April 2013

  1. Airbnb tightens up security with user verification

    There’s probably no company built more on the notion of trust than Airbnb. After all, you’re sharing lodging with a stranger. Today, the company is trying to turn some of that trust into a systematic certainty by rolling out a new security requirement.

    By Richard Nieva , written on

    From the News desk

  2. How pelicans spurred a New Zealand startup to get more from the real world

    A year ago, Chris Smith was at the zoo in Wellington, New Zealand, looking at pelicans, marveling at the amount of water they could hold in their beaks. Five weeks later, he had built an app, started a company, and signed a four-year contract with the zoo.

    By Hamish McKenzie , written on

    From the News desk

  3. Sebastian Thrun: "Grave times require radical thinkers"

    If you are a traditional educator, this video will likely infuriate you. In it, Udacity founder Sebastian Thrun and I talk about what is working with online education and what isn't. He's plenty critical of the movement he's part of -- citing the 90% drop out rates of a lot of massive online courses.

    By Sarah Lacy , written on

    From the News desk

  4. Jawbone launches an API and acquires BodyMedia, and the connected device landscape continues to take shape

    The connected device craze is here. We've got thermostats, locks and wristbands of all sorts, wi-fi enabled refrigerators, washing machines, scales, and TVs. One day the Internet may be embedded in our clothes. And while all of those things are (mostly) interesting on their own, how will these things work together?

    By Richard Nieva , written on

    From the News desk

  5. Tibbr's new enterprise social apps work with other SaaS apps and any mobile device for more GTD

    It is a hotly contested space including the likes of Yammer (Microsoft), Chatter (Salesforce), Jive, Asana, Hall, and numerous others. One of those others, Tibbr, has quietly become a major force in the category, amassing more than 1.5 million paid users in just two years, from more than 157 customers in over 100 countries, including, Apache, KPMG and Macy’s, among other Fortune 1,000 brands.

    By Michael Carney , written on

    From the News desk

  6. Fab's eyes are bigger than its wallet. That's nothing $100 million can't fix

    Last year Fab started to move away from its flash sales roots into big-kid commerce -- the kind that doesn't rely on gimmicks like deadlines, huge discounts, celebrity endorsements, or monthly subscriptions. Much of this was done quietly, but today the company is making all kinds of noise.

    By Erin Griffith , written on

    From the News desk

  7. Let's retire RSS when they retire Google Reader

    It’s been over a month since Google announced it would shut down Reader on July 1. Over that time, I’ve come to realize how unnecessary and outdated RSS and RSS readers are today. Like a Palm Pilot, this 90’s technology is no longer the most effective way for readers to scan news or for publishers to reach readers. There are better technologies for content discovery. More important, pushing all these RSS readers back to websites will enable publishers to create more revenue. Google is right, despite protestations to the contrary. It’s time to retire RSS for good.

    By Mike Tatum , written on

    From the News desk

  8. SocialParent: The social network for families

    At the Launch Festival a new social network emerged. Your reaction to that first sentence had to be just like mine: Argh! Not another one! But it wasn’t until I just spent the weekend with my new God Daughters at a birthday party, that I realized this one in particular is much needed: SocialParent. It’s a social network just for families to connect with their kids’ friends and families.

    By Kym McNicholas , written on

    From the News desk

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