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Facebook's 'Newspaper' Ambition Could Be Trouble For Media

The huge social network has become a key source of news for many users, as part of a dramatic shift in how people get information in the digital age.<p>Company founder Mark Zuckerberg told a forum in early November that his goal is to make Facebook's news feed "the perfect personalized newspaper for …

Pew Research Center

How Facebook Is Going to Battle With YouTube

Facebook is well on its way to developing its next big cash cow, and it has nothing to do with the social network’s splashy billion-dollar purchases …

Advertising

Here's What Actually Happened When Snapchat Turned Down Billions Of Dollars From Facebook

Some people thought Snapchat and its CEO Evan Spiegel, now 24, were insane. Others thought it was a brilliantly gutsy move to build a great company alone.<p>So why did Spiegel and Snapchat really turn down Facebook? And who leaked the deal to the press? And what was the offer amount really?<p>A bunch of …

Text Messaging

He Sold 'Draw Something' For ~ $200 Million — Now Dan Porter Is Back With A New Startup

OMGPOP was the maker of Draw Something, one of the first mobile games to go viral. It racked up 1.2 million downloads within its first week and a half. Three months later, Zynga dropped tons of money on it. After the acquisition, users promptly lost interest in the game. Zynga later shut down its …

Startups

Indian Music Startup Saavn Is Giving Away Its Pro Service To Snapdeal Shoppers On Android Devices

Music while you shop? Two prominent startups in India have teamed up to push their respective causes and raise awareness of two nascent industries that could explode as smartphone adoption in the country grows.<p>Streaming service Saavn today announced a partnership with online retail giant Snapdeal. …

7 Digital Marketing Solutions for Every Startup’s Needs

<i>Daniel Reed is the Digital Marketing Manager for Sinch. This post originally appeared on the Mention blog.</i><p>It’s tough being a startup — budgets, growth, and hustling everyday to make that change that you dream about.<p>As the Digital Marketing Manager, it’s my job to get Sinch — a cloud based …

Trillion-Dollar Baby: Can Apple Go Where No Stock Has Gone Before?

Is Wall Street finally get on board with the world’s most valuable company again? Over the past several weeks, at least five analysts have upgraded price targets on Apple. (Details here, here and here.) In the meantime, the company has seen its shares reach an all-time high of $117.57 before …

How One Startup CEO Leads A Radically Remote Workforce

When Paul DeJoe founded Ecquire, a startup specializing in sales productivity, in 2008, he didn't want to resign himself to settling in the Bay Area …

10 Startups to Watch in India's Tech Boom

With a population of more than 1.2 billion, India has obvious potential to become the world’s leading tech ecosystem. Unfortunately, that opportunity …

Fortune.com

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Print Media

The Plastc all-in-one payment card could eat Coin's breakfast

Payments are tricky. Square, PayPal and others are still working on getting you to pay with your phone. Google Wallet and Apple Pay have and will try to get NFC to finally take off. Meanwhile, Chip and PIN cards are coming to the United States. Yeah, payments are more than tricky, it’s a mess.<p>The …

This Star-Studded Startup Vows To Make Conference Calls Extremely Simple

"Everyone agrees that conference calls are a terrible experience," Shan Sinha, cofounder and CEO of Highfive tells Business Insider.<p>The status quo, Sinha says, is that you have to struggle with dial-ins and old equipment for 15 minutes before you can even get a call started. Not only does it waste …

Startups

Facebook's WhatsApp Acquisition Now Has a $22 Billion Price Tag

This story originally appeared on Reuters<p>Facebook Inc closed its acquisition of mobile messaging service WhatsApp on Monday, with the final price tag rising an additional $3 billion to roughly $22 billion because of the increased value of Facebook's stock in recent months.<p>WhatsApp founder Jan Koum …

Apps

Meet The Team Putting Dropbox On Your Phone

Dropbox's strategic partnerships team, filled with a batch of former Googlers and other policy experts, is tasked with embedding Dropbox into new mobile devices. Now the company is finding its way into Sony's new phones.<p>When Dropbox was looking to grow by getting its software pre-installed on new …

Why can't Apple decrypt your iPhone?

