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 […]

Flickr’s Latest App Update Looks A Lot Like Instagram

by Brad Merrill - on Apr 17th 2014 - No Comments

Today, Yahoo is rolling out Flickr 3.0, a completely redesigned approach to its photo-sharing apps on Android and iOS. In addition to improved sharing options through Dropbox and Google+, Flickr on mobile now features Instagram-like filters and in-depth editing tools. You can view each photo’s metadata, including which camera was used, aperture settings, and more. […]

Aereo Opens Lobbying And Advocacy Site

by Brad Merrill - on Apr 17th 2014 - No Comments

The United States Department of Justice claims that streaming TV service Aereo is violating copyright law. To no one’s surprise, Aereo disagrees. In five days, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments from both sides. The DOJ has already made its case in a filing; today, Aereo is fighting back with its own lobbying effort: […]

Thoughts On Failure From Entrepreneurs Who Have Been There

by Brad Merrill - on Apr 16th 2014 - No Comments

Three out of four startups fail, according to the Wall Street Journal, but failure is one thing startup communities in Silicon Valley and beyond don’t seem to talk about. I’ve interviewed a ton of entrepreneurs over the last few years, some of whom succeeded, and some of whom failed miserably. The stories of failed startups […]

Gagein Raises $6.4 Million Series A Round

by Brad Merrill - on Apr 15th 2014 - No Comments

Gagein, the startup for salespeople we profiled last week, announced today that it closed a $6.4 million Series A funding round from private investors. This capital positions Gagein to grow its user base after a successful beta testing period. Gagein’s technology scours the Web, tracking thousands of companies and providing salespeople with real-time news to […]

Google Was Working On A Space Elevator And A Hoverboard, But Never Got Them To Work

by Brad Merrill - on Apr 15th 2014 - No Comments

Google X, the search company’s lab responsible for “moonshot” projects like Google Glass, self-driving cars, and Project Loon, has unsuccessfully tried to build a space elevator, according to Fast Company. Google X ran into problems due to material limitations. In order for it to work, Google would need a cable that is “at least a […]

Twitter Acquires Gnip To Monetize Its Firehose Of Data

by Brad Merrill - on Apr 15th 2014 - No Comments

Twitter is acquiring Gnip, a social data provider that offers real-time insights for a plethora of social networks including Facebook, Tumblr, Google+, and, of course, Twitter. “We want to make our data even more accessible, and the best way to do that is to work directly with our customers to get a better understanding of […]