5 more tech deals that need to happen

Earlier this month, Microsoft made the deal of the year when it agreed to purchase enterprise social networking service Yammer. Meanwhile, the IPO market is dead after Facebook’s much-discussed botched issuance and subsequent valuation slide. Suddenly, going public is out, while getting bought is very in.

VentureBeat reflects on five years of the iPhone

It’s hard to believe that it’s only been five years since the iPhone first launched on June 29, 2007. Looking back at it now, it’s striking just how much Apple gave us a glimpse at the future — one with touchscreen smartphones just about everywhere, location services at our fingertips, and all of our media stuffed into our phones.

Relief for developers? Apple app downloads pick up in May while marketing costs dip

For much of this year, the number of downloads in the Apple App Store has dropped, and the cost of acquiring new users — the basic marketing that developers do in order to get people to buy apps or virtual goods — has been going up. But developers got a little relief in the month of May, according to indices tracked by mobile ad firm Fiksu.