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Mar 31, 2013

Youth flock to mobile messaging apps, may be threat to Facebook

SAN FRANCISCO, March 31 (Reuters) – Create personal
profiles. Build networks of friends. Share photos, videos and
music.

That might sound precisely like Facebook, but hundreds of
millions of tech-savvy young people have instead turned to a
wave of smartphone-based messaging apps that are now sweeping
across North America, Asia and Europe.

Mar 21, 2013

Zynga relaunches gaming site, loosens Facebook ties

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Online game publisher Zynga Inc relaunched its website on Thursday, allowing users to play its games without first signing on to Facebook, a significant step toward establishing its independence from Facebook Inc.

The relaunch of Zynga.com is the latest step in the slow dissolution of a special partnership that once bound two of the most influential players in the social Internet industry.

Mar 19, 2013

Lytro appoints new chief executive

SAN FRANCISCO, March 19 (Reuters) – Lytro Inc, Silicon
Valley-based maker of the “light-field” camera, said Tuesday it
appointed a permanent chief executive to replace its founder,
Ren Ng, who will remain as executive chairman.

Lytro tapped Jason Rosenthal, former CEO of social media
company Ning and an executive at global tech investment firm
Silver Lake, to head the company, which designs and manufactures
cameras that take interactive “living pictures” which can then
be edited.

Mar 13, 2013

Sundar Pichai to head Google’s Android division

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The architect of Android, the world’s top-selling mobile operating system, Andy Rubin, has decided to step down as Google Inc(GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research) combines mobile software divisions under one roof, the company said on Wednesday.

Google appointed Sundar Pichai, the executive overseeing its Chrome web browser and applications like Google Drive and Gmail, to take over Rubin’s responsibilities, hinting at how the company with the dominant Internet search engine intends to address the rise of mobile devices.

Mar 13, 2013

Google’s Android chief Andy Rubin steps down

SAN FRANCISCO, March 13 (Reuters) – The architect of
Android, the world’s top-selling mobile operating system, Andy
Rubin, has decided to step down as Google Inc combines
mobile software divisions under one roof, the company said on
Wednesday.

Google appointed Sundar Pichai, the executive overseeing its
Chrome web browser and applications like Google Drive and Gmail,
to take over Rubin’s responsibilities, hinting at how the
company with the dominant Internet search engine intends to
address the rise of mobile devices.

Mar 12, 2013

New Web TV service can differentiate Vevo from YouTube: CEO

AUSTIN, Texas March 12 (Reuters) – Vevo, the music video
streaming service, will begin webcasting linear, pre-programmed
videos as a stepping stone to landing distribution deals with
cable providers – and diminishing its reliance on Google Inc’s
YouTube, Vevo CEO Rio Caraeff said in an interview
Tuesday.

With the launch of Vevo TV, users can now play non-stop
music videos from their smartphones, Xbox and Roku set-top
devices or from Vevo’s website without having to “lean forward
to search every four minutes” for a new song, Caraeff said.

Mar 11, 2013

At South by Southwest, fewer startups, more marketers and media

AUSTIN, Texas March 11 (Reuters) – Has “South-by” lost its
direction?

For several years running, that question has hovered over
the iPhone-clutching tech cogniscenti who made the annual
springtime pilgrimage to the mecca of geek- and hipster-dom in
in Austin, Texas.

Mar 11, 2013

Insight: On Facebook, app makers face a treacherous path

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Last spring, the future for Viddy, a video-sharing Facebook app, seemed as sunny as southern California’s skies.

Based a block away from Venice Beach, the 30-person startup impressed prospective investors with skyrocketing user growth figures and won funding from them at a $370 million valuation. The tech press hailed it as the “Instagram for video,” potentially ripe for a billion-dollar-plus buyout. Justin Bieber wanted to invest — and the pop star eventually did just that.

Mar 11, 2013

On Facebook, app makers face a treacherous path

SAN FRANCISCO, March 11 (Reuters) – Last spring, the future
for Viddy, a video-sharing Facebook app, seemed as sunny as
southern California’s skies.

Based a block away from Venice Beach, the 30-person startup
impressed prospective investors with skyrocketing user growth
figures and won funding from them at a $370 million valuation.
The tech press hailed it as the “Instagram for video,”
potentially ripe for a billion-dollar-plus buyout. Justin Bieber
wanted to invest – and the pop star eventually did just that.

Mar 9, 2013

Musk extends Times feud, calls Model S review ‘ethics violation’

AUSTIN, Texas March 9 (Reuters) – Elon Musk, the Silicon
Valley entrepreneur, took yet another swipe at The New York
Times on Saturday, calling the newspaper’s critical
review of his Tesla Model S electric car a “low-grade ethics
violation.”

Speaking in a wide-ranging interview at the South by
Southwest Conference in Austin, Texas, Musk, a co-founder of
Tesla Motors in 2003, stood by his claim that Times
reporter John Broder intentionally misled readers when he wrote
that the Model S ran out of power sooner than expected during a
drive from Washington D.C. to Boston in winter weather.