Guest Post Car companies made a lot of noise at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show about what they’re doing to merge internet technologies with the car. But they still haven’t delivered the apps we’re all waiting for.
Guest Post There’s been a lot of huffing and puffing in the tech community over the past few months about SOPA, the proposed legislation that many believe would cripple the Internet and thwart innovation. People have started online petitions, written countless blog posts, started boycotts against companies that support SOPA and campaigns to change Twitter avatars. (Check out the rest of VentureBeat’s SOPA coverage here.)
Guest Post Google’s new Search plus Your World product, announced yesterday, is making a lot of waves. The new search puts content shared by your friends in the Google+ social network higher up in search results than other content — a move that’s raised antitrust concerns.
Guest Post Silicon Valley’s greatest asset is the brilliant minds that roam the buildings and inhabit the coffee shops. Since moving back to Silicon Valley in June, I’ve met a lot of amazing people. On average, they are the smartest people I know. I have conversations on a regular basis that I just can’t have anywhere else. Yes, I’ve worked with smart people in other places, but the concentration here is unique.
Guest Post Users of startup car service Uber got quite a shock from the company’s demand-based pricing on New Year’s Eve. The company implemented a New Year’s surcharge that stuck San Francisco-based Uber user Dan Darcy with a $63 bill for traveling 0.73 miles. (That’s a rate of $86.30 per mile.)
Guest Post Since its launch, Virgin America has become the unofficial airline of Silicon Valley. With new airplanes, Wi-Fi on all flights, a Linux-based entertainment system, power outlets at every seat and a beautiful new terminal at its home airport of SFO, it has become the go-to airline for many in the tech community.
Guest Post Groupon’s stock has fallen precipitously during the last three days. Today, it broke below the Chicago-based couponers IPO price of $20.00 for the first time. At a recent price of $17.41, any IPO investors who were still holding on to the stock would be down nearly 13%.
Guest Post With the start of the holiday travel season this Wednesday, planes will be fuller, patience shorter and the weather more worrisome. Traveling around the holidays can be a trying experience.
Guest Post Yelp’s S-1 for its upcoming IPO is a breath of fresh air. After five months of studying the S-1 of daily deals site Groupon, I’m glad to see local-business-reviews site Yelp come out with a reasonably clean document.Groupon tortured many accounting rules and made up some of its own (forcing it to amend its S-1 repeatedly and delaying its IPO), but Yelp seems to be playing by the books.
Guest Post If you’d told me 5 months ago that I would spend a lot of 2011 studying accounting, talking to businesses and saying bad things about a company that everyone once loved, I never would have believed you.