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  • Facebook Makes It Easier To Optimize Ad Campaigns Based On Conversions

    Facebook Makes It Easier To Optimize Ad Campaigns Based On Conversions

    Facebook is unveiling an improved version of its Conversion Lift measurement tool, which first launched in January. Previously, Facebook allowed you to measure whether your ad campaign was actually improving online and offline sales. Now, you can also test different ads to find the best approach. Read More

  • Bring Home Your Own Star Wars BB-8 Droid, Thanks To Sphero

    Usually, when you fall in love with some cool gadget depicted on-screen in the latest science fiction blockbuster, the best you can hope for is that maybe, maybe some gifted entrepreneur will be inspired to bring it to life in the years to come. For the most part, that’ll be true of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (coming this December, as if you hadn’t already put it on your calendar). Read More

  • Ron Johnson Will Discuss His New Approach To Tech Shopping And Support At Disrupt SF

    Ron Johnson Will Discuss His New Approach To Tech Shopping And Support At Disrupt SF

    In just a few weeks, I’ll be onstage with the man who spearheaded the creation of Apple’s friendly, futuristic retail stores. Ron Johnson spent more than a decade as the company’s senior vice president of retail operations, a decade that saw the launch of the first Apple Stores and their rapid expansion. (He was also an executive at Target and, after Apple, had a… Read More

  • Clips Offers Easy Video Editing On Your iPhone

    I could try to tell you about Clips. I could explain how it was created by startup Fly Labs, or I could describe how it makes it easy to combine clips on your iPhone into a single video, then add music, voiceover and effects. But you know what sounds more fun? Going to the park with CEO Tim Novikoff, helping him to shoot some footage and watching him edit it all together with Clips. Read More

  • NewsCred Raises $42M As It Sets Its Sights Beyond Content Marketing

    NewsCred Raises $42M As It Sets Its Sights Beyond Content Marketing

    NewsCred is announcing that it has raised $42 million in additional equity funding. Founded in 2008, the company started out as a system for readers to rate the credibility of every online publication and story. It shifted focus a couple of times before settling on helping brands find content for their marketing efforts, first by licensing articles from big-name publications, then by… Read More

  • Agent Q Is A Virtual Assistant That’s Focused On Helping You Shop Online

    Agent Q Is A Virtual Assistant That’s Focused On Helping You Shop Online

    It seems like everyone wants to build a virtual assistant that you communicate with via text message. In the case of New York City startup Agent Q, it’s an assistant that helps you shop online. Co-founders said Rémi Cossart and Pramod Thammaiah pitch their service as a combination of Magic and Consumer Reports. Users should be able to text Agent Q with the details of what… Read More

  • MoPub Founder Jim Payne Joins Accel As An Entrepreneur In Residence

    MoPub Founder Jim Payne Joins Accel As An Entrepreneur In Residence

    Jim Payne left day-to-day operations at Twitter nearly a year ago, and now he’s ready to work on his next company Not that Payne has been twiddling his thumbs since his departure — he’s been advising startups and also making plans of his own, for a startup has something to do in mobile video. With today’s announcement that he’s joining Accel Partners as an… Read More

  • Trusted Lets Parents Book Vetted Babysitters At The Last Minute

    Trusted Lets Parents Book Vetted Babysitters At The Last Minute

    Trusted is launching a new service for parents in search of high-quality babysitters — particularly parents who need to find someone ASAP. CEO Anand Iyer compared the startup’s approach to the recently launched senior care service Honor. When you’re looking for a babysitters, Trusted lets you browse the available providers and book them from within the mobile app… Read More

  • Smaato Ad Report Shows Big Growth On The Mobile Web

    Smaato Ad Report Shows Big Growth On The Mobile Web

    Ad spending on the mobile web doubled in the first half of 2015 (compared to the same period last year), according to a new report from Smaato. Specifically, Smaato saw its total ad spend split between 62 percent on apps and 38 percent on the mobile web. So the mobile web is still pretty far behind, but it’s doing better than it was in 2014, when the breakdown was 72 percent… Read More

  • AOL Acquires Photo And Messaging Startup Kanvas Labs

    AOL Acquires Photo And Messaging Startup Kanvas Labs

    AOL is announcing another acquisition — Kanvas Labs, maker of mobile social apps. An AOL spokesperson told me that the company will continue to offer the existing Kanvas Labs products. Those include photo editing app Kanvas; Kanvas Keyboard, which allows users to include GIFs and stickers in their mobile conversations; and Kanvas for Messenger, which integrates the startup’s… Read More

  • SocialBattles Is A Photo App For People Who Think Instagram Isn’t Competitive Enough

    SocialBattles Is A Photo App For People Who Think Instagram Isn’t Competitive Enough

