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10 Things You Need To Know This Morning

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Good morning! Here's the news: Bloomberg reports that Apple will launch a smaller, cheaper iPad later this year. The new iPad is expected to be 7 or 8 inches. The Wall Street Journal also reports Apple is preparing to release a new iPad that is smaller than 8 inches sometime...
10 Things You Need To Know This Morning

Not to Be Outdone by Airtime, YouTube App Updated For Google+ Hangouts

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YouTube announced on Thursday an update to its app for Google+ that will allow users to make playlists of YouTube videos inside of Hangouts, the group video chat feature that Google+ prides itself upon. The new feature is similar to one found in Airtime, former Facebook exec Sean Parker’s video...
Not to Be Outdone by Airtime, YouTube App Updated For Google+ Hangouts

My Completely Overwhelming And Amazing SXSW Adventure

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On Wednesday I returned from my first-ever South by Southwest trip. It was the first time I've ever traveled somewhere and been surrounded by familiar faces. There were tech bloggers like Alexia Tsotsis, Eric Eldon and Erick Schonfeld.  There were startup executives like Foursquare's Dennis Crowley, Airtime's Sean Parker...
My Completely Overwhelming And Amazing SXSW Adventure

Boom Financial, formerly m-Via, raises $17M for cross-border payments

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M-Via’s Boom service debuted last year with the ambitious goal of restructuring the way people send money to their home countries via mobile phones. M-Via is now getting a big endorsement from mobile operator Digicel Group, which is leading a $17 million round in the newly renamed Boom Financial. The...
Boom Financial, formerly m-Via, raises $17M for cross-border payments
Airtime Launches A Video Chat Network That’s The New Place To Hangout Online
Stars align behind Airtime video chat, but is it Skype or Color?

Quora Asks: What Does It Feel Like To Create ‘Wiener Detection Technology’?

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Confession: lately, Betabeat has been on something on a Quora binge. In a fit of heat stroke yesterday afternoon, we found ourselves wishing we could just type “Quora” along with any question and have the answers magically appear. Quora: How many degrees will my apartment be when I get home?...
Quora Asks: What Does It Feel Like To Create ‘Wiener Detection Technology’?

Airtime’s Massive PR Launch Quantified: Full-Court Celebrity Press Conference = Just 150K Users

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Olivia Munn, Joel McHale, Julie Louis-Dreyfus, Ed Helms and Jim Carry at the Airtime launch. There were perhaps 100 print, online and TV reporters drinking coffee and eating parfait at the press event in Chelsea last week. Media from Bloomberg, CNN, the Associated Press and the New York Times down...
Airtime’s Massive PR Launch Quantified: Full-Court Celebrity Press Conference = Just 150K Users

Social: Airtime Is Stuck on the Runway, Despite Celebrity Friends and a Viral Ad

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Airtime founders Sean Parker, left, and Shawn Fanning, right. Photo: Airtime Sometimes it’s not who you know, it’s what you know. Just ask Airtime, the impossibly well-connected video-chat service that can’t figure out how to grow traffic sustainably. Despite star-studded, well-financed promotional efforts, Airtime’s user base dropped by nearly half...
Social: Airtime Is Stuck on the Runway, Despite Celebrity Friends and a Viral Ad
Founder Of Acclaim And Fellow Gaming Veterans Redesigns Group Video Chat As A Party Named Rabbit

LIVE: Facebook Execs Tell Madison Avenue To Spend Billions Getting In Your News Feed

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Facebook is hosting a big marketing conference today in New York.  The mission is simple, if unstated: reverse the creeping deceleration of Facebook's advertising revenues. To do that, Facebook will need to get the suits in the seats to stop spending on 30 second spots and start experimenting with...
LIVE: Facebook Execs Tell Madison Avenue To Spend Billions Getting In Your News Feed

Twitter, Facebook, and Airtime Are Waging War Against The Internet’s Stupidity

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The Web is overrun with dumb hashtags, chart-topping fart apps, and guys just waiting to show you their d*cks. But with this week’s launch of Twitter’s Tailored Trends, Facebook’s App Center, and Airtime’s safety net, some tech companies are fighting back. If you can’t get people to act smarter, at...
Twitter, Facebook, and Airtime Are Waging War Against The Internet’s Stupidity

Sean Parker Explains What Facebook's IPO Really Means For Startups

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Paul Graham wrote an email to Y Combinator's portfolio companies about what Facebook's underwhelming IPO meant for them. "What I do worry about is (a) it may be harder to raise money at all, regardless of price and (b) that companies that previously raised money at high valuations will now...
Sean Parker Explains What Facebook's IPO Really Means For Startups

Napster Founders' Start-Up Airtime Stumbles

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The video-chat service that launched with fanfare this year by the co-founders of Napster is mired in uncertainty after its product failed to attract enough followers....
Napster Founders' Start-Up Airtime Stumbles

Execs Abandon Airtime as Sean Parker Resorts to Meaningless Buzzwords

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(Photo: flickr.com/christmas-on-mars) Tech’s golden party boy, who was once portrayed by a mugging Justin Timberlake in a dialogue-heavy Aaron Sorkin flick, has hit a wall with his new startup, Airtime. Sean Parker, (in)famous for cofounding Napster, serving as the first president of Facebook and as a Spotify board member, opened...
Execs Abandon Airtime as Sean Parker Resorts to Meaningless Buzzwords

Jessica Alba Has Been Spotted On Airtime! (FB)

