Comcast users will soon be contributing to the company’s Wi-Fi network coverage through a gateway that transmits a public Wi-Fi signal that can be accessed by any Xfinity subscriber. [Read more]
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A few weeks ago, we broke the news that InPowered would be selling its NetShelter display advertising business to publisher Ziff Davis. Now the company is ready to talk about what comes next.
Peyman and Pirouz Nilforoush, the brothers who co-founded InPowered and serve as CEO and president respectively, said they’re using the money from the deal (an undisclosed amount) to double down on InPowered’s concept of “earned advertising.”
FounderDating, the networking service that matches startup entrepreneurs with potential co-founders who have complementary skill-sets, has launched in London. The platform already spans 19 U.S. cities, including San Francisco, LA, New York, Boston, but London is only its second international city — the first being Tel Aviv in Israel.
YouTube began experimenting with live streaming a few years ago, offering it to show a few big events as they happened. In 2010, the feature was expanded a tad to a few networks, with plans to expand it again in the future. It has been a slow process, but the offering is being expanded again,
We’ve been eager to try out Aereo’s TV streaming service, which sends live broadcast content to devices over the internet. But the service has at least one significant flaw: it’s only available to subscribers in the New York City area. Beginning May 15th, the streaming service will expand to Boston-based users, and rates will change slightly as well. The base plan, which includes unlimited streaming and 20 hours of DVR storage, will remain unchanged at $ 8 per month, but the $ 12 monthly tariff will include 60 hours of storage, compared to the 40 hours Aereo previously offered.
And that’s it — no more $ 1 daily or $ 80 yearly plans, though that latter option is still available until the new structure goes live on Wednesday. The service is supported on iOS, Chrome, IE 9, Firefox, Safari, Opera and Roku devices, though those geographic restrictions keep the access pool quite limited. New Yorkers can take the service for a spin today, Bostonians will get the green light come May 15th, and the rest of you can see what you’re missing in the demo video after the break.
In the world of smart mobile device hacking, there is one that stands out as a cult classic of sorts: the HTC HD2. This device originally ran a version of Windows Mobile that has at this point been long outdated – and since then it’s been pushed in so many directions that it’s astounding. This
The Hulu Plus app for Android has a new update, and the most noticeable change is that its player UI to closer match the one on its website and in iOS. It also brings features from those platforms like 10 second skip back and a preview thumbnail in the scrub bar. Hulu also claims it’s rebuilt “for optimized awesomeness” with reduced buffering, better playback, and more device compatibility. Finally, in a move that should make plugging in your HDMI-out a little easier, it supports remote control navigation from game controllers and “similar peripherals.” A picture of the new UI is above, check out the old version after the break or just hit the source link to try it out for yourself.
Source: Google Play
China's largest search engine Baidu is getting closer to becoming the country's largest online video provider with a new US$ 370 million acquisition.
Open source database provider 10gen is expanding into storage services, offering a hosted backup service for its flagship MongoDB data store.
ThredUP, the online children’s clothes consignment shop, is today launching into a new vertical with the debut of a store for women’s secondhand clothing. The move, which puts the service up against competitors like Poshmark and Threadflip, follows its expansion into junior clothing announced at the beginning of the year. The women’s site had previously launched into beta in February, allowing customers to send in their clothes to resell, but had not yet opened its doors to shoppers. At the time, ThredUP said that the decision to launch into beta had to do with the complexities of women’s clothing sizes and other inventory management hurdles, but of course, the store also needed the time to solicit merchandise from customers. As with its efforts in the children’s clothing space, the new women’s store works the same: users request a “clean out” bag, which is shipped for free and can be filled with the unwanted, but good quality, clothing, then returned (postage paid) back to ThredUP. The clothes are checked to see if they meet the company’s standards, photographed, and placed online for sale. Sellers receive somewhere between 10 percent and 40 percent of the resell price, depending on the clothing’s quality. Though now ThredUP is moving into the women’s vertical, its business model makes it different from the peer-to-peer secondhand marketplaces, like Poshmark, Threadflip, Twice, and others, since users aren’t selling their closet contents directly to each other. This makes it less profitable for sellers, but it also eliminates the hassles involved with selling on your own. In the kids’ clothes space, where parents are often quickly overwhelmed with outgrown clothing and are grateful for anyone to take these items off their hands, ThredUP makes a lot of sense. With women’s clothing, it may be more tricky as those who think their gently used clothes are worth selling, as opposed to donating, are generally hoping to make a little money. And for that reason, they might choose to remain on those peer-to-peer sites, where commissions paid are generally only around 20 percent, allowing them to keep the 80 percent. As you can see in the chart below, these companies are already solid competitors for ThredUP: ThredUP has been growing since it refocused its efforts on consigning over clothing swap over a year ago, and now reports 500,000 registered users, 970 percent growth in item sales from February 2012 to March 2013,
After becoming available on the Z10 just last month, it was only natural for WhatsApp to eventually expand its horizons within BlackBerry 10. And with the Q10 finally nearing its time to take off around the globe, what better time to make the renowned messaging app also compatible with the latest in physical QWERTY keys from the Waterloo-based company. As usual, it won’t cost you a dime to get WhatsApp installed on that BlackBerry Q10 of yours, however a yearly fee of about $ 1 will be due if you’re planning on using it for longer than the first twelve months. Either way, it’s up for download now, so pay the source link below a visit if you’re one of the lucky few to have
RIM’s BlackBerry’s new jewel in your possession a little earlier than others.
