QuBit, a big-data startup whose analytics platform helps e-commerce sites with customer personalization, is today announcing that it has raised a Series A round of funding — $7.5 million led by Balderton Capital with participation from existing angel investors. As part of the deal, general partner Bernard Liatuad — who founded and sold Business Objects to SAP for $6.8 billion — will join… → Read More
One counterpoint to all of Google’s spring cleaning: it’s also moving ahead with launching new features. Tag Manager, out today, is aimed at help websites speed up their load times and make modifying them a little more efficient to boot, with the introduction of all-in-one coding that links up with analytics and other advertising and marketing services.
ThingLink, a startup that lets you add rich media tags to online images, is today announcing the launch of an internal incubator called ThingLink Labs which will be a dedicated environment to create and productize innovations in the field of image interaction.
The Labs’ first project is Rich Media Notes, a printed version of ThingLink images, which will also include NFC tags. → Read More
Google is killing Tags, an advertising product for local businesses which allowed them to enhance their Google Maps or Places listings. For a flat $25 monthly fee, local merchants could make their their natural listings stand out a bit with a yellow tag and a few words pointing to offers, photos, menus, or links back to their website. Tags were introduced with Google Places, the search engines… → Read More
The Nikkei, a major Japanese business publication, is reporting that NEC is planning to sell RFID tag readers/writers, which are priced less than 10% compared to existing products. The company seems to have made major advancements “in the field of semiconductor research”, resulting in the drastic price cut. → Read More
I really love these things. Floppy disk labels were great. It was an amazing feeling to peel one off and place it on a fresh disk and then write “Leisure Suit Larry Disk 1″ or whatever on it. These gift tags allow you to relive that joy whenever you give a gift to your loved ones. They’ll be thrilled to remember just how nerdy you are. $5.50 on Etsy. via TechNaBob → Read More
TiVo’s trying to make searching for different video content easier with its new Swivel Search feature that rolls out today. Developed for broadband-connected TiVos, Swivel Search is sort of a meta search that spiders the many different sources of TiVo content, like TiVoCast and Amazon Unbox, to find content that interests you. For example, saying you’re watching an episode of Seinfeld… → Read More