Eric Eldon

Eric Eldon

Eric Eldon is a writer and editor who has worked at a variety of tech publications. He's interested in using technology to build better news organizations.

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  • Zynga’s Stock Rating Gets A Boost, And So Does Its Traffic

    Zynga’s Stock Rating Gets A Boost, And So Does Its Traffic

    Wall Street has had trouble knowing what to make of Zynga, considering it’s the first Facebook-oriented virtual goods business to be publicly traded. The stock has been seesawing below its $10 initial share price since the company went public in the middle of December. Main concerns have been its heavy reliance on Facebook for traffic, and on a small number of paying users for most of… Read More

  • Google Stockpiles Data Ammo Through Privacy Merge, Guns To Win Relevancy War

    Google Stockpiles Data Ammo Through Privacy Merge, Guns To Win Relevancy War

    Data is ammunition in the war for information relevancy. And Larry Page, the prototypical war-time CEO, has just told everyone to empty their ammo packs so Google can build one big bomb with the words “Facebook” and “Twitter” and “Apple” chalked on the side. The privacy policy change announced today rolls more than 70 separate policies into a single one… Read More

  • At Least Yahoo’s User Engagement Numbers Are Sort Of Up

    At Least Yahoo’s User Engagement Numbers Are Sort Of Up

    Yahoo’s fourth quarter results are as underwhelming as most people expected: earnings at $0.24 a shares from $1.17 billion in revenue. The brightest spot, beyond new chief executive Scott Thompson now taking the helm to try to turn things around, is the engagement numbers. Take a look at the slide below, from the company’s earnings deck. Worldwide unique visits to both… Read More

  • SigFig: CES Gets Public Investors Excited About Companies, But Stock Prices Don’t Go Up

    SigFig: CES Gets Public Investors Excited About Companies, But Stock Prices Don’t Go Up

    The Consumer Electronics Show, the turgid January gadget fest in Las Vegas, has been widely seen in the industry as a great place to show off your wares if you’re not Apple. But is that true? SigFig, the stealth investing startup that’s growing out of stock portfolio manager Wikinvest, has run some numbers on the market performance of the show’s big-company attendees during… Read More

  • Early Facebook App Causes Is Being Reborn As A Polished Web Site For Good

    Early Facebook App Causes Is Being Reborn As A Polished Web Site For Good

    Causes launched with the Facebook Platform back in 2007 as a way to help friends more easily campaign for the social causes of their choice. The app benefited from getting in early on the platform, being the only one in its category (other developers were building poking apps or games at the time), and from having a tight relationship with Facebook via cofounder Sean Parker. The product… Read More

  • Investors Bet On Social Gambling, $ZNGA Closes Up 6.57%, Now At $9.09 A Share

    Investors Bet On Social Gambling, $ZNGA Closes Up 6.57%, Now At $9.09 A Share

    The social gaming industry has been getting more and more interested in a potentially big new way to make money: online gambling. And investors, who are now able to buy stock in market leader Zynga, are following suit. Today, Zynga told All Things D that it was considering how to approach the new opportunity: “We build games and experiences that our players want and love. Zynga Poker is… Read More

  • Bing Brings Postagram To Sundance, Sponsors Postcards For The Movie Stars

    Bing Brings Postagram To Sundance, Sponsors Postcards For The Movie Stars

    Postagram, the mobile app from Sincerely that lets you create and mail real-life postcards from your phone photos, has worked out a clever real-world integration with Bing for the Sundance film festival this weekend. A street team is wandering the snowy roads of Park City, Utah, taking photos of attendees, collecting their addresses, and mailing them Bing-sponsored postcards. “Your… Read More

  • Google Commerce Starts The Year Off With A Reorganization

    Google Commerce Starts The Year Off With A Reorganization

    Some of Google’s core product areas, like search and YouTube, have the enviable duty of retaining market dominance. Others, like its Android mobile operating system, get to be the free-wheeling disruptor. Google Commerce, meanwhile, has the perennial chore of trying to gain ground versus a vareity of well-established payments competitors ranging from PayPal on the web to Apple’s… Read More

  • Live-Blogging The Google Q4 2011 Earnings Call

    Live-Blogging The Google Q4 2011 Earnings Call

    We’re live and listening…. A bunch of the execs are on. You can also follow along here…. Everything below is paraphrased.  Chief executive Larry Page: Good afternoon everyone. Google had a very strong quarter with revenue up 25% year over year… Read More

  • Larry Page Is Super Excited To Announce That Google+ Has 90M Users [Update: Engagement+?]

    Larry Page Is Super Excited To Announce That Google+ Has 90M Users [Update: Engagement+?]