Source: BlackBerry World
Singapore-based e27 is moving beyond its roots as a tech media and events platform with its latest offering Bundles, or product and service packages geared at founding teams in Southeast Asia. Companies with services featured in Bundles include Facebook, Airbnb, Freelancer, WP Engine, 99designs, Zendesk, Google Apps, and Shutterstock, as well as nine co-working spaces throughout the region. There are currently six Bundles at prices ranging from US$ 9.90 to US$ 39.90, including packages tailored for marketing, travel, customer service, work collaboration, creative projects, and Web hosting. All six Bundles are available for US99.90.
Facebook promised that other countries would be getting Home for Android sometime after the US rollout, but it didn’t have much more to offer in the way of specifics at its launch event earlier this month. It turns out the wait wasn’t too long for some countries, though, as the Home app is now available for download in at least Canada and the UK. You’ll still need one of the phones already approved for use to actually run it, though — namely, the Samsung Galaxy Note II, Galaxy S III, HTC One X+, One X or One. As for the one phone that Home actually ships pre-installed on, the HTC First, it remains a US-exclusive on AT&T; EE and Orange have confirmed that they’ll be carrying it across the pond, but there’s still no word on Canadian availability.
Source: Google Play
Despite calls to limit the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, it looks like Congress is planning to drastically expand the law and penalties. walterbyrd writes with a few of the major changes listed in the draft bill (22 pages): “Adds computer crimes as a form of racketeering. Expands the ways in which you could be guilty of the CFAA — including making you just as guilty if you plan to ‘violate’ the CFAA than if you actually did so. Ratchets up many of the punishments. Makes a very, very minor adjustment to limit ‘exceeding authorized access.’ Expands the definition of ‘exceeding authorized access’ in a very dangerous way. Makes it easier for the federal government to seize and forfeit anything.” TechCrunch also reports rumors that the plan is to push the bill through quickly for approval with a number of other “cybersecurity” bills in mid-April.
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AT&T is nearly doubling the markets its new Digital Life service will be launching in. AT&T’s Digital Life is a state of the art home security system that lets you automate several aspects of your home via a PC, tablet, or smartphone. Initially, there were only plans of launching the Digital Life service in 8
Twitter users looking to permanently house their missives in Russian, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese and eight other languages have now been given the go-ahead. This third language expansion focuses on the east, although it does add Italian, Turkish and Danish support too. In short, it’s another excuse to celebrate the microblogging network’s seventh compleanno.
Is it not enough to make a killing selling $ 5 bottles of Dasani and two-pill packs of Tylenol? Hudson Booksellers, from the folks behind those fine Hudson News airport establishments, has begun peddling e-books and book books online. The site, which appears to be (at least partially) powered by Kobo, offers a wide variety of titles, and some are even free. Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code is the current pro-bono selection — a click to download will bring you to a loosely branded Hudson page on Kobo’s site, though you can score other titles without hopping over to a partner. Who wouldn’t want to purchase prose from an online store that lists “Copywrite (C) Hudson Booksellers” at the bottom of the page, you say? We’re nearly sold, but it wouldn’t hurt to throw in a cross-platform incentive; a coupon for $ 4 off a 16-ounce bottle of purified water at any US airport or train station might just do the trick.