    Andre and Sandro De Moraes must really like to see people compete. The brothers previously created GoldMic, a now-defunct social network for hip hop battles. Now they’ve launched a new iOS app called SocialBattles, where users compete to post the most popular photos. Read More

  • Uber Hires Security Researchers Behind That Crazy Jeep Hack

    Uber Hires Security Researchers Behind That Crazy Jeep Hack

    Uber has hired the duo behind a spectacular hack earlier this year that involved taking remote control of a Jeep Cherokee. Wired writer Andy Greenberg experienced this firsthand. He wrote that he was driving on a St. Louis highway when Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek used a laptop 10 miles away to make the radio, air conditioning and windshield wipers go haywire. Then they cut the… Read More

  • Former Facebook And Instagram Marketer Eric Edge Joins Photo Startup PicsArt

    Former Facebook And Instagram Marketer Eric Edge Joins Photo Startup PicsArt

    PicsArt is announcing that it has hired Eric Edge as its vice president of marketing. Edge spent the last four-plus years at Facebook (where he led the company’s marketing efforts in Europe, the Middle East and Africa), then at Facebook-owned Instagram (where he worked on brand strategy). He told me he hadn’t been planning to leave, but when he learned about PicsArt, he thought it… Read More

  • HotelTonight Offers A ‘Silicon Valley’ Set Visit And TV-Themed Vacations In Partnership With HBO NOW

    HotelTonight Offers A ‘Silicon Valley’ Set Visit And TV-Themed Vacations In Partnership With HBO NOW

    Last-minute hotel booking app HotelTonight is getting a fun update — from now until September 8, users can enter a contest to visit to the Los Angeles set of Silicon Valley while the HBO show shoots its third season. To compete, you’ll need to redeem the code “HBONOW” in the HotelTonight app. Even if you don’t win, you can still swipe right or tap the globe… Read More

  • Yahoo Announces New Tumblr Sharing Tools And Native Video Ads For Developers

    Yahoo Announces New Tumblr Sharing Tools And Native Video Ads For Developers

    Simon Khalaf, Yahoo’s senior vice president of publisher products, today outlined some big shifts in the mobile ecosystem and unveiled some new tools for mobile developers. He made the announcements on-stage at the Yahoo Mobile Developer Conference in New York City and in related blog posts. Let’s start with the developer tools. The first one is Tumblr In-App Sharing. Read More

  • Intercom Raises $35M To Make Businesses Smarter About Their Customer Communication

    Intercom Raises $35M To Make Businesses Smarter About Their Customer Communication

    Intercom, a startup promising businesses a “fundamentally new” approach to communicating with their customers, has raised $35 million in Series C funding. Co-founder and CEO Eoghan McCabe (pictured above) said the way that most online companies currently talk to their customers is “totally fucking broken,” with products and teams acting in isolation from one another. Read More

  • PredictSpring Helps Brands Embrace Mobile Shopping

    PredictSpring Helps Brands Embrace Mobile Shopping

    Longtime Googler Nitin Mangtani (manager for a number of products including Google Shopping) has founded a startup of his own, PredictSpring, where he’s working to help brands and retailers get up-to-speed with mobile commerce. To illustrate why PredictSpring is necessary, Mangtani pointed to numbers from comScore showing that while 60 percent of retail browsing happens on mobile… Read More

  • Tech Support Startup HelloTech Is Closing $10M In Funding

    Tech Support Startup HelloTech Is Closing $10M In Funding

    Los Angeles startup HelloTech is in the final stages of raising $10 million in Series A funding, according to sources with knowledge of the deal. Madrona Venture Group is leading the round. Following a period of private beta testing, HelloTech went live about three months ago. You either call for an appointment or schedule one from the HelloTech website, then one of the company’s techs… Read More

  • Michael Bay’s 451 Media Group Announces Publishing Arm For Interactive Graphic Novels

    Michael Bay’s 451 Media Group Announces Publishing Arm For Interactive Graphic Novels

    451 Media Group , the digital media company co-founded by Transformers director Michael Bay, is launching a new publishing division for graphic novels. The company was first announced this spring with a large investment from China’s Guangdong Alpha Animation. In addition to Bay, the company’s founding partners include John and Anthony Gentile (who were involved in creating… Read More

  • InstaVet Makes It Easy To Schedule A Veterinary House Call

    InstaVet Makes It Easy To Schedule A Veterinary House Call

    With the recent deluge of on-demand startups, many of us expect to get whatever we want with the push of a button, whether it’s food, a ride or pretty much anything else. So why not medical care for the pets that we love? That’s what Elijah Kliger is hoping to deliver with a service called InstaVet. By visiting the InstaVet website, or by just calling or texting (the number… Read More

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