    The official numbers are in for Google’s new social network, Google+. Beating out most previous third-party estimates that we’ve seen, the company said today that it now has 90 million users worldwide. Presumably this means monthly uniques visitors given that the earnings release says “now,” but we’ll try to get more clarification around engagement numbers when we… Read More

  • SOPA and PIPA Protest at San Francisco Civic Center

    TCTV: Live At SF vs SOPA, The Biggest Tech Protest In Decades

    When you hear the words “San Francisco,” there’s a good chance that the word “protest” will also come to mind. Or, if you’re on a different wavelength, “Ron Conway.” But today, the city’s favorite pasttime and its top angel investor came together at a special appearance in Civic Center Plaza to speak out against SOPA and PIPA, the two… Read More

  • Ness, The Restaurant Discovery App, Adds Crucial Mapping Feature

    Ness, The Restaurant Discovery App, Adds Crucial Mapping Feature

    I made heavy use of Ness‘s restaurant-finding iOS app during a recent trip through the East Coast, because lots of places are still sadly short on Yelp reviews, and I wanted a quick way to find the best local spots to eat. While I got some good results, I would have been all over a new feature that Ness has just pushed out in an update today: maps. Yeah, another restaurant app with a map. Read More

  • Chegg Launches Mobile Reader For Online Textbooks

    Chegg Launches Mobile Reader For Online Textbooks

    Having built, bought and partnered its way into the textbook distribution business, Chegg is launching a long-promised mobile web version today that lets readers easily read and mark up their textbooks. Of course the move is timed with Apple’s forthcoming announcement event, which based on everything everyone is hearing, has something to do with offering and/or creating digital… Read More

  • Facebook In Brazil: A Big Ending To 2011 Finally Pushes It Past Orkut

    Facebook In Brazil: A Big Ending To 2011 Finally Pushes It Past Orkut

    First there were the stories about Facebook taking over your college campus, then it was your high school or workplace, then your country… now the stories are starting to be about how Facebook has used up all the new users and only has engagement left to gain. But that’s in older markets like the US. The company is still growing worldwide every month on its way to a billion users… Read More

  • Bionic Panda Builds A Social Gaming Business On Android, Raises Funding From Top Investors

    Bionic Panda Builds A Social Gaming Business On Android, Raises Funding From Top Investors

    If you’re trying to build a mobile game for the hardcore crowd, you’re going to want things like at least moderately elaborate graphics… you’ll probably choose to build on iOS first. But if you’re trying to build a casual-style game that anyone can play easily, that reaches as many people as possible, Android is looking better and better. That’s at least… Read More

  • The DC Taxi Commissioner’s Attacks On Uber Have Gotten Even More Ridiculous

    The DC Taxi Commissioner’s Attacks On Uber Have Gotten Even More Ridiculous

    Private car service Uber entered Washington, DC a month ago and has loaded up lots of local support. But now it has hit a regulatory traffic jam. Taxi Commissioner Ron Linton personally led a sting yesterday to bust one of its drivers for trying to transport him within the district, following up on his declaration earlier this week that Uber is “illegal.” Whether or not Uber is… Read More

  • Putting The Google-Is-Ripping-Off-A-Kenyan-Startup Story In Perspective

    Putting The Google-Is-Ripping-Off-A-Kenyan-Startup Story In Perspective

    When you think about what Google, the 32,000-employee search engine conglomerate, is strategically focused on these days, here’s one thing that doesn’t come to mind: an initiative to get more Kenyan businesses online via manually grabbing data from a local startup that’s trying to do something complementary. I’ve been looking into the well-researched story that Mocality… Read More

  • December Presents: Record Traffic For Social Interest Sites Tumblr And Pinterest

    December Presents: Record Traffic For Social Interest Sites Tumblr And Pinterest

    One of the most interesting findings of comScore‘s 2011 social networking report was the surge in sites designed around users’ interests, not necessarily real-life social circles. The web measurement firm’s December numbers, which came after the report, more than confirm the trend. And I’m not just talking about Twitter and Google+, both of which had strong months. I… Read More

  • MySpace Isn’t Dead In The US, It’s Just Getting Closer To Zero Users… As Twitter, G+ Grow

    MySpace Isn’t Dead In The US, It’s Just Getting Closer To Zero Users… As Twitter, G+ Grow

    If you look at just one month of data, you’ll see that Myspace still has users. That’s the good news for the aging social network. The bad news is that it has kept losing them through its many executive changes, various redesigns and the recent acquisition by Specific Media and Justin Timberlake. Maybe that new plan to do something with TV will turn things around? Anyway, the… Read More

  • Zynga Scores Another EA Exec, Interactive Head Barry Cottle

    Zynga Scores Another EA Exec, Interactive Head Barry Cottle

    Zynga has already hired quite a few senior leaders out of rival Electronic Arts, and today the evisceration continues with one of its biggest hires yet: EA Interactive executive vice president Barry Cottle. Among a long list of other accomplishments, Cottle has been behind the acquisitions of social game developer Playfish, casual gaming leader PopCap, and mobile developer Chillingo. Read More