• Online Consignment Shop For Kids’ Items Swap.com Raises $4 Million Series A

    Online Consignment Shop For Kids’ Items Swap.com Raises $4 Million Series A

    A newer competitor in the online consignment space, Swap.com, has raised $4 million in Series A funding for its e-commerce shop where parents can buy secondhand kids’ clothing, gear, books, toys, games and more. Though similar in some respects to competitors like thredUP.com, which also began by focusing on the kids’ clothing resale market, Swap.com differentiates itself by not… Read More

  • Jury Sides With Apple In iTunes DRM Antitrust Lawsuit

    Jury Sides With Apple In iTunes DRM Antitrust Lawsuit

    A jury has found in favor of Apple in a lawsuit brought against it for DRM practices employed in iTunes, which claimed it was in violation of U.S. antitrust regulations owing to decisions it made regarding software updates. The case essentially alleged that iTunes updates, including 4.7, 7.0 and 7.4 were created strictly to introduce FairPlay updates to block competing services from offering… Read More

  • FullContact For Gmail Is The Latest Email Plug-In To Take On LinkedIn’s Rapportive

    FullContact For Gmail Is The Latest Email Plug-In To Take On LinkedIn’s Rapportive

    Rapportive users have not been happy about the email plug-in’s performance and changes following its acquisition by LinkedIn. Instead of rich contact info and tools for following and friending email contacts on a variety of social networks, LinkedIn removed much of the functionality that drew users to it in the first place. In the wake of these changes, a number of competitors have… Read More

  • Pebble's New Android Update With Interactive Notifications

    Pebble 2.3 For Android Brings Interactive Notifications, Will Work With Android Wear-Ready Apps

    Pebble’s upcoming Android software release will introduce support for directly replying to messages and performing other actions right from the watch based on inbound notifications. The 2.3 software update effectively makes Pebble compatible with apps that have built-in support for Android Wear notifications, giving them a way to benefit from the explosion of app development interest… Read More

  • Profitable SaaS Startup Buffer Breaks Down How It Spends Its Revenue

    Profitable SaaS Startup Buffer Breaks Down How It Spends Its Revenue

    Buffer, a startup that provides social media management tools, today posted a breakdown of how its spends its revenue on salaries, servers and other expenses. The post is sufficiently detailed and worth examining, as it includes a number of data points that we, the public, tend to lack about private companies. Read More

  • Nutrition App Rise Adds Apple HealthKit Integration And Launches Its First International Markets

    Nutrition App Rise Adds Apple HealthKit Integration And Launches Its First International Markets

    Over the past year and a half, the team behind personal nutrition app Rise has worked to help its users make better decisions about the things that they eat. Today, they’re launching an update to the app that will also provide diet coaches with more data about users’ activity levels, while also introducing its availability in some international markets. Read More

  • Meet The Somabar, A Home Bartending Robot With Class

    Meet The Somabar, A Home Bartending Robot With Class

    There once was a man from Blue Grouse
    Who wanted to become fully soused
    He got in his car
    And went to the bar
    And wished he had stayed in his house. “A robot I need,” said he.
    “To prepare a tipple for me.”
    He bought some steel rods
    And some whiskey pods
    And started to work on his spree. The robot he made is a thrill
    It spits out your booze with a chill
    Called the Somabar
    Read More

  • An Uber Valuation Comes With Uber Problems

    An Uber Valuation Comes With Uber Problems

    Parents like to say when it comes to raising kids, small kids, small problems; big kids, big problems. As Uber metastasizes into a transportation behemoth with a gargantuan $40B valuation, it’s learning a similar lesson: larger and more valuable companies face much bigger problems –and Uber, it seems, has become one big trouble magnet. Just this month alone, Uber was shut down in… Read More

  • Vinli Partners With Dash To Make Cars Even Smarter

    Vinli Partners With Dash To Make Cars Even Smarter

    Vinli is building an app ecosystem for vehicles and just partnered with one of the biggest players in the growing space: Dash. The two competitors are joining forces to jointly advance their market. I spoke to Vinli’s CEO Mark Haidar and Dash’s CEO Jamyn and they’re both very excited to have each other in their lives. Haidar confessed that Dash “is the best connected… Read More

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