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Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel Talks Sexts and Growth

November 4, 2013 9:55 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

Evan Spiegel dropped out of Stanford University in 2012, three classes shy of graduation, to move back to his father's house and work on Snapchat. Spiegel's fast-growing mobile app lets users send photos, videos and messages that disappear a few seconds after they are received. 

Twitter Sets $17 to $20 Per Share Range for IPO

October 25, 2013 10:14 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Twitter has set a price range of $17 to $20 per share for its initial public offering and says it could raise as much as $1.6 billion in the process. The pricing is relatively conservative considering that Twitter is poised to pull off the year's hottest IPO.

Zynga Trims 3Q Losses Under New CEO, Stock Surges

October 25, 2013 9:22 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Zynga Inc. whittled its third-quarter losses even as its revenue plunged and fewer people played its digital games. The improvement raised investors' hopes that the hobbled company might be able to regain its stride under a new CEO hired during the summer, and shares jumped 13 percent in after-hours trading.

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LinkedIn Tool Shares User Info on iPhone Email

October 24, 2013 9:58 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

LinkedIn just gave its users another reason to ensure their resumes are up to date. The online professional network has introduced a mobile feature that shows information about people's careers in emails being read on iPhones. The tool, called Intro, pulls details from the profiles of LinkedIn's more than 238 million users so the recipient of an email can learn more about the sender.

Zipwhip Opens Up Landline and Toll-Free Numbers to SMS

October 16, 2013 2:45 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Zipwhip spent the last five years focused on the mobile side of SMS before it realized that the two percent of text messages being sent to landlines and toll-free numbers deserved to be delivered, too. Leveraging the cloud texting technology along with the mobile, desktop and web apps it already built...

'Clash of Clans' Maker Sells Stake for $1.5B to Softbank

October 15, 2013 11:04 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The 'Clash of Clans' mobile game maker Supercell is selling a 51 percent stake to Japan's SoftBank and GungHo in a 1.5 billion deal. CEO Ilkka Paananen says the partnership will speed Supercell's goal of becoming the "first truly global games company...

HP Goes Deeper Into Mobile Apps With New Partner Ecosystem

October 15, 2013 8:57 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

HP already has thousands of in-house mobile app developers at the disposal of their customers. So the digital customer experience partner ecosystem the company announced today is about more than just app development even if the focus is on delivering unique mobile applications for corporations...

What Does the Future Hold for OTT Rich Communication Apps?

October 14, 2013 1:58 pm | by Joe Lawrence, President, Voxox | News | Comments

Think of a CD-ROM, DVD, SMS, MMS and Blackberry Messenger.  Now, consider iTunes, NetFlix, Skype, YouTube, iMessenger, Twitter, Google Voice, Instagram, SnapChat, Vine and Voxox.  What’s different?  The latter are cross platform OTT apps that are cool, convenient, compelling and cost-effective.  That’s awesome, but what can we expect in the future?

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Facebook Acquires Onavo

October 14, 2013 9:44 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Social Networking giant Facebook has purchased data compression and anlaytics company Onavo. The companies did not offer financial details of the deal. According to the Onavo's official blog, the company's Tel-Aviv office will remain open for business and will become Facebook’s new Israeli office.

Nuance to Add Pair of Icahn Nominees to Board

October 8, 2013 9:17 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Nuance Communications Inc. says it's reached a deal with billionaire investor Carl Icahn to add two of his nominees to its board. The nominees include Brett Icahn, the activist investor's son, and David Schechter, an Icahn employee since 2004.

Rdio Launches Free Listening on Mobile Devices

October 3, 2013 9:23 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Digital music service Rdio (AR'-dee-oh) is launching its free Internet radio service in the U.S., Canada and Australia on Thursday. The move capitalizes on Rdio's tie-up with traditional radio station owner Cumulus Media and helps it compete with digital rivals Pandora and Spotify.

Now at Your Library: Streaming Movies, Music

October 2, 2013 9:39 am | by Manuel Valdes, Associated Press | News | Comments

There's a new source to stream movies and other digital content, and it's not a tech company with tens of thousands of titles. It's something more familiar, and might even be just down the street: the public library. Often thought of as stodgy brick-and-mortar havens...

