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  • Google Tried To Buy Path For $100+ Million. Path Said No.

    Google Tried To Buy Path For $100+ Million. Path Said No.

    Yesterday we reported on Path’s new $8.5 million venture round, led by Kleiner Perkins and Index Ventures. I was curious about the valuation and pulled on a couple of threads. What unraveled was a stunning story about a startup that almost ran out of cash, a rebuffed $100+ million buyout offer from Google, and, finally, a new round of financing. Path is still very small, with just… Read More

  • The Daily IPad App

    Hands-On With The Daily (Demo Video)

    After today’s unveiling of The Daily at a press event at the Guggenheim museum in New York City, we were handed iPads loaded with the news app. I shot the video above with my iPhone to give a quick sense of what it looks like and the navigation. It looks like a magazine more than a newspaper, with lush photography and the occasional interactive graphic or video in place of a photo. … Read More

  • Dropcam Gets An Android App

    Dropcam is a pretty novel idea: Take a little camera, plug it into an outlet, plunk in your WiFi network settings, and boom — you’ve got a wireless security camera streaming to your own little private recess on the Internets, 24 hours a day. Once that’s done, you can pop into your living room to check on your treasures with just a few clicks on your PC, or a few taps on… Read More

  • One-Click Subscriptions Come To the iPad

    Apple exec Eddy Cue announced today at The Daily launch, as expected, that Apple will be enabling subscription pricing for news apps. There will be one-click subscription billing either weekly (99 cents) or yearly ($39.99). Apple is starting with The Daily, but Cue says “you will hear an announcement very soon for other publications.” Cue also notes that consumers have… Read More

  • Verizon iPhone 4: Reservations On February 9th, General Sale At 7AM On February 10th

    VZW-day approaches! Current Verizon subs can place pre-orders starting at 3AM on the Verizon Wireless website. Everyone else will need to wait until February 9th to put their name on an iPhone with the official sale kicking off the next morning. Over 2000 Verizon Wireless stores are set to open at 7AM on the 10th and will no doubt face the customary iPhone lines. Chances are at least a few… Read More

  • LG Teaser Video Gives A Brief Glimpse Of The Optimus 3D, Confirms It Has A Dual Core CPU

    Mobile World Congress — that big convention in Barcelona where a mountain of new phones get announced each year — is still over a week away, but the details are already starting to trickle out. After a little retailer slip-up and some leaks started pulling back the veil on the device earlier this week, LG went ahead and confirmed that they’d be using the show as the launch… Read More

  • T-Mobile Launches Galaxy S 4G, Now With 100% More 4G

    Hey T-Mobile Vibrant owners — feel that sting? That’s the cold slap of the cruelest mistress known to the gadget world: planned obsolescence. Just 7 months after the launch of the Vibrant, T-Mobile has announced that its oh-so-marginally-improved successor, the Galaxy S 4G, will launch sometime in February. Read More

  • The Latest Firefox 4 Beta For Android Is Up To 3X Faster Than The Default Browser

    In the never-ending Browser battle, speed is king. Browser A might be the prettiest, most secure one around — but if Browser B seems faster or more light weight, good ol’ Browser A is going to lose users in droves. This is especially true in the mobile world, where cellular network latency and the occasional peak-hour bandwidth bottleneck add precious seconds over the… Read More

  • Exclusive: An Early Look At, The New York Times' Answer To The Daily

    Exclusive: An Early Look At, The New York Times' Answer To The Daily

    Tomorrow, all eyes will be on the launch of News Corp’s iPad newspaper The Daily, but huddled away in a downtown loft in New York City’s meatpacking district a team from betaworks and the New York Times are busy putting together their answer to what an iPad news app should be. The collaboration will be called, and it won’t look anything like The Daily. I know… Read More

  • Kleiner Perkins, Index Ventures Lead $8.5 Million Round For Path

    Kleiner Perkins, Index Ventures Lead $8.5 Million Round For Path

    San Francisco-based Path, a mobile social network, has raised a Series A Round of funding. The $8.5 million round was led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Index Ventures. New investor Digital Garage Japan also joined the round, as did previous investor First Round Capital. Chi-Hua Chien and Mike Volpi from Kleiner and Index, respectively, joined the board of directors. Co-founder… Read More

