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Former 'Facebook for India' hopeful iTimes relaunches as interest-based social network

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Fresh from picking up headlines worldwide when it invested a ‘seven figure’ sum into US e-commerce startup Fab.com, India’s Times Internet has launched a design version of iTimes.com,  its one-time Facebook rival. The latest incarnation of the site — which first came online in 2006 — is an interest-based social network, designed to...
Former 'Facebook for India' hopeful iTimes relaunches as interest-based social network

What's Next for Kik, One of the Original Mobile Messaging Hotshots

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Mobile messaging apps — WhatsApp, KakaoTalk, Line, WeChat, Voxer, Kik, etc — are in an interesting spot. They are some of the largest, most-used and best-loved apps in the world. They dominate their various countries and regions. But it’s not necessarily clear how they evolve and become long-lasting businesses. Are...
What's Next for Kik, One of the Original Mobile Messaging Hotshots
The Noteboard Is An Amazing $10 Foldable Pocket Whiteboard

How Eeve pivoted into Popset, a Y Combinator-supported group photo-sharing app

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Back in September, we reported on how Eeve was trying to do what Color couldn’t, and was seeking to throw mobile, social, photo-sharing and location together into a big melting pot to create collaborative photo experience around specific events. Well, as is the case with many fledgling startups, Eeve has...
How Eeve pivoted into Popset, a Y Combinator-supported group photo-sharing app

The Ecstasy of Telegraphy

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My research manager turned up this gem in the course of answering a question I had about the popular response to the introduction of the telegraph in the US (a moment that informs the working title of my next book). What I find fascinating is how the invention incited...
The Ecstasy of Telegraphy
Fast Company Is Hiring A Senior Video Producer

It's Official: Twitter Is Not a Fad

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Whether because of its name, its outsize media hype, or its reputation for getting its users in trouble for ill-advised words, Twitter has struggled to be taken seriously by adult Americans outside the media and celebrity spheres. But while faddish firms like Groupon and Zynga have fallen by the wayside,...
It's Official: Twitter Is Not a Fad

Street Style Social Network Thre.ad Shuts Down

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Ms. Nguyen (Photo: We Are NY Tech) New York-based street style social network Thre.ad announced in an email sent out to users today that it will be shutting down. The company’s owners would probably rather you think of it as a pivot, however: According to the announcement, they’re folding Thre.ad into...
Street Style Social Network Thre.ad Shuts Down

Make No Mistake, We're Seeing The Death Throes Of Google's Chromebook (GOOG)

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If at first you don't succeed, release another Chromebook.  That seems to be Google's thinking with today's announcement that it will start selling a new laptop powered by its Chrome operating system for just $249. Chromebooks have been around for more than a year now, but still haven't seen much...
Make No Mistake, We're Seeing The Death Throes Of Google's Chromebook (GOOG)
Mobile gaming firm CrowdStar names co-founder as its chief executive
Randomized food delivery service NomON takes first place at Startup Weekend UW

Fab Seeking To Raise $100m At A Super Fab Valuation

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Earlier today we spoke to Fab.com CEO Jason Goldberg at TechCrunch Disrupt, on the anniversary of his company’s pivot from gay social network to design focused flash sales site, and a week after its mini-pivot to curated social shopping site. In addition to expounding on the past, Goldberg spoke about...
Fab Seeking To Raise $100m At A Super Fab Valuation

Another Big Miss for Dell's Outlook; Shares Tank

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Dell just can’t seem to make Wall Street happy no matter what. Despite all the insistence that it’s out to pull off an IBM-like pivot away from commodity businesses like PCs and printers and toward higher-margin services and enterprise hardware, transformation is proving painful when it comes to showing, well,...
Another Big Miss for Dell's Outlook; Shares Tank

CrowdStar Co-Founder and GM Jeffrey Tseng promoted to CEO

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Mobile and social game developer CrowdStar today announced that co-founder and general manager of products Jeffrey Tseng has been promoted to CEO of the company. Former CEO and co-founder Peter Relan returns to his post of executive chairman on CrowdStar’s board of directors. CrowdStar said that the change comes as...
CrowdStar Co-Founder and GM Jeffrey Tseng promoted to CEO

Generation Flux Salon: What Is The Difference Between A Pivot, A Reorganization, And A Panic?

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Modern business is pure chaos. Share your strategies for navigating this fluid landscape--and learn from the most successful members of the league of innovators Fast Company Editor-in-Chief Robert Safian dubbed Generation Flux, gamechangers who are highly flexible and know how to shift course swiftly and decisively without losing their sense...
Generation Flux Salon: What Is The Difference Between A Pivot, A Reorganization, And A Panic?

