Editor’s Picks

  • Trion Grabs $85 Million To Bring New Life To The “Deep End” Of Online Gaming

    Trion Grabs $85 Million To Bring New Life To The “Deep End” Of Online Gaming

    Trion Worlds, a lesser known game development company headquartered in Silicon Valley, yesterday gave even further evidence that the “deep end” of online gaming is alive and well, announcing that it has raised an $85 million round of strategic growth equity financing from Ontario Teachers Pension Plan and Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments. The round adds to the $100 million… Read More

  • Microsoft Girds Itself For Windows 8 Battle And Beyond

    Microsoft Girds Itself For Windows 8 Battle And Beyond

    Microsoft’s quarterly earnings statement didn’t have any big surprises. It was generally good news: record total revenue, growth in many key sectors, big sales in Xbox, 525 million total Windows 7 licenses sold, and they even seem to be losing a little less money in the Online Services area. But all that is a side show. 2011 was a big one for Microsoft in mobile (at least, big in… Read More

  • Does Google Have An Interest In Pinterest?

    Does Google Have An Interest In Pinterest?

    I’ve spent about a week trying to track down the rumors that Google had expressed interest in a Pinterest acquisition and here’s what I know thus far (here’s where to email if you know more): So Google never gave an official offer to grid bookmarking service Pinterest, but the desire to do was expressed (somehow?) indirectly, with a price in the “hundreds of… Read More

  • Apple Announces iBooks 2, A New Textbook Experience For The iPad

    Apple Announces iBooks 2, A New Textbook Experience For The iPad

    “Education is deep in our DNA, and it has been since the very beginning,” said Phil Schiller, Apple’s SVP of Worldwide Marketing. On that thought Apple just announced iBooks 2. This move is centered around reinvent the textbook. Schiller explained today that Apple sees textbooks as amazing devices, but they’re heavy, not searchable or durable. According to Apple the iPad… Read More

  • Accel Leads $52.5M Round In Cloud-Based Data Storage And Backup Company Code 42

    Accel Leads $52.5M Round In Cloud-Based Data Storage And Backup Company Code 42

    Code 42 Software, a Minnesota-based online backup company for consumers, businesses and the enterprise, has raised $52.5 million in funding led by Accel Partners with participation from Split Rock Partners. This is the first major investment from Accel’s recently announced Big Data Fund, which is dedicated to funding infrastructure and application companies in “Big Data.” This… Read More

  • Do We Need A “GarageBand For Books?”

    Do We Need A “GarageBand For Books?”

    My Dad used to take me to Long’s Bookstore on the Ohio State University campus when I was young – I’d say this was during the 1980s and very early 1990s although in my mind these afternoons spent on campus are tinged with a 1970s wash out of color, as if I were remembering my time in Kansas before Oz. We’d rumble through the stacks, picking out used titles from the… Read More

  • Mobile Technology Is Transforming The Health Industry, But To What Extent?

    Mobile Technology Is Transforming The Health Industry, But To What Extent?

    Technology is in the process of bringing change to every piece of the health industry — wellness, fitness, healthcare, medicine — you name it. And as it always seems with introduction of new technologies, it’s awe-inspiring how quickly they can transform entire industries yet, at the same time, make us realize just how far we have to go (or how far behind we really are). Read More

  • iCloud’s App Search Engine: A First Step To A Cloud-Enabled Phone

    iCloud’s App Search Engine: A First Step To A Cloud-Enabled Phone

    Apple has built a search engine for apps. It’s called iCloud – or more technically, it’s one aspect of the overall iCloud service. Using it, you can search through every app you have installed on your iOS device or have ever purchased in the past. And it’s available on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch right now. The average smartphone user has 64 mobile apps installed… Read More

  • Science Sets Up Shop

    Science Sets Up Shop

    The LA-based Science moved into its cozy permanent space above a yoga studio in Santa Monica this week, finally giving its variety of LA-based tech talents a place to call office. Past the smell of Patchouli and the sign designating Crispin Porter Bogusky in the lobby are the second floor offices of the Science partners — former Myspace CEO Mike Jones, designer Mike Macadaan, Ryan Sit… Read More

  • Why Samsung Is The Next Apple

    Why Samsung Is The Next Apple

    For most of the ten years I’ve been coming to CES, every presentation, every booth, has had one goal: to create an ecosystem in order to encourage consumer lock in. Year after year, presentation after presentation, someone has come out to show how the phone will connect to the fridge which, in turn, will connect to the TV. And year after year, they failed. Until now. Samsung, and to… Read More

  • Why Apple Bought Anobit

    Why Apple Bought Anobit

    Apple finally confirmed earlier reports that it bought Israeli semiconductor startup Anobit Technologies. Apple did not confirm the price, which is believed to be between $400 million and $500 million. Apple bought Anobit for two reasons: its flash memory controllers are a key component of all Apple’s leading products (from iPads and iPhones to MacBook Airs), and in one fell swoop it… Read More

  • Do We Need Doctors Or Algorithms?

