An anonymous reader writes “The Register has a BlackBerry 10 preview up. They say, ‘BlackBerry users have a love-hate relationship with their phones. The devices were often forced upon users rather than chosen. At the same time, the handhelds were the most usable and useful communications gadgets you could put in your pocket.’ The preview is surprisingly positive, and it goes on to look at BB10′s Hub/notifications feature, which they call ‘utilitarian’ and efficient compared to Windows Phones, which are more about ‘style and novelty’ whilst being ‘a bit limiting.’ BlackBerry’s implementation may actually improve the system, rather than detracting from it. With BlackBerry providing a QT environment (compatible with Sailfish, which we discussed earlier) and RIM having managed to maintain BB’s 3rd place in the mobile OS market, there may a chance for real three-way competition between QT, Android and iOS in the mobile market.”
Today, on Netflix’s third quarter investor call, Netflix co-founder and CEO Reed Hastings and CFO David Wells addressed the issue of Netflix’s brand recovery — something many Netflix users and investors were eager to hear about.
On the investor call, Hastings also said that that growth was “within the range of guidance from a year ago, although not from Q1,” which he attributed to being more of a “forecasting error” than a result of stunted growth overall. While Netflix has seen stronger growth abroad as it expands its service across Europe, South America and beyond, its subscription numbers in the U.S. appear to have been lagging in comparisons to forecasts, which came in it at the lower end of expectations laid out earlier this year. (Netflix added 1.16 million subscribers in Q3, compared to a forecast of 1 to 1.8 million new additions.) TechCrunch
Reactions to news that Windows Phone 7 devices would never turn into Windows Phone 8 handsets were decidedly mixed, but the company is now making sure people know just what’s in the coming “pattern of upgrades.” Company evangelist Ben “The PC Guy” Rudolph shot this video of Windows Phone 7.8 running on a Lumia 900, showing off its updated Start screen with resizable tiles. We weren’t able to get hands-on time or take video when we saw one of the phones in person last week, but now you can see how smoothly it works for yourself. There’s more than just a video, as Ben’s blog post points out a new Windows Phone 7.5 site set up to keep owners updated on all the new features and apps they are getting (like Audible, Words With Friends and Draw Something), as opposed to focusing on the ones they’re not.
Social restaurant reviewing site Yelp is on the rise. The website posted $ 31 million in revenue during the most recent quarter, a notable increase from the previous quarter. The social site managed to jump out in front of other social platforms even though Facebook is launching its initial public offering and other social companies are
Mixpanel, the analytics startup backed by Sequoia Capital, hasn’t yet succeeded in its goal of unseating established analytics services like Omniture — but momentum is building.
Let’s start with the biggest number that co-founder Suhail Doshi shared with me this week. He says the company is now tracking 4 billion actions every month. Back in July 2010, that number was “only” 1 billion. He also says there are more than 2,500 organizations who are sending Mixpanel data every month (I guess that’s Mixpanel equivalent of an “active user”). And that customer base was built through word-of-mouth because, Doshi says, “We basically do almost no marketing” the startup’s total monthly marketing spend is between $ 3,000 and $ 5,000.