Fab, 'The World's Alternative To Amazon And Walmart,' Is Now A Billion-Dollar Company

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Fab is reportedly raising a massive round at a $1 billion valuation, just as it's gearing up to announce its next pivot. The round is expected to be more than $100 million, TechCrunch's Leena Rao and Alexia Tsotsis report. Fab has already raised $171 million in funding, but the highest...
Fab, 'The World's Alternative To Amazon And Walmart,' Is Now A Billion-Dollar Company
Ownshelf is a cloud-based network for eBook fans to share with friends
Gentry Underwood, CEO And Co-Founder Of Mailbox, To Speak At Disrupt NY
Qwiki Launches A Publishing Platform For ABC News And Others

Dell Offers a Dividend, Giving Its Shares a Rare Reason to Rally

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Shares of Dell did something in after-hours trading that they haven’t been known to do in recent months: They rallied. The cause was news that the company would begin paying its first-ever shareholder dividend. Dell said it will pay 32 cents per share a year, or 8 cents a quarter....
Dell Offers a Dividend, Giving Its Shares a Rare Reason to Rally

Tripl launches beautiful travel summaries to help you keep track of your friends' journeys

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When you return from a trip, wouldn’t it be nice to compile a neat summary of what you did while you were away to share with others? Tripl is launching a new service today that does that in style. Founded in Sweden but now based in New York, Tripl began...
Tripl launches beautiful travel summaries to help you keep track of your friends' journeys

Pearltrees Comes To The iPhone, Goes Beyond Bookmarking And Adds Photos, Notes, Offline Mode

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Few startups make it through a year without a pivot or two these days. That really can’t be said about social bookmarking service Pearltrees, however. The company has stuck pretty closely to its roadmap ever since its launch in 2009. After launching on the web, Peartrees is now available on...
Pearltrees Comes To The iPhone, Goes Beyond Bookmarking And Adds Photos, Notes, Offline Mode

Report: Outside Image Services Next On Twitter's Hit List

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If you’re one of those third-party image services that works with Twitter, it might be time to start thinking about a pivot. Having already circled its API wagons to the detriment of LinkedIn users, Instagram users, and angering many with its new developer ecosystem vision, Twitter appears... Please visit Marketing...
Report: Outside Image Services Next On Twitter's Hit List
Startup Spotlight: Tenacity Sports helps you discover sports activities

Scripted Gets $4.5M Series A To Build Out Its Online Marketplace For Freelance Writers

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Freelance writing doesn’t exactly have the reputation lately for being a lucrative endeavor. But it looks like at least some investors are seeing some bright spots there — at least when it comes to technology platforms in the space. Scripted, the San Francisco startup that runs an online marketplace to...
Scripted Gets $4.5M Series A To Build Out Its Online Marketplace For Freelance Writers
UpTo wants to be the social glue of tomorrow, adds $1.5M, and opens its event stream platform

Firebase Aims To Reinvent Real-Time App Infrastructure, And It Already Has 4,000 Sign-Ups

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Firebase is one of those startups with an almost crazily big vision — it wants to simplify the development of powerful, real-time apps, to the point where (as co-founder James Tamplin put it) it’s “jettisoning the whole notion of a server even existing.” The company, which was part of the...
Firebase Aims To Reinvent Real-Time App Infrastructure, And It Already Has 4,000 Sign-Ups

Ask.fm Claims It’s Overtaken Q&A Giant Formspring – What’s Going On Here?

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After Formspring’s recent pivot away from the personal end of the social Q&A space, you’d be forgiven for thinking that there’s little growth left in this narcissistic of all mediums. But if European competitor Ask.fm‘s numbers are to believed that may not be the case. The Latvia-based Formspring competitor says...
Ask.fm Claims It’s Overtaken Q&A Giant Formspring – What’s Going On Here?

Ben Horowitz on why Andreessen Horowitz backed Picplz and still stands to make $78M from Instagram

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The New York Times caused controversy this weekend after it published a story claiming that top VC firm Andreessen Horowitz “fumbled” its investment in Instagram, losing million of dollars by backing photo-sharing rival Picplz over the company that Facebook will acquire for $1 billion. As we already pointed out, the NYT...
Ben Horowitz on why Andreessen Horowitz backed Picplz and still stands to make $78M from Instagram

Jolicloud Adds Search To Jolidrive, Its Cloud Services Dashboard Pivot, To Power Content Discovery & Rediscovery

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Jolicloud, which last October pivoted yet again – to become Jolidrive: a “entry point”/dashboard for accessing third party cloud services like Dropbox, Google Drive, Box and also social accounts like Vimeo, Instagram and YouTube — has taken the next obvious step on this new product path and added a search function to flesh out...
Jolicloud Adds Search To Jolidrive, Its Cloud Services Dashboard Pivot, To Power Content Discovery & Rediscovery
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