• Samsung’s Q1 Profit Drops 39% Due To Heavier Smartphone Competition

    Samsung’s Q1 Profit Drops 39% Due To Heavier Smartphone Competition

    Samsung Electronics has disclosed its first-quarter earnings, with operating profit tumbling once again thanks to pressure from rival smartphone makers. Its performance stands in sharp contrast to Apple, which posted its second-largest quarterly earnings of all time earlier this week. Read More

  • Digital Democracy Or 21st-Century Electioneering

    Digital Democracy Or 21st-Century Electioneering

    It’s fair to say that Barack Obama’s 2012 presidential bid marked a watershed moment for political campaigners. This was a campaign covered in Silicon Valley’s fingerprints, characterized as it was by its widespread use of technology to capture and record data to deliver targeted messages to voters. As one former Obama campaign manager said: “We stopped thinking in terms… Read More

  • Coinbase Expands To The United Kingdom With Wallet, Exchange

    Coinbase Expands To The United Kingdom With Wallet, Exchange

    About six months after it initially crossed the pond, Coinbase is finally landing in the United Kingdom. Coinbase is the bitcoin wallet and platform backed with more than $100 million from DFJ, NYSE and Andreessen Horowitz and that has attracted north of 2.7 million consumer accounts. Read More

  • Periscope Saw Over 1 Million Sign-Ins During Its First 10 Days

    Periscope Saw Over 1 Million Sign-Ins During Its First 10 Days

    Twitter today gave the first official news about the growth of its live-streaming video acquisition Periscope, with CEO Dick Costolo saying more than 1 million people signed in to the app in the first 10 days after its official launch on March 26. The public is closely watching Periscope’s growth, as it’s in a heated battle with independent competitor Meerkat for the mobile… Read More

  • GoPro Drops 4% After Reporting Better Than Expected Q1 Profit And Revenue

    GoPro Drops 4% After Reporting Better Than Expected Q1 Profit And Revenue

    GoPro made money last quarter, beat on revenue and is still down after hours. The company reported $363.1 million in first-quarter revenue, and net income of $16.75 million, is off 4 percent after regular trading pushed its shares up by the same percentage. Why is it trading down? It isn’t wildly clear, to be frank. The market expected that the company would generate less revenue… Read More

  • Sneaky Questions Early-Stage VCs Ask Founders

    Sneaky Questions Early-Stage VCs Ask Founders

    During conversations with VCs, entrepreneurs will often encounter a few sneaky questions that have nothing to do with their actual businesses today. Many of these are ​attempts ​by investors to learn something specific that they don’t want to ask directly, and there’s usually some kind of hidden meaning behind a given question. Some VCs may just be fishing for more information… Read More

  • Star Wars X-Wing And TIE Fighter Games Come To Steam

    Star Wars X-Wing And TIE Fighter Games Come To Steam

    Well it’s essentially Star Wars time, with May the 4th in sight and the new movie set for launch later this year – and it probably won’t not be Star Wars time ever again if Disney has its way. To celebrate, Steam is hosting a big Star Wars Day sale, with discounts on classic games, and debuting the X-Wing and TIE Fighter series on its platform. Read More

  • Twitter Collapses 18% In Wake Of Lackluster Q1 Revenue, User Growth

    Twitter Collapses 18% In Wake Of Lackluster Q1 Revenue, User Growth

    In a bizarre leak, Twitter’s first quarter earnings made it onto the Internet — read: Twitter — before the cessation of regular trading, sending the company’s shares sharply lower. Trading was halted for a period. The company reported revenue of $436 million, an increase of 74 percent on a year-over-year basis. That number missed the company’s own guidance, as well… Read More

  • SolarWinds Acquires Log Management Service Papertrail For $41M In Cash

    SolarWinds Acquires Log Management Service Papertrail For $41M In Cash

    The publicly traded IT performance management service SolarWinds today announced that it has acquired Papertrail, a log management service, for $41 million in cash. SolarWinds may not be a household name, but it’s the parent company of website monitoring service Pingdom, which it acquired last year, and cloud monitoring service Librato, which it acquired earlier this year. Read More

