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What Games Are: Cometh The Hour, Cometh The Xbox?
With Xbox 360 having started well but ended in a very confused state, I worry that Microsoft is about to carry over much of its baggage to the new console. Will the company make the same mistake of not listening to the market that it has often made in recent years? Will it continue to believe that there is a burgeoning market for an everything box? Or will it refocus on what matters?
The Evolution Of Hacker News
The idea of a VC having its own news aggregator was a bit outlandish in 2007. But Y Combinator was in an unusual position in those days anyway. Startup incubators had been a highly visible part of the dot-com crash, and Silicon Valley was still skeptical of the concept nearly a decade later. So YC set out to be something different -- a community of hackers building companies on their own terms.
CrunchWeek: Google I/O Madness And Square's New iPad Hardware For Merchants
It's that time of the week for CrunchWeek, the show where a few of us writers chat up the most interesting stories from the past seven days.
(clad in his Google Glass), and I discussed all things Google I/O, including
Larry Page's keynote,
new photo features,
and the latest Google Glass apps and more. We also chatted about Square's new hardware, Stand, which is a $299 card swiper and stand for iPad registers.
Did Google's conference succeed? It launched dozens of products in its 205-minute keynote, but did the world understand them? I saw some of the smartest journalists in technology struggling to handle the information density. But what's the alternative? Break it up across multiple days, or even multiple conferences? Google's breadth presents it with a challenge unique among the tech giants.
How Hike, India's Fast Growing Mobile Messaging App, Is Banking On SMS & Local Diversity To Beat The Big Boys
It’s still practically a newborn but Indian mobile messaging app Hike is already channelling almost a billion messages a month between its 5m registered users. Those numbers sound insignificant when you stack them up against the big beasts of the messaging space – WhatsApp claims 200m+ monthly active users, and 600bn messages – but Hike’s growth is impressive when you consider it's 4 months old.
Gillmor Gang: Live from betaday
This Gillmor Gang was recorded live at betaday, the betaworks annual gathering in New York. The Gillmor Gang included John Borthwick, Robert Scoble, Douglas Rushkoff, Paul Davison, and Steve Gillmor. Enjoy.
Speculation Of A Nexus Q Replacement Swirls After An Unannounced Google Media Streamer Hits The FCC
Google is prepping...
. An announced Google media streamer was recently found in the FCC's
. Details are nearly nonexistent as most are held under a confidentiality agreement for the next 45 days. However, the documents released to the public call the device several times a "media player" and that it features WiFi connectivity.
Why We Aren't Developing For OUYA
Tolga Ozuygur is the co-founder of
, an indie game-development company from Turkey that develops cross-platform, real-time multiplayer games. Follow him on Twitter
We at Overdose Caffeine had previously announced that Pocket Fleet, a real-time multiplayer space dogfight game developed for mobile devices, would be available soon on
. Our players were looking forward to it. Even we were excited about the prospect of bringing the game to the platform, as we loved the device and thought TV was a great medium for fast-paced multiplayer gaming.
The Time Has Come For Chrome In The Home
I’ve spent the last two weeks wandering around London, Paris, and Istanbul (not Constantinople.) As an experiment, I left my trusty MacBook Pro behind and brought only the $199 Chromebook on which I type this. And to my considerable surprise it has served admirably. So admirably, in fact, that I believe ChromeOS is only one or two iterations away from being the right choice for many-if not
Google Faces Another Antitrust Probe As Canadian Agency Prepares Formal Investigation
Google is facing another competition investigation, according to the Financial Post. The Canadian Competition Bureau has informed Mountain View of its plans to launch a formal investigation of its Canadian operations. It has not yet requested any information or documents from Google but has informed the search giant of its intention to launch a probe.
Tumblr May Reject Yahoo's $1.1B Acquisition Offer For Being “Too Low”
Sources close to acquisition talks between Yahoo and Tumblr say the blogging platform feels that Yahoo's $1.1 billion offer is "too low" and views it as "only a first offer." Yahoo may have to significantly increase the offer to close the deal. An acquisition by some tech giant is likely in the cards for Tumblr, though, as sources say the company only has a couple of months of cash runway left.
