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In the media industry right now, there are few more terrifying words than “content farm” — a term used to refer to sites that thrive by producing vast amounts of cheap, disposable content.
[ In this interview, culled from lengthy discussions with pioneering Chinese social game developer Five Minutes -- creators of early and extremely domestically successful farming game Happy Farm -- you'll find a fresh look at the social gaming market .]
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I’ve caught on to this SlideShare presentation fairly late, so there’s a chance you’ve already seen it (it’s garnered nearly 50,000 views so far), but it’s definitely worth sharing here.
(Editor’s note: David Brussin is the founder and CEO of Monetate. He submitted this story to VentureBeat.)
GetJar, the largest independent mobile app store, has just released its forecast for mobile trends in 2011. The app store, which has seen over 1 billion downloads to date, is also seeing more than three million downloads per day (which makes the App Store’s scale second only to Apple’s iTunes). GetJar projects consolidation amongst app stores, writing that in the next five years, only six major app store players will be around with that number dwindling to two or three in ten years.
01 / YouTube For transforming itself from Google's folly into a global network.
"Give us your fired, your under-funded start-ups, your huddled masses of innovative entrepreneurs yearning for access to capital.
In a carefully orchestrated series of announcements this morning, hot fuel cell company Bloom Energy announced a new electricity service that allows customers to buy electricity produced by its Bloom Box fuel cells without having to buy any of the hardware. It looks like Bloom’s attempt to expand its reach and offer more affordable options — it has been criticized in the past for the roughly $800,000 price tag of its Bloom Boxes. Bloom also announced today a number of customers — some of them returning ones — who have signed up for its new Bloom Electrons service: Walmart, Coca-Cola, Staples, Kaiser Permanente, and a two-megawatt installation at the California Institute of Technology, where it is livestreaming its announcement today at 10 a.m.
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We know the iPad 2 is coming--be it a feeling in your bones, a sign in the wind, or because it's typical of Apple's normal hardware update pattern.
The next generation of navigation chips inside mobile phones could take advantage of Russian satellites orbiting the globe, in addition to the more familiar GPS systems. Qualcomm, Broadcom and ST-Ericsson are building GPS chips with support for Russia’s Glonass satellite system. According to chip analysts at The Linley Group :
Even if you don’t know what they were called, you’ve probably been annoyed by Captchas — the often distorted letters and numbers that websites sometimes ask you to enter.
If you meet a lot of CEOs and startup founders, you will notice a personality trait that many of them share. No matter how many people tell them they are wrong or stupid, they remain unusually optimistic, almost blindingly so. In the Founder Stories video above, which is an outtake from last week’s interview with Bnter CEO Lauren Leto , host Chris Dixon talks about the importance of rejection.
After the retirement of the Shuttle program, NASA will begin flying along with – and funding – multiple “commercial crews” including Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin group and Elon Musk’s SpaceX.