Would Google+ be a better social network if it were capable of auto-sorting your contacts into Circles? We might soon find out, because Google has acquired Katango, a maker of technologies to auto-organize friends into groups.
Digital game distribution leader Valve just announced there has been a security breach within its Steam database. In a message sent to Steam users, Valve co-founder and managing director Gabe Newell said someone managed to gain access to not only the Steam forums, but to the database containing user information.
Amazon’s new jaw-droppingly priced $79 Kindle actually costs $84.25 to manufacture, yet another sign that Amazon cares more about profiting on the content it sells rather than hardware.
Siri, Apple’s new voice control feature available exclusively in the iPhone 4S, is basically your personal servant when it comes to accessing data through the device. However, there are certain things it can’t do, like pulling up third-party applications and accessing system preferences — that is, until now.
PC gaming is experiencing the beginning of a multi-year growth cycle as gamers migrate to the PC, Nvidia chief executive Jen-Hsun Huang said today in an earnings call. The cause? Better graphics than the aging five-year-old game consoles.
Nvidia‘s third quarter earnings beat analysts expectations, the company reported in an earnings call today.
Starting today, Google is partnering up with Startup Weekend, an organization focused on fostering entrepreneurship, to host technical training bootcamps for aspiring entrepreneurs across the globe.
Guest Post Ad targeting reminds me of the Chicago voting mantra from the 60’s—“vote early and vote often.” You may recall that in the 1960 election, the former Mayor Daley of Chicago used the names of tens of thousands of dead people to “vote” for John F. Kennedy. While the ad community isn’t busing in dead voters per se, it is keeping questionable count of who drives online ad results.
Cloud application management provider Standing Cloud has raised $3 million in a new funding round, the company announced today.
Microsoft online business veteran Yusuf Mehdi will become head of marketing for the Interactive Entertainment Division that includes the Xbox game division, the company said today.
Guest Post Developing markets are gaining speed and Middle East countries with young populations are at rise. With populations that are truly enthusiastic towards innovation, they are coming on strong in the technological market.
Is there a business in making mobile to-do lists more collaborative and less headache-inducing? Startup Any.do formally launches Thursday with a free Android application proffering shareable, voice-operated to-do lists, and $1 million in seed funding to find out.
Amazon has ordered an additional 1 million Kindle Fire tablets from its manufacturers, increasing the total number it expects to ship before the end of 2011 to 5 million. Previously, the company was expecting to ship just 3.5 million, but it increased this number to 4 million in the middle of Q3, Digitimes reports.
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zuYxRtdomI&w=560&h=420] Microsoft today has opened a new retail location outside of its Washington stronghold.
There’s a real person behind the British voice of Siri, Apple’s wildly-popular voice assistant for the iPhone 4S. He was surprised as anyone to learn this, when he heard his voice on television in a commercial.
Guest Post Nick Bilton of the New York Times recently wrote about why Facebook works for all while Twitter works for some:
Apple issued a software update to its iOS 5 mobile operating system today, which should fix problems with the iPhone 4S battery life.
Two reports released this week show the continuing growth and potential market dominance of digital and mobile gaming.
If you believe in karma, it should come as no surprise that e-readers are slowly killing off print books — perhaps in retaliation for all those trees murdered over the years.
Kontagent said today it has raised $12 million in a second round of funding to expand its social analytics business into mobile markets.
Activision Blizzard posted an update on the service woes for its gamer social network Call of Duty Elite. The service was supposed to launch on Tuesday with the debut of Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3. But the huge number of registrations and other issues brought down the service and users have had trouble accessing it ever since.
Launching publicly today, Identified is a professional social network for adults younger than 30, that’s built on top of Facebook and backed by $5.5 million from Google’s Eric Schmidt, Tim and Bill Draper and Alexander Tamas of DST.
Sony’s Uncharted 3 Drakes Fortune shipped 3.8 million on its first day of sales on Nov. 1, the company announced today.
Retail giant Walmart’s digital technology division, Walmart Labs, has acquired point-of-sale development company Grabble for an undisclosed amount, the startup announced today on its website.
Online meeting startup AnyMeeting has added premium ad-free options to its service, a major milestone for the service because its meetings have been run with contextual advertising up until today.
Online coupon startup WhaleShark Media has raised a $150 million round of funding, the company announced today.
Editor's Pick The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is the latest blockbuster hopeful from developer/publisher Bethesda Softworks. Following in the footsteps of the studio’s previous award-winning open-world role-playing games Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and Fallout 3, Skyrim avoids tacked-on multiplayer and overpriced rainbow-colored launch day weapon DLC in favor of delivering the most rich and compelling single-player experience in video gaming history, a rare goal in a market dominated by competitive online titles such as Halo and Modern Warfare. Was Bethesda up to the ask? The answer is both yes and no.
Are you a dumpling expert, urban survivalist or DIY manufacturer? If so, Gidsy’s “marketplace for authentic experiences” might be a great way for you to make a few bucks off your unusual talents.
Virident is announcing today that is has raised $21 million to launch its next-generation flash memory for enterprises.
Major online retailers are divided over a new piece of legislation that seeks to clarify the murky issue of charging sales tax for purchases made on the web.
Two major Asian online game companies are forming an alliance. South Korea’s Nexon (recently relocated to Japan) and China’s Perfect World are teaming up with a joint venture to manage and operate online games in Korea.
The tablet wars are shifting to to a new battleground, as an SEC filing today revealed that Amazon.com has purchased speech recognition app maker Yap.
The FBI and security software company Trend Micro exposed a cyber criminal string that was rerouting nearly 4 million people to compromised websites without their knowledge.