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Source: Hudson Booksellers
There are very few things on this Earth that can make a view of the San Francisco Bay even more gorgeous than it already is, and a pier with 67 arcade games lined up side-by-side certainly qualifies as one of them. This stockpile of amusement will soon be making its way into our exhibit hall at Fort Mason for the Engadget Expand afterparty, and we captured this glorious vista fresh off the delivery truck. The usual suspects are here: NBA Jam, Street Fighter, Tetris, Tron, Pac-man, Qbert and even Donkey Kong, along with a litany of other classics. Take a quick break this evening and have yourself a good long look at our gallery of goodies below, as well as a video showing the setup in all its glory.
Gallery: Expand’s Pier of Arcade
Its new backers are the French early-stage fund Kima Ventures, Jacques-Antoine Granjon (CEO of vente-privee.com), London’s #1 Seed and Playfair Capital, and the New York-based VC firm Windcrest Partners.
Festicket says the new capital will be used to further develop the platform and extend the range of products that it’s able to offer, as well as to bolster sales and marketing, including key hires, and to accelerate its plans for European expansion.
This week we’ve seen so many Samsung Galaxy S4 rumors and tips that it’ll made your head spin, including today’s information on how the next-generation smartphone will be bringing a whole new display technology to the game. In addition to bringing forth an AMOLED display with what’s being called “green PHOLED” technology, this device is
The future for Barnes & Noble’s NOOK business looks pretty bleak, but the company is continuing to make the best of what they still currently have by announcing more partnerships for its NOOK Video streaming service. Movies from several big studios will be making their way to NOOK Video, including titles from Lionsgate, MGM, and
Though Bulgaria mightn’t be your first choice for a relaxing holiday, fresh imagery from Google may change your tune — or at least give you a chance to experience it vicariously. Mountain View just added that nation for the first time to its Street View rolls, bringing major cities like Sofia and Varna along with attractions like the Black Sea coastline, the Architectural Museum Reserve Tsarevets and the Borovets ski resort, to name a few. In addition, Google added over 200 new Russian locales like 2014 Winter Olympics site Sochi and the Golden Abode of Buddha Shakyamun in the Republic of Kalmykia. Lastly, virtual travelers will get to enjoy new photos from the Scottish coastline, East Anglia and parts of South Wales along with refreshed imagery from major cities like Manchester, Glasgow and London. For more, grab a spot of Earl Grey (or Russian) tea and hit the source.
Source: Google Lat Long Blog
Globalgig expands its roaming MiFi coverage into more English-speaking countries (plus Sweden and Denmark)
More good new for anyone that likes to buy their overseas data in bulk. Voiamo’s Globalgig service is making good on its promise of worldwide
domination expansion, announcing deals with carriers in Ireland, Hong Kong, Sweden and Denmark. The company has also detailed a 18-month deal that will net users the typically $ 119 MiFi for free, with the same per-month pricing as its off-contract setup. Monthly charges start at a (now reduced) $ 17 for a gig of data, moving up to 10GB for $ 80 a month. Our overseas editors will be putting Globalgig’s MiFi through its paces at Expand in a few weeks time.
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Rocket Internet Expands FoodPanda’s Emerging Markets Footprint To 25 Countries, Launches Food Delivery App In 14 Markets
Rocket Internet-backed FoodPanda, an online platform for aggregating and delivering food from take-out restaurants, has expanded into two more emerging markets and also launched its first mobile app on Android and iOS. The FoodPanda delivery service apes the likes of GrubHub in the U.S., or Just-Eat or Delivery Hero in Europe but in classic Rocket style it’s taking the model to emerging markets.
