Google Set to Meld GDrive With Chrome OS
Google will tightly integrate its new Google Drive online storage service with an upcoming version of its Chrome OS operating system, according to Sundar Pichai, the man who oversees development of the company’s Chrome products as well as its Google Apps online services.
Chrome OS is Google’s effort to move all applications and data onto the web. First released last year on “Chromebook” laptops from Acer and Samsung, this lightweight operating system revolves around a single local application: Google’s Chrome browser. The idea is to streamline the way we use, update, and secure our laptop and desktop machines, and though it succeeds in some cases, the OS still hasn’t mastered the art of moving files from place to place.
Exclusive: Amazon Starts Bringing the Art of Recommendations to Daily Deals
E-commerce site Amazon is taking the first step in bringing the recommendation technology that it is known for to the daily-deals space.
To be sure, no one has yet solved targeting in the space — men are still being offered Brazilian bikini waxes and women get pitched discounts to the barbershop.
CoinLab Attracts $500,000 in Venture Capital for Bitcoin Projects
n the first official venture capital raise for a direct investment in bitcoin,CoinLab secured $500,000 today from seed stage Silicon Valley firm Draper Associates and others, including Seattle angel investor Geoff Entress, former assistant treasurer at Microsoft Jack Jolley, and familiar bitcoin investor Roger Ver. Jolley will also join the company as its Chief Financial Officer.
Another Crowdfunding Player Enters The Fray: Apps Genius Launches GetFunded.com
This may not have been the U.S. government’s exact intention when when it passed the crowdfunding-friendly JOBS Act, but you have to wonder if it has also jumpstarted the number of crowdfunding sites out there competing for entrepreneurs’ and consumers’ attention. The latest comes from the social and mobile games developer Apps Genius — (in)famous for its scatological riff on Angry Birds, “Angry Turds” — which today announced that it is launching a new crowd-sourced funding site, GetFunded.
Spotify Said Developing Pandora-Like Online Radio Service
Spotify Ltd., the London-based online music provider, is developing a U.S. Internet radio service that would directly challenge Pandora Media Inc. (P), said two people with knowledge of the situation.
Spotify’s current service functions like a music collection, allowing users to create playlists from specific albums and tracks. The new format would be similar to Pandora’s, which operates like radio and is cheaper to operate because royalty rates are lower and set by Congress.
The Creative Monopoly
As a young man, Peter Thiel competed to get into Stanford. Then he competed to get into Stanford Law School. Then he competed to become a clerk for a federal judge. Thiel won all those competitions. But then he competed to get a Supreme Court clerkship.
WordPress Is Now A ~$50 Million Business, But It Still Won’t Take My Money
Hey, look at that. WordPress is becoming a decent business. But it’s still passing up an important segment of the market — sites like this one.
Here’s All Things D’s Liz Gannes on Automattic, the WordPress parent company:
Apple = Sony
Apple will decline in the post Steve Jobs era. Here’s why.
Sociologist Max Weber created a typology of organizations in his 1947 book The Theory of Social and Economic Organization. He described three categories: 1) Legal/bureaucratic (think IBM or the U.S. government), 2) Traditional (e.g., the Catholic Church) and 3) Charismatic (run by special, magical individuals).
Trimble Navigation to buy Google’s SketchUp
Trimble Navigation Ltd has agreed to buy SketchUp 3D modeling platform from Google Inc for an undisclosed price, the companies said.
As part of the SketchUp platform, Trimble will partner Google in developing SketchUp’s 3D Warehouse — an online repository where users can find, share, store and collaborate on 3D models, the companies said in a joint statement.
Finally, Professional Social Network LinkedIn Gives Users An iPad App
Although the iPad has been available for more than two years, LinkedIn has yet to offer its users a native app despite the fact that mobile engagement has been growing at a fast pace for the network. But last August, LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner said that the company is doubling down on its mobile strategy. And the network then debuted new versions of its iPhone and Android apps as well as an HTML5 mobile site. In fact, LinkedIn now says 22 percent of its active members have been visiting on mobile devices. And today, LinkedIn is finally launching its native iPad app to the public.
Nintendo posts first annual loss of $460 million, predicts turnaround next year
Nintendo has announced its first annual operating loss following an initially lukewarm response to its new 3DS handheld and an aging Wii console — set to be replaced later this year. Nintendo made an operating loss of 37.3 billion yen ($459.54 million) from 2011 to 2012, but intends to spin it around to a 35 billion yen operating profit in the forthcoming year. Net sales dropped by 36.2 percent compared to 2010-2011 , despite price cuts on its existing hardware like the 3DS and Wii. The Japanese games manufacturer has also seen increased competition from new rivals on Apple and Android hardware, as mobile gaming continues to go from strength to strength.
Groupon Must Avoid Taking ‘Stupid Risks,’ CEO Says
Groupon Inc. Chief Executive Andrew Mason told the company’s employees on Wednesday that the daily-deals site needs to grow up—right after he apologized for drinking too much beer.
In a wide-ranging town hall meeting with employees that lasted about an hour on Wednesday, the 31-year-old CEO at times swigged from a beer bottle while he set corporate priorities for the next six months, including beefing up financial controls and hiring more finance staff. Mr. Mason also discussed how the Chicago company doesn’t “have any margin for error.”