• Facebook Sets Revenue Per User Records Around The World In Q2

    Facebook Sets Revenue Per User Records Around The World In Q2

    Facebook just turned in a very strong quarter, with its revenue and earnings per share both beating analyst expectations. The company reported sequential-quarter user figures that were soft, but Facebook’s stock is now in the green after-hours. Driving its strong financial performance in the period was high average revenue per user, or ARPU. Facebook set records around the world for how… Read More

  • New Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka Prepares To Take The Helm

    New Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka Prepares To Take The Helm

    It’s been a whirlwind few months for Vishal Sikka. It began when he suddenly left his job as executive and head of products at SAP at the beginning of May and it has continued as he prepares to take the helm at Infosys on August 1st. When I spoke to him at the end of May, just ahead of the SAP Sapphire Conference,  he seemed at peace with his decision to leave SAP in spite of the… Read More

  • Facebook Beats In Q2 With $2.91 Billion In Revenue, 62% Of Ad Revenue From Mobile, 1.32B Users

    Facebook Beats In Q2 With $2.91 Billion In Revenue, 62% Of Ad Revenue From Mobile, 1.32B Users

    Facebook’s earnings beat projections for the 8th quarter straight with $2.91B in revenue and $0.42EPS in Q2 2014. The service is growing about twice as fast on mobile compared to its services as a whole. Facebook now has 1.07 billion mobile monthly users, and 654 million daily mobile users. That helped it bring in 62% of its ad revenue from mobile. In total, Facebook now has 1.32… Read More

  • Uber Releases Windows Phone App, Dozens Of Seattle Users Rejoice

    Uber Releases Windows Phone App, Dozens Of Seattle Users Rejoice

    Uber is pretty much everywhere these days, as its on-demand ride service is available in more than 150 cities in 40 countries around the world. But until today, there was one place you couldn’t find Uber — on Windows Phones. It changed that today with a native Windows Phone app. Read More

  • Kumo Is Raising $50 Million To Break The TV Bundle

    Kumo Is Raising $50 Million To Break The TV Bundle

    Despite Aereo’s trouble in the Supreme Court, the hope of disrupting the TV industry is still alive in the tech world. A new startup led by Aol and Dish veteran Neil Davis is in the process of raising $50 million to fill that void. The startup is called Kumo, and it’s still in stealth, so details are limited. Read More

  • The Amazon Fire Phone Is A Shopper’s Delight But Not Much Else

    The Amazon Fire Phone Is A Shopper’s Delight But Not Much Else

    For the better part of a decade, Amazon has been rolling out e-readers, tablets, and a box that you hook up to your TV while building up a library of content available on all of them. Now they’re hoping they can replace the device you always have on you and spend the most time on: your smartphone. Read More

  • Thiel Fellow’s Elegant Sleep Tracker, Sense, Crushes Kickstarter With $120K In A Few Hours

    Thiel Fellow’s Elegant Sleep Tracker, Sense, Crushes Kickstarter With $120K In A Few Hours

    When I first took a look at Sense, a smart sleep sensor launching today on Kickstarter, it reminded me of two things. Beijing’s Bird’s Nest stadium and Google’s old, discontinued Nexus Q product. “Those are two of my favorite things,” said James Proud, a former Thiel fellow who went on to found a startup behind the device called Hello. “I wanted to… Read More

  • Apple’s Busy Year-End Could Include A Fitness Wearable, 12″ Retina MacBook And 4K Products

    Apple’s Busy Year-End Could Include A Fitness Wearable, 12″ Retina MacBook And 4K Products

    Apple CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri both have claimed excitement about the fall, but we have yet to get a glimpse at the total product pipeline. New reports from 9to5Mac claim a whole host of new info around specific launch timelines, however, including a mid-September event and launch for the iPhone 6 and iOS 8, as well as late 2014 or early 2015 launches of OS X Yosemite, a 12-inch… Read More

  • Rockmelt Co-Founder Eric Vishria Joins Benchmark As Its Newest Partner

    Rockmelt Co-Founder Eric Vishria Joins Benchmark As Its Newest Partner

    Eric Vishria, who was co-founder and CEO of social browsing startup Rockmelt, is joining early Twitter and Uber backer Benchmark. In doing so, he will be joining Matt Cohler, Peter Fenton, Bill Gurley, and Mitch Lasky as the fifth member of the firm’s partnership. Read More

