May 20, 2013

Yahoo acquires Tumblr

Yahoo’s board approved a $1.1 billion acquisition of microblogging site Tumblr.

Yahoo, Tumblr

Tumblr has seen significant growth since its launch in 2007, drawing 216 million visitors globally each month, which collectively generate 16 billion monthly page views. That level of traffic puts Tumblr in the ninth position among the most-popular U.S. websites.

As with Facebook’s acquisition of revenue-less Instagram, the acquisition is less about bringing in a new source of revenue and more about capturing growth and traffic for Yahoo.

Samsung claim 100x faster download speeds on 5G in seven years

A company blog post last week confirmed that they ‘have successfully developed transceiver technology which will allow them to roll out a 5G cellular band in about seven years’ time’. Samsung predicts that this could allow us to download 100 times quicker than on 4G, meaning it would take only seconds to download HD films.

App stores hit billion marks

Yesterday, during the Google I/O keynote, Google announced that it had hit 48B downloads of apps on the Google Play Store. During the same keynote, the counter on Apple’s site ticked over to 50B App Store downloads.

Create apps for Google Glasses

Google revealed the official Glass apps for Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, CNN, Elle and Evernote last week. And now any developer can now create an app for Google glasses. ‘An open-source code that is effectively a template to create basic apps’ has been made available to the public. For those savvy enough, it is an opportunity to create your bespoke app ready for when the glasses go on sale. Some cool apps have been created, for instance, an app that takes a photo when you blink.  

Pinterest set for international growth?

Pinterest’s #pinitforward UK campaign looks to optimise the experience for UK users. By recruiting UK bloggers who will post Pinterest-related blogs on their own websites, Pinterest hope to attract more British users to the site. Pinterest is also rolling out lots of updates that are streamlining the process of sharing, such as a ‘send’ button that allows users to send pins directly to others and include a personal message. The pin it button has also been added to mobile apps, making it easier for users to pin from outside the pinterest app.

Windows takes a swipe at Apple and Samsung

Great ad you must all watch as it will make you chuckle.


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