Google buys Instagram-analyzing mobile app startup Jetpac
Derrick Harris, gigaom.com
Google has purchased Jetpac, a startup that launched in 2012 and analyzes Instagram photos to build what it calls City Guides for travelers — stuff like which bars have the most women (or men), or which beaches have the best views. According to th…
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Airbnb closes $475 million funding round
BY BENJAMIN SNYDER, fortune.com
The online room rental service service raised $475 million, according regulatory filing.
Online room rental service Airbnb laid rumors of its latest funding round to rest in a regulatory filing Friday that shows the company recently raised anoth…
You Can Now Donate to Wikipedia in Bitcoin
Noah Rayman, time.com
"We accept 13 different payment methods enabling donations from nearly every country in the world, and today, we’re adding one more."
The Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit responsible for Wikipedia, said Wednesday that it will accept…
Why $10 billion isn’t a crazy valuation for Snapchat—and may turn out to be a bargain
Dan Frommer, qz.com
Snapchat is raising a new round of funding that could value the company at $10 billion, Bloomberg reports, citing sources. This is a significant increase in theoretical value, since Snapchat reportedly turned down a $3-billion buyo…
BitTorrent releases its privacy-focused chat app Bleep as a closed pre-alpha for Windows
Nick Summers, thenextweb.com
Following internal alpha testing, BitTorrent is offering its new server-less messaging app as a closed pre-alpha for Windows 7 and Windows 8.
Formerly referred to as BitTorrent Chat, the company has announced its official name …
Yelp Now Lets You Add Video to Reviews
Paul Sawers, thenextweb.com
While the move isn’t exactly surprising, Yelp has announced that it is now opening its mobile apps to user-generated videos to help create more engaging, visual reviews.
The feature is already live in its iPhone app, and the company sa…
Hilton Hotels soon to turn your smartphone into room keys
Edgar Cervantes, androidauthority.com
Hilton Hotels are looking to pioneer the use of smartphones as a replacement to plastic (or metal) keys. Hilton Worldwide Holdings is, reportedly, to announce the transition this week. This would put the hotel chain above the…
Is responsive design killing mobile?
Cezar Kolodziej, Iris Mobile, venturebeat.com
Picture yourself at a work event. What are you wearing? What are you talking about? How loud are you talking? If you indulge at all, how much have you had to drink? Now picture yourself on a weekend trip with a group of…
Weave is a Tinder for LinkedIn, minus the sexy parts
Kia Kokalitcheva, venturebeat.com
It seems like these days, every app is using the swiping-interface dating app Tinder made popular, and most of the time, it feels like an unnatural me-too attempt — except maybe in the case of Weave.
Weave is a…