Grubless? Online Takeout Giants GrubHub And Seamless In Talks To Merge
Today, thanks to the maturation of the web, digital tech, and smartphones now in seemingly every pocket, startups are finding it easier than ever before to build scalable solutions to finally address the many inefficiencies in our food manufacturing, production and distribution systems. As interest in food tech balloons,
one area in particular
appears to already be at the tipping point: Online and mobile food delivery. Over the last few days, we've hearing about a merger between two of the largest companies in the space. Rumor has it that "arch rivals"
are in talks which could see them join forces as part of a merger. While our sources tell us that the talks are serious, the terms of the merger are not yet clear and, of course, any potential deal could fall through.
HTC Pledges To Pump Up ‘One' Production While Samsung's New Flagship Ships Like Crazy
Oh HTC. You've produced one of the finest Android smartphones ever (seriously, just look at all these reviews), but you've faced more than your share of challenges when it came to actually pumping your top-tier One smartphone. As it happens, that may all soon change.
reported earlier today that HTC is preparing to pump out more of its wonderful Ones in short order -- Jack Tong, the company's North Asia president, noted that this month's production capacity for the flagship device is twice that of April, and that surge will only continue into June.
Google Now Introduces Mark Up Tools For Select Partners To Flag Flights, Hotel Stays And Reservations In Emails
Google made a relatively quiet announcement today regarding how it's pushing the developer ecosystem forward around Google Now, its intelligent personal assistant for Android devices. The company has begun extending mark up tools for emails from select partners, which help highlight flight schedules, hotel bookings and various types of reservations, to make sure that Gmail can spot that information and use it to auto-generate helpful reminders in Google Now.
Uber Prepares For Another Fight With DC Regulators
Just about six months ago, Uber won a big battle with D.C. regulators to have its on-demand car service approved for operation within the nation's capital. But new regulations from the D.C. Taxi Commission could severely hamper the company's ability to offer low-cost services in the nation's capital.
Zynga Tells CupidWithFriends To Stop Using ‘With Friends'
Zynga has apparently told the makers of the dating website
that they need to change the site's name, because it allegedly infringes on Zynga's trademarks. CupidWithFriends was built by the startup Apartment 7 (which also released the dating apps
). The site
launched a couple of months ago
, allowing users to build and edit dating profiles for their friends.
Firefox 23 Lands In Aurora Channel: Kills Blink Element, Introduces Slew Of New Dev Tools
Mozilla today bumped up Firefox Aurora, the pre-beta release channel of the popular browser, to version 23. With this, it is introducing a number of new tools for developers that will now slowly make their way into the stable release channel over the next few months. Sadly (or maybe not), this is also the first version of Firefox that does away with the good old blink element, a former staple of the horrid GeoCities websites of the 90s.
Gmail And The Stock Android Email App Combined Have Over 100M Mobile Users
Google's Vikram Aggarwal, a software engineer working on the Android platform, revealed today that Gmail and Email, the native Android client that still ships on Android devices as well, now has a combined user base of over 100 million across the Android install base. It's an interesting stat, because although Gmail and Email only represent two of a multitude of email clients available on Android, it's likely that those two represent the email clients of choice for a wide swath of Android users.
Apple Boots Bang With Friends From The App Store
Uh oh. Less than ten days after
Bang With Friends made its mobile debut
on the iOS App Store, Apple has seemingly changed its mind and given it the boot.
Ask A VC: Accel Partners' Rich Wong On Whether You Can Build A Great Tech Company Outside Silicon Valley
This week, we hosted Accel Partners'
in the studio for our Ask A VC show. Wong, who has invested in Angry Birds (Rovio), Dealer.com, Mobilespaces, Atlassian, MoPub, talked about where he sees the next wave of disruption in mobile technologies. He believes mobile security is a huge opportunity mobile, especially at the enterprise level.
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