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Taking A Different Tack, Nimbuzz Chat Startup Partners With Pakistan Operator Mobilink

Recently we’ve seen a lot of news articles about the potential for chat apps to take over the role of SMS. Analysts Informa recently published research suggesting that 2012 was the tipping point, with nearly 19 billion messages sent globally over chat apps daily, versus 17.6 billion SMS messages.<p>In …

Americans Are Worth Twice As Much As Europeans On Facebook

And seven times as much as users from the "rest of the world."<p>Facebook has reported RPU before, and the numbers make sense: the US is its largest and most mature market, it's where Facebook is based, and it's where Facebook tries most of its new ad strategies first.<p>But given that Facebook's users …

Big Brands Want Ads On Instagram, But Facebook Is Focused On Growth For Now

Facebook says that there are no plans for now to add advertising to Instagram, even though advertisers are approaching them, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said today during the company’s Q1 earnings call. Adding ads could end up stunting Instagram’s rapid growth. He said, more than once during the call, that …

Google adds remote desktop to Hangouts, lets users simultaneously video chat and troubleshoot

Google+ Hangouts just received a small but potentially quite useful upgrade today — as of now, Hangouts include a remote desktop feature. This lets you remotely control the computer of someone you're having a Hangout with for troubleshooting purposes, and the Hangout lets you keep chatting and walk …

Yahoo Acquires To-Do App Maker Astrid

Astrid, which makes a cross-platform to-do app that claims four million users, said Wednesday it had been acquired by Yahoo. Terms were not …

Apps

And The Winner Of TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2013 Is… Enigma!

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner.<p>This year’s crop of Disrupt NY Battlefield startups has been one of our strongest yet, but out of the 30 that entered the fray only seven would go on to the final round. HealthyOut, Enigma, Floored, Glide, HAN:DLE, SupplyShift, and Zenefits emerged from the …

Survey Finds UK Startups Upbeat On Growth And Revenues, Downbeat On Fundraising

Startups in the UK are upbeat about the future and usually more profitable (comparatively) than their US counterparts (which tend to focus on growth over revenues). But they find raising Series A money difficult, with 90% of entrepreneurs saying the UK fundraising environment is “challenging”. …

Intel Capital Leads $9 Million Round in Mobile App Firm FeedHenry

Intel Capital has led a $9 million investment round in FeedHenry, a provider of cloud-based mobile applications aimed at the enterprise, with offices …

Venture Capital

Facebook profits rise despite drop in US visitors to its website

The Facebook website has lost 10 million visitors in the US and seen no growth in monthly visitors in the UK over the past year, according to data …

Evernote Partners with Korean Chat App Kakao Talk

Evernote has long been trusted to keep important information for individual users, but now the company is making its service more social after striking its first deal with a mobile messaging company. The US startup has inked terms with Korea-based Kakao, which runs Kakao Talk, a service with more …

Google, Nike, Jawbone and the fight to win wearable computing

The market is still young. But companies big and small are positioning themselves to be at the center of the wearable computing business when it explodes.<p>When wireless headset company Jawbone announced plans Tuesday to buy wearable sensor maker BodyMedia for what a source said was more than $100 …

Facebook’s Declining User Growth Rate, Pictured

Congrats, Facebook!<p>According to the stats you released during Wednesday’s earnings call, your monthly and daily active user numbers are up higher …

'Call of Duty: Ghosts' set for November release, will be available on next-generation consoles

Activision is continuing its tradition of releasing a new title in its marquee first-person shooter franchise every year: the company has just officially announced <i>Call of Duty: Ghosts</i> will be available on November 5th. The game is being trumpeted as a new <i>Call of Duty</i> for the next generation of game …

Done Deal! DreamWorks Paying $33 Million, and Maybe Much More, for AwesomenessTV.

