• Investors Thow Datadog A $31M Bone

    Investors Thow Datadog A $31M Bone

    Datadog, a cloud service that helps customers monitor infrastructure and software, whether all in the cloud or a hybrid on-premises-cloud environment, announced $31M in Series C funding today. The round was led by Index Ventures with help from RTP Ventures, Openview Partners and what they referred to as “other equity holders.” Index helped fund the Series B round last February… Read More

  • AnalyticsMD Applies AI To Optimize The ER

    AnalyticsMD Applies AI To Optimize The ER

    AnalyticsMD, which is launching out of Y Combinator’s latest batch, is a startup tackling a difficult but very worthwhile problem: how to boost the operational efficiency of hospitals and improve patient care by helping staff make better choices about how resources are allocated. Its founders liken their product to an “air traffic controller for the hospital and healthcare… Read More

  • Samsung Reports Lowest Annual Profit In Three Years Due To Lagging Smartphone Sales

    Samsung Reports Lowest Annual Profit In Three Years Due To Lagging Smartphone Sales

    Samsung Electronics reported its lowest annual profit since 2011 during its earnings call today as its smartphone sales continue to suffer from increasing competition. In 2014, the company’s profit was 25 trillion won, a 32 percent drop from a high of 36.8 trillion won in 2013. Read More

  • Formation 8 And Palantir Founder Joe Lonsdale Named In Sexual Assault Lawsuit

    Joe Lonsdale, the technology executive best known as the co-founder of Palantir and a partner of venture capital firm Formation 8, has been accused of gender violence, sexual assault, sexual harassment, and other charges in a civil lawsuit filed this week in San Francisco. Formation 8 is also named as a defendant in the suit. Reached today for comment, Lonsdale categorically denied all of… Read More

  • Spoil Takes The Hunt Out Of Gift-Giving

    Spoil Takes The Hunt Out Of Gift-Giving

    Y Combinator-backed Spoil is looking to take the pain out of gift-giving with the launch of its personalized gift concierge service. Read More

  • AutoBot Raises $6M To Drive Development Of Its Car Diagnostic Tools

    AutoBot Raises $6M To Drive Development Of Its Car Diagnostic Tools

    AutoBot, a Beijing startup that makes diagnostic tools for cars (not the robots in disguise), has raised a $6 million Series A from Gobi Partners and ABC Capital. The company will use the funding for marketing, hiring and product research and development. AutoBot’s main product is the AutoBot Mini OBD (on-board diagnostic) device, which users can plug into their car’s OBD-II outlet… Read More

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  • Facebook Now Has Over 3B Video Views Per Day

    Facebook Now Has Over 3B Video Views Per Day

    If it’s starting to feel like every visit you make to Facebook these days is full of videos, you are not alone. Facebook today reported in a strong set of Q4 earnings that there are 3 billion videos viewed on its site each day. With the company also reporting daily active users of 890 million, this works out to more than 3 videos per day. Facebook more specifically later noted that… Read More

  • More Than Half A Billion People Access Facebook Solely From Mobile

    More Than Half A Billion People Access Facebook Solely From Mobile

    It seems that with every earnings report, we hit another milestone in Facebook’s shift to mobile. Here’s the latest one: 526 million of its monthly active users access Facebook solely from their mobile devices. That’s up from 456 million in the previous quarter, and it’s an increase of around 78 percent from the 296 million mobile-only users that Facebook saw during… Read More

  • Facebook’s Powerful Ad Tools Grew Its Revenue 25X Faster Than User Count

    Facebook’s Powerful Ad Tools Grew Its Revenue 25X Faster Than User Count

    Facebook’s been a quest to improve its ad measurement, and it’s definitely paying off. In Q4 2014, Facebook’s user count in the US & Canada only grew by a tiny 0.97% from 204 million to 206 million, but the average ad revenue it earns from each of those users grew 24% from $6.64 to $8.26. That’s insane. Jawdropping. If you’re an ad geek you’re… Read More

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