Topify, an email service that made Twitter’s email notifications actually actionable, is shutting itself down Friday, August 5.
Startup incubator AngelPad will offer applicants an additional $100,000 in funding when they enter the program, bringing the incubator’s total investment in each of its 15 or so startups up to $120,000.
If you’re expecting, Facebook wants to know about it.
Amazon wants to sell anything physical or digital. Almost four months ago, the company opened its Amazon Appstore for Android to provide some competition in the Android mobile apps market. That venture has been a success, but so far it likely generated only a small part of the $1 billion in digital revenues that Amazon had in the last quarter — mostly due to the sales of electronic books for the Kindle.
Usually, it’s the first place team that makes the headlines, but in the global Internet browser competition, second place can newsworthy too. That’s the case today, with new data showing that Microsoft’s Internet Explorer is losing market share to Google’s Chrome, now the second most popular browser for Internet users in the United Kingdom.
Salsa Labs, a web-based tool non-profits use for fundraising, isn’t having any problems raising cash of its own. On Monday it received a $5 million first round of funding.
Publishers have struggled with trying to make money off digital publishing since the dawn of the Internet. But The New Yorker’s iPad app, which has had strong sales compared to its peers, might be a model to look to when it comes to successfully selling a magazine in digital form.
Social gaming company Zynga today announced that it is bringing its mobile Scrabble-like game Words With Friends to Facebook.
In a strategic no-brainer, Google has acquired The Dealmap, a startup that shows on a Google Maps-powered map just where you can find all the Groupon-like daily deals in your geographic area.
Twitter today confirmed that it is raising a large funding round from Russia’s DST, the investment company that has backed Facebook, Groupon and Zynga.
World of Warcraft maker Blizzard Entertainment today unveiled an auction system for selling in-game items for real-world currency in its latest multiplayer game, Diablo 3.
Apple’s legal battle with Samsung came to a head this morning, as the iPad maker won an agreement from Samsung that will hold off sales of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablets in Australia, Bloomberg reports.
Police in the United Kingdom have named and charged the 18-year-old arrested last week in connection with hacking groups LulzSec and Anonymous, according to Sophos’ Naked Security blog.
After an eight-month hunt, security startup Palo Alto Networks has named a new CEO: Former Verisign CEO Mark McLaughlin.
More than 12 million unique users pay for virtual goods each month, according to data released for the first time today by digital payments vendor PayPal.
Two lonely entrepreneurs in Chicago, far from their homes in Los Angeles, hacked together a site in 2010 that let people sign up to meet them over lunch or dinner.
Guest Post (Editor’s note: OpenView Partners surveyed several venture capitalists to get their thoughts on a variety of issues relevant to start-up owners. This story originally ran on the company’s blog.)
Charging ahead into digital payments, American Express is announcing it has teamed up with Verizon Wireless to support the credit card company’s Serve digital wallet platform.
Monitor maker ViewSonic and graphics company Nvidia are teaming up to provide a new generation of 3D monitors targeted at game and movie fans that will ship in August.
A few years ago, creating a “data center in a box” was a novel idea. Essentially it meant loading up a big shipping container with servers, which you could then deploy just about anywhere you could get power into it. It’s an even more novel idea to put some wind-powered generators on top of the shipping containers to have them generate their own electricity.
Internet-connected TVs are becoming a lot more mainstream. The latest sign: Best Buy is announcing its own house label model, dubbed the Insignia Connected TV.
Foxconn plans to replace some of its workers with 1 million robots in the next three years in order to cut rising labor expenses.
It seems insane, but Apple has more money today than the U.S. government. There’s even crazy talk about how Steve Jobs might have to bail out Uncle Sam, the way that J.P. Morgan did in the mid-1890s.
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Social bed and breakfast marketplace Airbnb started the week on a high note by confirming that it had raised a large $112 million second round of funding that pushed the startup’s valuation to an estimated $1.3 billion. Just days later, the company’s reputation spiraled down after social link sharing community Hacker News caught wind of an Airbnb user’s emotional account of merciless renters, who ransacked her apartment and turned her entire life upside down.
Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX), run by Tesla Motors chief executive and PayPal mafioso Elon Musk, is looking at a November launch for its second private space flight to the International Space Station.
This article is part of a series of posts about DEMO alumni and news of their progress. Network Hippo launched at DEMO in Spring 2010. Check out more at DEMO.
Facebook game developers were furious when they found out about the tight relationship between Facebook and Zynga.
Google is rolling out a new user interface for search on tablets.
Comcast cut off broadband access to Andre Vrignaud for excessive usage. Will anybody else step up and take Vrignaud’s lifetime of monthly fees for internet service at the top of a hill in Seattle?
Guest Post The Internet is about to hit its fourth major shift in server architecture.
Google has snapped up more than a thousand IBM patents, a move that likely doubled the number of patents held by the search giant.
In early October, AT&T may implement a new policy of throttling bandwidth for customers who have unlimited data plans, reports 9 to 5 Mac. The policy change would coincide with the the rumored launch date for the iPhone 5.
It’s no secret that Google is preparing an applications platform for its Google+ social network. Game developers say they’re looking forward to making games for the platform, which could launch within a matter of weeks.
Car manufacturer BMW today unveiled its next wave of electric cars — the i8 sporty hybrid-electric coupe and a smaller i3 electric mini, both of which use a range-extending hybrid electric model.