Beacon

  • Y Combinator-Backed Beacon Offers A New Approach To Crowdfunding Journalism

    Y Combinator-Backed Beacon Offers A New Approach To Crowdfunding Journalism

    Beacon, part of the current batch of startups incubated by Y Combinator, gives readers another way to support (and get access to) high quality journalism. Two of the company’s co-founders, Dmitri Cherniak and Adrian Sanders, told me that they previously worked together on a photo storytelling app for the iPhone, where they wanted to pay the photographers and give them an incentive to… Read More

  • Swirl, A Beacon-Fueled Marketing System, Raises $8M So Retailers Can Track Shoppers

    Swirl, A Beacon-Fueled Marketing System, Raises $8M So Retailers Can Track Shoppers

    With the goal of closing the gap between retailers and shoppers, the SaaS startup Swirl Networks, Inc. is rolling out a system of in-store beacons to notify consumers of specific deals according to where they stand in the store. A little Big Brother? Yes. But it’s happening: Swirl has just closed an $8 million Series B round led by Hearst Ventures, the strategic investments branch of… Read More

  • Griffin’s Beacon Lets You Channel Surf From Your Android Device

    Griffin’s Beacon Lets You Channel Surf From Your Android Device

    A handful of new Android tablets can take control of your television thanks to their built-in IR blasters, but Griffin has just come through with a solution for those of you stuck with less versatile hardware. Enter the Beacon, a standalone IR transmitter that helps turn your Android device into a remote control. Setting up the Beacon itself is pretty straightforward — just pop in four… Read More

  • Beacon Is Baaaaack!

    Beacon Is Baaaaack!

    Tom Kincaid, a top platform developer and blogger mentioned in the Facebook Developer Forums last night that Beacon seems to be rearing its ugly head once again. (Update: And although Facebook’s Beacon platform was never actually removed from the service and the feature is not new, partners had backed off from it, which gave the perception to some that it was dead. Since then, Facebook… Read More

  • Facebook says sorry, will let you opt out of Beacon data sharing program

    Facebook says sorry, will let you opt out of Beacon data sharing program

    All our whining, for once, accomplished something. Facebook’s controversial Beacon feature can now be completely turned off by going into your privacy settings. (Beacon would announce on your news feed if you bought something from a partner site with minimal chance for you to opt out.) Someone can tell MoveOn.org to call off its attack dogs now. Mark Zuckerberg, the site’s… Read More