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    A TV Show About Online Videos Shows Us We’re In A Weird Place With Content Right Now

    A TV show devoted entirely to showing nothing but online videos is now the No. 1 syndicated show in the nation. You may have seen it on HLN or one of your local channels: It’s on all Cox, Scripps and Raycom stations coast to coast and will soon be syndicated throughout about 91 percent of the country. The show gets over 2 million viewers for each half-hour episode. Comparing some of… Read More

  • Our Nine Favorite Companies From The 500 Startups Demo Day

    Our Nine Favorite Companies From The 500 Startups Demo Day

    It’s that time again: 500 Startups just put on demo day for its ninth batch of companies at Microsoft’s conference building in sunny Mountain View, Calif. The seed stage investor and startup incubator showed off 29 products and services that range from making it easier to get a home loan to a marketplace for 3D printed knick-knacks. Read More

  • Facebook Is Shutting Down Gifts To Focus On Its Buy Button And Commerce Platform

    Facebook Is Shutting Down Gifts To Focus On Its Buy Button And Commerce Platform

    Facebook wants to help other businesses sell things, so it’s done selling its own. Facebook Gifts will shut down on August 12th and stop selling gift cards for businesses like Starbucks and iTunes. Facebook tells me no layoffs will occur, and most of the team has already been reassigned to other commerce initiatives it’s concentrating on. Those include the Buy button for making… Read More

  • Palantir Acquires Social Polling Startup Poptip

    Palantir Acquires Social Polling Startup Poptip

    Poptip, a startup that helps companies conduct social media surveys and analyze online conversations, just announced its team will be joining Palantir starting on August 1. I’ve emailed Palantir for confirmation and comment, and I’ll update if I hear back. Read More

  • Eventbrite’s Power Duo Julia And Kevin Hartz Will Speak At Disrupt SF

    Eventbrite’s Power Duo Julia And Kevin Hartz Will Speak At Disrupt SF

    We’re thrilled to announce that Eventbrite co-founders Julia and Kevin Hartz will be joining us for an on-stage interview at Disrupt SF 2014 — the tickets for which are sold by Eventbrite, natch. Julia and Kevin Hartz are married now, but they weren’t when they paired up with Renaud Visage to start the incredibly popular self-service ticketing company that lets users… Read More

  • Google Docs, Sheets And Slides Get New Home Screens With A Taste Of Material Design

    Google Docs, Sheets And Slides Get New Home Screens With A Taste Of Material Design

    Google has rolled out a new look for its Docs, Sheets and Slides productivity web app suite, with new homepages for each that present your content in a visual grid and that introduce just a hint of Material Design into the look and feel of the apps, with bold edge-to-edge fields of color and some basic animations. The new start pages for Docs, Sheets and Slides do make it a lot easier to find… Read More

  • Microsoft Now Builds Nearly 95% Of All Windows Phones

    Microsoft Now Builds Nearly 95% Of All Windows Phones

    The Microsoft-Nokia deal closed, and Microsoft now builds and sells millions of phones each month. But more to the point, Microsoft now builds 94.5 percent of all Windows Phone devices. That’s according to adduplex, an advertising company that services the mobile platform. The company’s July report on the Windows Phone ecosystem indicates that in the month, devices that it marks… Read More

  • Twitter Picked Up 16M Active Users In Q2

    Twitter Picked Up 16M Active Users In Q2

    In its most recent quarter, Twitter didn’t just report stronger-than-expected financials. It also showed continued user growth, which has been an ongoing concern for the company. Twitter says there were an average of 271 million monthly active users, compared to 255 million in the first quarter of this year. (Of that total, 211 million active users were mobile, representing 78 percent of… Read More

  • Instagram Launches One-Touch Photo And Video Messaging App Bolt Outside The US

    Instagram Launches One-Touch Photo And Video Messaging App Bolt Outside The US

    Instagram is taking on Snapchat by turning your best friends’ faces into the shutter button with today’s official release of its first standalone app Bolt, but only Singapore, South Africa and New Zealand will get this initial phase of the iOS and Android rollout. Designed for lightning-fast, ephemeral one-to-one video and photo messaging, Bolt was accidentally outed in promo… Read More