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The Top 100 Cloud-based Enterprise Software Startups Of 2015

Investments in emerging enterprise software companies increased 53% from Q3 to Q4, 2014 according to MoneyTree Report, a collaborative research initiative between PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association. A graphic from the latest available data shows how software …

Raspberry Pi Sales Pass 5 Million

A round of applause for the U.K.-made Raspberry Pi microcomputer — which has just passed the 5 million sales mark, some three years after it was first launched with the over-modest goal of selling “a few thousand” Pi over its entire lifetime, as creator Eben Upton has said. How wrong can you be, …

One Year In, Nadella Is Planning Microsoft’s Long And Short Game

Golfers like to talk about their long game and their short game. Maybe it’s useful to look at Microsoft’s strategy that way too. Since Satya Nadella took over just over a year ago as CEO at Microsoft, he has started to redirect the company, looking at the short term, while perhaps beginning to …

Listen Carefully

The way technology shapes language is fascinating. And often colloquially cringeworthy (to wit: ‘I don’t have bandwidth right now’… ‘Let’s take this offline’… ‘I’d totally swipe that’…). At bottom it’s a reflection of how our tools influence and shape our social interactions.<p>The reverse is also …

6 tech trends for 2015 that will change our future

Technology and innovation can be frustrating to watch in action. That’s because there usually isn’t much action — just incremental change with …

How Facebook and Google Now Dominate Media Distribution

<i>The news media sector has become heavily dependent on traffic from Facebook and Google. A reliance now dangerously close to addiction. Maybe it’s</i> …

The Rise of AdBlock Reveals A Serious Problem in the Advertising Ecosystem

<b>By Frédéric Filloux</b><p><i>Seeing a threat to their ecosystem, French publishers follow their German colleagues and prepare to sue startup Eyeo GmbH, the</i> …

How YouTube Music Key Will Redefine What We Consider ‘Music’

YouTube finally unveiled its subscription music service today, and in some ways it’s very much like existing streaming music services, especially since it comes bundled with Google Play Music All Access. But YouTube Music Key also very much not like other streaming music services, because of the …

The Billionaire Founder Of LinkedIn Explains How To Run A Great Startup

He's the founder of Linkedin, the largest professional social network worth around $28 billion, and a partner at the VC firm Greylock Partners.<p>He was also one of the early employees of PayPal, where he served as executive VP, and the co-founder of Socialnet.com, one of the first social network …

Hands On With Google Inbox: Useful Email Triage Tools For A Mobile Workflow

Google’s Inbox email app is now available, and we have access to the limited release, which is being distributed via Google’s tried-and-true invite system. While many will have to wait to check it out for themselves, our first impressions might help you decided whether you want to even try chasing …

Snapchat pledges to improve security post-hack, calls on Apple & Google to ban apps using its API

After the dump of roughly 200,000 hacked Snapchat user photos last week, Snapchat issued a blog post today promising to update its security and warning users not to trust third-party apps.<p><i>“We’ll continue to do our part by improving Snapchat’s security and calling on Apple and Google to take down</i> …

Helping Local Businesses Get the Five Star Review, FiveStars Raises $26 Million

In the $60 billion market for customer loyalty among small and medium-sized services businesses companies are always looking for an edge. With coffee shops and artisanal stores springing up on every corner from Portland to Pittsburgh, differentiated solely by the wit on their chalkboard sidewalk …

New devices want to sense and command your Home-as-a-Platform

Where you live is not simply your home. It’s a sensing, universally controllable system for your life.<p>Two new sets of products — from startup Notion and veteran peripheral maker Logitech — point to new directions for both the sensing side and the control side of what I’d call your …

Messaging apps: 20 tricks to raise your chat game

Facebook Messenger<p><b>1) Avoid using Messenger</b><p>Facebook has drawn the ire of its users by making it nigh-on impossible to not move over to the new Messenger app, which replaces the message functionality on the Facebook app itself. Now, when you click on messages, you are obliged to install Messenger, …

MailTime Turns Your Email Inbox Into An SMS Chat Session

There has been no shortage of apps and startups looking to fundamentally change the way we communicate by email. They range from products like Mailbox, which seeks to help users reach inbox zero, to Acompli, which adds file management and scheduling directly into your inbox. But in each case, the …

DWNLD Gives Web Publishers A Platform For Building Affordable, Customizable Native Apps

