Sep 05

Key investors sell stake in Michael Kors

Two fashion titans exit after the luxury brand’s stellar run to date but plan to retain interest in the company’s fledging Asia business

Aug 06

This Is The New Foursquare

Foursquare Relaunch Closeup After five years of gamifying location-based sharing, Foursquare is today making the biggest change to the company to date. Everyone, please meet the new Foursquare, a recommendations app that has nothing to do with location sharing and everything to do with smacking down Yelp using the force of a thousand suns. Earlier this summer, Foursquare announced that it would be splitting its main app… Read More

Everything you need to know about the Oculus Rift

Editor’s Pick: A look at the the technology, games, and future of Facebook’s virtual-reality company.

Aug 05

Xiaomi Surpasses Samsung to Become Top Phone Maker in China


Samsung is no longer the top phone manufacturer in China, thanks to a company that is still relatively unknown in the United States.

Xiaomi distributed around 15 million phones in early 2014 while Samsung came up short at 13.2 million, according to research firm Canalys

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The report notes that the number of Samsung phones bought in China dropped 15% during the last quarter, the first time the company dropped to second in China since 2011.

"Undoubtedly, this was helped by an anticipated, temporarily under-strength Samsung performance during the quarter," Canalys research analyst Jingwen Wang wrote in a statement. “But that is only half the story — Xiaomi has also executed on its strategy to grow volume shipments. It has delivered compelling products at aggressive price points … backed by effectively targeted marketing Read more…

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Jul 25

Infographic: Are brands shifting to owned media instead of Facebook?

Jun Group, a content distribution platform, released data this week that shows brand advertisers have shifted their digital goals away from Facebook and YouTube to promote their owned online destinations. According to the data, the share of…

Jul 23

Confirmed: Facebook Messenger will eventually do payments

Now we have confirmation on why Facebook hired PayPal’s David Marcus: Payments and Messenger will eventually “overlap,” Zuckerberg said during today’s earnings call. When the company first announced it had hired Marcus, the former president of PayPal, the industry took it as a strong hint that Facebook was looking to monetize its messaging app. After all, […]

May 19

Twitter may acquire music service SoundCloud

Twitter is in talks to acquire audio sharing service SoundCloud for an undisclosed sum, reports Re/code today. An oversimplified description of SoundCloud is that its essentially the YouTube for audio content. A slightly more complex explanation would be that the …

May 15

Investors pin $5bn value on Pinterest

The online scrapbooking community has doubled its valuation to $5bn in little more than a year despite recent pressure on publicly listed technology stocks

Facebook’s Accelerator Helps Mobile Apps Get Off The Ground

May 14

YouTube, Facebook Account for Nearly a Third of Mobile Traffic


Facebook and YouTube are now dominating mobile traffic shares in early 2014, as more people shift to a mobile device to upload photos to social networks and watch cat videos.

Facebook and YouTube now account for 32% of data sent to and from mobile devices, according to a report by Sandvine. Individually, Facebook’s share was 26.9% for upstream traffic and had a 14% share for downstream traffic during peak periods in North America through the beginning of this year, while YouTube only had 3.7% share for upstream traffic, but a 17.6% share for downstream.

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May 05

10 Kinds of Stories to Tell with Data

A menu of persuasive methods.

Apr 29

Oculus Rift experiment warps reality by slowing down your vision

Facebook Adds In-App Camera, Video Sharing to Messenger


A new update to Facebook’s standalone messaging app, Messenger, on Monday includes a new camera option for taking photos within the app. A camera icon above the keyboard surfaces the phone’s camera, which can also be flipped for front-facing photos (selfies!).

The photo is both captured and sent with just one click

See also: Messaging Wars: Vine vs. Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat

Users can still send photos the old-fashioned way within the app by attaching an existing photo from their camera roll, but the new in-app camera allows users to do so without having to leave a conversation. Users can also upload and send videos from the camera roll, a feature that was unavailable before Monday’s update Read more…

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AT&T to Launch In-Flight Wi-Fi

AT&T plans to offer an in-flight Wi-Fi service that will connect planes to its wireless network, becoming new competition to Gogo for fliers seeking online access.

Mobile apps could hit $70B in revenues by 2017

Mobile app mergers and acquisitions hit $35B in 2013.