Yahoo Acquires Photo Startup Cooliris


Another photo company takeover

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Photo app-maker Cooliris just announced that it has been acquired by Yahoo.

It’s been a long road to this exit. Cooliris was founded back in 2006 and was initially known for creating a “3D wall” for navigating photos and other media content.

It also created a platform for mobile ads called Adjitsu, which it sold to Singtel’s Amobee division last year.

More recently, the company focus shifted to a mobile app (also called Cooliris and with an interface reminiscent of the old 3D wall) that allowed users to browse photos from across services like Facebook, Flickr, and Dropbox. The team told me last year that it was seeing particularly rapid growth in Asia thanks to partnerships with companies like Renren, Yandex, and Baidu.

This summer, Cooliris also launched a photo messaging app called BeamIt.

The company has raised a total of $27.6 million in funding from investors…

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Yahoo Will Soon Become The Default Search Engine In Firefox


Love this – there is life without #google

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Starting in December, Firefox will use Yahoo as its default search engine in the United States on mobile and desktop. As a part of this five-year deal, Yahoo will also launch a new search experience for Firefox users in the U.S., which should go live at the same time Firefox makes the switch away from Google.

The new search experience will feature “a clean, modern and immersive design that reflects input from the Mozilla team.” Here is what that will look like:


In Russia, Mozilla will use Yandex Search and in China, it will use Baidu as the default. Google, DuckDuckGo and a number of other local search engines will remain as built-in alternatives.

The Mozilla Foundation has long made most of its money through its search partnership with Google, which has always been the default in Firefox. Indeed, in 2012 — the last year we have data from —…

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Just sent out about 10 #Skype messages.

Many have been recruited under dormant leaders.
They joined under lazy, here today, gone tomorrow, folks.
They’d be better, clearing cookies, and joining again.
Whilst, I’d not suggest it, I’ve seen it so often in other businesses.

Loads are waiting to be told (it is the next #twitter or #Facebook) and therefore be convinced.

I can remember this with #twitter, many told me “you are stupid” “twitter is a waste of time” “it’ll never last” 25K followers later, last it did !

Sorry, but loads will miss out on a better #future simply because they were unwilling, lacked guidance, joined a dead team, being advised by some who are not becoming knowledgeable in #tsu.

Makes me sad, but it’ll not stop me, I’ll build a team of thousands whilst people think about it, with their not convinced recruiters saying and doing very little.

This is a real opportunity, to have a free holiday a year paid for by social media.

I’m visible on social media. My intentions are clear. Good luck everyone.

As ever, #Simon

Salesforce’s Service Cloud 1 Is A Wearable Technology Trojan Horse


Wearable technology becoming more useful, and technology therefore more valuable. #Salesforce #Trojanhorse #cloud

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Editor’s note: Justin Foster is the West U.S. GM at Mobiquity leading the firm’s Western operations from sales through client delivery and advises a range of clients on how to adopt new technologies.

Imagine a scenario in which an oil rig worker suddenly hears an alarm sound from somewhere on the rig. The adrenaline rush begins and the worker knows he has to move fast. The sound of the siren is not a clear signal as to where the trouble is, but the smartwatch on his wrist indicates exactly where to go and what needs to be done to fix the problem. As he works to fix it, each step is photographed with his heads-up display for documentation and organizational learning.

If you’re thinking this scenario is far off in the future, think again. It’s actually a lot closer than you might think. At the Dreamforce conference earlier…

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LinkedIn Q3 Beats The Street, Sales Of $568M, EPS $0.52


#LinkedIn beats expectations

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In a quarter that has seen a mixed set of results for social networks Twitter and Facebook, LinkedIn today reported its quarterly results, handily beating analyst estimates on sales of $568 million, up 45% compared to a year ago and sales of $393 million and non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.52.

But it also posted a wider net loss of $4.3 million, versus to net loss of $3.4 in Q3 2013. Non-GAAP net income was $66 million, versus $47 million a year ago.

The company today has been trading a couple of percentage points higher than its opening price of $198.46/share in anticipation of strong earnings.

Analysts were expecting revenue of $557.5 million and non-GAAP EPS of $0.47 per share for the social network based around people’s jobs.

In Q2, LinkedIn beat analysts’ estimates on both counts. Revenue for the second quarter was $534 million and its EPS (non-GAAP diluted) was $0.51.

With a mandate to…

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