• Pandora up 6% on strong earnings but Rdio and Ticketfly buys don’t pay much yet

    Pandora up 6% on strong earnings but Rdio and Ticketfly buys don’t pay much yet

    Pandora continues to flail as Internet radio becomes just a feature baked into competitors like Spotify and Apple Music, but at least it had strong Q1 2016 earnings today. Pandora pulled in $297.3 million revenue and had $-0.20 Non-GAAP EPS, compared to estimates of $-0.32 Non-GAAP EPS. [Correction: $-0.51 EPS is GAAP, meaning results were a beat, not mixed.] That revenue came from ads… Read More

  • Amazon’s Web Services are shining in its latest earnings beat

    Amazon’s Web Services are shining in its latest earnings beat

    Amazon posted its first-quarter earnings today, and boy did they not disappoint: it beat what analysts were expecting on nearly all fronts, and the stock is up more than 12% after its huge beat. The big one here, in particular, is Amazon Web Services. AWS has become a go-to for most businesses, so it’s not surprising that it’s seeing that segment continue to grow steadily. The… Read More

  • Slack integration in AltspaceVR lets you keep working in every reality

    Slack integration in AltspaceVR lets you keep working in every reality

    Virtual reality can often be escapist in nature, but sometimes you just gotta get shit done. HTC has started looking at this with Call Services on the Vive so you can keep track of your texts while in VR, but for workplace communication not much has surfaced. Onstage today at the Silicon Valley Virtual Reality conference, Altspace CEO Eric Romo announced that his company would be integrating… Read More

  • Google places Rick Osterloh in charge of new, unified hardware division

    Google places Rick Osterloh in charge of new, unified hardware division

    The former CEO of Motorola, Rick Osterloh, is coming to lead Google’s new hardware division, per our confirmation with a Google spokesperson and re/code’s report. It’s the first time Google has unified all of its product lines under one roof, with one leader to boot. Osterloh’s new responsibilities will include oversight of the Nexus program, Chromecast, the Pixel… Read More

  • Apple’s loudest activist investor just dumped his stake

    Apple’s loudest activist investor just dumped his stake

    Carl Icahn, one of Apple’s biggest activist investors, told CNBC he has exited his position in the company. He was known for basically trying to pressure Apple into bumping up its efforts to return value to investors. At the time he declared his position, Apple was in the process of a $100 billion several-year capital return program that included buybacks and dividends, but that… Read More

  • The League launches a rebuilt, event-centric dating app

    The League launches a rebuilt, event-centric dating app

    The League, the dating startup that’s maybe-maybe-not elitist, is launching version 2.0 in a new city — Los Angeles. Founder and CEO Amanda Bradford said The League has already rolled out the updated app to users in its existing markets, New York and San Francisco, without much fanfare. Today, however, marks the official launch, as well as the addition of its first city in nearly… Read More

  • Twitter aims to boost its visibility by switching from ‘Social Networking’ to ‘News’ on the App Store

    Twitter aims to boost its visibility by switching from ‘Social Networking’ to ‘News’ on the App Store

    Following yet another quarter of sluggish user growth, Twitter has changed how its flagship mobile application is categorized on Apple’s iTunes App Store. Instead of competing against Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, WhatsApp, Pinterest, and others in the crowded “Social networking” category, where Twitter had previously ranked in the top 10, the company has moved its app… Read More

  • Google brings IFTTT support to its OnHub routers

    Google brings IFTTT support to its OnHub routers

    Google’s OnHub routers are getting a little bit smarter today with the help of IFTTT, the online tool that allows you to easily connect different online services and platforms. Thanks to this, you can now automatically prioritize traffic from your Apple TV or Xbox when you want to watch a movie for example. To do this, you simply create an IFTTT recipe that gives those devices… Read More

  • Government requests for Facebook user data up 13 percent

    Government requests for Facebook user data up 13 percent

    Facebook released its biannual transparency report today, detailing the requests for user data it received from government agencies in the second half of 2015. The report includes requests received by Facebook as well as Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram. Facebook also disclosed how many posts it censors for violating local law in the countries where it operates. The social media… Read More

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