Yahoo Acquires Photo Startup Cooliris

cooliris yahoo Photo app-maker Cooliris just announced that it has been acquired by Yahoo. The company was founded in 2006 and was initially known for creating a “3D wall” for navigating photos and other media content. More recently, its focus shifted to an app (also called Cooliris) that allowed users to browse photos from across services like Facebook, Instagram, and Flickr. It also launched… Read More

Crunchweek: Uber, Uber, Uber And Barbie

Screen Shot 2014-11-21 at 2.28.09 PM Here’s a protip: Don’t do what Uber did this week. That’s the main topic of CrunchWeek this time around. Bad behavior, however, wasn’t just Uber’s purview: The corporate entity behind Barbie was exposed for publishing a wantonly sexist tract that undercut the idea that women can be software engineers. So that wasn’t very good. Happily, TechCrunch’s… Read More

Photo-Sharing App Memoir Snags $5.5 Million To Help You Recall The Past

memoir Photo-sharing application Memoir, a Timehop competitor that allows you to rediscover old photo “memories,” has raised an additional $5.5 million in a round led by Redpoint Ventures’ Ryan Sarver. Others participating included prior investors Founder Collective, Box Group, Lerer Ventures and Thrive Capital. The company had previously raised $1.2 million in seed funding.… Read More

Livefyre Studio Puts The Company’s Focus On User Generated Content And Social Media Curation

livefyre studio At this point, I should probably stop calling Livefyre a commenting platform.
Actually, the company has been expanding beyond comments for a while. It launched its StreamHub product, which included more social media widgets, back in 2012. And it acquired social media curation startup Storify last year. Read More

Social Betting App Youbetme Raises $2.7M

youbetme Youbetme, the startup behind the social betting app of the same name, announced today that it has raised $2.7 million in Series A funding.
Youbetme says it launched the app in January. The company bills itself as a way to “bet on anything, at any time,” either through its iOS app or it’s website. To be clear, it doesn’t support real-money betting, but rather tracking… Read More

TheLadders Revamps iPhone App To Focus On Job Referrals, Unveils Job Market Guide

Ladders_Feed_full What good is a job search site or app when you’re not looking for a job? That’s the issue TheLadders is tackling with the launch of a new version of its iOS app and a new feature that it calls the Job Market Guide. CEO Alex Douzet told me that these are the first steps in a new direction for the company, which was founded in 2003. TheLadders was initially aimed at people looking… Read More

Dropbox Drags Its Expensive, Forgotten Photo App Carousel To Web And Tablets

Carousel_Global_Blog-copy_smaller-1 Early this year, Dropbox threw a glitzy launch event for its new photo storage and viewing app Carousel, and people went right on using the dozen other ways to keep and comb through memories. Despite Dropbox’s 300 million users, it saw less than a half million downloads on Android, and has hovered around #350 on the iOS photo app chart, falling out of the top 1500 apps overall less than… Read More

The Old Foursquare Is Dead

Screenshot 2014-11-19 10.45.45 The final traces of the old foursquare are being wiped from existence, as the new Foursquare is currently going out as an update to Windows Phone users. This summer, Foursquare made an announcement, to the shock of many, that it would be splitting its long-surviving check-in app into two separate applications: Swarm and Foursquare. Swarm, which launched shortly thereafter, would take over… Read More

Salesforce’s Revamped Social Studio Includes Tighter Integration With Sales And Customer Service

Salesforce Social Studio is unveiling a new version of the Social Studio, its set of social media tools for marketers.
When the company first announced the Social Studio earlier this year, it seemed like a way to bring its various social media acquisitions under one (metaphorical) roof. (The full name of the product was the Radian6 + Buddy Media Social Studio.) Read More

Messaging App Viber Takes A Step Into Social Networking With New Public Chats Feature

Viber_Chats A lot of messaging apps have been highlighting how their services are a great way for people to directly communicate with their friends directly, in opposition to the bare-all nature of social networks like Facebook. But today Viber, the messaging app with 209 million users, is taking a different approach: it is launching Public Chats, giving users a way of using its direct messaging and… Read More