Facebook will give U.S. small business owners up to $10 million in free Facebook advertising, the company announced today, saying it is working with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Federation of Independent Business to provide the ads.
Sales of Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S II Android phone remain strong, as the company announced yesterday that it has shipped 10 million units to retailers, 9to5 Google reports.
Popular blogging service Tumblr has raised a fresh $85 million round of funding. Hopefully, the company will use this infusion to find more ways to make money.
Zynga announced today it has taken its most popular game, CityVille, to the fledgling Google+ social network.
Guest Post Music video games such as Activision Blizzard’s Guitar Hero and Electronic Arts/MTV/Harmonix’s Rock Band were among gaming’s fastest-growing sectors a few years ago, soaring to become a $1.7 billion business by 2008. But after a 46-percent sales crash in 2009, they become a cautionary tale and fodder for endless jokes describing “the day the music died.”
iPad users have yet another news magazine app option with the launch of Evri’s new app on the tablet today, but Evri hopes to stand out from the pack thanks to its unique topic discovery engine.
Editor's Pick Quantance has raised $11 million to create faster, more efficient power supply chips for 4G mobile phones.
DreamWorks Animation, the animated movie powerhouse that created hits like Madagascar and Shrek, has cut a deal to provide streaming films and TV specials via Netflix.
Editor's Pick VisionTech Components sold a large amount of semiconductor chips to more than 1,100 customers from its office in Clearwater, Fla. Unfortunately, federal prosecutors allege, the chips were counterfeits. In this case, the perpetrators were brought to justice when authorities uncovered the $16 million counterfeiting operation. A sentencing in the case will happen at the end of this month.
There was a lot going on in the tech world this week. On Thursday Facebook held its annual f8 conference. If you missed the news, read Tom Cheredar’s summary: 7 drastic Facebook changes you will probably hate. Or listen to executive editor Dylan Tweney’s radio appearance on the California Report, in which he discusses Facebook’s news.
Google News introduced a new metadata tag to help news publications highlight their original, quality content. The announcement, made today at the Online News Associate conference in Boston, is the latest attempt by Google News to help readers find relevant articles amid the din of the 24-hour online news cycle.
Fire extinguisher inspector David Kneer bought an iPad so he could generate paperless inspections in the field. Then he hit a snag: The PDF inspection reports were unnecessarily lengthy and Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS, prevented him from deleting individual PDF pages on his iPad. Kneer decided to make an app to solve his problem, which he did with help from a freelancer named Maverick26.
As promised, Google has updated its Google+ iPhone app with a slew of new mobile features, most notably the ability to participate in Hangouts group video chat.
Cable TV and internet service provider Comcast is working on a new streaming video service for Apple’s iPad, reports MacRumors.
Former TechCrunch staff member Paul Carr announced today on his blog that he was starting a new company based in Las Vegas, Nevada with investments from Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh and Michael Arrington’s CrunchFund.
Guest Post Daily deals company Groupon is in the bad-news spotlight again, this time due to a class-action lawsuit filed last month on behalf of its current and former employees. The lawsuit alleges Groupon failed to pay its account executives overtime, and later paid overtime at an incorrect and illegally low rate. The suit seeks substantial back wages, liquidated damages and attorney’s fees.
If you’ve ever been to a large sporting event, you’ve likely run across intrepid homeowners who open up their yards and spare parking spots to earn some extra cash. Parking Panda has taken that idea to the next level by creating a community marketplace for spare parking spots.
Online retail giant Amazon could announce its own tablet at a press conference next week, according to This Is My Next, which received an invite to the event today.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Welcome to VentureBeat’s new newsletters. Each week, I’m writing a column on an aspect of gaming world that GamesBeat covers. My colleague Dylan Tweney is writing a column on technology and business called Dylan’s Desk. Together, these columns will be available to newsletter subscribers a whole day before they appear here on the website.
Sequoia Capital has turned its eyes toward lead generation in its latest investment, Mintigo, a company focused on streamlining the customer acquisition process. The second round of funding was announced today and was capped off at $9 million.
We thought Dish Network would launch a Blockbuster-branded Netflix competitor, but instead it used a somewhat hyped event Friday to launch Blockbuster streaming movies and DVD-by-mail to just Dish subscribers.
Guest Post Today is the premiere of Moneyball, a Brad Pitt movie about using computer modeling to creatively analyze baseball players’ statistics to get an edge.
When I watched the film trailer, it made me think about how far sports analytics have come in the last decade. It seemed old-fashioned to me, because at the University of Southern California Center for Body Computing (CBC), we are studying, testing and developing many of the new technologies that athletes will use in the very near future.
Early next week, Manhattanites will start seeing more reception bars on their smartphones while underground, thanks to a pilot program from AT&T and T-Mobile.
Blizzard Entertainment’s next highly-anticipated online game, Diablo 3, won’t come out until early next year, the company’s chief executive Mike Morhaime said Friday.
Apple may have to slightly delay the anticipated October launch of the iPhone 5 due to a supply chain snafu, according to reports this morning.
Google launched a new version of its Product Search page today that’s far more visually driven than any of its other search pages.
Sponsored Post Voxel is a tiny company in a field of telecom giants. Yet even with a staff of barely 50, we have become a multinational service provider thanks to a few key decisions. One of those was to “move east” and set up an office in Asia.
Restaurants spend a lot of time and energy attracting new customers, but a startup called BuzzTable says it’s far cheaper to bring back existing customers more often.
“Organized crime is exactly that – organized,” said Marc Goodman at this week’s O’Reilly Strata conference, “especially in the field of cyber crime.”
After several months of keeping its new service invite-only, Spotify took advantage of its spotlight at the Facebook f8 event this week to open its doors to anyone who wants to use the on-demand music service. And they’ll get to do so free for six months.
Editor's Pick How much is your personal data worth? Will photos you post on Facebook or your Foursquare check-in data get you into trouble in five years’ time? In one of the standout talks at this week’s O’Reilly Strata Summit, author and Boing Boing editor Cory Doctorow explained why people undervalue their privacy and how data-driven companies exploit this mis-pricing of privacy.
Facebook gamers are finally embracing well-known brands in their social games. That’s one of the conclusions from a panel on social games at the f8 conference for Facebook developers yesterday.
Bob Allen spent much of his career as an IBM researcher exploring semiconductor manufacturing processes. But at the IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose, Calif., Allen is now trying to use his understanding of nanotechnology and membranes to come up with better methods for water filtration. It’s funny to think that technology that was used to make the fastest chips is now being studied for use in water desalination plants, which take the salt out of sea water.