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  • Legacy Republic Acquires Yarly To Build Up Its Workforce For Digitizing Family Photos

    Legacy Republic Acquires Yarly To Build Up Its Workforce For Digitizing Family Photos

    Legacy Republic, which is building a freelance workforce to help families digitize their photos and videos, just acquired competitor Yarly. Digitization company YesVideo launched its Legacy Republic initiative last fall. Yarly, meanwhile, has a similar mission of digitizing photos or, as Legacy Republic Brian Knapp put it, of “preserving family memories.” Read More

  • Vero Launches A “Relationship-First” Social Network

    Vero Launches A “Relationship-First” Social Network

    The creators of Vero are betting that there’s room for a new kind of social network — one that’s a bit more attuned to the nuances of real-world relationships. Like other social media services, Vero allows users to share movies, music, photos and so on. Where it gets a little different is in the privacy around that sharing. Read More

  • Mixpanel Announces Codeless Mobile Analytics

    Mixpanel Announces Codeless Mobile Analytics

    Mixpanel recently unveiled a new feature that should make it easier for mobile businesses to customize the company’s analytics tools without writing any additional code. A number of optimization and testing teams talk about being used by marketers and other team members without having to ask for help from their developers, but co-founder and CEO Suhail Doshi told me that it’s… Read More

  • Expensify Announces New Travel Integrations With Uber, Priceline, NexTravel And More

    Expensify Announces New Travel Integrations With Uber, Priceline, NexTravel And More

    Expensify is taking another step toward making expense reports easier by announcing integrations with a bunch of travel-related services. So instead of forwarding travel receipts to receipts@expensify.com, users can just make their bookings in the partner service of their choice, and the information will automatically be sent to Expensify for reporting. Read More

  • Instagram Marketing Startup Popular Pays Raises $2M

    Instagram Marketing Startup Popular Pays Raises $2M

    Popular Pays, a Y Combinator-backed startup connecting Instagram users with marketers, has raised $2 million in funding. Under the Popular Pays model, businesses describe the kind of campaign they’re looking to create, then Instagrammers can apply and list how much money they’d want to participate. The marketer chooses the users they want to work with, those users start posting… Read More

  • Twitter Makes It Easier To Target Ads Around Big Events

    Twitter Makes It Easier To Target Ads Around Big Events

    Twitter is announcing a straightforward way for advertisers to join conversations around major events. Not that the service has lacked ads around, say, the Super Bowl. But Ameet Ranadive, the company’s senior director of revenue products, said that until now, buying those ads has been a “very manual” process, with advertisers piecing together the right keywords, Twitter… Read More

  • Centro Acquires Facebook Ad Startup GraphScience

    Centro Acquires Facebook Ad Startup GraphScience

    Ad tech company Centro is announcing that it has acquired social ad startup GraphScience. Founded in 2001, Centro has built a platform for digital marketers to manage their campaigns — in fact, it says it will manage $400 million in ad spend this year. GraphScience, meanwhile, allows advertisers to create and optimize personalized Facebook ads. With the acquisition, Centro can… Read More

  • Victorious Says Its Video Apps Have Gotten 250M Views

    Victorious Says Its Video Apps Have Gotten 250M Views

    Victorious, a startup building mobile apps where YouTube stars can interact with their “superfans,” says the strategy seems to be paying off. Specifically, since the first apps launched in April, they’ve seen a total of 250 million views and 300 million engagements, with fans creating 1 million pieces of user-generated content. Read More

  • Strike Social Says It Can Predict The Results Of YouTube Ad Campaigns

    Strike Social Says It Can Predict The Results Of YouTube Ad Campaigns

    YouTube advertising and analytics startup Strike Social is launching a new feature today called Strike Predict. The company already helps advertisers track the performance of their videos on YouTube and on social networks. CEO Patrick McKenna said that with Strike Predict, marketers can take a video to their boss, propose an ad campaign to promote the video, and answer the key questions… Read More

  • De Blasio Administration Reaches Deal With Uber

    De Blasio Administration Reaches Deal With Uber

    The administration of New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio is dropping plans to cap the number of new drivers added by Uber and similar services. Under a new agreement, the city will conduct a four-month study on how these services affect traffic congestion in New York. The deal, which does not preclude the possibility of driver caps in the future, was first reported in The New York Times and… Read More

