
“At this point, we’re basically completely focused on being a mobile platform… That’s where all our energy is going,” said Facebook exec Mike Vernal.
“We have much more visibility and much more momentum” with the Facebook brand attached, said Parse CEO Ilya Sukhar. “We’re really happy with it.”
Mobile backend-as-a-service Parse is rolling out five new products today, all of them sure to be big hits with the developer community, from game devs to iPhone devs to analytics nerds and beyond.
“Parse is everywhere,” said Parse CPO James Yu. And for Parse, “everywhere” means a community of developers that’s growing by thousands every month.
Likening the backend-building process to spending a day at the Department of Motor Vehicles, Parse founder Ilya Sukhar said, “I could probably do better by replacing the DMV.”
A group of researches at the Free University of Berlin found that people who are prone to seeking rewards (like food and sex) are more likely to be active on Facebook.
Facebook changed its Statement of Rights and Responsibilities today to reflect new ways the social network can use your data. One of those ways? The network may now use your profile photos as more fodder for its facial recognition technology.
Facebook edged one step closer to providing music with a neat little update to its app on Android, which offers the ability to control your music right within your app.
Android app revenues will hit $6.8 billion this year for smartphones alone, ABI Research said today. That’s almost double the total from last year.
It’s still only about 60 percent of Android rival iOS.
With new SDK, developers can create one Unity-based game that can run on Facebook across the web and mobile.
Between 2011 and 2012, Google’s mobile ad revenue share grew by 14 percent. From that figure down to one percent between 2012 and 2013 is a long, steep tumble.
Facebook released its first Global Government Requests Report only a couple months after the news of PRISM hit, sending major tech companies into a reputation-defending tizzy.
Facebook is getting a $20 million slap on the wrist over its “Sponsored Story” ads
This is massively convenient and tons of fun for the billion-plus users of Facebook. For entrepreneurs who’ve built photo-sharing apps, not so much. Let the carnage begin!
Editor’s Pick In spite of Ballmer’s financial successes at Microsoft, haters are hating hard, both in the blogosphere and in the public markets. “Ballmer Peak” this week is a 10 percent stock jump.
Photo-sharing app Instagram acquired Luma, an HD video creation app, likely to add more professional features to its existing video product.
We understand the logic of ditching what’s not working to focus on what’s definitely working, but still. We liked the personal touch of sending someone a bottle of champagne or a flower-growing kit.
Sure, San Francisco is one of the top American cities for social media jobs. And New York is hot for Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and LinkedIn marketers.
But some of the cities on the list might surprise you.
If you follow VentureBeat but don’t regularly check our GamesBeat site, here’s a list of the best video game stories we ran over the last seven days that you may have missed.
Eighty-one percent of iOS apps use it, as do 62 percent of Android apps. Facebook is winning the war for your online identity, hands down.
If an app or game wants to post to your wall, ask for your location, or post things to your friends, it has to get specific consent from you first, directly from your phone.
Bloggers and website owners everywhere are now able to embed public Facebook posts directly on their sites.
Facebook is still refusing to pay the researcher who hacked his way onto Mark Zuckerberg’s wall, so the Internet is stepping in.
Spurned by Facebook’s security team, an IT researcher took his Facebook vulnerability discovery all the the way to the top.
The game is due out for iOS and Android this fall.
Soon you might be able to pay for something in a mobile app using your Facebook account login credentials, rather than using PayPal, Google, or Amazon.
Here are the first of the promised updates to VentureBeat’s Mobile Advertising Index.
Celebrities have it so hard. Keeping up with fans’ comments, knowing just how many people like their posts — it’s all really a burden.
Jibbigo is the world’s first speech-to-speech translator on a phone that runs both online and offline, the company said.
If you’re a bug hunter for companies such as Google and Facebook, the last few weeks have been good to you. Google announced today that it has officially given out over $2 million to people who poke holes in its systems on purpose.
King plans to close Bubble Saga, Hoop de Loops Saga, and Puzzle Saga on Facebook.
Guest Post Facebook is the top social login provider of choice across over 700 leading brands’ web properties — but Google is rapidly growing in importance.
Nokia and Microsoft teamed up on a great phone and saw stock price bumps as it launched to great reviews. And the Lumia 1020 news appears to have stolen some thunder from other smartphone players, too.
Looks like Sheryl Sandberg is pleased with the company’s stock growth in the last couple weeks. The Facebook chief operating officer sold off $91 million worth of stock this week, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
About a month after Instagram added video in a response to Vine, the service is now one-upping Vine with the ability to import previously shot videos into the app.
Of the 500 leaders of the biggest companies in America, just 28 are on Twitter. A few more, 38, are on Facebook. And five lonely CEOs frequent the circles on Google+. But 140 are on LinkedIn.