Baidu Shoots Up Google Play Download Rankings With Apps That Boost Android Performance

DU Speed Booster app Baidu Chinese search engine giant Baidu had a good month on the Google Play Store in June, shooting up seven ranks to crack the top 10 publishers by downloads, according to App Annie’s latest global app index. Baidu’s growth wasn’t on the back of its search capabilities. App Annie’s data shows that two apps, DU Battery Saver and DU Speed Booster, accounted for most of the jump. Read More


YC-Backed Kamcord Launches An App For Watching Mobile Game Replays

kamcord-app As reports of Google’s interest in buying Twitch continue unabated, it’s clear there’s an enormous market for video of gameplay. A few players stepped up a couple years ago to tackle the same concept for mobile gaming. Y Combinator-backed Kamcord was one of them. They built a layer that developers could integrate, letting gamers easily record and share their gameplay.… Read More


Cities Petition FCC In Fight For Municipal Broadband

800px-United_States_Capitol_west_front_edit2 Cities like Chattanooga, Tenn., have led the charge of providing public broadband services to local communities.
Today, Chattanooga and Wilson, N.C., another city that provides municipal broadband, took it a step further by filing petitions to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), asking them to remove state laws that restrict the right to provide broadband services outside their… Read More


Yammer’s David Sacks Departs Microsoft After Two-Year Tenure

Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 2.41.43 PM Today Yammer’s founder and former CEO David Sacks announced that he will depart Microsoft, the software company that purchased his social enterprise startup for $1.2 billion.
His exit, which comes two years after the June 2012 acquisition of Yammer, follows standard timing. When companies are purchased, existing employees are often given two-year contracts, sometimes with earnouts attached. Read More


TechCrunch TV’s New Show Incubated Is All About What It’s Like To Be In A Tech Accelerator

incubated3x4.jpg With our latest TechCrunch TV series, Incubated, we’re hoping to provide startup founders with all the info they might need before they make the decision to apply to an accelerator. Every Wednesday afternoon over the next 10 weeks, we’ll be releasing a new episode of Incubated, each of which will be focused on one of the top accelerators in the U.S. Read More


Samsung’s VR Software Leak Shows Initial Apps, Ability To Switch Between Virtual And Real Reality

samsung-vr-gear Samsung‘s VR efforts are one leaky ship lately, with a report today echoing earlier rumors that the company would be partnering with Oculus VR for its own headset. Now, a leaked pre-release version of the Samsung VR software has made its way into the hands of SamMobile, apparently revealing some of the early functionality the head-mounted display will have, and detailing some of its… Read More


Amazon Remains Great For Customers, Not For Shareholders – Stock Drops 6% As Losses Widen

amazon-angled Amazon‘s Q2 2014 earnings announced today made it more apparent than ever that Amazon remains a great business for its customers, but not so much for its shareholders. The stock, after the earnings were reported, was already down by 6% and falling in after-hours trading following Amazon reporting net losses that widened to $126 million in the quarter. Amazon has been stretching itself… Read More