Sheryl Sandberg Joins Facebook Board Of Directors — The First And Only Woman To Do So
Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg has been appointed to Facebook’s seven-person board of directors, making her the first and only woman to join the board.
Top Five YouTube Partner Channels Drive Nearly 1.5 Billion Monthly Streams
May 2012 marks the first month that Nielsen is publicly reported streaming measurement on thousands of YouTube partners. The top five YouTube Partner channels, led by Vevo, Warner Music Group and Machinima, combined for nearly 1.5 billion total streams. YouTube provides content creators with tools and programs to improve their skills, build their audiences, and monetize their videos.
Google Ventures-Backed Cliqr Brings Old-School Business Apps To The Cloud
In all the talk of cloud computing, Cliqr Technologies CEO Gaurav Manglik says there’s one area of enterprise technology that’s been sitting out the transition — business applications. The cloud has led to an explosion of new apps, but (to pick two random examples) chip design and medical imaging apps are still running on old-fashioned servers.
Lightroom 4 Now Available as Part of Creative Cloud
We’re excited to get Lightroom, our end-to-end solution for both amateur and professional photographers, into the hands of Creative Cloud customers who want to bring out the best from their photographs. Lightroom will help you organize, perfect, and share your photos more easily than ever before.
Social-Mobile-LOCAL: “Local” Will Be The Biggest Of The Three
While “Social-Mobile-Local” is certainly an overused buzz phrase, most of the attention has been placed on the “social” and “mobile” parts of the phrase. In social, the spectacular rise of Facebook and Twitter is clearly a disruptive and critical trend. In mobile, the adoption of the smartphone (led by Apple’s iPhone and now catapulted forward by Android) is also a fundamentally important platform transition. Much less attention has been paid to the third concept, “local,” which is ironic since it may be a much larger real business opportunity than either social media or Smartphone application revenue. Over the next five years, this massive opportunity will come into focus as local businesses embrace the Internet and adopt new interactive technologies that increasingly automate the connections between their customers and themselves.
News Corp. Mulls Splitting in Two
News Corp. [NWSA +7.19%] is considering splitting into two companies, separating its publishing assets from its entertainment businesses, say people familiar with the situation.
Twitter Facts And Figures For Businesses And Brands [INFOGRAPHIC]
Did you know that a recent survey showed that people are 25 percent more likely to buy a product that they would be proud to own if it has social media buttons next to it? Conversely, the same study revealed that users are 25 percent less likely to buy an embarrassing product if it’s placed anywhere near a social sharing tool.
Google Simulates Human Brain in Search for Cat Videos
Remember Google’s secretive X Lab, a place where Google engineers work on futurist projects in fields such as artificial intelligence and robotics? The New York Times reports on one of those projects — a neural network built from 1,000 computers that simulates the human brain.
Wi-Fi Alliance begins certifying Passpoint devices
The Wi-Fi Alliance has opened up its certification lab doors and is now inviting vendors to submit their handsets and access points for Hotspot 2.0 certification. If they pass muster, they will receive the Alliance’s Passpoint stamp of approval, meaning they should be able to connect automatically to other Passpoint gear without futzing about with login screens or special software.
Rally.org Raises $7.9M To Help Fund Causes and the Stories That Drive Them
Rally.org, a community fundraising startup based in San Francisco, today announced that it has raised $7.9 million in a new Series A round including Relay Ventures, Mike Maples of Floodgate Fund, Reid Hoffman of Greylock Partners, Kevin Rose of Google Ventures, and more. The startup, which focuses on providing a platform for causes of all stripes to reach out to the community and solicit funding, will be using its new funds to scale now that it has over one million users and a growing library of ongoing campaigns (14,000 causes at last count).
Former Facebooker Scoops Up $1.4 Million for Freshplum, Sales Analytics for the Little Guy
Pricing physical goods can be relatively straightforward: Fixed costs like labor and materials are calculable, while watching competitors and market demand can aid you in finding a solid target price.