  • Consulting Firm Prophet Acquires Altimeter Group

    Consulting Firm Prophet Acquires Altimeter Group

    Altimeter Group, which is known for its research in areas like social media, the Internet of Things and data privacy, has been acquired by Prophet. Altimeter was founded in 2008 by CEO Charlene Li, previously an analyst at Forrester. (She recruited some other big names from Forrester to join her, though they’ve since departed.) Prophet, meanwhile, is a consulting firm focused on… Read More

  • Besomebody Raises Another $1M To Expand Its Experience Marketplace

    Besomebody Raises Another $1M To Expand Its Experience Marketplace

    Besomebody announced yesterday that it has raised another $1 million, doubling its total funding. As founder and CEO Kash Shaikh explained a year ago, he’s trying to build a company around his previous “#besomebody” social media efforts. The idea is to help people tap into their passions, creating an app where they can find content related to their interests and either book… Read More

  • IAB Releases A New Overview Of In-Feed Ads

    IAB Releases A New Overview Of In-Feed Ads

    The Interactive Advertising Bureau just released its “deep dive” into the world in-feed ads — namely, the ads that show up in the middle of the stream as you scroll through your favorite news site or social network. The report is meant to supplement the IAB’s Native Advertising playbook, which the trade group released at the end of 2013. Prepared by task force groups… Read More

  • Verizon Reports Q2 Revenue Of $32.2 Billion, EPS Ahead Of Analyst Estimates

    Verizon Reports Q2 Revenue Of $32.2 Billion, EPS Ahead Of Analyst Estimates

    Verizon, now owner of AOL (and, thus, us!) reported its second-quarter earnings today. The company posted revenues of $32.2 billion on earnings per share of $1.04. Analysts were estimating sales of $32.45 billion on EPS of $1.01 — so the company was more profitable than expected despite falling short on revenue. Read More

  • Yahoo Files To Spin Off Its Alibaba Stake As “Aabaco Holdings”

    Yahoo Files To Spin Off Its Alibaba Stake As “Aabaco Holdings”

    Yahoo is moving forward with plans to spin off its Alibaba assets, as outlined in a new filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Basically, Yahoo is tossing its Alibaba stock and a minor part of its operations into a new corporate entity. The spinoff will be a public company called Aabaco Holdings, and it will own 384 million shares of Alibaba, which is about 15 percent of the total. Read More

  • Smart Bed Startup Luna Joins Y Combinator, Has Raised $1.3M In Private Funding

    Smart Bed Startup Luna Joins Y Combinator, Has Raised $1.3M In Private Funding

    Luna had a successful crowdfunding campaign earlier this year, raising more than $1 million for a mattress cover that adjusts temperature, tracks your sleep and connects to other devices. Now the company is sharing more news. It’s part of the current class of startups at incubator Y Combinator, and it has also raised $1.3 million in funding from private investors — roughly the… Read More

  • Good St. Makes It Easy For Startups (And Other Businesses) To Support Charities

    Good St. Makes It Easy For Startups (And Other Businesses) To Support Charities

    Good St. bills itself as a way to change the world “one quarter at a time,” and now it’s offering a way to do that as a company. When you sign-up for Good St., you’re committing to donate as little as 25 cents each day. Then you’ll get a daily email describing two charities chosen by the Good St. team, and you can vote for the organization that you want to support. Read More

  • Now You Can Split Checks Through Dining App Reserve

    Now You Can Split Checks Through Dining App Reserve

    Reserve, a startup that helps with restaurant reservations and payments, is adding what it says has been the most-requested feature from both diners and restaurants. The app emerged from startup studio Expa. If you’re trying to get a reservation, you specify time window and party size, and the app provides you with a list of curated partners. If it can’t get a reservation at the… Read More

  • Google Unveils “Purchases On Google,” Which Are Basically Buy Buttons In Mobile Ads

    Google Unveils “Purchases On Google,” Which Are Basically Buy Buttons In Mobile Ads

    Google today announced a new feature called Purchases on Google, which will make it easier for consumers to buy products directly from mobile search ads. The Wall Street Journal first reported that this was in the works back in May, with Google confirming the broad strokes of the news later that month. Read More

  • Rock Band 4 Previews Freestyle Guitar Solos

    Harmonix Shows Off Freestyle Guitar Solos For Rock Band 4

    Rock Band developers Harmonix stopped by New York City last week to preview the latest installment, Rock Band 4. In the video above, Harmonix PR Lead Nick Chester shows off the big gameplay addition, freestyle guitar solos. As the name suggests, the solos allow players to be more flexible in their playing — rather than hitting the exact right note at the exact right time, you can just… Read More

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