Deadpooling Gidsy Acquired By GetYourGuide In A Berlin Insiders Deal
Socialising the travel experience - in the way that Airbnb 'socialised' apartment rentals - has proved harder than expected. "Hot" Berlin-based startup Gidsy has spent almost two years touting its peer-to-peer booking platform for discovering local experiences and things to do. It attracted $1.2 million in a seed round in January 2012, with Hollywood star Ashton Kutcher participating. But recently rumours surfaced that the company was dead-pooling, unable to raise a follow on round based on its current growth figures. It's now been acquired by competitor GetYourGuide in an undisclosed deal. The latter has offices in Berlin and Las Vegas. Clearly, it's that Berlin connection that proved vital in this deal.
Hack Your Maps
Web maps have come a long way. Improved data, cleaner design, better performance, and more intuitive controls have made web maps a ubiquitous and critical component of many apps. They’ve also become one of the mobile space’s most successful transplants as more and more apps are powered by location-aware devices. The core web map UI paradigm itself—a continuous, pannable, zoomable surface—has even spread beyond mapping to interfaces everywhere. Despite all this, we’ve barely begun to work web maps into our design practice. We create icon fonts, responsive grids, CSS frameworks, progressive enhancement strategies, and even new design processes. We tear down old solutions and build new ones, and even take an extra second to share battle stories in prose and in person. Yet nearly five years since Paul Smith’s article, “Take Control of Your Maps,” web maps are still a blind spot for most designers. Have you ever taken apart a map? Worked with a map as a critical part of your design? ...
Barbara Niven’s role of a lifetime in ‘A Perfect Ending’
TV icon Barbara Niven, one of Hollywood's busiest actresses, talks about her new role in the romantic drama 'A Perfect Ending' as the most exquisite experience of her career, a gift she's got from longtime friend, writer and director Nicole Conn.
Netflix Announces “Netflix Cloud Prize” Contest, Will Award Developers $10K Across 10 Categories For Improvements To Open Source Cloud Technologies
Netflix is announcing a new developer contest today called the “Netflix Cloud Prize,” which is promising prize money of $100,000 to those who improve the features, usability, quality, reliability, and security of Netflix’s cloud computing services, hosted here on GitHub. The contest is open to anyone with their own GitHub account, and to participate, they only need to fork Netflix’s repository to get started. The company explains the importance of its cloud computing infrastructure in a statement released today, saying that “every piece of the Netflix experience that members see when browsing TV shows and movies to stream on any device is delivered from the cloud.” Today, Netflix adds, over 33 million of its members benefit from Netflix’s cloud technology. “We’re laying railroad tracks for cloud adoption and usage,” said Neil Hunt, chief product officer at Netflix, in a release. “The Netflix Cloud Prize is designed to improve understanding of what it takes to build ...
LA resident says Space Shuttle Endeavour flyover was 'amazing'
For one California resident, the sight of the Endeavour flying over her home in the Hollywood Hills not once, but three times, was an emotional experience.