The New Twitter Profile Is Now Available For Everyone

by Brad Merrill - on Apr 22nd 2014 - No Comments

Twitter has announced that its new Web profile design is now available to all users around the world. The new design, which Twitter began rolling out two weeks ago, features a larger profile and customizable header, and highlights your “best” tweets by making them slightly larger. You can also pin one of your tweets to the […]

Apple Mocks Samsung With Earth Day Ad: ‘Some Ideas We Want Every Company To Copy’

by Brad Merrill - on Apr 22nd 2014 - No Comments

After launching a website and video detailing its environmental efforts, Apple has followed up with a related newspaper ad that indirectly mocks it rival Samsung. At the top of the page, a huge headline reads: “There are some ideas we want every company to copy.” While many companies have clearly copied Apple’s software and hardware […]

VentureBreak Weekly #42: Fail Whale

by Brad Merrill - on Apr 22nd 2014 - No Comments

Ted Lyons joins Will Reynolds Young and Brad Merrill to discuss entrepreneurial failure, Square’s losses, Aereo’s advocacy site, Flickr’s latest app update, Comcast scammers, Facebook mobile ads, urBin, Couch to 5k, Timehop, and more. Hosts: Brad Merrill, Ted Lyons, Will Reynolds Young Show Notes What Snapchat Teaches Us About The Way Teens Define Privacy George […]

Facebook To Launch Mobile Ad Network

by Brad Merrill - on Apr 21st 2014 - No Comments

Re/code reports that Facebook will reveal its new mobile ad network at its F8 developer conference in San Francisco later this month, according to “multiple sources familiar with the matter.” Such a move would mean that Facebook could use its vast repositories of user data to target ads on and off the social networking site. […]

Comcast Bills Lowered $2.4 Million By Scammers

by Brad Merrill - on Apr 21st 2014 - No Comments

Two men pleaded guilty to a scam that lowered the bills of 5,790 Comcast customers in Pennsylvania by a total of $2.4 million. They now face prison time and will have to pay the money back to Comcast. Thirty-year-old  Richard Justin Spraggins of Philadelphia pleaded guilty in February and was “ordered to make $66,825 in […]

Square Is Losing Millions And Wants To Sell

by Brad Merrill - on Apr 21st 2014 - No Comments

Square has been in talks with several competitors for a possible sale as the startup looks to escape growing losses and dwindling cash, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing people familiar with the matter. The company recorded a loss of about $100 million in 2013, the Journal said, adding that the startup has burnt through […]

Innovation This Week (April 13-19)

by Brad Merrill - on Apr 20th 2014 - No Comments

Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference is coming up (it starts on June 2 in San Francisco), and if you weren’t among the lucky winners of the ticket lottery, you may still have a shot. According to 9to5Mac, Apple is reaching out to developers who didn’t win the lottery and offering them a chance to buy unclaimed tickets. […]

Facebook Updates Paper For iOS With Birthdays, Events, Photo Comments, Group Updates, And More

by Brad Merrill - on Apr 18th 2014 - No Comments

Facebook has released the first major update to its Paper app for iOS, adding a plethora of new features just ten weeks after the initial launch. The new version is now available from the App Store. First of all, Facebook has added notifications for birthdays and events. Tap the globe icon to stay updated. Next, […]

Google Trends Adds Email Notifications: Subscribe To Search Topics, Hot Searches, And More

by Brad Merrill - on Apr 18th 2014 - No Comments

Google today added email notifications to its Google Trends service. Users can now subscribe to any search topic, Hot Searches for any country, or any U.S. monthly Top Chart and get updates delivered via email. While using Google Trends, you should see a new “Subscribe” button in various places. If you yourself clicking it too often, […]

Manhattan-Based urBin Is Disrupting The Physical Storage Industry

by Brad Merrill - on Apr 18th 2014 - No Comments

urBin is creating a new approach to physical storage by effectively bringing it to customers on demand. With a few clicks on the company’s website, they’ll deliver as many of their proprietary trunk-sized storage bins as you need. You just fill them up, and they take care of the rest. You can then get your […]