There we go: That DreamWorks Animation/AwesomenessTV deal I told you about last night is now official. The people who brought you “Shrek” are paying …

2013 CRM Market Share Update: 40% Of CRM Systems Sold Are SaaS-Based

Last year, four out of every ten CRM systems sold were SaaS-based, and the trend is accelerating.<p>In the recent Gartner report Market Share Analysis: Customer Relationship Management Software, Worldwide, 2012 published April 18, 2013 the authors provide insights into why the worldwide CRM market …

Skype video calling launches for Outlook.com, available in UK today and US in 'coming weeks'

When Microsoft first unveiled its Outlook.com webmail service in July, the software maker promised Skype video calling from the web. While Outlook.com has seen a number of updates over the months, including a calendar UI refresh, Skype integration has been missing in action. Fortunately, that's …

Yahoo Relaunches Android App With Summly Integration

A week after Yahoo re-launched its iOS app with Summly integration and redesigned article pages, the same updates have finally arrived on Android too.<p>Just to recap, Summly is the news summary service recently acquired by Yahoo from UK teenager Nick D’Aloisio. The app was launched by D’Aloisio when …

Twenty Years Ago Today the World Wide Web Went Public

Twenty years ago today, something happened that changed the digital world forever: CERN published a statement that made the technology behind the …

CERN

ClickTale Raises $17M To Expand Its Deep Web Analytics Suite

ClickTale, a Tel Aviv, Israel-based provider of deep website analytics software, has secured $17 million in Series B funding from Amadeus Capital Partners, Goldrock Capital and Viola Credit.<p>Up until now, ClickTale had raised only $800,000 in funding, most of it coming from early backer YL Ventures, …

The walls have ears: Samsung and Intel bet big on a startup that searches every word you say

A future where machines track our conversations to offer us advice and info<p>Back in October of last year, <i>The Verge</i> wrote about the app MindMeld, a sort of Siri on steroids that could listen to an eight-person conversation and suggest information the speakers involved might want to see. Today …

Intel Capital, Samsung Ventures, And Telefonica Digital Become Expect Labs’ Newest Strategic Investors

Expect Labs has already received funding from the likes of Google Ventures and Greylock Partners, but the San Francisco-based startup (and TechCrunch Disrupt alum) announced this morning that Intel Capital, Samsung Ventures, and Telefonica Digital have made their own strategic investments in the …

Meet Deena Varshavskaya, CEO of Social Shopping Sensation Wanelo

Wanelo founder and CEO Deena Varshavskaya seems kind of obsessed with Squishables. They’re spherical stuffed animals that come in varieties like …

When It Comes To Productivity, Technology Can Hurt And Help

Even when people think they're buckling down, studies show the average office worker wastes over a third of the day. There's Facebook, of course, and the email from a friend with a YouTube link. After all that, is it time to go get coffee?<p>Worker pay is the most expensive line item in the budget for …

Jawbone Acquires BodyMedia For Over $100 Million To Give It An Edge In Wearable Health Tracking

It was just about two months ago that Jawbone snapped up mobile health startup Massive Health, and now the company has acquired an even more prominent player in the health monitoring space.<p>Jawbone has just announced that it will acquire Pittsburgh, PA-based BodyMedia, a maker of wearable health …

Leap2 Raises $1.6M For A More Social And Image-Centric Approach To Mobile Search

Search startup Leap2 is announcing that it has raised $1.6 million in new funding. It’s also releasing new versions of its iOS and Android apps.<p>Building a better search experience than the existing players is a pretty tall order. In Leap2’s case, it sounds like the focus really is on the …

Verizon set to roll out Cloud storage 'in the coming weeks'

Verizon Wireless is getting into the cloud business in a big way.<p>In the coming weeks, Verizon said Tuesday, it will deliver cloud-based storage for smartphones and tablets. The company's customers will receive 500MB of storage at no charge, but can get up to 125GB of storage. Verizon is offering …

Customers

Is This Tiny Tank the Comfiest Wheelchair Ever?

It might look like a one-seat sofa capable of traversing almost any terrain on the planet, but this compact electric vehicle is actually designed to …

Sofa

BlackBerry chief: tablets will be dead in five years' time

BlackBerry's chief executive has said that in five years "I don't think there'll be a reason to have a tablet any more" – but he expects the company …

Sell yourself: Twitter wants you to make ads for your 'personal brand'

Twitter started rolling out access to its self-service advertising platform last year, which focused on letting small businesses and individuals purchase promoted accounts and tweets just like bigger companies. While the self-service ad tool was initially limited to selected American Express …

Vine video makers can use their front-facing cameras with latest update

The six-second time limit and looping nature of Twitter's Vine videos have turned them into a fresh challenge for cinematographers — most recently, the Tribeca Film Festival hosted its own Vine movie competition. A new update, just released on the iTunes App Store, will add precisely one very …