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  • When Apple Did Color Because It Was Delicious, Exciting, And Human

    When Apple Did Color Because It Was Delicious, Exciting, And Human

    You know what they say about trends: wait five years and they’ll swing back around again. With confirmation that a a gold iPhone 5s will indeed break onto the scene in September to throw a crimp into Apple’s monochromatic streak (madness! Gold rush jokes!), let’s take a look back at all those times that the company did color and did it well. Read More

  • Color: We Are Not Shutting Down

    Color: We Are Not Shutting Down

    Updated.Color Labs, the photo sharing startup which became well-known for securing a whopping $41 million in venture capital but has since had a bumpy road with lagging user numbers and turmoil at the executive levels, is not shutting down operations, contrary to a report first published by VentureBeat that is circulating today. Read More

  • Paper By FiftyThree Now On Apple Retail iPads, Tops 3.3M Downloads And 190 Years Spent In-App

    Paper By FiftyThree Now On Apple Retail iPads, Tops 3.3M Downloads And 190 Years Spent In-App

    Here’s a neat, well-deserved win for a startup company: Paper, the critically acclaimed drawing application for iPad is now being featured by Apple on iPad demo units in its retail stores, and now has over 3.3 million downloads, with 25 million pages of drawings created by users. The time spent in-app creating Color journals adds up to almost 200 years in total. Read More

  • Color Partners With Verizon To Bring Livestreaming Audio and Video to iPhone, Android

    Color Partners With Verizon To Bring Livestreaming Audio and Video to iPhone, Android

    After a disastrous launch and a not-so stellar pivot, Color may finally have found its stride and a rather large core user base. Today, Color and Verizon Wireless have entered a three year deal to bring live streaming video and audio to its fleet of 4G LTE smartphones, including all compatible Android devices and even the iPhone. Read More

  • Color Reborn: Fused With Facebook, The $41M Social Photo App Is Back

    Color Reborn: Fused With Facebook, The $41M Social Photo App Is Back

    Color. That one word is enough to elicit a remarkably strong response from anyone involved in tech startups — and oftentimes that response consists of a lot of derision and talk of a bubble. The startup that famously raised $41 million only to see its first app promptly flop has been almost completely silent for the last six months, heads down on a project that was codenamed Blue… Read More

  • Color Targets New Facebook-Powered App Exclusively To Harvard Students

    Color Targets New Facebook-Powered App Exclusively To Harvard Students

    With Sequoia’s Doug Leone talking up Color Labs’ next pivot at TechCrunch Disrupt, and in-the-wild signs of a Color Labs Facebook app called Blue already beginning to appear, it seems like many are rapt in anticipation of what the future holds for the storied photo-sharing app. Well, according to one Harvard student tipster, the company has been gearing up for a product launch at f8… Read More

  • Douglas Leone on the Challenges of Being a Venture Capitalist

    Sequoia’s Doug Leone: We Are ‘Thrilled’ To Be Investors In Color, ‘Stay Tuned’ For The Pivot

    It’s no secret that there’s been a major amount of controversy surrounding Color, the photo sharing app that launched earlier this year with $41 million in funding from Sequoia Capital, Bain Capital, and Silicon Valley Bank (Sequoia apparently put $25 million in). Color’s debut was one of the most-hyped launches the tech world has seen over the past year, and since then… Read More

  • Blue For Facebook Sure Looks Like Color’s Next Hue

    Blue For Facebook Sure Looks Like Color’s Next Hue

    Sometimes the need to test outweighs the need for total secrecy. I’m going to assume Color CEO Bill Nguyen shares that belief. The past two days his Facebook stream has been filled with some seemingly bland pictures. But they’re not bland — they’re test pictures. And they’re sent from a new app called “Blue”. I don’t know much about the app… Read More

  • With Google, There Will Be Bad Blood

    With Google, There Will Be Bad Blood

    “I have a competition in me. I want no one else to succeed.” I’m reminded of Daniel Plainview’s admission in There Will Be Blood when thinking about Google. While the company is still largely beloved by the public, sentiment seems to have turned against them amongst their peers, and even amongst many of the startups around Silicon Valley. While these tensions have… Read More

  • Out Of The Blue, Instacolor Forced To Change Name By The “True” Color

    Out Of The Blue, Instacolor Forced To Change Name By The “True” Color

    Something of a black comedy involving white hot startup Color and still-green-behind-the-ears Instacolor. Red in the face, the developer behind the latter app, which combines the key functions of Instagram and Color, was forced to change its name to Instalook after the Color folks developed a gray mood about the Instacolor name. Color’s lawyers earlier this week sent a cease & desist… Read More

  • Google Tried To Buy Color For $200 Million. Color Said No.