This week the folks at WildTangent have revealed that they’ve worked with Sony Mobile Communications to release their game rental service for Xperia smartphones such as the Sony Xperia Z, this continuing their team-up into the future. Back in September of 2011, WildTangent high-fived Sony and began to partner with them in both desktop and
Network Effect: SingTel-Owned Amobee Expands Mobile Ad Network To Cover Its Globe, Optus And Telkomsel Holdings
When the pan-Asian mobile carrier SingTel paid $ 321 million to acquire mobile ad network SingTel in May last year, some of the thinking was that the Singapore-based SingTel could use Amobee to serve targeted ads to its nearly 500-million mobile subscriber base across the region. Some 8 months after the deal has closed, that network effect is coming into play: today Amobee is announcing that it will take over all mobile ads for SingTel, as well as Globe in the Philippines, Optus in Australia and New Zealand and and Telkomsel in Indonesia. The deal is exclusive and will mean that all four carriers will be served ads through Amobee’s PULSE mobile ad platform — which was initially developed by Amobee in California but has since been integrated into SingTel’s servers in the Asia-Pacific region. PULSE is an example of how the “big data” concept is being applied in the world of mobile advertising: sourcing data like user location and browsing history from the carriers, it then serves back ads that are more targeted and relevant. On the media side, advertisers that have worked with Amobee, and can now potentially better target mobile users in Asia-Pacific, include Google, Skype, eBay, Barnes & Noble and Nokia. Interestingly, although SingTel is clearly subsuming and using its new mobile company to flex its muscle in the region, Amobee itself is run as an independent business. “We’re still run as a separate entity within SingTel. You could say we have continued operaing as a startup,” Mark Strecker, COO for Amobee, told TechCrunch. “But one of the opportunities for them buying us was about leveraging data and making context more relevant in mobile ads.” Mobile advertising is growing worldwide with the rise of smartphones, mobile broadband networks and a subsequent rise in usage of apps and mobile web — revenues in 2012 from mobile ads reached $ 2.6 billion in 2012. But its role in regions like Asia-Pacific is especially a focus for the industry because in emerging markets, handsets become the primary device for accessing the internet, instead of more traditional, larger-screened computers. SingTel buying Amobee was a strategy for the company to gain more control over that growing revenue stream. “The Philippines is one of the fastest growing, mobile-centric markets in the world, where nearly every Filipino owns a mobile device rather than a computer,” Ernest Cu, CEO of Globe, noted in a release announcing
Google is adding a new touch to its line of Chrome laptops in an attempt to outshine personal computers running on software made by rivals Microsoft and Apple.
Mimoco‘s Legends of MIMOBOT Series has a wide range of characters in it, such as the Star Trek X line that was released back in November, and the Bruce Lee drive before that in August. Now the company has released its latest characters, these ones in honor of President’s Day – George Washington and Abraham
Nokia’s venture capital arm Nokia Growth Partners (NGP), which was founded back in 2005 and invests in mobile-related ventures in the U.S., Europe and Asia, has launched its third fund — back by a further $ 250 million long term commitment from Nokia. The VC firm is also expanding its presence in China with the appointments of David Tang as MD and Lu Guo as principal.
The DARPA-funded advance is designed to keep soldiers alive long enough to reach a hospital.
Leading Asian Cloud-Based Music Service KKBOX Expands Into Southeast Asia, Starting With Singapore And Malaysia
KKBOX, a leading cloud-based music service provider in Asia with 10M registered users, just launched in Malaysia and Singapore. The company’s decision to enter the Southeast Asian marketplace is a sign of how important that region is becoming to Internet companies. By 2014, KKBOX plans to offer its services in Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines.
Uber has announced that it is expanding into Germany, where “Secret Ubers” are now operating in Berlin. The on-demand car service company’s first passenger in that German capital was another startup founder, Alexander Ljung of Soundcloud. The company said that its Berlin cars are still in testing phase, and that “more Ubers are getting on the road every day.”
AT&T has been expanding its 4G LTE coverage to new locations on a fairly regular basis, with the latest expansion covering six new locations in Michigan. This is following its expansions that rolled out last month in Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, and Phoenix, as well as the new markets in Green Bay, Springfield, and
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the most extravagant flashy lifestyle, the deluxe villa, the fly palace of Samsung Semiconductor Inc. It only exists as a pile of architects’ drawings right now, and probably looks nothing like the Minecraft wonderment shown above, but when it’s finished the 10-story San Jose structure will boast the following:
- A new sales and R&D center, built in the stead of some existing Samsung offices, with floor space totaling 1.1 million square feet.
- A layout that seeks to “encourage interaction among staff” and “foster connections with the community,” while ultimately improving Sammy’s “soft capabilities“
- A parking garage and an “amenity pavilion” (whatever that is, we just know we can’t afford one)
So, that’s pretty much it in terms of detail. But to put all this into perspective, we’re talking about an HQ that will be slightly bigger than Apple’s recent 3,600-worker expansion in Austin, Texas — or around a third the size of an infinite loop.
[Image credit: MinecraftModsDL.com]
Nissan hasn’t been having the best of luck with its all-electric Leaf. The vehicle hasn’t sold in numbers like the automaker had hoped. Out of the consumers who purchased the Leaf, nearly 18,000 complained of battery capacity loss and poor performance of the vehicle battery packs. To address the complaints of Leaf owners Nissan has
London-based mobile taxi network Hailo is set to close a $ 30 million round of funding as it sets its sights on the U.S. market, reports AllThingsD. The Series B funding round is likely being led by Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures. Earlier this year, Hailo raised a $ 17 million round of series A financing led by Accel Partners.
