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US slow to take bite of Apple Pay

As Apple prepares to expand Apple Pay to Europe at WWDC, anecdotal evidence suggests that the company’s forecast for US adoption may be too optimistic and that many retailers remain skeptical about the payment system.<p>Chief executive Tim Cook made the confident prediction in January that 2015 would …

FinTech

China is rewriting the rules of the mobile game, and Apple is still winning

If you’re a producer of personal electronics without a China strategy, then you might as well not have a growth strategy. The rising influence of the world’s most populous nation has been described as the only geopolitical constant of the past 30 years, and recent times have seen it growing in …

Mobile

The rise of the Chief Revenue Officer: Silicon Valley’s new secret sauce

It seems like everywhere you turn these days, companies are appointing “Chief Revenue Officers” (CROs) – especially at hyper-growth startups like AdRoll, Mixpanel, and New Relic. While the title is becoming increasingly common, each company tends to define the role in a slightly different way. As a …

India is becoming the land of the errand app

When Harsh Vardhan Mandad and his Mumbai flat-mates brainstormed ideas for the next killer app, they fueled the sessions with late-night deliveries of local fare. The curry rice and spicy wraps inspired their big breakthrough.<p>They started Tiny Owl, a smartphone application that helps hungry …

Customer Service

Thinking Aloud!

Rajeev Chandrasekhar on the Supreme Court judgement of Right to Privacy<p>Dr. Ajay Kumar, Additional Secretary, MeitY, on the Changes in Payments …

7 SEO strategies to implement in 2015

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) sounds a bit like rocket science. With the right combo of this widget and that module, add in time, subtract theory and maybe the equation will produce a solution better than the last.<p>Like most technology, what was applied last year in online marketing efforts may …

Why Tech Alone Can't Solve All The World's Problems

The mobile revolution in the emerging world saw a spike of SMS-based applications to “solve” development problems: lack of sanitation, access to financial services, education, and more. Yes, there are more cell phones than toilets, as the International Telecommunication Union, reports. But social …

This startup can run apps on Amazon’s cloud for 1/10th of the regular price

The engineers at startup ClusterK know a heck of a lot about an often overlooked part of popular cloud provider Amazon Web Services called Spot Instances, where you can name your price for using slices of servers in the Amazon cloud. ClusterK has figured out a way to run complex applications on …

A Year Later, $19 Billion For WhatsApp Doesn’t Sound So Crazy

Messaging is the center of mobile. Snapchat is raising at around a $20 billion valuation. And no one cares who owns apps. On February 19, 2014, we didn’t know any of these things for sure. So when Facebook announced it would pay $19 billion to acquire WhatsApp — an app most American pundits had …

Apps

Tencent's WeChat Sends 1 Billion Virtual Red Envelopes On New Year's Eve

During Chinese New Year, it is customary to distribute gifts of money in red envelopes to one’s relatives and friends. Last year, Chinese Internet giant Tencent Holdings put a spin on the popular tradition by allowing users of its WeChat messaging app to send each other virtual red envelopes, which …

China

See the profanity-filled motivational poster that hangs inside Jony Ive's office at Apple

As you might expect, Ive's office is filled with interesting things. There are shelves filled with sketchbooks, as well as a rugby ball.<p>But perhaps the most interesting thing inside Jony Ive's office is a motivational poster.<p><b>The New Yorker say that this poster hangs in Ive's office:</b><p>It was designed …

Banksy
Advertising

Fundraising Success Is A Celebration Of Mediocrity

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Levi King is the CEO and co-founder of Creditera and was previously president and co-founder of Lendio.</i><p>Last summer, Creditera closed a Series A round of financing with Randy Komisar at KPCB, yet we were loath to announce the raise. We finally announced it recently as a footnote to a …

Profit

Restaurant Discovery Site Zomato To Launch Food Delivery Service, Starting In India

Zomato, the restaurant discovery site that acquired U.S. rival Urbanspoon last month, is expanding its business into food orders, starting in its home market of India next month.<p>The company plans to launch a new service letting customers across India order food directly from its platform on March …

Startups

Xiaomi's key to smartphone success: 'Be friends with our fans'

The up-and-coming Chinese smartphone manufacturer has gone from obscurity to China's number-one vendor in just four years. Xiaomi owes a large part of that to its attitude toward customers.<p>For Xiaomi, customers aren't just nameless, faceless people. They're more like friends.<p>Four years ago, the …

Mobile

Line Launches a New App to Connect Brands with Their Fans

Mobile messaging service Line has launched a new app to allow business and personal brands to connect with fans, clients and customers. It’s kind of like a branded Facebook page in an instant messaging format.<p>Dubbed Line@, the app is available for free on iOS and Android and allows account holders …

Apple Pay will soon support federal payment cards and parks

Apple Pay has been expanding steadily since its launch last fall, but now it also has the support of the federal government. Speaking at the White House Cyber Security Summit today, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed that Apple Pay will support federal payment cards later this year, including social …

How a ‘stock market for people’ is funding a shot at the next billion-user mobile app

SAN FRANCISCO–If you can’t beat them, try beating them another way.<p>In 2004, Greg Tseng and Johann Schleier-Smith launched a startup called Tagged. They hoped to outdo another nascent project, known at the time as “thefacebook,” in the then-wide open world of social networks.<p>We know how that turned …