    Google Tried To Buy Color For $200 Million. Color Said No.

    If that headline looks familiar to you, you’re probably remembering our story about Google offering to buy Path for $100+ million from earlier this year. Path turned that deal down. About the same time, multiple sources have confirmed, Google was also making a run for Color, the mobile social network founded by Bill Nguyen. This was well before Color launched, and Google was looking at… Read More

  • Instagram + Color = Instacolor

    Instagram + Color = Instacolor

    If photo sharing apps Instagram and Color would mate and have a baby, it would likely look something like the Instacolor app made by tinkerer Rakshith Krishnappa. Basically, the app aims to help Instragram users discover other users in their neighborhood, and lets you view photos posted by people around you in real time. The app can be downloaded from the App Store now and costs $0.99. Read More

  • Fly or Die on Color: The Ishtar of IPhone Apps

    Fly Or Die: How Color Became The Ishtar Of iPhone Apps

    Ever since Color launched its photo sharing app, the $41 million startup has been having a rough time. John Biggs and I reviewed it on Fly or Die back in March, when CEO Bill Nguyen joined us to defend the app ( you can watch that episode below, we both gave it a “die”). The company continues to struggle, so we decided to revisit our assessment in the new episode… Read More

  • Color Me Badd

    Color Me Badd

    Come inside, take off your coat
    I’ll make you feel at home
    Now let’s pour a glass of wine
    ‘Cause now we’re all alone. The opening lines of Color Me Badd’s seminal “I Wanna Sex You Up” sort of perfectly encapsulates Color — the company/photo-sharing app, not the band. After one of the most-hyped launches in recent memory, it was supposed to be the… Read More

  • What Photo Sharing App Should You Use?

    What Photo Sharing App Should You Use?

    Well who isn’t building a photo sharing app these days? At this point I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if Google came out with its elaborately named attempt like tomorrow. But seriously, with such a glut in the mobile photo sharing market, it’s pretty hard to choose a vehicle with which to share your precious terrible photos. Never fear dear readers! Internet… Read More

  • Behold: Facebook’s Secret Photo Sharing App

    Behold: Facebook’s Secret Photo Sharing App

    Last night, something very interesting came our way. Something massive — documents and images outlining what appears to be a new Facebook iPhone app built around photo sharing. We teased what we had with a single image last night. Now, as promised, here’s the rest. A few notes: the images we have suggest that while polished, this still may be a work in progress. It’s clear… Read More

  • Colorfly's "Audiophile-Quality" Audio Player Is Made Of Wood

    Colorfly's "Audiophile-Quality" Audio Player Is Made Of Wood

    I love audiophiles. They spend $20,000 on a high end speaker system with zero flibber and low Db to THD levels (at least that’s what it sounds like they’re telling you) and then they slap on a gold remaster of a Macy Gray album and say “Can you hear the gravel in her voice?” It’s like buying a Ferrari just to slip Frankie Goes To Hollywood into the CD player and… Read More

  • Troubled Startup Color Loses Cofounder Peter Pham

    Troubled Startup Color Loses Cofounder Peter Pham

    Peter Pham, the president and a cofounder of mobile social startup Color, is no longer with the company, we’ve heard from multiple sources. The company launched publicly less than three months ago. Color has been controversial because it raised so much venture capital – some $41 million – and had such a lousy launch reception. The service creates proximity based social… Read More

  • The Creepiest Royal Wedding Photo Ever, Courtesy Of Color

    The Creepiest Royal Wedding Photo Ever, Courtesy Of Color

    Well, the Royal Wedding is over. Wasn’t that wonderful? If you weren’t watching on TV, there were about a million ways to participate online. Millions watched on YouTube, Livestream and elsewhere. And even those who were there uploaded their own photos and videos, including this guy.  I’ll call him the masked Union Jack freak. Is that some sort of S&M suit… Read More

  • Happy Day Of Special Significance To Many Religions! We Have Brightly Colored iPhone Cables For You!

    Happy Day Of Special Significance To Many Religions! We Have Brightly Colored iPhone Cables For You!

    Do you think white cables are BORRRR-ING SIDNEY BORRR-ING? So do the folks behind the Juicies Kickstarter project. These oddly shaped cables promise all sorts of fun as you plug in your sundry iGear. The cables will be “sustainable” and will come in multiple hues. Read More