• Facebook Beats In Q2 With $2.91 Billion In Revenue, 62% Of Ad Revenue From Mobile, 1.32B Users

    Facebook Beats In Q2 With $2.91 Billion In Revenue, 62% Of Ad Revenue From Mobile, 1.32B Users

    Facebook’s earnings beat projections for the 8th quarter straight with $2.91B in revenue and $0.42EPS in Q2 2014 . It now has 1.07 billion mobile monthly users, and 654million daily mobile users. That helped it bring in 62% of its ad revenue from mobile. In total, Facebook now has  1.32 billion monthly users and 829 million daily users. It beat Wall Street’s estimates of $2.81… Read More

  • Uber Launches On Windows Phone, Dozens Of Seattle Users Rejoice

    Uber Launches On Windows Phone, Dozens Of Seattle Users Rejoice

    Uber is pretty much everywhere these days, as its on-demand ride service is available in more than 150 cities in 40 countries around the world. But until today, there was one place you couldn’t find Uber — on Windows Phones. It changed that today with a native Windows Phone app. Read More

  • Kumo Is Raising $50 Million To Break The TV Bundle

    Kumo Is Raising $50 Million To Break The TV Bundle

    Despite Aereo’s trouble in the Supreme Court, the hope of disrupting the TV industry is still alive in the tech world. A new startup led by Aol and Dish veteran Neil Davis is in the process of raising $50 million to fill that void. The startup is called Kumo, and it’s still in stealth, so details are limited. Read More

  • The Amazon Fire Phone Is A Shopper’s Delight But Not Much Else

    The Amazon Fire Phone Is A Shopper’s Delight But Not Much Else

    For the better part of a decade, Amazon has been rolling out e-readers, tablets, and a box that you hook up to your TV while building up a library of content available on all of them. Now they’re hoping they can replace the device you always have on you and spend the most time on: your smartphone. Read More

  • Thiel Fellow’s Elegant Sleep Sensor, The Sense, Crushes Kickstarter With $120K In A Few Hours

    Thiel Fellow’s Elegant Sleep Sensor, The Sense, Crushes Kickstarter With $120K In A Few Hours

    When I first took a look at the Sense, a smart sleep sensor launching today on Kickstarter, it reminded me of two things. Beijing’s Bird’s Nest stadium and Google’s old, discontinued Nexus Q product. “Those are two of my favorite things,” said James Proud, a former Thiel fellow who went on to found a startup behind the device called Hello. “I wanted to… Read More

  • Apple’s Busy Year-End Could Include A Fitness Wearable, 12″ Retina MacBook And 4K Products

    Apple’s Busy Year-End Could Include A Fitness Wearable, 12″ Retina MacBook And 4K Products

    Apple CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri both have claimed excitement about the fall, but we have yet to get a glimpse at the total product pipeline. New reports from 9to5Mac claim a whole host of new info around specific launch timelines, however, including a mid-September event and launch for the iPhone 6 and iOS 8, as well as late 2014 or early 2015 launches of OS X Yosemite, a 12-inch… Read More

  • Rockmelt Co-Founder Eric Vishria Joins Benchmark As Its Newest Partner

    Rockmelt Co-Founder Eric Vishria Joins Benchmark As Its Newest Partner

    Eric Vishria, who was co-founder and CEO of social browsing startup Rockmelt, is joining early Twitter and Uber backer Benchmark. In doing so, he will be joining Matt Cohler, Peter Fenton, Bill Gurley, and Mitch Lasky as the fifth member of the firm’s partnership. Read More

  • Mobile Action Raises $800K For Its App Discovery And Optimization Service

    Mobile Action Raises $800K For Its App Discovery And Optimization Service

    Getting a mobile app discovered, downloaded and then highly ranked is a challenging business - and one that’s now being dominated by larger players, it seems. One company benefiting from that trend is Mobile Action, a one-stop shop for mobile app user acquisition. Now on track for $2 million in revenue this year, the startup has also just raised $805,000 in seed funding… Read More

  • The Modernization Of Computer Science Education

    The Modernization Of Computer Science Education

    Most people, especially in Silicon Valley, are aware that there aren’t enough engineers graduating from college today. By 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor projects that there will be 1.4 million computer science (CS) jobs available, but only enough graduates to fill 30 percent of these jobs. What’s perhaps even more troubling, but frequently overlooked, is that the engineers who… Read More

  • Vysk QS1 Is An Otterbox For The Privacy Freak

    Vysk QS1 Is An Otterbox For The Privacy Freak

    On Saturday NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden called developers to design products that protect users’ privacy and Constitutional rights, saying he plans to promote such technologies.But Vysk Communication’s CEO Victor Cocchia has been working on developing such technology since 2012, long before Snowden addressed the Hope X conference last weekend. Cocchia spoke to me about his… Read More