DEADPOOL

  • Startups.com Is Shutting Down, Domain Name Not For Sale (For Now)

    Startups.com Is Shutting Down, Domain Name Not For Sale (For Now)

    Daily deal community for website owners Startups.com is shutting down. In an email sent out to its mailing list subscribers, founder Gonzo Arzuaga admits that the company just “couldn’t make a go of it.” “We didn’t achieve the ambitious goals we set for ourselves when we launched only 1 year ago. So, with regret, this news of our departure from the realm of… Read More

  • Deadpool Alert: Google Wave Goes Read-Only

    Deadpool Alert: Google Wave Goes Read-Only

    Everyone out of the pool! Google is shutting it down. As announced late last year, Google Wave is now in the final stages of its life and became read-only yesterday. Come April 30 the Wave pool will be shut down forever. It was fun while it lasted. Read More

  • The Uphill Battle Of Social Event Sharing: A Post-Mortem for Plancast

    The Uphill Battle Of Social Event Sharing: A Post-Mortem for Plancast

    Nearly three years ago, I left my position at TechCrunch to start my own Internet business, with the idea of creating a web application that’d help people get together in real-life rather than simply helping them connect online as most social networking applications had done. Alas, our efforts began to stall after several months post-launch, and we were never able to scale beyond a… Read More

  • Luxury Car-Sharing Service HiGear Shuts Down Due To Theft

    Luxury Car-Sharing Service HiGear Shuts Down Due To Theft

    San Francisco-based HiGear, a peer-to-peer car-sharing service focused on luxury vehicles, is shutting down due to theft incidents involving its members’ cars. According to CEO Ali Moiz, the company will send out an email tomorrow to its members with a full explanation. The news may come as a shock to some, given that HiGear was seemingly doing so well in recent months. The company… Read More

  • Deadpool Watch: After Raising $10M, Social TV Startup BeeTV Falters

    Deadpool Watch: After Raising $10M, Social TV Startup BeeTV Falters

    Back in early 2009, I wrote about an Italian startup called BeeTV, which showcased some impressive TV recommendation technology. The goal was to sell that technology to telcos and cable operators, but this proved to be a very difficult task for a small, scrappy upstart. This led to BeeTV changing course and trying its hand at making consumer-focused products, like an iPad app for watching… Read More

  • Brandstack Heads For The Deadpool, Blames Credit Card Fraud

    Brandstack Heads For The Deadpool, Blames Credit Card Fraud

    Brandstack. Pitched as some sort of haven for designers, it was a marketplace in which creative types could sell off their logo concepts as they came to mind, rather than on “spec work” conjured up by a client. The goal? Less unpaid work (and fewer “amateur submissions”) than contest-based crowdsourcing sites like 99designs. Alas, Brandstack is now officially destined… Read More

  • Yap Voicemail Dials In To The Deadpool

    Yap Voicemail Dials In To The Deadpool

    A reader tells us Yap Voicemail, a mobile voicemail transcription app for iPhone and Android phones, will soon be no more. Indeed, a message on the Yap Voicemail product page informs users that the service, which converts voicemails into text, thus making it easier to access, search and respond to voicemail messages from a mobile device, will be discontinued on October 20, 2011. Yap Voicemail… Read More

  • Notifo Slips Into The Deadpool

    Notifo Slips Into The Deadpool

    Notifo, a YC-backed company we once described as a “simple mobile notifications platform for anything”, is shuttering the windows and heading for the deadpool. The idea was simple enough: Notifo would pipe real-time notifications from just about anywhere — be it Twitter, or Hacker News, or Github, or Facebook, or any Growl-compatible app on your computer — to your… Read More

  • Social Contacts App Twezr Shuts Down, Company Pivots To Photo-Sharing

    Social Contacts App Twezr Shuts Down, Company Pivots To Photo-Sharing

    So long, Twezr, it’s been fun. The mobile social contacts application Twezr is being shut down after having a fairly well-received launch back in November 2010. The app, for those unaware, was based on a great idea: it was a social address book. It aggregated all the activity from your phone’s contacts (e.g., phone calls, SMS’s, voicemails) alongside their social… Read More

  • MyNines Runs Out Of Cash; CEO Becomes VP At Rue La La

    MyNines Runs Out Of Cash; CEO Becomes VP At Rue La La

    MyNines, a startup that made its debut back in 2009, has gone belly up. The company, which we likened to a ‘Kayak for private sales’, wasn’t able to secure the financing needed to sustain the business. MyNines aimed to help consumers sort through the daily flash sales sites by aggregating products for sale and offering users the ability to search and filter by designer… Read More

