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  • Facebook CFO David Ebersman Stepping Down Later This Year

    23 April 2014, 4:08 pm by: Anthony Ha

    Facebook just announced that Chief Financial Officer David Ebersman will be stepping down, with Vice President of Corporate Finance and Business Plannning David Wehner succeeding him on June 1. The announcement came as part of Facebook’s first quarter…
  • Facebook Beats In Q1 With $2.5B In Revenue, 59% Of Ad Revenue From Mobile, 1.28B Users

    23 April 2014, 4:04 pm by: Josh Constine

     Facebook’s Q1 2014 earnings show it beat expectations, earning $2.5 billion in revenue with an $0.34 EPS. It now has 1.28 billion total monthly users, 802 million daily users, and 609 million daily mobile users. Facebook continued its march to become a…
  • Tweekaboo, The Family Photo Sharing App, Adds Book Printing

    23 April 2014, 3:55 pm by: John Biggs

     Private family photo sharing network Tweekaboo has just launched the Tweekabook, an 8.5" x 8.5" book offering that lets parents produce and print baby books right from their iOS app. The books start at $29.95 for a 24-page book and the company ships anywhere…
  • Delightful, The ‘Date Concierge’ Startup Out Of OKCupid Labs, Hits The Deadpool

    23 April 2014, 3:38 pm by: Colleen Taylor

     Just three months after its public launch, Delightful, the startup that helped build “tailored dates” for romantic couples short on time, has shut down. Delightful was created last year as one of the first products out of OK Cupid Labs, and quietly…
  • Will Facebook Dodge The Teen Usage Question Again?

    23 April 2014, 3:31 pm by: Josh Constine

     When Facebook mentions a slight drop in young US teen usage during Q3 2013 earnings, its share price fell 18%, disentegrating well over $10 billion in value. So last quarter it said "in terms of teens we don't have any new data to report" and $FB climbed 13%…
  • The FCC Is Unfazed By AT&T’s Threat To Boycott Next Year’s Spectrum Auction

    23 April 2014, 3:30 pm by: Alex Wilhelm

     AT&T's recent threat to steer clear of a spectrum auction, scheduled for next year, isn't scaring the FCC. FCC chief Tom Wheeler today dismissed AT&T's poise, stating that he has a "hard time envisioning this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for this kind of…
  • Pure Storage CEO Says $225M Round Gives It Flexibility And R&D Runway

    23 April 2014, 3:04 pm by: Ron Miller

     Pure Storage, a company that has pioneered a way to deliver solid state disk performance for a mechanical disk price, announced today it has received $225 million in Series F venture funding at a valuation of $3 billion. Those are impressive numbers, but it…
  • Everywhere From Oklahoma City To Beijing: Uber Now Available In 100 Cities Worldwide

    23 April 2014, 2:47 pm by: Ryan Lawler

     It’s hard to believe that on-demand ride service Uber is less than four years old. Launched in San Francisco in 2010, the company has expanded aggressively over the last several years. Today, the company announced a major milestone: With its launch in…
  • Etsy Acquires Gadget Marketplace Grand St.

    23 April 2014, 2:35 pm by: Sarah Perez

     Grand St., a service once described as an Etsy for electronics, is now actually a part of Etsy, the companies confirm. The deal was announced today on Grand St.'s official blog and on Etsy's site (via Fortune) where Etsy CEO Chad Dickerson explained the two…
  • Storehouse Storytelling App Gets Embeds And Improved Community Building Tools

    23 April 2014, 2:25 pm by: Matthew Panzarino

     Storehouse, an app for iPad that functions as a story creation tool with images, video and text, is getting a nice update today. The update brings the ability to embed stories in blogs and on the web, as well as comments and an easy way to find Storehouse…
  • Instagram Diverges From Vine By Personalizing Explore Tab

    23 April 2014, 2:17 pm by: Josh Constine

     Rather than just sunsets from foreign countries and selfies by fashion models, Instagram's Explore page is now also personalized with top photos and videos Liked by people you follow. Personalization highlights Instagram's focus on your own social graph and…
  • Former NSA Head To Become Columnist For Conservative Paper To Discuss Intelligence

    23 April 2014, 2:10 pm by: Alex Wilhelm

     Former General Michael Hayden, former head of the NSA, has a new gig writing for the conservative Washington Times. His column will be titled "Inside Intelligence," ironically, as he no longer is. Gen. Hayden is best known for his complete support of the…
  • Glider, The TechStars And Disrupt Alum, Acquired By Sales Software Firm FPX

    23 April 2014, 2:09 pm by: Colleen Taylor

     Glider, the Portland-based startup that makes a software-as-a-service product for streamlining and adding clarity to the process of negotiating and signing sales and business contracts, has been acquired by Dallas-based sales software company FPX. Financial…
  • Codecademy Moves To Be A One-Stop-Shop For Programming Education

    23 April 2014, 1:41 pm by: Jonathan Shieber

     Since its launch two years ago Codecademy has become synonymous with online education for basic computer programming. In that time, the company says it’s learned a few things itself and today launched a newly redesigned website with an enhanced framework…
  • Clipix Partners With Credit Saison, One Of Japan’s Largest Credit Card Issuers

    23 April 2014, 1:38 pm by: Frederic Lardinois

     Visual bookmarking and online curation tool Clipix today announced that it has partnered with Credit Saison, Japan's third-largest credit card issuer, to integrate Credit Saison's Eikyufumetsu loyalty program into its tools. With this, the more…
  • Talixo, Yet Another European Taxi App Startup, Gets Backed

    23 April 2014, 1:31 pm by: Natasha Lomas

     Now that TechCrunch has launched galleries I'm thinking of lining one up to illustrate the proliferation of on-demand car services/taxi apps in Europe. Earlier today there was Estonia's Taxify. And here's another one pulling in new funding: Talixo hails from…
  • The Start Menu May Return To Windows In August

    23 April 2014, 1:30 pm by: Alex Wilhelm

     Remember the Start menu? Microsoft is bringing it back. That much is clear enough, as the company announced the forthcoming resurrection at Build earlier this year. But here's something new: The Start Menu is now expected to return in August. Read More
  • Merus Capital Raises $50 Million For Two Funds

    23 April 2014, 1:11 pm by: Leena Rao

     Merus Capital has raised over $50 million in new commitments for two new funds, Merus Capital II and Merus Capital Opportunity Fund. The VC firm says its first fund was marked as 4.0x net multiple of investment. One of the firm’s early investments was in…
  • Google Commits $100M To Help Finance Residential Solar Installs With SunPower

    23 April 2014, 12:39 pm by: Frederic Lardinois

     Fresh off its agreement to purchase up to 407 MW of wind power for its Iowa data center, Google today announced that it has committed $100 million to create a new fund to help finance the purchase of residential solar installations with SunPower…
  • Facebook Receives U.S. Antitrust Approval For Oculus Deal

    23 April 2014, 12:09 pm by: Sarah Perez

     The U.S. government has approved Facebook's $2 billion acquisition of Oculus VR, following the Federal Trade Commission's examination of the deal. The FTC has determined -- not all that surprisingly -- that the deal would not violate U.S. antitrust laws.…

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