  • Mobile Action Raises $800K For Its App Discovery And Optimization Service

    Mobile Action Raises $800K For Its App Discovery And Optimization Service

    Getting a mobile app discovered, downloaded and then highly ranked is a challenging business - and one that’s now being dominated by larger players, it seems. One company benefiting from that trend is Mobile Action, a one-stop shop for mobile app user acquisition. Now on track for $2 million in revenue this year, the startup has also just raised $805,000 in seed funding… Read More

  • The Modernization Of Computer Science Education

    The Modernization Of Computer Science Education

    Most people, especially in Silicon Valley, are aware that there aren’t enough engineers graduating from college today. By 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor projects that there will be 1.4 million computer science (CS) jobs available, but only enough graduates to fill 30 percent of these jobs. What’s perhaps even more troubling, but frequently overlooked, is that the engineers who… Read More

  • Vysk QS1 Is An Otterbox For The Privacy Freak

    Vysk QS1 Is An Otterbox For The Privacy Freak

    On Saturday NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden called developers to design products that protect users’ privacy and Constitutional rights, saying he plans to promote such technologies.But Vysk Communication’s CEO Victor Cocchia has been working on developing such technology since 2012, long before Snowden addressed the Hope X conference last weekend. Cocchia spoke to me about his… Read More

  • Duolingo Launches Its Certification Program To Take On TOEFL

    Duolingo Launches Its Certification Program To Take On TOEFL

    Duolingo, the free language learning service, today announced the launch of Test Center, its digital language certification program. The company is launching this service with an English Proficiency Exam that will rate your language skills on a scale from one to ten, but it expects to expand to other languages as well. For the time being, the certificate is available for free, but the… Read More

  • Senate May Pass NSA Reform Bill Before Upcoming Recess

    Senate May Pass NSA Reform Bill Before Upcoming Recess

    After some pessimism that a deal couldn’t be reached, there is indication in Washington that the Senate may be able to pass its version of the USA FREEDOM Act (UFA) before the coming August recess. Read More

  • Foursquare Teases Its Redesigned Recommendation App, New Logo

    Foursquare Teases Its Redesigned Recommendation App, New Logo

    After making the interesting decision to split its business and user experience in half, foursquare has today shown off the new version of foursquare proper for the first time. The new foursquare ditches the old logo and the old color scheme and the old way of using foursquare. This new app is centered around personalization and recommendations. That said, you won’t find much green in… Read More

  • Samsung Backs GamePop As BlueStacks Adds $13M In New Funding

    Samsung Backs GamePop As BlueStacks Adds $13M In New Funding

    Samsung’s venture arm has contributed to a round of funding that adds $13 million to the total raised by BlueStacks, the virtualization startup that debuted its GamePop platform earlier this year to offer over-the-top mobile gaming for living room and TVs. Samsung’s investment backs the company’s vision of delivering GamePop as a white-label solution aimed at TV makers and… Read More

  • The Sync Smartband Is A Health And Location Tracking Device For Both Kids And Grown-Ups

    The Sync Smartband Is A Health And Location Tracking Device For Both Kids And Grown-Ups

    Wearables for kids are coming. A company called ActvContent is today launching the Sync smartband, which was initially aimed at parents looking to keep track of their wandering children. Today, as the product goes live on Indiegogo, the company is broadening its focus to appeal to families and adults as well, with a variety of health tracking functions, including a fitness tracker and… Read More

  • Amazon Expands Prime Music Catalog By “Hundreds Of Thousands” Of Songs

    Amazon Expands Prime Music Catalog By “Hundreds Of Thousands” Of Songs

    One of the major complaints with Amazon Prime Music, the company’s new streaming music service bundled in with its Amazon Prime membership program, was its lack of song selection, and especially current hits. Today, Amazon is taking a small step towards remedying that problem with an announcement of an expansion of the Prime Music service, which now has grown by “hundreds of… Read More

  • Glow Raises $7M Series A From Notion Capital And White Star

    Glow Raises $7M Series A From Notion Capital And White Star

    It was only in January last year that UK startup Glow Digital Media, a social advertising platform that sells services to Facebook advertisers to grow their marketing ROI, closed a $1.3 million seed funding round. Investors in the round include Germany’s Project A Ventures and the UK’s Avonmore Developments. It’s Glow Platform product gives advertises tools to create and… Read More

  • Dropbox Gets Down To Business, Adds More Sharing Features And Search For Enterprises

    Dropbox Gets Down To Business, Adds More Sharing Features And Search For Enterprises

    Dropbox, now at 300 million users globally, says that there are 4 million businesses today using its cloud-based platform to store, distribute and share documents. But of those, only around 80,000 have opted so far to use Dropbox for Business, the company’s premium enterprise tier launched earlier this year. Today, the startup is making a move to sweeten the deal, unveiling a host of… Read More