Last week I wrote about Apple's new default encryption policy for iOS 8. Since that piece was intended for general audiences I mostly avoided …

How Steve Jobs prepared Apple for controversies like Bendgate

The infamous iPhone 6 “bending video” may have reached close to 47 million hits on YouTube, but Apple has seemingly escaped Bendgate without any lasting damage — just as it has with every “gate” incident before it.<p>In a new blog post entitled “The Joy of Apple Slamming,” former Apple ad exec Ken …

Vogue interviews Jony Ive, discusses the Apple Watch: ‘Isn’t that fantastic?’

Vogue has published a new interview with Jony Ive, covering the life of the designer from his beginnings to the present day. Whilst many of the stories are simply retellings of previous interviews, the piece discusses Ive’s relationship with Marc Newson and — most importantly — Ive comments on the …

A Rare Look at Design Genius Jony Ive: The Man Behind the Apple Watch

<i>How Apple’s under-the-radar design genius, Jonathan Ive, has found the way to our hearts.</i><p>I first catch sight of Jony Ive across the Apple campus, in a plain Dodger-blue T-shirt and white painter’s pants, in conversation, nodding. The head Apple designer, who brought you the iMac and the iPad and …

9 Books Bill Gates Thinks Everyone Should Read

While Bill Gates has a schedule that's planned down to the minute, the entrepreneur-turned-billionaire-humanitarian still gobbles up about a book a week.<p>Aside from a handful of novels, they're mostly nonfiction books covering his and his foundation's broad range of interests. A lot of them are …

Books

'These People Are Nuts': 2 Former Managers Reveal What Working For Apple Is Really Like

Speaking in the Debug 47 podcast, transcribed by Ole Begemann, the former director of internet technologies Don Melton and the former director of iOS Apps Nitin Ganatra reveal just how demanding Apple executives could be.<p>Staff members get emails from their bosses at 1 a.m. — and are expected to …

iOS Apps

Seeking funding? Here are 10 venture capital firms in India you should meet

We have seen investments into Indian tech startups on an upswing recently, topping US$1.3 billion in FY2013-14 and accounting for 266 deals. We’re …

Venture Capital

What You Need To Know About Registering Your Indian Start-up In the Us Or Singapore

Thinking about giving up on the rat race and giving into your dream of being the proprietor of a start-up? Great idea, especially because Indian …

Small Business

Bangalore Emerging As A Hub for Global Start-ups

BANGALORE: From Bay Area in California to Koramangala in Bangalore may be a paradigm change for many, but the IT City is once again taking the lead …

Technology Stalled in 1970 - MIT Technology Review

Peter Thiel has been behind some prominent technologies: he cofounded PayPal and was an early investor in such companies as Facebook and LinkedIn. …

Innovation

Does Silicon Valley Have a Contract-Worker Problem?

Earlier this year, I hired a house cleaner. I wouldn’t have done so normally, but my place was a mess, I was busy at work, and I saw an offer on …

The wizards who personalized Amazon now have a Dave McClure-backed startup offering it to etailers big and small

2014 is a landmark year for global ecommerce. For the first time, Asia-Pacific has usurped North America to become the largest regional ecommerce …

eCommerce

The Great Connectors

Just as the Industrial Revolution was driven by combining the steam engine with ingenious machinery, the Digital Revolution has been driven by two great innovations: the personal computer and the Internet. The relationship between the two was standoffish at first, and it was only after their …

The $3.2 Billion Man: Can Google’s Newest Star Outsmart Apple?

Google is betting big on Nest CEO Tony Fadell, who helped invent the iPod and iPhone. Here, a look inside his design revolution.<p>Lounging poolside in 93-degree July heat as Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” thrums through the patio speakers, Tony Fadell takes a sip of nonalcoholic beer and sinks far enough …

Google Glass