Last week, we reported that Pinterest investor Fritz Lanman was pursuing the company builder model for creating startups and working on two different companies simultaneously. Today one of those companies, called DWNLD, is launching to help web publishers quickly, easily, and affordably build …

Tencent, Baidu And Wanda Form $814M Joint Venture To Take On Alibaba

Chinese Internet giants Tencent and Baidu are teaming up with conglomerate Wanda to form an RMB 5 billion (about $814 million) e-commerce joint venture in a bid to challenge Alibaba’s dominance. Wanda, a real estate and movie theater chain group, will hold a 70 percent stake, while Tencent and …

How China's Mobile Ecosystem Is Different from the West

China is the world’s largest smartphone market, and with that comes a lot of interest in how mobile users behave. As one of the primary ways through which consumers access content, apps in particular are a key area of focus.<p>China’s app ecosystem is somewhat of a maze for people who aren’t familiar …

As WeChat’s user numbers approach WhatsApp, here’s how it makes money from messaging

WeChat – the Chinese messaging app giant – is growing bigger by the day. It now has 438 million monthly active users, which puts it within spitting …

You Can Now Book Taxis Directly in WeChat with EasyTaxi

We have already known for some time that WeChat is gradually evolving into much more than just a messaging service by offering a Facebook-like feed, games, as well as brand outreach via official accounts, but now it is stepping up its ante by providing services.<p>WeChat users can now book a taxi …

Mobile Facts To Keep In Mind — Part 1

Mobile Facts To Keep In Mind — Part 1<p><i>By the end of 2014, many news media will collect around 50% of their page views via mobile devices. Here are</i> …

The Power Of Manipulating Emotion: Facebook, Storytelling, And What Moves People To Take Action

There was a fascinating report this week about how a media company is measuring methods to successfully manipulate the emotions of its audience, causing them to take action, and perhaps part with their money.<p>No it’s not Facebook.<p>The company is Participant Media, the media company that produces both …

Facebook Launches “Out-App Purchase” Ads

What if in-app purchases didn’t have to happen in-app? Rather than indirectly helping developers monetize with ads that drive them installs and re-engagement, Facebook today began letting them sell Facebook desktop game virtual goods straight from ads in the News Feed or sidebar.<p>But an even more …

Facebook Tries Being A TV Channel With New Mobile Video Player

If you watch one of a friend’s videos, Facebook will now try to get you to watch more with a new carousel of suggested videos that appears after you view one in the mobile News Feed. Reminiscent of YouTube’s Related Videos, Facebook confirms the existence of this fresh laidback experience in …

The Ultimate Guide to Mobile Social Media

<i>This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog.</i><p>I spend my days writing content from my desktop computer for people who will read the content on their smartphones and tablets.<p>We don't shill.Check out TNW's Hard Fork.TAKE ME THERE<p>Go figure.<p>Mobile devices are fast becoming the preferred method of …

What's the Difference Between My Photo Stream and Camera Roll?

<b>UPDATE, Sept. 18, 2014:</b> Where is Camera Roll in iOS 8? Find out <b>how to find your photos in iOS 8</b>.<p>You're snapping away photos with your iPhone, and see …

Box Acquires File-Streaming Service Streem

Online storage provider Box has acquired YC-backed Streem, a cloud-based filesystem that allowed users to mount virtual drives on their desktops and get streaming access to their files.<p>Streem’s three technologies, which include its filesystem, custom streaming and buffering algorithms, and a video …

Trusper Adds Music, Movies, And Books As It Partners With Focus Features

The tip-sharing social networking mobile app Trusper has rolled out a music, movies, and books category and a feature that lets users purchase suggested content in-app, as it begins to experiment with paid, brand-related tips on its service.<p>Trusper is working with Focus Features to promote “Wish I …

Zula, The Team Communication App From VoIP Pioneer Jeff Pulver, Raises Further $3M

Israeli startup Zula, the team communication app founded by VoIP pioneers Jeff Pulver (Vonage) and Jacob Ner-David (Delta Three), has closed a $3 million series A round. The round was led by Morton Meyerson of 2M, who is joined by Ourcrowd, Microsoft Ventures, Nathan Low, and Doug Pauly.<p>The …

Alibaba Acquires UCWeb, Maker Of China’s Most Popular Mobile Browser

Alibaba, already an investor in UCWeb, will buy all remaining shares of the web browser and search company. The two firms announced the merger, one of the most significant among Chinese Internet companies to date, earlier today. UCWeb will join UC Mobile, one of Alibaba’s business unit as Alibaba …