Instagram expected to launch video-sharing feature this week
Instagram, the popular photo sharing service purchased by Facebook for $1 billion last year, is expected to unveil new video sharing features comparable to Twitter’s Vine this week.
With Waze, Google Gets Access To Social Mapping Data - And A Possible Lawsuit From Nokia
The Google deal to buy Waze — reportedly for $1.1 billion — is a strong move for both companies to enhance their respective mapping services, and to help monetize them better. But it could also serve as the tipping point for Nokia to turn the screws on getting Google to take licenses for certain mapping patents that it owns, or else face legal consequences. According to a source familiar with the situation, Nokia has been eyeing up taking legal action against the search, mobile (and mapping) giant for a while now, and the Waze deal could be the tipping point for that to finally happen. “Nokia has held off on a suit against Nokia for Google Maps for several years just waiting for the right time to approach with an overall suit covering Android and Maps,” our source says. The right time, it seems, could be based on two patents owned by Nokia, 7,628,704 and its extension, 8,070,608, along with a possible third, 7,092,964, which is more related to location-based mobile advertising. Nokia ...
Former WebEx President Joins RingCentral For The Office Move To The Cloud
RingCentral has hired David Berman, a former high-ranking executive from WebEx, a move that shows the market significance of a cloud-based approach to routing calls to different mobile devices similarly if they were extensions on a phone tree. RingCentral is one of those companies that fits into new world of the work place by automating the phone tree. It abstracts the PBX just as software and service providers are abstracting almost any hardware you can imagine, turning every mobile device into an extension designed in particular for today’s work. It helps remove the struggle that comes with typing in a password for a conference call while in the car or routing SMS messages to the right people. Berman brings a certain high-powered image to the company that will have to appeal to corporate IT executives who still have deep relationships with the PBX vendor crowd. But more so, it’s my bet he will use the web more than taking CEOs out for steak dinners. He does have SaaS chops to make ...
Yahoo's Shopping Spree Continues With Conference Calling Startup Rondee
Thought Yahoo's acquisition spree would culminate with its $1.1 billion Tumblr purchase? Well, not so much. In fact, the buy-happy company just quietly made its second acquisition in 24 hours -- in two completely different verticals, no less. Yes, Yahoo followed this morning's purchase of iOS photo app maker, GhostBird Software, by making a play into the enterprise conference calling space. Wait, what? Yes, Yahoo tonight followed GhostBird by scooping up free conference calling service, Rondee. And, like more than a handful of others to be acquired by Yahoo of late, Rondee will be going the way of the dinosaur. After six years of life, beginning on June 30th, Rondee will no longer allow new users.
Apple Shows Off New iOS 7, Mac OS X At WWDC
Nerval's Lobster writes "Apple CEO Tim Cook kicked off his company's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco with a short video emphasizing the importance of design, particularly that which evokes some sort of emotional connection such as love or delight. But that sentimental bit aside, this WWDC was all business: huge numbers of developers attend this annual event, packing sessions designed to help give their apps an edge in Apple's crowded online marketplace (some 50 billion apps have been downloaded from the App Store, Cook told the audience during his keynote). Apple also uses its WWDC to unveil new products or services, attracting sizable interest from the tech press. This time around, the company introduced Mac OS X 'Mavericks,' which includes 'Finder Tabs' (which allow the user to deploy multiple tabs within a Finder window—great for organization, in theory) and document tags (for easier searching). Macs will now support multiple displays, including HDTVs, with the ...