  • One Of Verizon's Two 4G Dongles Now Playing Friendly With Macs

    Back when Verizon was just starting to let folks onto their shiny new 4G (LTE) network, they kicked the whole party off with two USB Dongles: the LG VL600 and the Pantech UML290. Hurrah! Finally, we could surf the 4G radio waves like proper citizens of the future! There was only one problem: they, uh, didn’t work with Macs. Read More

  • iOS 4.3 Beta 3 Now Available For Developers

    What’s that? Your iPhone is rockin’ iOS 4.3 Beta Two? Pffft. That’s sooooo thirteen days ago. In other words, it’s been roughly two weeks since the last developer-only Beta release of iOS 4.3 — and on Apple’s clock, two weeks means it’s time for a refresh. iOS 4.3 Beta 3 is available now to developers. Let us know if you find any new stuff, alright? Read More

  • Microsoft Puts One Last Bullet In The Kin, Shuts Down Kin Studio

    Accurately predicting the swift failure of a handset — as we did to a T with the Kin — is bittersweet. On one hand, being right is always nice; on the other, knowing that people worked hard on something only to have it canned due to mismanagement and a confused vision is disheartening. (Fortunately, we know for a fact that a good chunk of those people are off on bigger, better… Read More

  • Virgin Mobile's Second Prepaid Android Phone, The Optimus V, Officially Available Now

    You know, I normally wouldn’t mention that the official debut of Virgin Mobile’s Optimus V is happening today; we don’t cover most prepaid phones, and this one was kinda-sorta available through other places (read: Radio Shack) if you asked the right person (read: the new guy) as of a few days ago. But this phone… it gets a special pass. Read More

  • HTC Inspire 4G Launching February 13th for $99

    Mobile World Congress — a massive, international event where just about every non-Apple phone manufacturer in the industry launches their latest and greatest — starts February 14th. AT&T has just announced that they’ll be launching the HTC Inspire 4G (essentially their version of Sprint’s EVO 4G) on February 13th. Coincidence? Probably! Read More

  • Hyperpublic Wants To "Structure The Data In Your Local World"

    Hyperpublic Wants To "Structure The Data In Your Local World"

    One of my big predictions for 2011 is that we are going to start to see open databases for places spring up and take hold. Hyperpublic, which just launched today, is doing just that by creating an open database of people, places, and things tied to specific locations. “We are trying to structure the data in your local world,” says CEO and founder Jordan Cooper, who is also a… Read More

  • Deals Juggernaut Next Jump Hires a CFO, Looks To Add 100 Engineers In San Francisco

    Groupon gets all the attention, but another deal juggernaut that should be on your radar is New York City-based Next Jump. The company runs group discount shopping programs for 90,000 corporations and organizations, and powers MasterCard’s loyalty rewards program. Investment bankers are sniffing around. The company is on a hiring spree. It just hired its first chief financial… Read More

  • Google Dethrones Nokia As Top Seller Of Smartphones

    Android has passed yet another milestone in its race to the top: With 32.9 million handsets sold globally this last quarter, it has ousted longtime champion Nokia (with 31m) for the title of most popular smartphone OS maker in the world. It’s a bit of an apples to oranges comparison, of course, since Nokia also makes its own handsets, but quibbling aside, the toppling of such an… Read More

  • Is this the LG Optimus 3D?

    Just last week, Dutch retailer ThePhoneHouse jumped the gun and put up a listing for the thus-far unannounced LG Optimus 3D. The bad news? Outside of the name (specifically, the “3D” bit in the name), there wasn’t much to be learned — they didn’t put up specs, and they didn’t put up any pictures. Of course, a leaked name is often enough to get the… Read More

  • microUSB Takes One Step Closer To Becoming The Standard Port For Apple, Nokia, RIM, Motorola, Samsung, and More

    Slowly but surely, microUSB is winning the battle against the dozens of different types of chargers floating around in sock drawers and land fills everywhere. Back in 2009, the GSMA announced that it had persuaded a bunch of European manufacturers to switch to microUSB as a standard by 2012. Shortly thereafter, other major industry groups pledged their allegiance and started pushing… Read More