Notetaking Tool Evernote Reaches 3 Million User Mark

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Demand for Evernote’s notetaking tool is growing at an ever increasing rate. The startup has just surpassed three million users, which means the company has attracted over one million new users in four months and that growth is rapidly accelerating. Evernote is now registering 8,000 new users per day — no doubt with the help of its fantastic iPad app. …

Apple’s iAds Could Cost Advertisers $10 Million at Launch [REPORT]

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Apple CEO Steve Jobs has made it clear that he thinks today’s mobile ads aren’t up to par. However, his company’s solution to it –- iAds –- will come with a hefty price tag; up to $10 million for advertisers that want to be on board for the product’s launch in June. According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple is …

Layar’s Plan to Monetize Augmented Reality

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The Layar Augmented Reality Browser apps for the iPhone and Android provide virtual 3D information overlays on top of the real world, as seen from the camera lens of your mobile device. Today the company introduced a content store so that consumers can purchase additional layers of information to add to their dual-world experience. At launch, the new content store …

Social Media Analytics Provider Klout Raises $1.5M in Funding

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Klout, a social media analytics company, has raised $1.5 million in Series A funding. Investors include ff Asset Management, Bobby Yazdani of Saba, Allen Morgan of Mayfield Fund, Nova Spivack of Lucid Ventures, Zelkova Ventures, Grape Arbor VC, Paige Craig, Tom McInerney, Michael Yavonditte of Quigo Technologies and Ofer Ronan. Klout launched in 2008 and received seed funding in 2008 …

Google Acquires Widget Creator LabPixies

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Another week, another Google acquisition. This time, it’s LabPixies, a company Google has worked with on creating many of the gadgets (or widgets, as everyone else besides Google calls them) for Google’s personalized portal iGoogle. LabPixies has been acquired for an undisclosed sum, and it will join the iGoogle team to help expand iGoogle across Europe, the Middle East, and …

iPhone Dominates Japanese Smartphone Market

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When it comes to smartphones in Japan, the market has changed drastically in the last year. Approximately one year ago, Wired wrote that the Japanese hated the iPhone. Three months later, a survey showed that the iPhone was the top selling smartphone in Japan. And in December 2009, a report from Impress indicated that the iPhone had a 46.1% market …

Google Considers Shelling Out $1 Billion for ITA Software

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Google is in talks to acquire airline IT and services provider ITA Software for the price of $1 billion. According to Bloomberg, it’s not a done deal yet, but several people familiar with the matter confirmed that negotiations between two companies are indeed happening. A billion is a big number, but Google’s treasure chest holds more than enough coin for …

Tumblr Raises Another $5 Million in Funding

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Tumblr has just announced another healthy influx of cash — $5 million from Spark and Union Square Ventures — nearly doubling the $5.2 million raised in A and B rounds of financing. The popular mini-blog company has been testing and optimizing various paid features for a while and hopes 2010 will bring it further down the road to profitability. Tumblr …

Google Places: Google’s Local Business Center Gets an Upgrade

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Google’s Local Business Center has been renamed “Google Places.” The re-branding effort is accompanied by a handful of new features designed to help local business owners gain an edge in search engine marketing. The name change was made to better tie the business owner dashboard with Place Pages, the Yelp-like local business landing pages that Google launched about six months …

Apple Countersues Kodak Over Patent Infringement

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Apple has filed a countersuit against Kodak in today’s edition of Patent Suit Theater, Patently Apple has discovered. You may recall that Kodak sued Apple and RIM back in January over what it claims are patent infringements. Citing two USPTO granted patents, Apple is countering Kodak’s claim that its mobile and digital camera products violate Kodak patents. From the court …

BREAKING: Twitter Acquires Tweetie

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Twitter has just announced that it has acquired Atebits, the company behind the popular Tweetie iPhone app and Mac desktop application. Tweetie’s creator, Loren Brichter, will be joining the Twitter team as well. The app will be renamed “Twitter for iPhone” and be made free in the next few weeks. Twitter CEO Evan Williams explained the move in a blog …

LinkedIn Adds Former Ask.com CEO to Its Board of Directors

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LinkedIn has added Skip Battle, the former CEO of Ask.com and a current board member of Netflix and Expedia.com, to its board of directors. Battle is the first independent director to join LinkedIn. According to Reuters, the 66 year old former executive joined the LinkedIn board several weeks ago, but the addition is only being announced today. The LinkedIn board …

Twitter Creator’s Credit Card Scanner Comes to iPad

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The iPad already has an app for credit card transactions thanks to Twitter creator Jack Dorsey’s Square project. Originally planned for the iPhone, the app works with a peripheral credit card scanner that attaches to the headphone jack. Once the scanner is in place, you can use your iPad as a mobile cash register. Customers will be impressed by the …

Amazon Halts Sales of Some eBooks in Publisher Pricing War

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The Amazon vs. Apple digital book pricing war wages on as Amazon halts sales of certain electronic titles from publishers Penguin and Hachette. The war began shortly after the iPad was first announced, when Amazon halted sales of Macmillan books in response to collapsed pricing negotiations. Whereas Amazon had previously dealt with publishers under a “retail model” — capping digital …