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Twitter user Cliff Dailey posted this screenshot of him chatting with Jessica Alba over Airtime. Who's got the next Airtime celebrity sighting? Please follow SAI on Twitter and Facebook.Join the conversation about this story »...
Jessica Alba Has Been Spotted On Airtime! (FB)

HuffPost Live: a terrible debut, but don't rule out online video

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The launch of HuffPost Live has been excruciating, but critics would do well to remember the early days of cable televisionHuffPost Live, a real-time video internet news channel that launched last week, is almost indescribably moronic. It is like fingernails on a blackboard, brutal in its insipid banality and obviousness...
HuffPost Live: a terrible debut, but don't rule out online video

A Look Back At Marissa Mayer's Awesome Year

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There's no doubt that Marissa Mayer has had one incredible year. She surprised everyone when she become the CEO of Yahoo in July. She has already made several big changes at Yahoo, including work on redesigning its homepage, updating Yahoo email, and releasing a new Flickr app. She's reshaping Yahoo...
A Look Back At Marissa Mayer's Awesome Year

Is This The Perfect Sexting App?

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Yesterday, nearly 40 startups presented at Y Combinator's biggest Demo Day ever. Y Combinator is a highly competitive startup accelerator program that has helped launch companies like Airbnb and Dropbox.A few companies generated some good buzz, but we noticed a significant amount of chatter about one company in particular....
Is This The Perfect Sexting App?

Boingo Wireless Buys Ex-Googler's Cloud Nine Media, Digs Further Into Sponsored WiFi And Ads

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Boingo Wireless may have made its name with paid WiFi hotspot access, but today it is doubling down on free: the public WiFi operator is buying Cloud Nine Media, a startup co-founded by ex-Googler Sebastian Tonkin that specializes in sponsored WiFi services, which in turn cost nothing for consumers to...
Boingo Wireless Buys Ex-Googler's Cloud Nine Media, Digs Further Into Sponsored WiFi And Ads

Apps and updates: Found, Sparrow, Napster, Yelp, productivity bundle, and more

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A few notable app updates and deals crossed our path today, and we will continue to update as the day goes on, but first a bit of news. New to-do list app Any.DO launched this weekend and hit 100,000 total downloads in only 24 hours, reported TechCrunch. The app first became popular on Android,...
Apps and updates: Found, Sparrow, Napster, Yelp, productivity bundle, and more

If you’re trying out Airtime today, you might run into Mark Zuckerberg

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If you’re playing around with the new video chat service Airtime today, you might run into somebody like…Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. As this fella found out, he had a few things in common with Zuck, and was tossed into a chat with him: What did he say to him? “Thanks...
If you’re trying out Airtime today, you might run into Mark Zuckerberg

The Samsung Galaxy Exhilarate Is Cheap, Fast, And Eco-Friendly: Launches June 10 At AT&T

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LTE is a wonderful thing. It’s like seeing the ocean for the very first time, or taking off in a plane. The speed is brand new, and it’s beautiful. But unfortunately, most LTE smartphones tend to hang out on the expensive end of the shelf, and not everyone has $200-$300...
The Samsung Galaxy Exhilarate Is Cheap, Fast, And Eco-Friendly: Launches June 10 At AT&T
Crowdfunding Platform Crowdtilt Lands $12M From Sean Parker, Andreessen & More; Now Acquiring To Expand Into Mobile

"Like Eating Glass": Sean Parker on Airtime's Bumpy Launch, Exec Departures and More

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Photo credit: Ben Baker This is how Sean Parker — the famous and sometimes infamous entrepreneur whose legendary credits include Napster, Facebook and Spotify — described how his newest high-profile venture, Airtime, is going so far: “Running a start-up is like eating glass. You just start to like the taste...
"Like Eating Glass": Sean Parker on Airtime's Bumpy Launch, Exec Departures and More
Shawn Fanning’s & Sean Parker’s Airtime to launch in June

The Unintended Consequences of Using Airtime

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Even Zuck uses Airtime. Forbes freaked out your Betabeat writers recently with an alarmist post about the way Sean & Shawn’s new videochatting service, Airtime, monitors the tool for inappropriate content. Apparently Airtime takes pictures of you sporadically throughout your videochat sessions to make sure there’s no sexy cam action...
The Unintended Consequences of Using Airtime

Smartphones Not Required - Mobile Money On Feature Phones Is Hot In Emerging Markets

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Mobile money is a big deal in emerging markets. When a farmer can simply SMS payment for a cow or two people can transact business by swapping airtime, that changes the entire dynamics of an economy. So it’s little surprise that some research just out today indicates how big the...
Smartphones Not Required - Mobile Money On Feature Phones Is Hot In Emerging Markets

Why Companies That Are Lucky Are Doomed

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We recently interviewed Sean Parker, the former President of Facebook, and his Airtime cofounder Shawn Fanning. Both believe that a business' success is either calculated or an accident. If it's an accident and the company becomes successful by dumb-luck, it's probably doomed. Fanning used Facebook and MySpace as examples. Myspace,...
Why Companies That Are Lucky Are Doomed

The next billion: Facebook offers $1 credits for mobile signups and referrals in India

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Apparently Facebook isn’t content with 1 billion users and it’s turning to mobile subscribers in India to fuel its growth. Facebook is offering a Rs.50 ($1) credit to new users in India that sign up on their mobile phones and another Rs.50 for referrals, Machine Happy reports. The offer is...
The next billion: Facebook offers $1 credits for mobile signups and referrals in India
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