• Estonia's PipeDrive de-cloaks at AngelPad demo day

    Today Estonian startup Pipedrive presented at the demo day of the often publicity-shy AngelPad, the San-Francisco-based accelerator founded by ex-Googlers. The only eastern European startup out of the 15 teams in the accelerator’s summer 2011 edition, Pipedrive is developed by sales people for sales people. What other cloud-based CRM systems are missing, Pipedrive attempts to deliver. Read More

  • Europe’s Square iZettle Raises $11 Million For Mobile Payments Technology

    Europe’s Square iZettle Raises $11 Million For Mobile Payments Technology

    Europe’s Square competitor iZettle. has raised $11.2 million in Series A funding (€8.2 million) led by Index Ventures with co-investor Creandum and further investment from Charles Dunstone, CEO and Co-founder of The Carphone Warehouse. We heard of the reported investment in August, but the deal has been confirmed today. iZettle, which is based in Sweden, launched earlier this year as… Read More

  • Vivint Solar Announces $75m Partnership With U.S. Bancorp, Expansion Into Three New Markets

    Vivint Solar Announces $75m Partnership With U.S. Bancorp, Expansion Into Three New Markets

    “If they’re [the solar panels] not producing energy, you’re not paying for it.” That was Vivint CEO, Todd Peterson on Vivint Solar, the company’s latest attempt at bringing renewable energy to consumers in a disruptive fashion. Through Vivint Solar, customers do not have to pay anything up front for solar power. They simply sign a contract, allow Vivint to… Read More

  • A Quick Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Feature Rundown

    A Quick Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Feature Rundown

    While hardware junkies like myself may have spent the past few weeks drooling over the Galaxy Nexus, the onstage demo of Android 4.0 (a.k.a Ice Cream Sandwich) proves that the software powering the device is just as impressive (if not a little moreso). Our hands-on with the Galaxy Nexus and Ice Cream Sandwich will be coming shortly, but here’s a quick rundown of what Android 4.0 will… Read More

  • (TCTV Exclusive) DropBox CEO Drew Houston Says The $250 Million “Is All Going Into The Company”

    (TCTV Exclusive) DropBox CEO Drew Houston Says The $250 Million “Is All Going Into The Company”

    Today DropBox decided to officially announce its $250 million series B round (which actually closed in Sepetember and we called last summer, and filled in with follow up reports). I took a break from the Web 2.0 Summit to drop by the DropBox offices down the street in San Francisco to talk to CEO and founder Drew Houston about what may be the largest series B funding round ever. In the… Read More

  • Ice Cream Sandwich: “Native Resolution” Is 720p

    Ice Cream Sandwich: “Native Resolution” Is 720p

    While introducing the new Galaxy Nexus today in Hong Kong, Samsung’s senior VP for product innovation, Kevin Packingham, said something that surprised me a little. He said that Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, is “specifically designed” to work with 720p as its native resolution. That seems a bit odd considering there will likely be only a handful of phones with displays… Read More

  • Google’s Infinite Bookcase: An Abstract Browser For Limitless Libraries

    Google’s Infinite Bookcase: An Abstract Browser For Limitless Libraries

    I wrote a while back about the eventual necessity for the internet to become beautiful. The trouble is that the things in the world we consider beautiful in an informational context — magazine and book layouts, typography, etc. — are necessarily limited in the information they have to present. It’s this limitation, the known quantity aspect, that lets designers work… Read More

  • Galaxy Nexus Officially Announced At Hong Kong Event (Update: With Video)

    Galaxy Nexus Officially Announced At Hong Kong Event (Update: With Video)

    There’s still half an hour to go until the Galaxy Nexus officially takes the stage in Hong Kong, but the official spec sheet has already begun to make the rounds. The Galaxy Nexus is, of course, the first device to run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but the spec sheet has confirmed a few nifty features we were hoping would make the final cut. Read More

  • Fantasy Shopper turns window shopping into a social game where users can buy

    A new venture backed by European Seed accelerator HackFWD has launched today. Fantasy Shopper is a new social shopping game where players discover and share the latest fashion from real-world online retailers. On Fantasy Shopper, users spend Fantasy Money to buy virtual clothing, create outfits and stock out their virtual wardrobe. Launching first in the UK with over 100,000 virtual items from… Read More

  • Ballmer On Not Buying Yahoo: “Sometimes You’re Lucky”

    Ballmer On Not Buying Yahoo: “Sometimes You’re Lucky”

    Speaking today at Web 2.0, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was boisterous as usual. In a rousing talk with John Batelle, Ballmer talked about how, since last being on stage at Web 2.0 three years ago, Bing has doubled its market share, Microsoft hasn’t completely given up on competing with Google+ and social, the tech giant bought Skype for a boatload, among other topics of interest for… Read More

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