Facebook last week opened a new front in the so-called photo app wars with the launch of its ephemeral photo app Poke. But Facebook’s focus on apps like Poke, Camera and Instagram doesn’t mean that it is has stopped enhancing the photo experience on its main social networking platform. Facebook has now implemented a new “drag to upload” feature to allow users to add photos to their status updates more easily.
eldavojohn writes “Mojang’s Marcus Persson (better known as ‘Notch’) has answered quite a few questions in an interview with PC Gamer about his new game 0x10c. Since its announcement, there’s been very few details about game play aside from the DCPU-16 and art tests. But in this interview, Notch has revealed quite a bit about how the game will function and non-final ideas he has for either a monthly fee to play in a ‘multiverse’ or micropayments. He talks about a custom OS people are working on to load into the game’s CPU as well as a an in-game 3D printer that will allow you to make virtual objects. When asked about Kickstarter and his Oculus dev kit, Notch said ‘Definitely going to make it work in 0x10c no matter what’ and his account of using the Oculus Rift sounds more than promising for the VR Device. When asked about Linux he said, ‘[Linux] is wonderful. I think we need to have it, and it’s a shame that more people, including myself, don’t use it. It’s gotten easier and friendlier.’ When asked about Microsoft he said, ‘I use their OS – Windows 7 is an amazing operating system in my opinion and of course there’s the Xbox, which I love. I’m sure Bing is going to take off and save them. [Editor's note: Notch is smiling mischievously as he says this.]‘”
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If wishing a Facebook friend on his birthday isn't enough, users can now attach real gifts to their greeting with an expanded gift service that the social networking Web site announced on Thursday.
Spotify, the streaming music startup, was having serious trouble paying its bills, if you believed reports from earlier this year. Its 2011 financials showed a loss of nearly $ 60 million on revenues of $ 244 million. But this information is out of date, because the company has had a relatively strong 2012.
It made $ 200 million in total revenue over the first six months of 2012, and is on an annual run-rate that could put it around $ 500 million by January, according to industry sources. Despite another net loss this year, Spotify’s business model — free streaming music with ads, or $ 10 a month for additional features and no ads — is going in the right direction.
Founder Institute Quietly Expands Into The Middle East, With Focus On Supporting Female Entrepreneurs
Talk to 500 Startups’ Dave McClure about what’s important for his seed fund and accelerator going forward and, it’s not just about finding and supporting whiz-bang entrepreneurs, it’s supporting entrepreneurial and ecosystem growth outside of the U.S. Many of the top accelerators in the U.S. have been working to expand their programs and networks at home and abroad before the accelerator bubble bursts.
Adeo Ressi and Founder Institute are of the same mindset and, in many ways, they have a head start on the international front. In December of last year, Founder Institute already claimed to be the largest accelerator (in terms of graduates), with over 20 percent (100+) hailing from overseas.
HitFox, the Team Europe co-founded and styled ‘startup factory’ focussed on founding and acquiring games distribution startups, is stepping on the gas by expanding into the Asia-Pacific region with a dedicated office in Seoul. The move is designed to help expand the footprint of HitFox’s current portfolio — ad2games, AppLift and Game Finder — which provide marketing and distribution solutions for mobile and online game publishers. These include the likes of Gameloft, TinyCo, and Kabam, along with Asia-Pacific game publishers such as Aeria Games, and Com2uS.
Rara.com Turns Up The Volume On Its Music Streaming Service: Launches Windows 8, iOS Apps; Inks Lenovo Deal; Expands Countries To 27
Rara.com, one of the newer of the music streaming services on the market launching in December 2011, is today ramping up its service to better compete against the likes of Spotify, Pandora, Rdio, Deezer and many others. It is launching new iOS and Windows 8 apps; it is adding 7 more countries to those covered by the service, taking the total to 27; and it has inked a deal with a device company, Lenovo, to preload the app on its Windows 8 tablets, convertible PCs and Android devices.
Mobile Payments Startup iZettle Expands Series B Of €25 Million, Adds American Express As Newest Investor, As It Preps Launch In UK
Today iZettle, one of the several Square-like mobile payments companies in Europe, announced that it was expanding its Series B round to €25 million and adding American Express as its newest investor. It is joining Greylock, Northzone, MasterCard, SEB Private Equity in the round, which was originally €15 million. Series A investors in iZettle included Index Ventures and Creandum. The investment is a sign of how competition in the mobile payments world continues to heat up and those looking to make headway are ramping up their financial positions to meet the demand.