Venture capital firm Andreessen-Horowitz announced today that it is participating in startup incubator Y Combinator‘s Start Fund, alongside venture capitalists Ron Conway and Yuri Milner.
When you get a cool new gadget like an iPhone 4S, you want to show it off. But before you can brag about how awesome Siri is, you have to activate your new phone.
Tech and financial analysts are making statements today about Apple and what they say is the imminent launch of the next iPad.
Zynga may be losing some ground after spending years completely dominating the Facebook social gaming market.
Apple shares rose 3.3 percent today to close at $422 a share, an all-time high for the company.
Google is axing a number of its limp social products, including Buzz, in favor of Google+ according to a blog post today by Vice President of Product Brad Horowitz.
Guest Post Though we think of texting as just as a means of day-to-day communication, it has been utilized in developing countries in a variety of ingenious ways to improve the lives of the people there. Surprisingly, cell phones in the developing world are both cheaper and more ubiquitous than many basic services we take for granted, such as brick-and-mortar banks and, in some countries, even electricity. Entrepreneurs and social activists alike have taken advantage of this fact in some incredible ways. This infographic details several of them.
Zynga made some changes to its accounting and disclosed new stock repurchases, setting off alarm bells at one analyst firm that studies the value of private companies.
We’ve all heard insanity defined as doing the same thing and expecting different results.
Joining streaming music services such as Last.fm and Pandora, Spotify has launched an app for the Boxee Box, the company announced Friday.
We managed to get our hands on one of the upcoming Windows 8 operating system tablets from Microsoft. The tablets, which Microsoft showed off at its recent Build developer conference, will be coming out next year, so we’ve put together a video (below) of what you can expect from them.
Shiny, new MacBook Pros have reportedly appeared in Apple’s inventory system.
Steve Scott, chief technology officer for Tesla graphics chip products at Nvidia, was feeling pretty good this week after the Oak Ridge National Laboratory announced it will build the world’s fastest supercomputer using 18,000 high-end graphics chips from Nvidia.
The upcoming and heavily anticipated new Android phone from Motorola is reportedly thinner and faster than the iPhone 4S.
A U.S. judge has declared that Samsung infringes on Apple’s patents with its Galaxy smartphones and tablets, but also said that Apple has to prove the validity of its patents, Reuters reports.
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Google is planning to open a new MP3 music store, and has entered into negotiations with major record labels, reports the New York Times.
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ByWVVovdDg&w=560&h=315] Skype is now officially a part of Microsoft. The software giant announced today that it has completed its $8.5 billion purchase of the video chat company.
Editor's Pick Cross-platform video calling startup Tango has seen tremendous growth since its launch in early fall of last year. One of the biggest reasons for its success, according to CTO Eric Setton, may be the company’s crazy strict 2-week development cycle for its iPhone, Android, and PC applications.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has told public companies to disclose cyber attacks that could potentially lead to unexpected losses.
Mobile payments startup Jumio will soon go live with its service to help retailers easily take credit cards using smartphones, the company said today.
Editor's Pick Playforge made enough money from a single iPhone game, Zombie Farm, to support a 25-person company. Now the developer has launched its next game, Zombie Life, and it has another hit on its hands. Call it the domestication of the zombie, a big trend in pop culture.
Owners of streaming video service Hulu have terminated their plans to sell the company, Hulu announced today.
Justin.tv announced today that it has secured an exclusive distribution deal with the electronic sports league, ESL, to broadcast electronic sports tournaments on Twitch.tv.
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5xcmbmcx0w&w=560&h=315] This week, we had Meebo CTO and co-founder Sandy Jen come into the VentureBeat studio to talk about women and tech.
U.S. retail video game sales can’t seem to get out of their summer funk. In September, the trend continued as overall retail game sales fell 6 percent from a year ago, according to market researcher NPD Group.
Editor's Pick “Sorry we ripped you off. Your best bet is to go to Groupon and get your money back. We’re too chicken shit to answer the phone, so you got this message anyway. Sorry for your problems. Better luck next time.”
Storied venture capitalist Vinod Khosla and his firm, Khosla Ventures, have raised a $1.05 billion fund.
Google and Samsung announced they will hold their previously canceled mobile event in Hong Kong on October 18th.
Social gaming giant Zynga has decided to list its shares on the tech-heavy NASDAQ stock exchange, according to a recent filing with the securities and exchange commission.
Alternative search engine Duck Duck Go closed its first round of funding led by Union Square Ventures, the company’s founder Gabriel Weinberg announced today. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Part of Google’s revenue growth can be attributed to the company finally completing its acquisition of flight search data provider ITA.
The total number of Android devices activated worldwide has now reached 190 million, Google CEO Larry Page said during the company’s third-quarter earnings call today.
Search giant Google brought in $9.72 billion in the third quarter this year — or $7.5 billion minus traffic acquisition costs. That amount crushed consensus Wall Street analyst estimates of $7.23 billion, and is a 33 percent increase from the same quarter one year ago.
It looks like the iPhone 4S will be Apple’s best-selling iPhone yet. Pre-orders for the entry-level $199 iPhone 4S have already sold out on U.S. carrier websites — this after Apple received over 3 million pre-orders over the last weekend.
Following last week’s big agreement to stream AMC’s acclaimed TV shows, Netflix has secured another TV deal, this one with CBS and Warner Bros. to stream previous seasons of CW shows such as The Vampire Diaries and Gossip Girl in the U.S.