Cheryl Yeoh tried out a virtual assistant for a week, after her startup was acquired by Walmart Labs

My week with a virtual assistant

A few months ago, I decided to experiment with a virtual assistant through Zirtual, a service that connects you with a dedicated, local assistant.

flickr ux

Yahoo buys image-recognition startup LookFlow

Image recognition is a problem the Flickr team has been working on for a while, so it’ll be interesting to find out whether all this intellectual capital leads to a true industry breakthrough.

sprint

Sprint will belong to Japan’s SoftBank in 2 more days

The $21.6 billion deal was initiated officially last fall and then went through months of shareholder voting and regulatory approval. The deal will close on July 10 and will finish with SoftBank owning 78 percent of the fully diluted shares of “New Sprint.”

Salesforce buys (and shutters) Pinterest clone Clipboard

Explaining the shutter-slamming, Clipboard said, “We came to the conclusion that it was essential to focus on a singular platform for building new capabilities within Salesforce, which is not something that we could do while keeping Clipboard operating.”