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  • 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

  • Hitpost Aims To Score With Couch-Loving, Smartphone-Wielding Sports Fanatics

    Hitpost Aims To Score With Couch-Loving, Smartphone-Wielding Sports Fanatics

    Many startups arise when someone notices a lot of people doing the same thing in a disorganized or sort of convoluted way. One example is how Foodspotting came about because so many people were using services like Twitter to share pictures of what food they were eating. In a similar vein, Aaron Krane noticed that a lot of people were sharing pictures of their favorite sports moments as they… Read More

  • Google Takes Another Big Step to Retain Employees: Autonomous Business Units

    Google Takes Another Big Step to Retain Employees: Autonomous Business Units

    There’s a lie that companies and entrepreneurs tell themselves in order to commit to an acquisition. Oh, we’re not going to change anything! We’re just going to give you more resources to do what you’ve been doing even better! Yeah! They bought us for a reason, why would they ruin things? It usually works for a little while, but big company bureaucracy–… Read More

  • Trying to Be Something You're Not: Works for Drag Queens, not for Google

    Trying to Be Something You're Not: Works for Drag Queens, not for Google

    Contrary to popular opinion, the reason Yahoo’s metrics have been stagnant and its stock has lost half its value in the last two-and-a-half years isn’t because Google did search better than Yahoo. It’s because Yahoo turned its back on what it did well: Building the first online mass media content superstore. In doing so, it let the younger, sexier, faster-growing Google… Read More

  • What Games, Places, Music And News Could Mean For Google Checkout

    What Games, Places, Music And News Could Mean For Google Checkout

    While Google’s payment system, Google Checkout, is not a giant in the online payments space, it is certainly not a failure, especially when compared to some of Google’s other product extensions. Launched in 2006, Google Checkout allows users to pay for an item using a preset log-in, similar to PayPal or Amazon Payments. The company claims that “hundreds of thousands”… Read More

  • Google Confirms Slide Acquisition, Gears Up For War With Facebook

    Google Confirms Slide Acquisition, Gears Up For War With Facebook

    Google is finally officially confirming that it bought Slide, a deal we first reported two days ago. Google did not disclose a price, but according to a source close to the deal it was $182 million. (With earnouts, it might turn out to be a bit more, but you can never count on earnouts). We also conveniently broke down what everybody made from the deal. Founder Max Levchin got $39… Read More

  • Review: T-Mobile MyTouch 3G Slide


    Short Version: A long, long time ago, I can still remember, how the MyTouch 3G’s touchscreen used to make me cry. And I knew that if they had their chance, that T-Mobile could add a keyboard, and maybe we’d be happy for a while. And how May/June made me shiver because T-Mobile has delivered – a MyTouch with a keyboard as useful as a Sidekick’s. Read More

  • Web 2.0 to China: Ok, Let’s Try This Again…

    Yesterday, I had lunch with one of the top people in the Chinese Internet scene who said, “We have a saying here, ‘Internet multinationals all fail in China, Google was just the last one to go.’” As sayings go, that’s not especially catchy. But it is devastating. And true even if you count Google’s recent actions as a China morally-based forfeit. The… Read More

  • Social Gaming Execs Discuss Growth, Monetization, And The Future Of Facebook Games

    Today at the Inside Social Apps conference in San Francisco, a panel of top social gaming executives met to discuss the future of gaming on Facebook. The conversation touched on quite a few issues, including the evolution of social gaming mechanics, monetization, and whether or not the industry would be able to continue its incredible growth over the next few years. One bold prediction… Read More

  • Slide Lays Off 10% Of Staff, Shutters Short-Lived Games 'SuperPocus' And 'Top Fish'

    Slide, the online entertainment company founded by Max Levchin (who we just interviewed in Davos), has decided to stop development on two of its social games, Slide SuperPocus and Top Fish, and will be laying off “less than 10%” of its employees in the process. The company had around 40 employees working on the two games, some of whom will be reassigned to work on other projects. … Read More

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