Guest Post (Editor’s note: Ivan Koon is CEO of YouSendIt. He submitted this story to VentureBeat.)
Guest Post Samir Soriano is the director of marketing at display ad retargeting platform maker ReTargeter.
Research in Motion has taken a pounding in the stock market and is laying off 2,000 employees. But Tuesday should be a good day for the company, as it is preparing to announce a number of new devices. The company tweeted tonight that it will be announcing BlackBerry devices with the company’s new operating system, BlackBerry 7. These are some of RIM’s most eagerly awaited models in years.
Google has already admitted it made mistakes with its user name policy on Google+, its fledgling social network, and now we have further word on how the company plans to fix its mess.
In its biggest diversification beyond Facebook to date, game maker Zynga is announcing today that it has partnered with social network Tencent in China and is launching a version of its CityVille game for the mainland Chinese market for the first time.
Customer relationship management (CRM) software provider Assistly is shaking up its business model to become affordable for smaller and mid-sized businesses.
Norway-based electric-car maker Think announced today it was purchased by one of its investors after the company filed for bankruptcy last month, the company’s third trip to bankruptcy courts in its 20-year history.
LinkedIn on Monday launched a new plugin that makes the process of applying for a job as easy as clicking a button.
HTC chief innovation officer Horace Luke has left the company for personal reasons.
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said in a conference call to discuss second-quarter earnings that the online-video giant plans to focus on a “streaming only” future after separating its mail-order DVD service into a separate subscription. But that future, Hastings said, will also bring Netflix into many more countries.
Theword “Wordnik“ isn’t in the dictionary. But with $8 million in third-round financing and a Google exec on its board, the company called Wordnik just might redefine what a dictionary is.
VentureBeat is on a roll.
Everyone’s favorite iPad social reader, Flipboard, is getting itself a revenue stream.
DreamWorks Animation, the studio behind box-office hits like Shrek and Kung Fu Panda, is finalizing a contract to bring its library of films to Netflix‘s streaming-video service, according to multiple reports.
Twitter has added two new executives to its flock, one to focus on marketing to consumers and another to work on the company’s partnerships with global advertisers.
[Update: Added additional information from the company's quarterly conference call.]
Android 2.3 – a.k.a. Gingerbread - is finally being made available to owners of many AT&T Android devices starting today.
Yet another real-time search engine has called it a day, causing many to ponder how a white-hot industry fizzled so entirely in just two years.
Guest Post There has been a huge scrum amongst the smartphone players to capture the market for phone-based purchases. In a very surprising move, the major US-based carriers just folded their mobile payments hand, and folded it hard. Isis, the mobile payment system sponsored by Verizon, AT&T and TMobile, announced that it had signed deals with Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover to its touch and go payment systems.
Quid, a provider of analytics for specific job sectors, announced today that it has raised $10 million in its third round of funding and has added PayPal co-founder and Slide founder Max Levchin to its board of advisors.
Motif Investing, a startup formed to help people invest in ideas, has raised $20 million in a second round of funding.
Not everyone buys virtual goods in mobile games. But among those who do, the average purchase price is pretty big: $14.
Online legal document repository LegalZoom has raised $66 million in its most recent round of funding.
Google’s newest social network, Google+, features group chats for its mobile app (on Android and iOS) and in-browser video conferencing. They aren’t new ideas, but the execution for both is top-notch and they are useful for both businesses and typical consumers.
[Update: Amazon has responded to VentureBeat.]
Google VP Vic Gundotra has admitted that the company’s new social network, Google+, has made mistakes when it comes to kicking many people using fake names off the service and says there is still much to do to perfect the system.
AT&T has begun preparing internally for the launch of the iPhone 5 in early to mid-September, according to the mobile site Boy Genius Report.
[Updated: We've added additional comments from Billy Pidgeon, a senior analyst at game research firm M2 Research.]
Mobile chipset maker Qualcomm has acquired some Kinect-like gesture-recognition technology from pioneer GestureTek, the company said today.
BlackBerry maker Research in Motion announced this morning that it is laying off 2,000 employees as part of an earlier announced “cost optimization” program.
The emerging landscape of games is attracting a lot of money, thanks in part to excitement about Zynga’s upcoming initial public offering and some recent acquisitions such as Electronic Arts’ $750 million purchase of PopCap Games. Tim Chang, a partner at Norwest Venture Partners, has kept his finger on the pulse of the game market for years and spoke about the opportunities in games at the recent Casual Connect game conference in Seattle.
Guest Post (Editor’s note: Curtis Smolar is a partner at Ropers Majeski Kohn & Bentley. He submitted this column to VentureBeat.)
Translattice is launching a new platform for enterprise computing today that will distribute data throughout a company’s computer network and save as much as 60 percent on enterprise computing costs.
Tilera has been arguing for some time that its chips with 64 processing cores are more energy-efficient than typical Intel processors. But now Facebook is backing it up on that.
Real-time car traffic startup Inrix has raised $37 million in a fourth round of funding led by high-profile venture firms Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and August Capital.
Apartment sharing startup Airbnb has raised $112 million at a $1.3 billion valuation, confirming past rumors about the hot company.
Fuzzy, retro-filtered photo sharing is starting to look like a real business. Now Streamzoo is going after the virally popular Instagram with an updated, multi-platform version of its photo-sharing app, released today.
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Apple bought some very cool “virtual assistant” technology — Siri’s speech-to-text system — back in early 2010. This technology allowed users to ask for places to eat using normal spoken words and receive recommendations within a very short time.