• HelloSponsor Connects Brands With Local Events Looking For Sponsorships

    HelloSponsor Connects Brands With Local Events Looking For Sponsorships

    While programmatic ads continue to reshape the web advertising landscape, the market for advertising at public events still lags behind. HelloSponsor, which just launched after going through AngelPad’s accelerator, is looking to modernize event sponsorship for brands by simplifying the experience and building up metrics so that they can measure the impact of their campaigns. Read More

  • Nielsen Shows Kindle Unlimited Users Buy More Books

    Nielsen Shows Kindle Unlimited Users Buy More Books

    Amazon has been unsurprisingly reticent about sharing data about their Kindle Unlimited program, a subscription system that lets you download ostensibly free ebooks, mostly from Indie authors. Nielsen research is showing that users who subscribed to Kindle Unlimited spend more on books in general, on a monthly basis, than those who do not. Nate Hoffelder has done a bit of analysis and saw… Read More

  • Tim Cook Says Apple Watch Ships In April

    Tim Cook Says Apple Watch Ships In April

    The Apple Watch will start shipping in April to consumers, according to Apple CEO Tim Cook, who revealed that month as the expected target launch date for the company on Apple’s Q1 2015 earnings call. The timeframe for launch was described as “early 2015″ when the Apple Watch was originally announced in September of last year. The Apple Watch release date has been the subject… Read More

  • Apple Just Had The Most Profitable Quarter Of Any Company Ever

    Apple Just Had The Most Profitable Quarter Of Any Company Ever

    Apple had a pretty good quarter. And by “pretty good”, I mean it was the biggest quarter in history. And not just for Apple. For any company. Ever. Read More

  • Led By iPhone, Apple China Sales Top $16B In Q1, Up 157% On Q4, 70% vs. A Year Ago

    Led By iPhone, Apple China Sales Top $16B In Q1, Up 157% On Q4, 70% vs. A Year Ago

    Apple Q1 earnings have been a record-breaker for iPhone sales, and Apple is also hitting a high in another area: China. Today the company reported sales of $16.144 billion in the country, up 157% on Q4 and 70% on a year ago. Elsewhere outside of the U.S., Apple reported revenues of $17.2 billion in Europe (up 20% on a year ago); $5.4b in Japan (up 8%) and $5.2 billion in the rest of Asia… Read More

  • Will 2015 See The Death Of The Robo Advisors?

    Will 2015 See The Death Of The Robo Advisors?

    If 2014 was the year that robo advisors came of age, then we’ll probably look back at 2015 as the year the traditional asset management industry fought back. Is this move going to be the death of Wealthfront, Personal Capital, Betterment and the rest of the robos? Will the new entrants with their mix of low fees, great online tools and portfolios of ETFs that automatically rebalance be… Read More

  • Apple Sells 5.5 Million Macs In Q1 2015

    Apple Sells 5.5 Million Macs In Q1 2015

    Apple sold 5.5 million Macs over the holiday quarter (ending December 28), according to the company’s Q1 2015 earnings report released today. Analysts estimated that Apple would sell 5.68 million Macs this quarter, putting the electronics maker just under estimates but still showing growth YOY. With this past quarter’s 5.5 million units sold, Apple totally flat in the category from… Read More

  • Apple Beats In Q1 2015 With $74.6B Revenue, $18B Profit And $3.06 EPS

    Apple Beats In Q1 2015 With $74.6B Revenue, $18B Profit And $3.06 EPS

    Apple has just released its fiscal Q1 2015 earnings, reporting $74.6 billion in revenue, $18 billion in net profit representing $3.06 per share. This is the largest corporate quarterly earnings of all time, above Gazprom, Royal Dutch Shell and ExxonMobil. Compared to the year-ago quarter, it corresponds to a growth of 29.5 percent in revenue, and 47.8 percent in EPS (adjusted for the… Read More

  • Apple Sells A Super-Sized 74.5M iPhones In Q1 2015 Thanks To Super-Sized 6 And 6 Plus

    Apple Sells A Super-Sized 74.5M iPhones In Q1 2015 Thanks To Super-Sized 6 And 6 Plus

    The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have helped Apple sell an astounding 74.5 million iPhones during the first quarter of the company’s fiscal 2015 year. That’s more iPhones than they’ve ever sold during a single quarter, up from the previous record of 51 million iPhone sales reported during the same time last year, and above the consensus estimate of around 67 million per Wall… Read More

