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  • Rising Share Prices Could Ignite A New Tech Acquisition Spree

    Rising Share Prices Could Ignite A New Tech Acquisition Spree

    In early 2014, a number of high-profile acquisitions were locked in at prices that many found confusing. The good times are probably coming back. Companies that compete across numerous technology strata like Google, Apple, Microsoft, and Facebook are trading near record highs — or at least, the highest prices they’ve seen in a decade. Those same companies are all incredibly cash-rich. Read More

  • WhatsApp Co-Founder Brian Acton Talks About Not Getting “Swallowed By The Borg” At StartX

    WhatsApp Co-Founder Brian Acton Talks About Not Getting “Swallowed By The Borg” At StartX

    In his first speaking engagement at tonight’s StartX event since Facebook acquired WhatsApp for $19 billion, the messaging service’s co-founder Brian Acton talked about WhatsApp’s big “F” word (focus), how people in the U.S. just didn’t get the service when it first launched five years ago, and, of course, its record-setting exit (Acton said that WhatsApp… Read More

  • Facebook Asks Europe To Review Its $19B WhatsApp Buy: An Explainer

    Facebook Asks Europe To Review Its $19B WhatsApp Buy: An Explainer

    Facebook has already had its $19 billion acquisition of messaging service WhatsApp approved by the Federal Trade Commission in the U.S., but in order to make sure that national regulators in European countries do not cause any hiccups, the social network has taken an interesting step. It has itself asked regulators at the federal level, at the European Commission, to review the deal. The… Read More

  • Messaging 2.0 Is Now Over

    Messaging 2.0 Is Now Over

    The second messaging revolution is now quickly coming to a close. With the news today that Korea’s leading messenger KakaoTalk is merging with one of that country’s largest internet portals, Daum Communications, we are witnessing the end of the rise of mobile-focused independent messaging startups that started just five years ago. Only Kik Messenger remains standing… Read More

  • Alibaba’s IPO Means Consumer Tech Innovations From Asia Can’t Be Ignored Anymore

    Alibaba’s IPO Means Consumer Tech Innovations From Asia Can’t Be Ignored Anymore

    Asia’s tech companies still have a reputation in the West for being copycats. But Alibaba’s massive IPO is proof that consumer tech innovations from Asia can no longer be ignored. Alibaba finally filed for its highly anticipated initial public offering this afternoon. The IPO is widely expected to surpass the $16.4 billion raised in 2012 by Facebook. The public offering… Read More

  • Facebook’s Standalone App Plan: Launch Betas, If They Work Grow To 100M Users, Then Monetize

    Facebook’s Standalone App Plan: Launch Betas, If They Work Grow To 100M Users, Then Monetize

    Facebook plans to launch more standalone apps, and today on its Q1 earnings call, Mark Zuckerberg laid out a blueprint for picking which ones to throw the company’s weight behind. First, its Creative Labs initiative will build apps with specific purposes. If they resonate with users, Facebook will push to grow them to 100 million users. If that works, only then will it try to earn money… Read More

  • Facebook Passes 1B Mobile Users, 200M Messenger Users In Q1

    Facebook Passes 1B Mobile Users, 200M Messenger Users In Q1

    Another mobile milestone for Facebook: the company reported in its Q1 earnings that it has now passed the 1 billion mark for monthly active users on phones and tablets. 1.01 billion to be exact. That is a sign of how mobile is approaching near-parity with desktop for Facebook: overall MAUs  across both desktop and mobile totalled 1.28 billion. Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Action Items

    Gillmor Gang: Action Items

    The Gillmor Gang — Dan Farber, Kevin Marks, Semil Shah, Danny Sullivan, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor — played the latest favorite game of the Mobility Addicted. It’s called Lock Screen, and some of us think it’s where the early adopters meet the great unvarnished Silent Majority. Forget clicks or swipes or doing anything; it’s all about glancing. What this means… Read More

  • Facebook Will Be “Unbundling The Big Blue App” Through Its Creative Labs

    Facebook Will Be “Unbundling The Big Blue App” Through Its Creative Labs

    Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg sat down with The New York Times’ Farhad Manjoo to discuss Facebook and its future, and much of the discussion centered on Creative Labs, the new internal initiative at Facebook that’s playing more with products outside the core social networking site, or spun out from that experience. Creative Labs is about “unbundling the big blue… Read More

  • Facebook Could Use Money Transfers To Extend WhatsApp And Non-Ad Revenue

    Facebook Could Use Money Transfers To Extend WhatsApp And Non-Ad Revenue

    The FT is reporting that Facebook is looking at e-money services — including the ability for people to make peer-to-peer money transfers using money that is stored on Facebook itself — and has applied for an e-money license in Ireland as part of that. Facebook has declined to comment on the report, but we have confirmed with sources some of the details of what is going… Read More