Level Up Reveals Passbook Integration

Earlier today during Apple’s product presentation, Apple made two exciting announcements pertaining to the payment space: 1) that the company’s mobile wallet, Passbook will support mobile payments and 2) that the iPhone 6 will contain an NFC chip. LevelUp, the mobile-first payment network with over 1.5MM customers and 14K businesses is today unveiling three exciting […]

Newsle Acquired By LinkedIn

LinkedIn announced today that it has acquired Newsle, the machine learning startup founded to help users pare down the ample noise coming across social networks and give them relevant info about their most important contacts. The terms of the acquisition were not announced, but LinkedIn says that Newsle will continue to operate as a standalone […]

Wish On A Roll

Wish, a fast-growing mobile-shopping app, raised $50 million from venture-capital investors who believe there is still room for upstarts in an industry dominated by Amazon.com, eBay and Groupon. The funding came from new investor Founders Fund and existing investors Formation 8, GGV Capital and Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang, among others, and gives the San Francisco […]

SnappyTV Rocks!

Twitter announced today that it is acquiring SnappyTV, the service for clipping, editing and sharing clips from live broadcasts in near real-time. Already, Twitter says that it works with SnappyTV with a range of its broadcast and media partners, and this will help it continue to invest in those partnerships and support that important client […]

Nova Spivack – LA Power Player

Like any landscape, LA’s tech scene has a group of — for want of a better phrase — “power players,” those who anchor and influence the larger community. While this list is by no means inclusive of all the key people in the Southland — apologies for those we overlooked, failed to include and missed […]

Atlas Adding to its Boston Syndicate

In the Boston Globe today, Cal Borchers reported that Atlas Venture will be adding 16 new members to its AngelList syndicate, Boston Syndicates. Like last year’s “secret” dinner, Atlas will be bringing some of Boston’s best and brightest entrepreneurs together at Row 34 to let them know that, if they choose, Atlas will back their […]

SnappyTV Enables Content Owners To Connect With Fans During Big Moments

The Sports Video Group is pleased to welcome SnappyTV as a corporate sponsor. Headquartered in San Francisco, SnappyTV is a cloud-based video-publishing and -distribution platform that makes it simple for media companies and content owners to instantly create and share highlights from live broadcasts and publish them across the Web, mobile, and social media in […]

Bottlenose Offers Real-Time Trend Intelligence For Social Media and Beyond

I had an interesting briefing a few weeks ago from Bottlenose, which sells what it calls a real-time “trend intelligence” system. The general idea is almost boringly straightforward: monitor events as they occur and pick out new and interesting information. But the technology to make this happen is mind-bogglingly complex, since it includes real-time ingestion […]