    Do We Need Doctors Or Algorithms?

    I was asked about a year ago at a talk about energy what I was doing about the other large social problems, namely health care and education. Surprised, I flippantly responded that the best solution was to get rid of doctors and teachers and let your computers do the work, 24/7 and with consistent quality. Later, I got to cogitating about what I had said and why, and how embarrassingly wrong… Read More

  • Google Fuses Google+ Into Search — And There Are Bigger Changes Afoot

    Google Fuses Google+ Into Search — And There Are Bigger Changes Afoot

    Since the launch of Google+, Google has been putting a lot of muscle behind promoting and integrating the service into its core products. Fire up a new Android 4.0 device, and you’ll be prompted to create a Google+ account if you haven’t already. They’ve given it TV ads, not to mention a priceless promotion on its homepage. And today, Google is launching an update to its… Read More

  • Scheming Intentions

    Scheming Intentions

    From Vannevar Bush to PageRank, the World Wide Web was built on hypertext, the notion that any morsel of information can link to any other. But that was always only a dream, and a rapidly-dissipating one of late. Nowadays even Web links are likely to terminate at warnings, paywalls or registration screens. Anil Dash rages that “Facebook is gaslighting the Web” with its treatment… Read More

  • Nobody Wins At CES

    Nobody Wins At CES

    Rather than do a CES pre-round-up of exciting products I’d like to address this interesting slant on the whole “massive electronics trade show in the middle of the desert” concept that has kept the Gadgets crew here up for the past few weeks. MG said Apple won CES. He was being snide, but, in a way, honest because, in the end, nobody wins CES. The Consumer Electronics Show is… Read More

  • For The 5th Year In A Row, Apple Wins CES. Before It Starts. Without Showing Up.

    For The 5th Year In A Row, Apple Wins CES. Before It Starts. Without Showing Up.

    Are you ready for CES? I know I am. The PR emails are flowing in and I’m going to respond to every single one of them. I can’t wait to hear about Samsung’s social media stuff. And Vizio’s new thingy. I can’t wait to get my hands on that one thing made by those guys who did that other thing last year that no one bought. It’s gonna be fantastic. So… Read More

  • After A Breakout 2011, Yammer Works On A Big New Funding Round

    After A Breakout 2011, Yammer Works On A Big New Funding Round

    Yammer, the Facebook/Twitter for companies, has been coming into its own, even as big competitors like Salesforce try to compete with rival enterprise social networking products. Having generated somewhere between $5 million and $10 million in revenues over 2010, Yammer more than doubled that in 2011, reaching towards $25 million according to sources close to the company. Now, it’s… Read More

  • Do Blogs Need Comment Reels? Yes, and Here’s How

    Do Blogs Need Comment Reels? Yes, and Here’s How

    Commenting on blogs is broken. But what we need is a solution, not an abandonment of the concept. The question comes up every few months, but new social commenting technology means there are better answers now than ever before. Over the last day MG Siegler, MacStories, and mobile developer Mike Gemell have all written about choosing the nuclear option and turning off comments entirely on… Read More

  • Why Don’t Smartphones Have A “Guest Mode”?

    Why Don’t Smartphones Have A “Guest Mode”?

    “Hey, can I see your phone real quick?” Oh, crap. What tabs did you leave open in Safari? Did you delete those photos (you know, those photos. The ones you promised her you’d delete?) That My Little Pony app that you totally-installed-just-to-test-your-download-speed-seriously-shut-up… is it still there? Quick, hand it over before you pique their curiosity! Or say… Read More

  • CrunchBase Reveals: The Average Successful Startup Raises $25.3 Million, Sells For $196.8 Million

    CrunchBase Reveals: The Average Successful Startup Raises $25.3 Million, Sells For $196.8 Million

    Most investments fail but the few successful ones more than make all the money back — or so startup investors hope. But what sort of returns do these profitable exits bring in? According to a new analysis of all the exits listed in CrunchBase, the average successful company has raised $25.3 million, and sold for $196.8 million, for investor profits of 676% (if you assume the investors… Read More