  • With NFL/NBA Lockouts Continuing, Fanvibe Goes On Permanent Strike

    With NFL/NBA Lockouts Continuing, Fanvibe Goes On Permanent Strike

    It wasn’t even a month ago when we broke the news that beRecruited would be acquiring former Y Combinator startup Fanvibe. At the time, Fanvibe’s Vishwas Prabhakara, set to become the new CEO of beRecruited with the deal, said that Fanvibe would continue to operate with its roughly 100,000 users. What a difference a few weeks make. Effective immediately, Fanvibe will cease… Read More

  • JamLegend And Skribit Tumble Down Into The Deadpool

    Companies, like visitors of Chinese take-away restaurants, come and go. Today, we have the unfortunate duty to report that two fine young Internet startups have not survived the never-ending battle for users, relevance and dollars that rages Web-wide. Making its way to the deadpool are JamLegend, which aimed to compete against Rock Band and Guitar Hero with an interesting online music game… Read More

  • Google Video Prepares To Enter The Deadpool For Good

    Looks like Google Tags wasn’t the only product on the chopping block today — now Google Video, the mostly-forgotten service that was once YouTube’s rival, is getting the axe too. Google just sent out an email to users who have previously uploaded content to the service informing them that on April 29 2011, the site will no longer host any more videos. Users are being… Read More

  • Bought By AOL Alongside Patch, Going Will Soon Be Gone

    Back in June of 2009, then-new CEO Tim Armstrong made two acquisitions to move AOL into the local space: Patch and Going. While the verdict is still very much out on Patch, it’s clear that AOL is at least committed to it. Going? Not so much. Going will “going away” (they made the joke, not me) on May 1, 2011. The reason? “AOL’s refocusing”, the team explains… Read More

  • Twitter Will Shut Off GeoAPI To Developers

    Twitter Will Shut Off GeoAPI To Developers

    When Twitter bought Mixer Labs in December, 2009, it inherited the startup’s then-recently launched GeoAPI, which offered a platform for building geo apps. The GeoAPI combined a places database of 16 million businesses with a reverse-geo-coder and support for geo-coded Tweets, Flickr photos, and even an iPhone SDK. Twitter kept the GeoAPI going after the acquisition—but that ends… Read More

  • A Mobile Photo Sharing Casualty, Treehouse Hits The Deadpool; Founder Off To Google

    In terms of hot spaces at the moment, you’d be hard-pressed to find anything hotter than the mobile photo sharing space. Instagram, PicPlz, and Path all have gotten huge amounts of funding recently. And the latter even turned down a massive $100 million+ offer from Google. So the space is just minting money and everyone is riding high, right? Well, not exactly. It can be easy to forget… Read More

  • Mixin Hits The Deadpool – Unless Anyone Wants To Buy The Social Calendar App?

    Social calendaring service Mixin will soon be no more. In an email to its users, the Swiss startup has announced that the service, which was launched back in 2008, will be unceremoniously shut down on the 18th of February due to lack of significant revenues. All data will be deleted, although users are given the opportunity to export their current agenda items. We’re putting Mixin in… Read More

  • Anchor Intelligence Heading To The DeadPool After Facebook Acquisition Fell Apart


    Anchor Intelligence, a service that detects click fraud, is heading to the deadpool, we’ve confirmed with multiple sources. We first wrote about the company in December 2007. The company has raised $6 million in venture capital – all of it prior to 2008 – plus another million dollars or so in debt from Western Technology Investment. The company has been trying to raise a… Read More

  • U.S. News & World Report Joins The Print Deadpool

    Another major magazine will stop printing its editions and move completely online. U.S. News & World Report, the USA Today of weekly news magazines, will no longer be found on subscriber’s mailboxes after its December issue. According to an employee memo obtained by Poynter Online’s Romeneso blog, subscribers will no longer get print issues. Instead, U.S. News & World… Read More

  • Deadpool Friday: HireHive, SellIt And Rudder Bite The Dust

    Occasionally, we get emails from people about a startup or service shutting down (usually because they were users and received an email notification about the impending death of said company or product). We don’t always write a post about those, because, well, the majority of startups in this world happen to die trying to make a difference. That said, we got multiple ones today, so… Read More