• Uber’s API Launch Lights The Way For Sharing Economy Apps

    Uber’s API Launch Lights The Way For Sharing Economy Apps

    Convincing users to join in new collaborative consumption ventures can be a tall order, but Uber’s API launch today gives us a glimpse of how others building businesses along similar lines might be able to juice usage and find a lasting place in the virtual toolboxes of smartphone owners. The fact is that most of the so-called sharing economy apps offer services that complement other… Read More

  • Service Marketplace Thumbtack Raises $100M Round Led By Google Capital

    Service Marketplace Thumbtack Raises $100M Round Led By Google Capital

    Thumbtack, a company that connects customers with local service providers, just announced that it has raised $100 million in new funding. The round was led by Google Capital (the search giant’s later-stage investment fund), with additional investment from past backers Tiger Global Management, Sequoia Capital, and Javelin Venture Partners. Read More

  • European Investor Admits He Pestered Woman Entrepreneur For Sex In “Deal” Email

    European Investor Admits He Pestered Woman Entrepreneur For Sex In “Deal” Email

    Pavel Curda, a European angel investor, (now ex) contributor at The Next Web and mentor to several startups, has admitted to sending a sexually explicit, inappropriate email to a woman entrepreneur following a meeting during a conference, implying a “Deal” could be struck. While he has apologised, it’s since emerged that he sent the same email to another woman at the event. Read More

  • Twitter Is Suspending Accounts For Sharing Beheading Images And Videos

    Twitter Is Suspending Accounts For Sharing Beheading Images And Videos

    Tweet a graphic image relating to a video allegedly showing the beheading of photojournalist James Wright Foley and risk having your account suspended. The word comes from Twitter CEO Dick Costolo who announced the company’s actions in a tweet on Wednesday morning, several hours after the shocking video appeared on YouTube and suddenly went viral. Costolo also noted that Twitter… Read More

  • Nook And Samsung Announce Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook, An Android Tablet For Reading

    Nook And Samsung Announce Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook, An Android Tablet For Reading

    In an effort to bring the Nook platform to a more familiar – and more fully-featured – device, Nook has announced the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook, a 7-inch tablet made primarily by Samsung. It includes something called the “Barnes & Noble Advantage,” a deeply linked app that allows for book downloads as well as tech support “It’s the first ever… Read More

  • Uber Opens Its API With 11 Launch Partners, Including OpenTable, TripAdvisor, and United Airlines

    Uber Opens Its API With 11 Launch Partners, Including OpenTable, TripAdvisor, and United Airlines

    Last week, my colleague Josh Constine reported that Uber was preparing to release an API that would enable its on-demand ride-hailing service to be integrated into a number of third party apps. And today, the company is announcing an API will become available to app developers, with 11 launch partners already signed up. Read More

  • Brazil Court Issues Injunction Against Secret And Calls For App To Be Remotely Wiped

    Brazil Court Issues Injunction Against Secret And Calls For App To Be Remotely Wiped

    A court in Brazil has ruled (via UOL) that Apple and Google must remove Secret, the anonymous social networking app, from their mobile software stores – and also from user devices where it’s already installed. The court has issued a preliminary injunction in the case, pending the results of a final ruling, as a result of a complaints by users harmed by rumors spread via the app… Read More

  • In Year 3 Of Stealth Mode, Enterprise Security Startup vArmour Raises Another $36M

    In Year 3 Of Stealth Mode, Enterprise Security Startup vArmour Raises Another $36M

    vArmour, a security startup that has been in stealth mode for the past three years, is today announcing not one but two more rounds of funding as it finally gears up for a launch later this year. The startup, based out of Mountain View, has raised $36 million in Series B and Series C rounds. The first of these, a $15 million tranche from December 2013, was led by Menlo Ventures (which has led… Read More

  • Twitter Pollutes The Timeline

    Twitter Pollutes The Timeline

    If your Twitter stream is looking a little more random than usual there’s a concrete reason for that: Twitter has made a behind-the-scenes change which means it’s algorithmically adulterating the mix of content you see. Not that they’re putting it like that, of course. Read More

  • Wells Fargo Launches Accelerator To Promote Innovation In Financial Services

    Wells Fargo Launches Accelerator To Promote Innovation In Financial Services

    Wells Fargo on Wednesday announced the launch of its first accelerator program, which will provide funding and mentorship to young companies aiming to pioneer new financial services technology. The bank will guide three startups in its inaugural class, offering them mentorship in an attempt to prepare them to one day serve as vendors. Each company receives between $50,000 and $500,000… Read More