Mark Zuckerberg joins Viddy – it might really become ‘Instagram for video’ now
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg just signed up to video sharing mobile appViddy, and he has just posted his first video on the service too.
‘Zuck’, as his nickname on the service is, posted a video of his dog Beast playing around in his house.
Start-Ups Look to the Crowd
When Eric Migicovsky, an engineer, wanted to develop a line of wristwatches that could display information from an iPhone — like caller ID and text messages — he went the traditional route of asking venture capitalists to finance his company.
But he couldn’t even get a foot in the door, let alone secure any money for what he called the Pebble watch.
Visa digital wallet V.me launching in UK, Spain, and France this fall
Visa has announced that its digital wallet solution V.me will be launching in the UK, France, and Spain starting this fall. The service, which was announced last year, lets users combine their bank accounts with credit and debit cards into a payment service that’s accessible with a username and password, much like PayPal. Visa says that V.me will be available through its member banks and will let users add multiple cards to their wallets. At launch it will only be available as a website, though mobile apps and NFC-based payment solutions are expected to be added in the future.
B&N Spins Off Nook Business Into a New, Microsoft-Backed Venture
Confirming its recent announcement about the possible Nook business spinoff, Barnes & Noble has entered a strategic partnership with Microsoft in a new Barnes & Noblesubsidiary, focused on ebooks.
TheFind launches Glimpse, a Pinterest rival built on Facebook likes
Pinterest’s rise has helped highlight the value of social discovery over traditional search for shopping and the lesson hasn’t been lost on competitors. TheFind, a shopping search site with a trove of product data, is going after Pinterest with the launch of Glimpse, a new Facebook shopping discovery app that is built on top of Facebook “like” data. The app curates shopping pages for users based on their likes, as well the stuff their friends like.
Skype Reveals Remote and Local IP Address Of All Online Users
If you are a user of the messaging software Skype, you know that you can see the location of your contacts in the Skype interface. What you probably do not know is that there is currently a way to display a Skype user’s remote and local IP address as well.
A script has been uploaded to Github that offers these options. According to the page, it can be used to lookup IP addresses of online Skype accounts, and return both the remote and the local IP of that account on a website.
The Pirate Bay must be blocked by UK ISPs, court rules
The Swedish website hosts links to download mostly-pirated free music and video.
Sky, Everything Everywhere, TalkTalk, O2 and Virgin Media must all prevent their users from accessing the site.
LG Cloud, a streaming service for all three of your screens, launches on May 1st
LG is entering the cloud service race, allowing users to upload their content to the company’s servers and stream it to all of their devices. LG Cloud enters beta on May 1st and will let you access your stored photos and videos on your smartphone, PC, smart TV, or set-top box.
The key piece of software is the LG Cloud Android app (no announcements for iOS), which users will be able to download from Google Play or LG Smart World. The app automatically synchronizes what’s on your smartphone with LG’s back end, allowing you to view it on other devices “almost instantaneously.” You will also be able to upload videos from your computer to LG Cloud, presumably through a interface. 3D video and photos are supported, which is good news if you have a 3D camera.
Nokia in advanced talks to sell luxury Vertu unit: FT
Cellphone maker Nokia (NOK1V.HE) is in advanced talks to sell its UK subsidiary Vertu to private equity group Permira PERM.UL, the Financial Times reported.
Nokia, which last week had its credit rating cut to “junk” status by ratings agency Standard & Poor’s, will raise about 200 million euros ($265.19 million) from a potential sale, the FT said in a piece published on its website on Sunday.