  • Yahoo Reports Mixed Q4 With Mobile Revenue Of $254M, Total Top Line Of $1.18B

    Yahoo Reports Mixed Q4 With Mobile Revenue Of $254M, Total Top Line Of $1.18B

    Today Yahoo reported its fourth-quarter financial performance, including revenue excluding the cost of acquiring traffic of $1.179 billion, and non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.30. The market had expected the company to report $1.19 billion in revenue, and non-GAAP earnings of $0.29 per share. Yahoo also announced that it plans to spin its remaining stake in Alibaba out into a new company. Read More

  • Yahoo Plans To Spin Off Its Alibaba Stake, Tax Free, Into A New Company

    Yahoo Plans To Spin Off Its Alibaba Stake, Tax Free, Into A New Company

    In addition to releasing its (mixed) fourth-quarter earnings report, Yahoo just announced its plan to spin off its stake in Alibaba into a new company, currently dubbed “SpinCo.” The new company will own all of Yahoo’s 384 million remaining shares in Alibaba, valued at $40 billion. The spin off will be tax-free, which had been predicted and was one of the main concerns of… Read More

  • YouTube Now Streams HTML5 Video By Default

    YouTube Now Streams HTML5 Video By Default

    Here is one more nail in Flash’s coffin: starting today, YouTube defaults to using HTML5 video on all modern browsers, including Chrome, IE 11, Safari 8 and the beta versions of Firefox. YouTube first introduced HTML5 support back in 2010. At the time it was still highly experimental. Over the years, as the HTML5 standard — and with it, its video implementation — matured… Read More

  • Be Honest About Whether Your Product Really Makes A Difference

    Be Honest About Whether Your Product Really Makes A Difference

    Startups in a world of massive markets can be confusing. The law of large numbers; platforms that can make your company blow up unexpectedly and the trendy nature of tech markets are deceiving. Success for many is ephemeral. Read More

  • The Pirx One Printer Mixes High Design And 3D Tech

    The Pirx One Printer Mixes High Design And 3D Tech

    Poland is a hotbed (get it?) for 3D printing and now up-and-comer Pirx is entering the fray. Their printer, the Pirx One, is a $1,199 PLA printer with some seriously classy looks and optional heated bed for ABS support. The printer is a standard FDM device that prints layers of plastic into a cohesive whole. The team has added a few extras including a heavy steel frame and acceptable build… Read More

  • With Mimo, MIT Alums Are Disrupting The Baby Nursery, Onesie At A Time

    With Mimo, MIT Alums Are Disrupting The Baby Nursery, Onesie At A Time

    For all the innovation that has come out of startups, few have addressed one of the hardest tasks in the world: caring for a newborn infant. Whether it is providing milk at 3 a.m. or ensuring that the baby is exposed to the right shapes and sounds appropriate for its age, parents are faced with a near-constant barrage of challenges, often under incredible pressure and stress. Read More

  • The Fragility Of Our Connected World

    The Fragility Of Our Connected World

    A decade ago, one would have never predicted the sheer size and impact the Internet has made on our planet. Now, with everything including government, healthcare, commerce and financial services brokered through connected devices, the stakes are much higher. Within the past month alone, Internet connectivity made headlines in Cuba after the U.S. trade embargo was lifted, in North Korea as… Read More

  • Pinterest Brings Ads To Users’ Home Feeds

    Pinterest Brings Ads To Users’ Home Feeds

    More users will be seeing ads on Pinterest, the company announced on Tuesday, detailing an expanded test of its advertising product which will now place ads in the form of “Promoted Pins” directly in users’ home feeds. Because the home feed is the first thing you see when landing on Pinterest’s site, this will make the advertisements more visible to users of the… Read More

  • Google Brings Fiber To Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville And Raleigh-Durham

    Google Brings Fiber To Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville And Raleigh-Durham

    After a few weeks of rumors, Google today officially announced that it is bringing its Google Fiber Internet and TV service to 18 new cities in four metro areas. These include Atlanta, Ga., Charlotte, N.C., Nashville, Tenn., and Raleigh-Durham, N.C. This marks Google’s largest expansion of its gigabit network yet. Read More

  • YC-Backed Final Raises A Million For Its Fraud-Fighting Credit Card

    YC-Backed Final Raises A Million For Its Fraud-Fighting Credit Card

    Credit card startup Final, which is focused on combating fraud online and off while giving consumers more control over their spending, has raised $1 million in seed funding from investors including Ludlow Ventures, T5 Capital Partners, Y Combinator and other fintech angels, in advance of the launch of its 2015 pilot program. The company tells us it already has 37,000 consumers signed up on… Read More

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