That was fast. Only a day after automated video editing service Magisto announced it had received $5.5 million in second-round funding, YouTube has integrated the service into its offerings. YouTube took the opportunity to announce that it has removed the 15-minute limit from verified user videos and added a 2D-to-3D beta tool.
The next big thing for the consumer web could actually come from one of its oldest content verticals: lyrics. Services like RapGenius and TuneWiki are spearheading a new way of publishing and making money from song lyrics.
Fleetly is launching a new app today that analyzes your fitness goals and motivates you to reach them. The app is part of a larger trend of gamification, where developers use game-like tasks to get people to do things they wouldn’t ordinarily want to do, like exercise.
Editor's Pick You may not have heard of it, but this year a company called Wayfair surpassed Crate & Barrel to become the No. 2 online retailer of home furnishings and housewares in the U.S., based on annual sales. Wayfair carries more than 4.5 million items from 5,000 brands, and it’s still growing.
Social game players are spending less time and money on traditional console games, according to a survey sponsored by social game firm Kabam and conducted by Information Solutions Group.
Few tech events can rival the mammoth amount of hype generated by an official Apple event, but Facebook’s f8 developer conference Thursday certainly comes close.
Vidyo has raised $22.5 million in a fourth round of funding for its high-quality video conferencing. The company plans to use the money to expand its sales worldwide and develop better, more immersive and inexpensive “telepresence” technologies.
Ah, Twitter. Thank you for being a forum for slip-ups. A Facebook employee today accidentally tweeted about a new feature in Facebook’s hotly anticipated music service, expected to be announced tomorrow at Facebook’s f8 conference.
Payments and financial software provider Intuit has its own mobile card swipe reader, but that’s not stopping it from saying card readers’ days are numbered.
OnLive launched its games-on-demand streaming service in the United Kingdom today, marking its first major overseas expansion since launching in North America in mid-2010.
Twilio announced today 500 Startup‘s Dave McClure (pictured left) and SV Angel‘s Ron Conway (pictured below, right) started a second $250,000 seed fund for startups built on top of Twilio.
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HomeRun hit one out of the park with its recent exit. The daily deals company was purchased by e-commerce provider Rearden Commerce today, which also announced a $133 million round of funding.
While attending the 2011 Fall Demo conference in Santa Clara, I was startled by the sight of a young man helping himself to coffee in between interviews with startup founders and venture capitalists in the conference Green Room. It’s my job to drink coffee and do interviews. What’s more, he was way better dressed than me. Feeling threatened, I went to tower over him in my four inch heels.
Microblogging site Twitter has acquired social information analysis startup Julpan for an undisclosed sum, the startup announced Wednesday.
[vimeo 29397773 w=640 h=368] We all know that tech investment needs more women, and Natalia Oberti Noguera thinks that female philanthropists are ripe for the training.
TV Guide Digital has a message for online entertainment guides calling themselves the next TV Guide:
Update: Sony said around 1:45 pm PST that the service was back up.
Streaming music service Spotify now has more than 2 million paying subscribers in eight countries, according to a new report today.
Guest Post Patrick Salyer is CEO of Gigya, which makes sites social through plugins like Social Login, Comments, Activity Feeds, Social Analytics and Game Mechanics. You can follow him on Twitter @patricksalyer.
With rumors circulating that Hewlett-Packard’s board may fire chief executive Leo Apotheker, it is interesting to note that his approval rating is declining fast among employees.
Everybody needs to vent sometimes. Most of us occasionally need feedback from trained professionals, too.
Starting today, politicians of all stripes are able to buy advertisements on Twitter. Politically flavored Promoted Tweets will be designated by a purple icon in the bottom left corner of the tweet.
Guest Post Last week the first cohort of the ImagineK12 incubator demoed at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference with high hopes and soaring self-predictive expectations to transform, disrupt and revolutionize K-12 education with the help of internet and mobile technology.
Windows Phone 7 users won’t have to wait much longer for the platform’s major Mango update, as Microsoft announced today it will start rolling it out “in the next week or two.”
Independa‘s service allows family and other caregivers to monitor the well-being of their elderly relatives, and gives the elderly easy access services they need. The company just closed a $1.6 million round of funding from private investors and Southern California venture capital firms Miramar Venture Partners and City Hill Ventures.
What do you do after the company you founded sells for almost $7 billion?
JustFabulous, an online style of the month club, announced a $33 million first round of funding from Matrix Partners today and the addition of fashion mogul and celebrity Kimora Lee Simmons (pictured right) as the company’s new president and creative director.
Editor's Pick The beta for Blizzard Entertainment’s next potential hit, Diablo 3, finally landed yesterday. We got a chance to blitz through the beta with each of the character classes and try out just about everything available, and it looks like Blizzard Entertainment has hit all the right buttons.
DataStax, which sells products built on top of the open source “NoSQL” data store Apache Cassandra, just announced a $11 million investment from Crosslink Capital and Lightspeed Venture Partners.The company also announced a new enterprise product which will be available in Q4, 2011.
Guest Post People use Facebook a lot. They use it to share photos. They use it to invite people to events. They use it as an address book and messaging system. They use it as a games platform. The growth has been so staggering that Facebook is by far the most popular website and can’t even fill its existing ad display inventory.
Startup incubator TechStars announced today it has raised a new $24 million fund, providing an additional $100,000 for each of the companies under its wing.
Lookout Mobile Security has raised $40 million in a new round of funding led by Andreessen Horowitz, the venture fund co-led by Silicon Valley uber investor Marc Andreessen.
Not to be forgotten in the wake of popular subscription music services like Spotify and Rdio, the revamped (and legal) Kazaa has now launched its own iPhone app.
Just ahead of the launch of Facebook’s much anticipated music service, Internet radio service Pandora has unveiled a slick new HTML5 website and removed the cap on how much music free users can stream each month.
With set-top boxes quickly becoming a preferred way for people to watch TV shows and movies, you’d think there would be better solutions for advertisers.
Hewlett-Packard shares are rising this morning on reports that former eBay chief executive Meg Whitman is being considered by HP directors as a possible replacement for current boss Léo Apotheker.