10 Early Stage Start-up Pitches [LIVE BLOG] #gstartup

Live notes on start-up pitches. 16Fun (China) Focuses on mobile games imitating virtual reality Features include playing games with friends Business model: Virtual currency, in-app purchases, linking game with business owners Distribution strategy: […] Related posts: Global Mobile Internet Conference, Day 1 Live Blog Live updates from the Global Mobile Internet Conference in Beijing,… East […]

Demand Media Posts First Earnings Report as Public Company

Demand Media posted its fourth quarter financial results today – the company’s first earnings report since going public last month. Demand posted revenue of $73.6 million, an increase of 33% compared to $55.5 million in the same quarter the previous year.  Income from operations was $2.8 million compared to a net loss from operations of […]

Google: Are You Really Serious About Removing Web Spam?

Dear Google: First and foremost, my letter to you is not personal. I am a big fan of yours and always have been. You have the best search engine in the World, better than Bing. You have the best web email service. Your Google Docs product is amazing. Don’t even get me started on Google […]

Twitter’s Plans: Reputation Score, Location Ads, Ping and More

Twitter has 370,000 people signing up as new users every day. With a robust user growth rate, Twitter can now better focus on its business model. During the past few months, we have seen several creative ad products introduced by Twitter, namely @EarlyBird, Promoted Tweets and Trends. These products have enjoyed success and Twitter has […]

Why Steve Jobs Would Run America Better Than Obama [VIDEO]

Political pundit and comedian Bill Maher claimed last night that Steve Jobs would do a better job of running America than the Obama administration. The comments, inspired by Obama’s recent claims that he doesn’t know how to work an iPod, point to Maher’s frustration with the conflation of backwardness and likability — shunning new-fangled gizmos […]

The Multi-Billion Dollar Question: Will Users Click on Twitter Ads?

It’s official: Twitter’s advertising platform launches in the next 24 hours. The much-anticipated Twitter business model will begin appearing in search results in the afternoon, with ads on Twitter.com and within third-party apps to follow. The launch of the new ad platform, known as Promoted Tweets, isn’t a surprise — like any other company, Twitter […]

Twitter CEO Evan Williams Speaks at SXSW [LIVE COVERAGE]

This afternoon at SXSW in Austin, Texas, Twitter CEO Evan Williams is expected to end months of speculation by revealing his company’s plans for an advertising platform. Williams — whose company pulled in an estimated $25 million revenue last year through search partnerships with Google and Microsoft — will be taking the stage momentarily (3pm […]