FreedomPop’s Freemium Phone Service Finally Gets its Phone

October 1, 2013 10:02 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The IP-based phone service that FreedomPop touted back in June is at last getting its first smartphone, the HTC Evo Design. FreedomPop will be selling the mid-range handset for $99—less than the $150 Boost Mobile charges—and plans to offer other Android phones before year’s end. In June, CEO Stephen Stokols said he hoped to launch devices at $99, $149 and $199 price points.

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Google Releases Digital Wallet App for iPhones

September 20, 2013 9:01 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Google is bringing its digital wallet to the iPhone in its latest attempt to upstage Apple on its own popular device. Thursday's release of the Google Wallet app represents a challenge to the Passbook program that Apple has built into the iPhone's operating system.

BlackBerry Going OTT, Confirms Dates for BBM for Android and iOS

September 19, 2013 10:36 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

BlackBerry has confirmed BBM, the company’s messaging platform, will be available for free download on Android starting Saturday and iOS starting Sunday. In the future, BlackBerry is expecting to add BBM Channels as well BBM Video and Voice calling to its cross-platform release. The BBM for Android requires version 4.0 and up and BBM for iOS requires version 6.0 and up.

Rhapsody Cuts 15 Percent of Staff; President Resigns

September 17, 2013 9:40 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Music streaming service Rhapsody on Monday laid off 15 percent of its staff and said its president, Jon Irwin, is stepping down. The company also announced investment firm Columbus Nova Technology Partners has become a major shareholder.

Google Acquires File Sharing Service Bump

September 17, 2013 9:14 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Google has acquired contact and file sharing service Bump. In a blog on his company's website, Bump CEO and cofounder David Lieb said his company was "thrilled" to be joining Google. Lieb said Bump and Flock, the company's social photo sharing app...

Pandora Names Ex-aQuantive Head McAndrews as CEO

September 12, 2013 9:39 am | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Setting its sights on accelerating growth in advertising revenue, Internet radio giant Pandora on Wednesday named the former head of digital advertising company aQuantive, Brian McAndrews, as its new chief executive. The 54-year-old is tasked with speeding up the already rapid revenue growth at Pandora as it struggles to cover rising royalty payments to artists.

Apple Poised to Unveil New iPhones Today

September 9, 2013 9:56 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

On Sept. 10, it’s widely expected that Apple will introduce the iPhone 5S and a lower-cost model dubbed the iPhone 5C. The invite Apple sent out for the event hints at a colorful announcement and seemingly confirms the imminent arrival...

Android Losing Share in US, iOS Grows

September 4, 2013 10:45 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

While Android continue to reign supremes in the device world, Google may again be losing a portion of the U.S. market to Apple. According to the latest numbers from Kantar Worldpanel, Android captured 51.1 percent of the smartphone market, but saw a decline of 7.6 percent annually...

Google, Nestle Team Up on Android KitKat

September 4, 2013 9:43 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Google and Nestlé have announced a cross-marketing deal that will see Google's next iteration of Android branded KitKat, after Nestle's popular chocolate bar. Names for interations of Google's Android mobile operating system began with 'Cupcake' and have evolved alphabetically. In that spirit, KitKat follows on the Jelly Bean.

Report: US App Makers Losing Share

August 29, 2013 11:01 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Developers in the United States beware, you're losing market share. That's the word from app analytics firm Flurry, which released research today that shows 45 percent of apps recording data through Flurry Analytics as of the start of June 2011 were made in this country. That's fallen off to just 36 percent as of June 2013.

TBS to Form Capital Alliance with NTT Docomo, Others

August 29, 2013 10:02 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Tokyo Broadcasting System Holdings Inc. said Thursday it will sell its own shares for a total of 11.9 billion yen to NTT Docomo Inc. and three other Japanese companies to form capital and business alliances. Under the deal, NTT Docomo, Japan's largest mobile phone carrier...

From the Magazine: Q&A: Simon Khalaf, CEO, Flurry

August 27, 2013 2:08 pm | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

A mature economy and growing economy has emerged from out of the now burgeoning app stores. But like any musical artist will tell you, the competition out there is brutal and regardless of how good you are, it’s sometimes hard to be seen. App developers find themselves in the same situation...

Report: Global Smartphone Sales Eclipse Feature Phones for First Time

August 14, 2013 10:51 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

All things must pass and so to have feature phones yielded to the global smartphone trend. As new Gartner numbers point out, worldwide smartphone sales for the second quarter have beaten out feature phone sales for the first time ever. Of the 435 million handsets sold in the quarter, smartphones accounted for 225 million, up 46.5 percent annually.

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