  • Let’s Impair That Goodwill

    Let’s Impair That Goodwill

    Caveat Ballmer, or something. Microsoft made waves recently by disclosing in its quarterly 10-Q document that its Phone business, which generates billions in yearly revenue, isn’t performing as well as it expected. As Microsoft is carrying billions of dollars of goodwill related to the Nokia purchase on its books, the warning landed like a brick in a puddle of lukewarm slop. Read More

  • The Facebook Effect (On Real Estate Prices)

    The Facebook Effect (On Real Estate Prices)

    Four years ago, Facebook announced that they were decamping to Menlo Park from their longstanding home of Palo Alto. Just last month, the company finally cut the ribbons on a beautiful 430,000-square foot building designed by Frank Gehry that is basically one giant, open-air room with an enormous park on top. The effect on the prices of surrounding real estate has been profound. If you… Read More

  • ICONYC Labs Builds A Bridge Between Israeli Tech And NYC’s Startup Scene

    ICONYC Labs Builds A Bridge Between Israeli Tech And NYC’s Startup Scene

    Eyal Bino has been working for years to bring Israeli entrepreneurs into the New York City tech ecosystem, and his latest venture, ICONYC Labs is the culmination of that work. Together with Arie Abecassis, a partner and mentor at Dreamit Ventures, Bino has established an accelerator for young Israeli entrepreneurs to build out their businesses in the hear of New York’s burgeoning… Read More

  • Twitter Improves Ads By Acquiring TellApart, Selling Them Through Google’s DoubleClick

    Twitter Improves Ads By Acquiring TellApart, Selling Them Through Google’s DoubleClick

    To boost its commerce ads and sell more of them, Twitter announced some big moves as part of today’s earnings. It’s acquired commerce ads tech firm TellApart, which was formerly a big Facebook ad partner. Twitter will also now allow its ads to be bought through DoubleClick’s bid manager to help advertisers centralize their buying. While today Twitter managed to exceed… Read More

  • Falling TWTR Temporarily Halted After Results Published Early — On Twitter

    Falling TWTR Temporarily Halted After Results Published Early — On Twitter

    Twitter was supposed to be releasing its earning results after market close this afternoon, but financial intelligence firm Selerity published the numbers early. Where oh where could they have gotten that information? It appeared at first to be a leak, but as Selerity pointed out, the earnings release was already live on Twitter’s investor relations site. (We’re not totally clear… Read More

  • Watch A Drone Fall In Love In Pomplamoose’s New Video

    Watch A Drone Fall In Love In Pomplamoose’s New Video

    Friends of TC, Pomplamoose, just posted a new video that features a lady, a drone and a single rose. The song, Madonna’s Like A Prayer redone in a decidedly jaunty style, is great but the video storyline is greater. You see, in the year 2022 a drone becomes sentient and falls in love with a woman who lives in what looks like a fashionable SF bunker. The drone knows that his/her love flies… Read More

  • Fetch Lets You Buy, Book Or Schedule Anything From Your Apple Watch

    Fetch Lets You Buy, Book Or Schedule Anything From Your Apple Watch

    A number of startups, including Magic, Operator and GoButler, are focusing on fulfilling customers’ commerce-related requests which are sent in via mobile app or SMS requests. But today, rival mobile shopping assistant Fetch is tackling a new platform with the release of its Apple Watch app. Now more of a mobile “concierge,” Fetch will allow Watch owners to order any… Read More

  • Contextly Builds A Button For Following Breaking News

    Contextly Builds A Button For Following Breaking News

    Contextly, the startup founded by former Wired editor Ryan Singel, is giving readers an easy way to stay up-to-date on the news that interests them. Specifically, the company has launched a new Follow This Story button that publishers can add to their stories. If a reader hits the button and enters their email address, Contextly will send them follow-up stories. It will also present them with… Read More

  • Facebook Is Shutting Down Its API For Giving Your Friends’ Data To Apps

    Facebook Is Shutting Down Its API For Giving Your Friends’ Data To Apps

    It was always kind of shady that Facebook let you volunteer your friends’ status updates, check-ins, location, interests and more to third-party apps. While this let developers build powerful, personalized products, the privacy concerns led Facebook to announce at F8 2014 that it would shut down the Friends data API in a year. Now that time has come, with the forced migration to Graph… Read More

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