• App Annie Now Tells Publishers How Well Facebook’s App Install Ads Work

    App Annie Now Tells Publishers How Well Facebook’s App Install Ads Work

    App Annie, a company selling pick axes during the app store gold rush, is expanding its mobile app analytics platform today with the introduction of ad analytics for Facebook Ads. The change will improve the company’s Advertising Analytics service, launched earlier this spring, by allowing app publishers to better determine how well their Facebook-based app install ads are performing… Read More

  • Roku Tops 10 Million Media Streamers Sold

    Roku Tops 10 Million Media Streamers Sold

    The media streaming world is alive and growing, as streaming set top box maker Roku has just announced that it passed the 10 million unit milestone. According to the press release, Roku has sold (not just shipped) over 10 million media streaming boxes since launching in 2008. As it stands now, the company has a media streaming stick (that starts at just $49 and competes directly with… Read More

  • 3D Printing Company Stratasys Is Buying GrabCAD For Around $100M

    3D Printing Company Stratasys Is Buying GrabCAD For Around $100M

    Some M&A activity afoot in the world of hardware design: GrabCAD, an online community that has been described as the ‘Github for mechanical engineers’, is getting acquired by 3D printing giant Stratasys, a source tells us. The companies plan to announce the deal a little later today [Update: confirmed]. We have heard that the deal is in the region of nine figures, and… Read More

  • Apple Patents A Strange Physics-Based GUI For iPad File And Folder Manipulation

    Apple Patents A Strange Physics-Based GUI For iPad File And Folder Manipulation

    Apple had an interesting patent granted to it today by the USPTO (via AppleInsider), which describes a graphic user interface on the iPad that more closely resembles a desktop arrangement of files and folders than the current app-based iOS UX. The most interesting part of the patent might be that it uses physics-based animations and interactions to manipulate those files and folders, however… Read More

  • Docker’s So Hot It Just Got $40M It Won’t Start Spending Until Next Year

    Docker’s So Hot It Just Got $40M It Won’t Start Spending Until Next Year

    How hot is Docker? So hot it’s getting money from VCs it doesn’t even really need right now. The company announced $40M in funding today, but CEO Ben Golub says they won’t actually start spending the new funds until at least late next year. In fact, the company runs so lean, it is only just now dipping into the $15M it got at the beginning of this year, but when funders offer… Read More

  • Visual Search Company Slyce Buys Pounce For $5M To Build “Amazon Firefly” For The Rest Of Retail

    Visual Search Company Slyce Buys Pounce For $5M To Build “Amazon Firefly” For The Rest Of Retail

    Tel Aviv-based Pounce, a mobile shopping app that surfaces deals from retailers, as well as a way to shop print ads and catalogs from your smartphone, has been acquired by visual search company Slyce for $5 million in shares, cash and earn-out incentives. The deal wasn’t entirely a talent grab either, says Slyce, as the company was already on track to roll out a consumer-facing app of… Read More

  • Fastly Growing Quickly Snags $40M As VCs Give Generously

    Fastly Growing Quickly Snags $40M As VCs Give Generously

    Fastly, a fast-growing content delivery network, snagged $40M in Series C funding today. The round was led by August Capital with previous investors Battery Ventures, O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures and Amplify Partners also participating along with new investor IDG Ventures. The investment brings the total raised to date to $54M. Company CEO and founder Artur Bergman says they set out… Read More

  • Mail.ru Takes Over ‘Russia’s Facebook’ Vkontake In $1.47B Deal, Settles Durov Suit

    Mail.ru Takes Over ‘Russia’s Facebook’ Vkontake In $1.47B Deal, Settles Durov Suit

    Some big shareholder shifts at Vkontake, the social network with 92 million monthly active users that’s often described as Russia’s Facebook and has been embroiled in political controversies that resulted in the ousting of its founder, Pavel Durov. Mail.ru, the publicly-traded Internet giant, has now taken full ownership of the company, by buying the 48% it did not already own… Read More

  • Accel Puts $8M Into Semmle To Grow Its Software Dev Analytics Platform

    Accel Puts $8M Into Semmle To Grow Its Software Dev Analytics Platform

    Semmle, a b2b startup with a business analytics platform that aims to optimize other companies’ IT projects by analyzing the quality of code their developers are writing and also by looking at factors such as how much money the business is spending on particular software development projects, has closed a new funding round — raising an $8 million Series A, led by Accel Partners. Read More

  • The $1 Million Race For The Cure To End Aging

    The $1 Million Race For The Cure To End Aging

    The hypothesis is so absurd it seems as though it popped right off the pages of a science-fiction novel. Some scientists in Palo Alto are offering a $1 million prize to anyone who can end aging. “Based on the rapid rate of biomedical breakthroughs, we believe the question is not if we can crack the aging code, but when will it happen,” says director of the Palo Alto Longevity… Read More