Posted by Sheila Shayon on August 19, 2011 10:04 AM
Buddy Media, the WPP-backed Facebook management system, is taking on Europe and opening a headquarters in London. A $54 million raise (Series D funding) is fueling a seemingly indefatigable global expansion as the company continues to dominate the social media enterprise software space.
A new group of late-stage investors, including Insight Venture Partners, joined current Buddy Media investors GGV Capital, Institutional Venture Partners and Bay Partners.
Buddy Media serves eight of the world’s top ten global advertisers including Nivea, Bacardi, All Saints, Vodafone and Mercedes Benz. In 2011, the company added 165-plus new customers, including Kraft Foods, Hanes, ESPN, Ford Motor Company and Virgin Mobile USA.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on July 27, 2011 02:00 PM
Face recognition is the latest high-tech feature being touted as a game-changer for all things web-related, especially on the social web.
Google just acquired PittPatt (Pittsburgh Pattern Recognition), which was founded seven years ago and built on object recognition research by Carnegie Mellon University scientists.
Based on two algorithms, the sophisticated technology not only recognizes faces, but can track people and objects (i.e., works with video feeds), and has an API that enables integration into multiple products — all of which Google can now incorporate in its products.Continue reading...
Posted by Robert Truglia on July 20, 2011 01:30 PM
Apple’s new product releases demonstrate a seemingly unstoppable drive to dominate the computing industry.
This morning, the company launched a new operating system with OS X Lion, updated its MacBook Air and Mac Mini lines, and announced the integration of Intel's Thunderbolt I/O technology, the world's first. These announcements come in the wake of the iPad and iPhone’s success, evident in the new product’s design and functionality. Here’s a first look.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on June 28, 2011 01:00 PM
Microsoft today released Office 365 worldwide, taking its Microsoft Office suite of collaboration and productivity tools into the cloud for small-to-mid-size businesses and professionals.
Calling Microsoft Office 365 "a game changer for businesses of all sizes," the top-line pitch: "Everyone can work together easily with anywhere access to email, web conferencing, documents, and calendars. It includes business-class security and is backed by Microsoft. Whether you are a small business or multinational enterprise, Office 365 offers plans designed to fit your organization's unique needs."
More in the video below.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on June 14, 2011 06:00 PM
Want to chat on the phone and IM while you watch TV?
Comcast customers will soon be able to do just that thanks to a new deal with Skype brings a Skype-on-TV feature into America’s living rooms — or at least those living rooms found in Comcast cable-subscribing households, which will soon be able to access Skype on XFINITY, as the service will be branded.
It's the first big deal for Skype in the wake of its recent acquisition by Microsoft, which acquired the European VoIP giant for $8.5 billion in cash, and plans to integrate Skype into its devices including Xbox and Kinect, Xbox Live, the Windows Phone, Lync and Outlook, as well as non-Microsoft systems.Continue reading...
Posted by Robert Truglia on June 14, 2011 04:00 PM
Google is at it again, redefining the way we use the Internet and proving as an unstoppable force in the search-engine space. Earlier today Google announced on its official blog the added features of Voice Search, Image search, and Instant Pages, each demonstrated with a companion video on YouTube.
While Google tried to fooled us with futuristic operating capabilities via Gmail Motion this past April Fool’s, this time…it’s real. Google has integrated speech and images into search options. As long as you’re using the latest version of Google Chrome, go forth and speak, drag, and upload as you conduct your endless inquiries on the web.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on June 8, 2011 05:00 PM
PepsiCo wants to get in on the virtual ground floor in Europe. The company is rolling out a program that it found success with in the United States last year: finding and partnering with up to 10 technology startups that can help spread the word about Pepsi and its products.
The beverage giant is looking to fund European startups that have “a ready-to-go product or service technology in social media and/or community-based marketing, mobile marketing, tablets, location-based marketing, digital video, gaming and/or learning.”Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on June 2, 2011 05:15 PM
BlackBerry-maker Research in Motion is making a push to bring apps to wheels as the mobile technology turf wars are heating up.
Jockeying for a better position in the car electronics battle, RIM is leveraging its purchase of QNX Software Systems Co. which designs high-end control and entertainment modules for General Motors, BMW and Toyota.
The software is the platform for RIM's PlayBook tablet and future BlackBerry iterations, and the company has its eye on converting dashboards to computers that play music, receive e-mail and launch apps via voice command or steering wheel touch panels.Continue reading...